A Lesson on Publishing: Inside and Outside~Robert Fletcher

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Place I published my book interviewed the CEO Robert Fletcher. Pass on to anyone writing a book. http://bookforeignrights.com/sbpra-ceo-interviewed-in-all-about-book-publishing/

Creating a Flow

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Anyone who has written any length of time will tell you it has a rhyme and rhythm all its own. It develops over time. The longer time one writes the more familiar the rhythm and rhyme of it becomes until one can make it happen as chosen. Some writers have a routine with a scheduled time that plugs into their inner writer which creates the comforting synchronization of thoughts, text, and typing. Others it begins as a feeling it is time. Some of us odd ducks such as I do both.

My Flows

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Certain types of writing such as SEO and Internet articles I type a number of articles a week. My novel is more ethereal. The characters and events tell me when it is time. I work on it every week but it may be a character sketch, an outline, research on an aspect I wish to incorporate. Rewriting is a huge part of developing as a writer. Often I am viewing sections and dealing with mechanics or rephrasing words. Since my novel rhythm kicks in full swing it comes out as a flood. I often skip words or do not fully explain things. The characters and events swirl so rapidly in my mind my hands cannot type it fast enough. I tried using voice recognition software but having a conversation with the computer while listening to my characters and narrator’s conversation of my novel is just like real life trying to work while all your children are pulling at you at once. My children’s stories mull around in my head and just pop out whole and complete. It starts with a reminiscing or a conversation with my boys that reminds me of my young mothering days. My poetry comes and goes but it is like the children’s books. It pops out and flows. It tends to feel erotic even though the topic may not be. Some days are for journaling. I scribble thoughts on paper of intense emotion that need spilling out. Talking about my issues does me no good. It upsets me and it makes it worse. Writing about it, singing about it, or drawing about it does help. It takes the negatives in my life and makes them into something beautiful. All my work is personal in some way.

Developing New Flows

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When I learn a new way to write or intensely develop a type of writing I find my inner writer project manager kindly decreases the rest while I meander among my neurons grasping methods, phrasing, and technique to create that which my inner writer demands or my editor.  I have an inner teacher as well who grasps pieces of my other writing and says could this be used or can you modify this. She is quite helpful and knows just the right moment to intercede. I call her Sophia who is the feminine form of God or better known as Wisdom.  Some people put rooms of a house in their head to sort. For whatever reason I put people who I have different types of relationships with. The last couple of weeks I have been developing intensely several kinds of writing which I will talk about later. Thrilling but exhausting and makes me oh so obsessive compulsive at times. I wrote a poem about Sophia and put in “The Endless Forest”, an Internet Game created by digital artists Michael Samyn and Auriea Harvey .Come join. It is free and you are a fawn roaming in the most beautiful peaceful forest ever.  It helps my artist mind to create flow.

 

 

Sophia’s Breath

Upon the winds of Time

An old familiar song

She whispers many rhymes

And nature chimes along

Hidden by the Fathers

Protected from Chaos

She soothes that which bothers

And heals one from the loss

She speaks words of Wisdom

A sword of truth is she

She guides one to become

What one is meant to be

Pain matters not to her

Only the end result

Emotions are astir

So begins the tumult

As the life unravels

She sets a brand new course

With her mighty gavel

She is the driving force

From Her breath life abounds

Sophia points the path

Her child’s new earth playground

Subsides the dark wrath

Rising from the wreckage

Is a beautiful mess

Knitted by Love’s courage

Freed from shackled duress

Listen to Her wind blow

Stand in her loving breath

Sophia forms the flow

And there is no more Death

by Mary Page one dark lonely day and Sophia came and a writer was born

 

Until next time have many grand escapades where ever you are and what ever way you wish

 

 

Variety is a Spice in Life and Art

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Most writers do a variety of venues. After all one has to put food on the table, gas in the car, and buy the significant other a present. Look at any author bio even famous and at some point in their career, they have done articles, columns or blogs.

Here are some samples of other articles I have done. Some with bylines and some as a ghostwriter. Yes please click and share I would love to buy a large load of groceries this month.

The Arts with Byline

The Power of Three Latino Artists 

Introduction to Hindu Art

Disruptive Contemporary Chinese Artists

Musicians Please Note: Social Media Used by 91.9% of Advertising Agencies

Bylines on General Topics

Daring Dashing and Oh so Romantic Leather Jackets

Creating a Life With a Small Business

Budget Management 101 the Online Game Way

Ghostwriting and Guest Blogs

I have well over a hundred ghostwriting or guest blogging articles on a variety of topics. Before I give any samples let us have a chat about ghostwriting. For whatever reasons some groups have begun to frown on this venue.

