Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer: 12/11/2015

LET ALL THE WORLD KNOW (Part II)

 

There is a MESSAGE to be told! For my author/friend, Lorry Lutz, her latest historical fiction novel carries the message of Faith, perseverance and speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves. (See last week’s blog) However, at this very moment, readers around the world are being inundated with “tell-it-like-it-is” books by authors who have an interest in becoming President of the United States. These nonfiction tomes are, for the largest part, ghostwritten by folks who work with the “authors” to develop their True Story in an attempt to connect with “we the people.”

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When I started writing these blogs, I promised myself that I would not be a “political blogger,” and I am NOT doing so today. However, as I’ve seen these nonfiction books HIT the bookstores and online shelves, I believe there is something of value for most all of us writers to learn from them—KEYS of Storytelling COMMUNICATION. If you don’t want to purchase any of candidate books you can check them out from the local library—then look through them for these well-developed writing techniques:

 

  1. Chapter Titles create the basic book outline. If you’re a fiction writer (like me) I have always balked at “creating” an outline for my novel. There is just something within me that goes against my grain of creativity in doing this task. It seems counter-productive, especially when characters and their actions demolish any outline I’ve developed. However, for the nonfiction writer, the outline is crucial.
  2. Character development. I once read that writing a biography is essentially writing a character analysis about that person’s personality and behavior traits. This is exactly what all writers do whether building a fictional character or developing the life-story about a real person (living or deceased). When you have that political personality’s memoir in your hands, make note of each of the character traits they highlight. Look for keywords such as: honest, good listener, tenacious, loyal, integrity, compassionate, optimistic, intimidating, high-strung, judgmental, bully, straight-shooter, faithful friend…etc.
  3. Supporting characters. Yes, in all these true story biographical books, you’ll find other people mentioned who are or have been in relationship with the main character. These supporting characters develop the “character analysis” of the hero of the story. They will demonstrate how that person interacts with others and allows readers the opportunity to form an opinion—albeit, from well-developed, guided Here are some of the things we can learn from these lifetime character interactions:
    1. Strongest childhood memories and favorite subjects in school.
    2. Favorite personal books and movies.
    3. Various occupations and maybe why they were selected.
    4. Spiritual/Faith beliefs and how they make a difference in actions taken.
    5. Family dynamics—with Mom, Dad, siblings, extended family and friends.
    6. Personal dreams and struggles/obstacles in life.
    7. Habits—good, bad and in-between.

 

My message for you today is this: Read! READ! And Read some more! Each and every time you read someone else’s published work you will learn something (consciously or subconsciously) that will enhance your own writing skills and abilities. Nonfiction biographies and political tell-it-like-it-is books, historical fictions, science fiction, poetry, memoirs, histories (of nations, social and cultural organizations, churches, arts, etc.) as well as magazines and newspapers, will increase your frame of references and resources. And as you’re reading, keep writing! Get your book(s) completed and PUBLISHED!  ⚓︎

 

RoyaleneABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.  

Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.

Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer: 12/04/2015

LET ALL THE WORLD KNOW

 

“There was a MOMENT—just a flash of an idea—that would not let me go.” My friend Lorry Lutz (author of ten books, soon to be eleven) was explaining that she simply had to write her most recent book. “I don’t remember exactly how I came across this woman’s life story, but when I did I felt like I knew her. Her Faith was a passion and her compassion for women who were being forced into bondage led her into many dangerous situations. I simply had to bring her story into today’s world, so people will realize that each one of us can make a difference.”

And, there we have it—the Personal KEYS to writing—the moment (idea flash), the message (expressed through actions/events), the memory (personal connection) and the miracle (making a difference).

For many writers I know, the moment the writing idea formulates is when we’re half-asleep—or half-awake—whichever side of the moment we’re experiencing. Other times of awareness hit us when we’re driving, stopped at a red light and happen to glance across a beautifully landscaped park, or up into the brilliance of an evening sunset. And, of course, there is the shower moment or the kitchen-sink-full-of-dirty-dishes moment or the changing diapers moment. I’m certain that you can add many such idea flashes of your own to this list. The point being—these inspired moments DO come and we need to grab hold of them as quickly as possible.

Grasping the idea is crucial and so exciting! From that momentary idea flash comes the whole.

  • The Headline that will be highlighted on the back cover of your book.
  • The Summary and/or synopsis that will draw readers and publishers.
  • The Heart—or Thread—concept that will carry your main points throughout.
  • The Passion that you will exude when presenting your book to agents, publishers, and most importantly, to readers.
  • The Significance or Take-Away Value that readers will grasp and carry into their own lives.

Author Lorry Lutz will see her book Boundless (her working title) released in December, 2016. The heroine of this historical fiction novel is Katharine Bushnell (February 5, 1855 – January 26, 1946) who became a medical doctor and social activist at a time when very few ladies were willing to take the risks she did. Her desire to reform conditions of human degradation took her to back-country mining and lumber camps in America, villages in China and palaces in India. I hope you will bring Lutz’s excellent story into your homes when it appears online—an exceptional example of grasping an idea and developing it to its fullest.

 

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Lorry Lutz  (courtesy of her Twitter account)

 

Of course, timing is always a factor: the moment in time when the idea hits us, the months and quite possibly years in the research and writing, and the investigation and decision-making season when publishing options are weighed. Authors today have a quiver full of possibilities when reaching the moment to publish. You already know that mainstream publishers will not come knocking on your door to hand you a contract. However, if you know someone (who knows someone) in the big houses, there is at least the possibility that your manuscript will be read and considered. For those of us who are not in that position, the self-publishing presses have multiple packages that will not only get your book in print, but ONLINE for all the world to see. So talk to your author friends, query writing conference directors, read the Writers Market and Writer’s Digest, and discover where you and your book fit. Then … get it published!  ⚓︎

 

RoyaleneABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.  

Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.