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Ghost Novel: Day 3 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

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Day 3 shares more insights into what it’s like in DWS’s world of writing over 7,000 words per day. He seems to be on a writing pace of about 1,000 words in one hour.

In two days, he has typed 15,359 words into the computer. Day 3’s total? 7,059 words, for a grand total of 22,418 words!

Even if we typed half of this each day, we’d have a small novella finished in a week!

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 3: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8955

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Successful Self-Publishing Authors Are Entrepreneurs | The Alliance of Independent Authors’s Blog.

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What entrepreneurs and self-publishing indie authors have in common.”

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Self Publishing Authors = Entrepreneurs.

The sooner indie authors begin to see themselves as entrepreneurs, the sooner they can make headway (on their own terms) with their writing futures. 

This is second-nature to me, and I suppose I take it a bit for granted, since I have lived with an entrepreneur for a quarter of a century. I have watched him build companies from the ground up with absolutely nothing.

Compare self-publishing tasks with tasks of the classic entrepreneur, and they are no different. Writing a book and marketing said book is no different than creating a product or company and sending it to market.

As a writer and self-publisher, you must realize that you have now become an entrepreneur. An edit to your manuscript may not be what’s needed–it may be an edited perspective.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/successful-self-publishing-authors-are-entrepreneurs/

 

 

 

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Ghost Novel:Day 2 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

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This is a fascinating peek into Day #2 of the “ghost” writing novel process of Dean Wesley Smith. Day 1 had a grand total of 7,625 written words!  Day 2 is much of the same.

Breakfast, e-mail, writing, mail pick up, lunch, writing, break, e-mail, writing, break, nap with cat, dinner, dishes, e-mail, tea, writing, break, sorting collectibles, tea, snack, writing, watch TV, writing, bed.

Day #2 total? 7,734 words. Grand total in 2 days? 15.359! And we say we don’t have time to write

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 2: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8943

 

 

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Ghost Novel: Day 1 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

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Life meets art. We writers are always asking the question, “How can I write a novel when I have so little time?” Well, Dean Wesley Smith can do it and you can, too!

He made one post per day detailing his ghost writing process. He slept with the cat, did laundry, ate, watched TV and still managed to write over 7,000 words per day! 

 If he can do it, we can, too. Learn how to incorporate writing into your life by reading about Dean’s book writing journey.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 1: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8935

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Handwritten Manuscript Pages From Classic Novels – Writing History

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“These days, almost all works of literature are written on computers — from their first inklings, saved in a document called “notes,” to their final, emailed-out drafts — and even, increasingly, read on them. “

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Novelists in this century have it made with Microsoft Word and writing programs such as Scrivener to organize all their thoughts, edits, and ramblings and tie them all up in a neat little bow of a book.

This article gives us a pictorial glimpse into the writing minds of some very famous authors. I enjoy analyzing ones such as the manuscript for Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary”. I can just picture him sitting at a small desk, in a hard wooden chair, with only a small candle lighting the way. He’s got the crinkly paper twisted in such a way (as we were taught in elementary school) to force his writing to head uphill all the way. The first page of Vladimir Nabokov’s first draft of “Invitation to a Beheading” would barely retain any of the first writing, as all of his edits take over the page.

These snippets of pieces of manuscript history are fascinating, and should make us feel very fortunate that we have all the tools readily availalble to us to enhance our writing.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and all manuscripts:http://flavorwire.com/387994/handwritten-manuscript-pages-from-classic-novels/view-all

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How to Create a Character | Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage

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Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage – “read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion.”

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Creating characters is something that writers struggle with from time to time. How soon to give out the name? The distinguishing characteristics? The personal tics? If you are short on ideas for your characters, this article by Holly should give you some great tips for well-rounded characters. She suggests:

o Don’t start your character off with a name or a physical description

o Do start developing your character by giving him (or her) a problem, a dramatic need, a compulsion

o Don’t rely on crutches

o Do empathize with your character

o Don’t sympathize with your character

o Do write from your own life

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article: http://hollylisle.com/how-to-create-a-character/

 

 

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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

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Celebrated authors, editors and illustrators write advice to young writers on their hands for ” Shared Worlds ,” a two-week creative writing summer camp at Wofford College.

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27 Pieces of Advice–all with a powerpoint on the hand of its famous author. Advice like:

o Write, finish things, keep writing

o Read widely, write often, keep going

o Write what you would love to read, finish what you begin to write

o Don’t take anybody’s writing advice too seriously!

o Trust your imagination, don’t be afraid to fail

o Start the next one

o Never give up!

 The consensus among these famous writers? Write, read a lot, and write some more!

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and all the writing advice: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/27-pieces-of-advice-for-writers-from-famous-authors

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Less the New More in Book Publishing? | Digital Book World

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[Article provided by News and Experts] In Book Publishing, Less Is The New More.

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Many accomplished authors are going to cringe at subject of this article, but it is a fact. LESS is truly the new MORE in Book Publishing.

The Amazon Kindle Singles Program is wildly popular, and authors are clamoring to get a 20-50 page book featured on this heavily promoted platform. Amazon itself is pushing these tiny books, and if authors don’t get on board and have some shorts offered in addition to their 500 page books, they will be mightily disappointed.

Adults these days definitely have ADHD from overload of rapid fire information. They feel that they just don’t have the time to devote to a behemoth of a novel. Sad, but true.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 Link to the full article: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/less-the-new-more-in-book-publishing/

 

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Self-Publishing Success Stories: The Anatomy of a Kindle Bestseller

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Writing for writing’s sake is absolutely brilliant, but many of us have ambitions to be #1 on the Amazon charts, selling hundreds of thousands of books and raking in the cash! 

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Writing is hard work! That is a given, but once your book is actually written, how in the world do we enter into the ranks of the Kindle bestsellers?

This article by bestselling author Mark Edwards touches on some characteristics of what goes into a Kindle bestseller. Begin your journey armed with these tools, and you might also enter through the portals of the elite “bestseller” club.

1)  Get the BASICS right (GRIPPING book, great COVER, excellent book DESCRIPTION)

2) Write a MARKETING plan (this is tip most authors skip over)

 3) Get your books NOTICED (Twitter w/ tools such as Tweet Adder and Triberr)

 4) Identify BLOGS and SITES that might review your book (send a professional template requesting a review)

 5) Get into the ALSO BOUGHT Amazon “bar” of popular books

 6) Set up a BLOG and interview other popular authors

 7) Be prepared to WORK HARD!

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 Link to the full article with all the details for your own plan: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/01/21/self-publishing-success-kindle-bestseller/

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15 Common Grammar Mistakes – Writing and Editing

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This fun and informative infographic sums up several of my pet peeves. If you are going to write–then please learn proper grammar! When I am reading and encounter glaring grammatical errors, I just close up the book and put it away.

 It does take some practice, but this very important part of writing can be accomplished. If I see one more YOUR for YOU’RE or  IT’S for ITS, I think I will just scream!

This graphic can be printed out and tacked up on your wall for easy viewing and consulting while writing. Enjoy!

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 Link to the original infographic: http://writerswrite1.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/15-common-grammar-mistakes/

 

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