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Writers’ Expertise – The next step

You’ve read Introductory Acts and What Writer’s Need. Next step is Writers’ Expertise. It is a joint effort from several professionals to put together a final project.

 

Below are a few tips to keep in mind when you get to this stage.

  • Websites are not mandatory, but they are beneficial.
  • Your editor will become your best pal.
  • Publishers – research what avenue you want to pursue.
    • Traditional
    • Small Press
    • Indie
  • Cover art that pops.
  • Formatting needs to be neat and professional.
  • Branding lets readers identify with who you are.
  • Promoting your image with the author world.
  • Marketing your books to readers.

Websites, social media, editors, publishers, cover artists, formatters, etc. This is a beginning list of professional services you need to get familiar with. You can do some of these tasks yourself. Make a list of your skills and work from there. Everything else, you will need to hire out. Search the internet, ask for referrals, make contacts on social media to find someone that understands your vision. Before making a commitment to someone, talk or chat with them so there is an understanding of what you are looking for. And take recommendations. My indie book cover artist recommended the formatter to me. The connection worked knowing they already had an established relationship in the book world.

I hope these tips help you. Over the next several weeks, I will put together a Quickie Sheet to offer you. I am here to share my experience with you so your journey can move along smoothly. If you have any questions, please contact me via email taylor@tayloranne.net

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Till next time – Taylor

Seven steps to writing

Initiatives – Introductory acts or steps. Once you’ve decided on your reason for writing (see last week’s post) you need to take the initiative to get it rolling. There are many steps needed in the beginning of your journey, however, this week I’m focusing on just a few of those initial acts. They are geared to keep you on track and on fire. Below is a list of seven steps to writing your way to your goal.

No one except you can make your writing dreams a reality. Get in the right frame of mind and keep pushing forward. Remember, it’s totally up to you to make writing work for you.

Writers’ Initiatives – Your beginning

Seven steps to writing:

  • Have a deep desire to write your best book.
  • Keep a positive attitude in order to achieve your goals.
  • Define your personalized creative space. (Spare room, kitchen table, coffee shop)
  • Learn a basic knowledge of the craft.
  • Enlist a writing buddy to toss ideas around with.
  • Seek the support of family and friends.
  • Gain the confidence to go forth with your plans.

Take the initiative to advance your writing.

Next week I will discuss Writers’ Needs, followed by Writers’ Expertise the following week. Each step focuses on a different part of the journey, however, they all work together. In the end, you will have the basic knowledge to get started, push through, and end up with a great product. At the end of this blog series, I will have a special download offer for you. Follow this blog for updates.

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Till next time,

Taylor

What is your reason to write?

What is your reason to write? Your why? Maybe it’s your life dream to become a stay-at-home author making a full-time income. Maybe you treat it as a hobby. Writing is an escape from daily life as well as a stress reliever. Or maybe it is your passion. Dig deep into yourself and pinpoint where you are going with your writing.

Creating fictional stories is my way of escaping and relaxing. I wrap my head around my characters’ lives and experience what they experience. Feel their pain, struggles, tears, laughter, joy, and love. At the end of my stories there is always a Happily Ever After. So if my world gets dark, I rely on my characters to pull me out of that funk.

Writing is my passion, my reason to write. Through that passion, I create romance books where readers are lost in a fictional world for a few hours. They can throw their worries aside for a while and walk a different journey through my characters. If one person finds their escape, then I have succeeded.

My writing expedition has also led me down the path of empowering other authors. I enjoy sharing my experiences in order to make someone else’s journey a little easier. Through blogs, Facebook posts, videos, and books, I hope to help someone find their way to their writing dream.

There are many reasons for venturing down the author road. None are wrong. You just have to find the right reason to write that fits you. Find out your why for writing and you will be on your way. Whatever your reason, embrace it!

Next week I am beginning a series of blogs focusing on Writers’ Initiatives, Needs, and Expertise. (yes, that translates to W.I.N.E. – you know I can’t resist the correlation.) This will include what you need to get started, your needs during your journey, and how to tie it all up nice, neatly, and expertly.

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Using sensory in scenes

Do you use the five senses to create a scene?

Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. Using at least three of the senses in each scene will give a strong punch your readers can relate to. It puts readers in the picture and let’s them interact with the characters.

Not only should you use sensory in your writing, you should also use it to write. What do I mean by that? I’ll share an example.

While writing a scene in my upcoming book, Smoke and Embers, I got to a point where I was stuck. I knew what I wanted to portray to my readers, but I couldn’t put the words on paper. I went to my readers on Facebook and asked questions. Then I took a short break. We turned up the music (I was attending a craft retreat with friends), and I took a peek at my friend’s photographs. Darkside Photography uses warm lighting in her settings to make her photos pop. After browsing through her portfolio, I sat back down for another attempt at the scene I was working on.

The song that was playing, Ride by Chase Rice, and the images of Brandy’s photographs combined in my subconscious. Sound and Sight. These senses contributed to the final scene. (sneak peek below!)

Teaser:

“Soft and slow this time for you baby.”

“Gentle, but make me scream.” His grin told her all she needed to know. “I want you to hear me yell your name.”

“Damn, you’re killing me.”

He laid her back on the bed, his hands explored, making her hotter. The sun streaming in through the windows cast a warm, sensual glow on his body. His eyes held her captive as he slid his hands up her legs, over the sensitive skin of her thighs, across her stomach. Tears welled up in her eyes when he leaned over and kissed where their baby was safe and secure. ~~~~ Smoke and Embers

See how the music and influence of photos helped me create a scene? Yes, this is part of a love scene, so I have to admit that the glass of Merlot I was drinking also helped.

~~~~~ Take a scene you are working on, use surrounding senses, and incorporate sensory into your words. What’s playing in the background? What do your surroundings look like? Are you having a drink? Feel what’s around you and let your imagination flow. What are your characters doing at that particular moment? What’s the weather like where they are? Are there any smells that hint at where your scene takes place? Have your characters feel everything around them.

Email me a sneak peek and I’ll give my thoughts. taylor@tayloranne.net

Til next time,

Taylor

 

(W.I.N.E.) Writers’ Initiatives, Needs, and Expertise

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Love, hugs, and kisses – Taylor