Y … is for You

Y[1]  is for you. Yes, you if you are a writer!

What can we do?

All the rest of us can offer advice, give constructive criticism, and as much support as we possibly can.

What else can we do?

We can buy into your brand. We can buy the end product; your book, and then we can read. How hard can that be? Well, the response to that particular question rests again with you. Have you done your job properly?

What can you do to affect our response to your writing?

1.  You can come up with a good, preferably original idea for a story, and write it.

 2.  You can take your time and tell it well, remembering to edit, print it, read it aloud and edit again.

3.  You can put it away to let it simmer in your files for a few weeks … yes, I’m serious.

4.  You can get on with other projects for a while, and perhaps start another idea, or simply read up more on the main theme of your masterpiece.

5.  You can go back to your story, and go through it to see where you can improve it. More editing? Yes, and never believe it stops. As an artist, even when I finish a piece of artwork, it may be completed, but I’m never totally satisfied with the result.

Is there any more that you can do?

Yes, if you want us to read it and give it a glowing review, you can keep the effort going right on through the final stages, when you get to the presentation stage.

 1.  Don’t settle for the first title you think of.

2.  Don’t settle for the first cover idea you think of.

3.  Don’t waste all your literary efforts by throwing the manuscript and supporting information together.

4.  Don’t allow somebody else to do the formatting, unless you know they are capable.

 5. Don’t forget to keep a ‘safe’ copy of your completed work before formatting and final stages.

What do you get out of that brief list of do’s and dont’s?

In simple terms, you will end up with a better product to sell to us. You will also be rewarded.

 1.  You will gain financially by seeing the book sell.

2.  You will be looking forward to the reviews and confident they will be mainly positive.

3.  You will have the satisfaction of knowing you did what was expected of you, by the people who paid good money.

4. You will have the confidence to move on with your next project, and you will have learned many lessons.

5.  You will feel so good about the whole experience, you will want to help others as much as you can.

I would like to thank you for dropping by and taking these tips on board, like the good writer that you are.

If you should decide to come back to read my final post on the A to Z Challenge 2014, you might be in for a surprise.

I’ll be seeing you tomorrow, for ‘Z’ … .

Doing the right thing …

I’ve spent three months working on the latest short story to be posted here.  It’s called, ‘Debt of Honour’.  A young sailor is marooned after a mutiny, but then the ship returns to the island a year later.  The Lord might well say, ‘vengeance is mine’ but our young hero has other ideas.  I’m entering it for the Global Writers March competition, so once again, here’s hoping.  

Whilst we’re on the subject of doing the right thing, I’ve made fair progress with Chapter 1 of my novel.  The working title is, ‘A Life of Choice’ and the main character is a young man by the name of Jim Faulkner.  He looks, sounds and acts remarkably like I did at the same age when I joined up.  By this weekend I intend to have Chapter 1 edited and be working on Chapter 2. 

In the knowledge that I’m now converting my autobiography to a fictional novel (laced with fact), I am more content to continue.  I would appreciate any comments on my decisions to go down this route.  I appreciate comments or criticism of any of my writing.   

On poetry, I am underway with a series on the analysis of dreams.  I will continue with that idea.  My most difficult task in the future is to avoid spending too much time on verse because it distracts me from my ‘conventional’ writing.