To have a chance of driving web traffic to a site one has to have high quality content. Professionals with deep insights often do not have time to write the quality needed for the website. They hire writers. Many writers do high quality writing for others. It is a legitimate part of the profession, and it ensures deep thoughts get shared in a way that delights and informs audiences. Most companies or individuals choosing that route will honestly say they have writers on their team helping them communicate to the masses.

Why Ghostwrite

The pros of ghostwriting is It lets a writer experiment with styles and topics. A writer often gets paid well because they are an intimate part of the organization and valued for their insights. Many advertisements for high level corporations are outsourced to high level writers. Author after author such as Mark Twain, H.P. Lovecraft and many more have ghost written. Often a protege will writer the initial headline or article and the master writer comes in and puts in the finishing touches.

Writing is Not the Only Venue Others Do The Work

It happens in music and art as well. Mozart composed music for rich nobles who wanted others to think they had that level of music skills. Master artists hired other artists to mimic their style. They came in an put the finishing strokes before signing their name. Many celebrities hire others to write for them.

Here are three samples of articles I have ghost written. The clients are professional level and though it does not have a byline some do put it as a guest post. Others let their readers enjoy the variety of style.

Anatomy of the Bodacious Curvaceous Guitar

Catching and Riding a Hurricane Just For The Joy of It

Let The Ink flow Digital Scrapbooking

Be the writer you wish to be. Try every venue out there. Feed your kids and your significant other. Pay your bills. Rules are a sin when they prevent talented people from making a decent living. Make a decent living, create the best copy possible under the parameters given, and know the sin is on the other. Most of all have fun thinking, creating, and experimenting with your writing. 

Pictures of India

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From my Pinterest account here are pictures of India I use to help write sensory details for the book. Is it not amazing here in the West all these fabulous buildings and art and we know little of it? Enjoy

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How to Turn an Idea into a Piece of Writing

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Write what you are given.

 

The Gift

 

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Every day you get up comes as a gift from God, the fates, the muse, a person or something you do or read is waiting for you. It wants discovery and for whatever reason in the universe it is a personal gift for you to use.

The Path Unknown

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No one knows when they sit down and write a piece whether a short blurb or a novel what path it will take. Some writings happen due to the emotional state of a writer’s mind. Its personal and your inner being demands your hand to scribble or keyboard it out for your eyes only to read. Some writings come about because an issue personal or cultural touches the psyche or the heart and deep emotional feelings emerge that need expression. Sometimes an urge to create something from your real self inside the shell of the your body nudges to become born.

Personal

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All writing is personal whether fiction or nonfiction or some hybridization. It has a writer’s voice, personality, quirks, needs, methods, every mentor, everyone that ever upset them, every person who told them yes or no in every letter, word. sentence, paragraph or completed project.

Idea to paper is as personal as it gets. Different writers in different genres do this task in different ways even when the powers that be script it out. Either mentally or actually with ink of pen or digital ink a writer has a process for the different types of writing they do and though they will accommodate in some fashion the writer spirit that inhabits them will demand its due. 

Read Those Who Have Come Before and Know

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For tried and true methods that award-winning writers have passed on through the decades read “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser” for nonfiction. Its advice has been well honed, revised numerous times and has example after example of great prose.

Talking with other writers helps tremendously. Taking a course that the teachers are well seasoned award-winning writers will accelerate the process for fiction and nonfiction. It teaches a person the business and marketing end of writing which is important. I recommend the Institute of Children’s Literature or the          LongRidge Writer’s Group at the Institute. The lessons and mentor writing teachers look at your strength and weaknesses and develop your unique gifts. They do not have a marketing agenda. They are all about creating great writing.

For incorporating social media and Internet resources into writing as well as offering tools to make a productive writer blueprint I recommend, “The Productive Writer” by Sage Cohen. She offers practical advice on developing a writing life down to filing conventions, what to do with the lovely prose edited out (never throw it away it is useful somewhere) and helping you discern what your writing life needs are.

How to Turn an Idea into a Piece of Writing

I did not give a specific how to. I can list all the ways that I have used, but that is what worked for me. It will be different for someone else. No system, formula, or software exists to do that. Successful writers share methods that work for them. They share books like I have in this blog to read and let you pick out what works best for you. Read your favorite writers and your not so favorite ones. Make notes in a journal, your head, or by digital on what you would like to develop and what you would like to avoid. Try different types of writing. Learn what scaffold someone gives you and then turn around and add your voice. Make it your own. Look at different types of writing and synthesize something new.

Definition

Oh one more thing~here is the definition of a writer from Dictionary.com. Notice it never defines how it is done only simply that it is. 🙂

writ·er

[rahy-ter]  Show IPA

noun

1.

a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
2.

a clerk, scribe, or the like.
3.

a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an
 expert letter writer.
4.

(in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
5.

a person who writes or is able to write: a writer in script.
 
Author Mary Page’s definition is this:
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
 
Now go write, read, play with words, think about words and then find or make your own definition of writer.