Writing a book can bring out a plethora of emotions.
One day, you are completely infatuated with your book. Every word you write is golden. Your characters are immaculate. Your plot virtually oozes with chocolate ganache.
Other days, it’s like lead. The words feel heavy, the characters stiff. You flat out hate it. You consider scrapping the whole thing and just watching sitcoms in your spare time. Eating Doritos. Wearing pajama pants. Crying. I’m so sorry.
But, rest assured, we have all been there. Even with my books firmly self-published and in the hands of readers, I debate about deleting them from Amazon. Are they good enough? Who knows? How can we ever TRULY know if what we write is good enough. I bet the greats wonder themselves. Continue reading
Just this year, I learned that editors aren’t writers’ favorite people. I guess I should have suspected that.
As someone who has been on the receiving end of redlines, I get it. It’s tough to pour your heart across the page only to have someone look at it, say “nope,” and tear it apart. Not only does this damage your self-esteem, it also means that all the work you just put into that article, manuscript, etc. was just the start. With analysis of your work comes countless hours of scrubbing and struggling to get that phrasing just right. Continue reading
When I sat down to write this post, I started thinking about my experience editing non-fiction. It’s actually how I got started in my business, and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve done so far this year: I’ve already edited four non-fiction works that became best-sellers for two different authors. Wow! (I’m even surprising myself.)
In less than seven months, I’ve had the pleasure of editing four non-fiction best-sellers from these authors, and it’s been an amazing experience for me. Not only was I able to shape the construction and lovingly encourage the verbiage as it developed, but I also gained insight and inspiration from the books. If you’re curious about them, please refer to my portfolio page, which links to places to purchase the books.
When you’re writing inspiring non-fiction, it can be easy to fall into a didactic tone where you are instructing your reader to follow steps to achieve or a story-telling pattern where you tell the reader what happened for the bulk of the book. Let’s take a step back from that, though. Do you think that your reader will truly feel engaged if you are talking at them like that? What sort of experience do you want your readers to take away from the book? Can you inspire them while making them feel like they personally know you, like they were there for the event, or like they have a connection with your story? Continue reading
Pulling together the culmination of your research? Writing your story to inspire others to achieve as you have? Once you’re done, you’ll need to run a thorough edit before you can publish, so this is the best spot for you to start!
Non-fiction is a breeze, right? You don’t have to come up with the plot. Just type about your experience or your research, and you’re set. Eh, not so much.
Non-fiction is a completely different beast from fiction to edit, and though you likely don’t have to worry as much about coming up with a way to link all the threads, you still have to make sure it happened.
This week and next, I’m discussing some questions to ask yourself when you edit your non-fiction work to make sure that your audience has the best experience possible. Continue reading
Most writers know that following up with an edit will help you catch your mistakes, but what if you already know what mistakes you frequently make? How can you truly stop something that you probably aren’t thinking about as you are writing? Is there a way to prevent those mistakes to begin with? How do we correct our own fatal writing flaws? Continue reading
If you are serious about being a writer, then you absolutely need to have someone review your work, no matter how experienced you are with writing. I recently spoke on this topic—and about finding my voice as I was, ironically, raspy from allergies. No one writes alone. All professionals have someone review their work or work with a group before presenting to the public.
It is especially important for writers who are self-publishing. Continue reading