• The Writer Encourager

    Writing Completion

    I chose the word completion, because it doesn’t indicate that you’re finished, but that you’ve completed the hardest part of the writing, the rough draft. Editing, first, second, and final drafts are all important, but they need a rough draft to build on. You’ve completed the foundation of your writing project. Framing, structural elements, and finishing touches will follow, but you should celebrate what you just accomplished. You have written. Whether it’s a short story, non fictional essay, or a full novel, you’re an author. My advice, take a day and enjoy this. Then take at least a week, and let yourself rest. Give yourself fresh eyes, so that when…

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    Writing The Last Page

    Either today or tomorrow, some will be writing their last page. Don’t rush it. As exhilarating as it is, make sure it’s a page you’ll be happy with for longer than the next few minutes. Two pages of your book will be read, more than any other, the first and last page. Some readers want to look at the front page. A number of readers will head right for the back, to decide if journey is worth it. In writing the last page, ask yourself, did you complete the story you promised the reader in the beginning? If not, why? It’s a wonderful question to lead into your next draft.…

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    Writing The Spine

    After the title, next people read the spine, or blurb about the book. The temptation on this, is to phone it in. Summarizing an entire book is hard, but necessary. Once the title has caught the eye, the description invites readers to take the journey with you. As important as it is, once writing a book, writing the description can be a little dreaded. However if the writer doesn’t bring his best to it, the book may never be read. There are some ways to make it easier. First, revisit the tools you used to write the book. The outline, or notes, you used to write the book can be…

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    Writing The Title

    Now that you are nearly to the finish line in your writing project, it’s a good time to talk about your title. Even if you have a title set aside, there are some things to ask yourself. This is because the title is the first thing the reader sees, before they read your story. First, if you have a title, does it still apply. A writing project can change in the course of writing. The title may need to be tweaked, or require a brand new title, at the end of the journey. Second, with some exceptions, resist the urge for an overly long title. Concerning exceptions, a long title…

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    Writing The Finale

    For those part of #nanowrimo, you’re in the last five days of your novel. It’s time to begin writing the last chapter, or finale of your book. This can be very rewarding, but you also want to check off a few things. First on the checklist, tie up lose ends. Are there any plot holes, or disconnections for the reader? Have you clearly explained the motives of those involved? Think of it this way, if it were a mystery, have you given enough clues to solve the case? Will the reader go away saying, of course, didn’t see that coming, or the writer took the easy way out? Even if…

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    Writing, A Missed Day

    I missed a day of posting about writing yesterday, maybe you missed a day of writing. We both had reasons, things happen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t complete your project. Don’t allow one day of necessary things break your streak. It was one day, write today. Before you know it, you’ll be finished with this part of the project. Then you can move on to phase two, and a setback will be forgotten. The act of writing can become a routine, and routines get interrupted, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be reignited. Maybe you needed a break, or maybe something far more important than writing happened yesterday, it’s…

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    Writing Children’s Books

    Writing Children’s Books, is a unique experience, with specific features and challenges. Most importantly, never write down to children. They know when you’re patronizing, even if they don’t know the word, they know when something is off. Write to them, and you will make a friend. Memories of a beloved children’s book can stay with a child to adulthood. Creating a good one takes time. Also not all children’s literature are the same. There are picture books, short stories, children’s novels, pre-teen, and teenage literature, just to name a few. Each can be memorable, but are very different. Picture books are generally thirty two pages. That usually means four pages…

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    Writing About Your Writing

    Build an audience. It’s what every writer hopes to do. Given where you are in your project, it’s time to talk a little about that. In about a week, many will have finished their rough draft. While there is work ahead, there is side work along with it, the business of writing about your writing. Think of this side work, like a sidewalk. It should run parallel to your next phases of writing and editing. Its the process of building an audience. One way of doing this, is by having a blog. In your blog, you can write about the subject, if not the project you’re working on. This way,…

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    Writing Thank You

      Gratitude in writing, is very important.  This goes beyond just saying thank you, it’s about acknowedging those who have impacted both your writing, and your life. There is more than one way to do this. One of which, seeing were a week away from wrapping up #nanowrimo, and your rough draft, is the Dedication.  Now may be a good time to think about how you will recognize those who have impacted your project, and your life. Depending on what you’re writing, you may focus on someone who has had a lifelong impact on you.  Or if it is a topical project, someone who has influenced that work.  Yet, I…

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    Writing With Purpose

    Writing with a purpose, or writing to a need, is something I strongly believe in. As a Minister, I believe in the importance of writing about Faith. As a student of leadership, and self improvement, I know the value of this writing. Also as a writer and artist, I see the benefit in writing about these, and other interests. Almost any subject can receive improvement through writing. Even an amateur may have a point that can add value, even to an expert. Sometimes it’s not about writing a revolutionary idea, but a different way of viewing a topic. Perspective is about the angle of sight, the reader seeing the way…