1 Writing Tip = Getting Organized

Ever wonder when you’re going to get the book out of your head and finally onto paper? Don’t feel alone. Do feel motivated, however, because with InstantPublisher.com you are just words away from seeing your dream become reality! And, we want to encourage you with helpful writing tips, self-publishing advice and some of the dos and don’ts within the wonderful world of writing! We’d like to provide you with a wealth of information as you review our site and contemplate bringing your book to life!

So – you have all the information. Where? Is your life story or novel a compilation of sticky notes that lay all over the dining table that you used to eat on? Do you have piles of notes by your bedside that have now become mixed in with the laundry you left on the floor last week?

Take a deep breath. Now gather! What seems overwhelming may, indeed, be a bit of a job – but if you don’t get organized now, the book – your book, will forever remain a story in your head, and not one that was ever, or will ever be, shared with the world.

{Don’t be afraid of the word Organize! }

Don’t be afraid of the word organize! Think of it as the beginning of a new, fresh day where you can finally sit back and take a fresh breath, knowing that you have just dwindled your ever-growing To-Do list down from a thousand to two. Sound good? Now, lock the door. Turn the TV and the cell phone OFF. You have your list in hand. This is your first writing job! Yes, you are already writing by simply gathering your notes and actually beginning to sort through them.

Remember – Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t feel compelled to get every note in perfect order in one day when it took you more than a few years to rack them up to begin with! Just quietly remind yourself: You are only words away from seeing your dream become reality!

Motivation – Now let’s talk about next steps. See? You really are moving forward! Here is a bit of motivation for you regarding next steps – for now with some quotes for you to ponder! Until next time – keep getting your notes together, maintain your composure (you will get this done) and we’ll talk about your progress and perhaps even your first chapter when we catch up again!

Okay folks, this is a great one:
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~ Robert Benchley

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. ~ Joseph Pulitzer

Last but Certainly not Least…
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. ~ Napoleon Hill

Until next time…Good Luck! And start writing!

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Rewriting! Ready to Rewrite! (Writing Tip)

Here are more writing tips! Let’s get straight to the point of the pen folks! (No pen intended – I mean, no pun intended) Remember – Never fully rely on spell check as you can see above. Pen and Pun are words. Spell check does not check for “context.” Air and Err are both real words. Now, start writing and good luck! Hope you enjoy a little bit of the humor below. Writing is fun and remember you can write a book! Self-Publish with Instant Publisher!

  • Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
  • Never use double negatives.
  • Use the semicolon properly, always where it is appropriate; and never where it is not.
  • Reserve the apostrophe for it’s proper use and omit it where it is not needed.
  • Verbs have to agree with their subjects.
  • No sentence fragments.
  • Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  • Place pronouns as closely as possible, especially in long sentences.

  • Hyphenate only between syllables and avoid un-necessary hyphens.
  • Write all adverbial forms correct.
  • Do not use contractions.
  • Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
  • When you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

  • A writer must not shift your point of view.
  • Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  • It is incumbent on us to avoid archaisms.
  • If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  • Steer clear of incorrect verb forms that have snuck into the language.

  • Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors.
  • Avoid modernisms that sound flaky.
  • Avoid barbarisms: they impact too forcefully.
  • Never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
  • Everyone should be careful to use singular pronouns with singular nouns in their writing.

  • Also, avoid awkward or affected alliteration.
  • Do not string a large number of prepositional phrases together unless you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
  • Avoid overuse of “quotation” marks.
  • Never use more words than are necessary to get your point across: be concise.

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How to Write a Book & Self Publish!

So, you want to write a book? Well, you know what we think at Instant Publisher – You can write a book! And, remember – Self publishing is the leading way to get your book published today!

What Makes Your Story Unique?

Everyone has a story to tell. So – here’s the kicker. What makes your story unique? Perhaps you have an ending to a common experience that has been encountered by many – yet your ending is very different. Or, perhaps you’ve experienced something that is so unusual the whole world will want to read about it!

The Key to Success.

The key to success is – Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t doubt the importance of your story. And, as we’ve said many times before at IP – no one will know about your story if you don’t start writing! And, you’ll never finish your book if you don’t start writing!

Again, edits are probably the one thing that new authors worry about the most. Don’t! Write freely and edit later – or, if you choose – edit by chapter. Either way, you’ll still be writing and on your way to completing and self publishing your book!

Clearly Define Your Characters.

Here are a few writing tips for you that are very important to remember as you write – perhaps for the very first time. Remember… Clearly define your characters.

Remember and Explain the Who, What, Why, When and Where.

Even though you aren’t writing a journalism paper, you still want to remember and explain the who, what, why, when and where. Who are your characters and why are they doing what they’re doing? Why are they where they are? Typically you will only have to focus on defining characters when you are writing a novel. It is important, however, to remember to clearly define your plot when writing fiction or non-fiction. Does non-fiction have a plot? Well, let’s just say that your non-fiction book has a theme. Every thing you write surrounds this theme. So, everything you disclose and convey in your writing needs to support this theme. You see? It’s almost like building a house. Make sure that your foundation is set and firm. Then start building. Have a clear vision of how the story will be viewed and perceived in the end.

As You Write – Ask Yourself Questions.

(as you re-read…and you will re-read, but don’t overdo it!)

  • Is my foundation set?
  • Is my foundation clear and concise and understandable?
  • Is this an easy read, or am I causing too much work for my reader? (You want the reader to enjoy, not be overwhelmed and lay the book down.)
  • Am I supporting my foundation/theme with strong explanations without “over explaining?”

Does Your Novel, Answer the Following:

  • Is my plot clearly coming across? Is the reader “getting it?”
  • Have I clearly defined (and introduced) my characters without “over explaining?”

Remember – NEVER “Over Explain.”

Some people refer to this as being too overt. You don’t want to be too covert in your writing, but remember that one of the keys to continue sparked interest in your book is to cause the reader to be enticed with your story – “engaged” by your writing style – and cause them to “anticipate.”

Once you ask yourself a few of these initial questions and make sure you are on target – then keep writing, knowing your going in the right direction.

Good luck! Start writing! And – don’t give up! Everyone has a story to tell and you can write a book.

We wish you great success and look forward to seeing your manuscript! Just think – as soon as your book is finished, it’s ready to be printed and published and sold to the world!

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Today’s Writing Tips are for Inspiration and Organization!

{ It’s time! Bring Out The Book in You! }

Remember a few things first:

1) Give some thought to plot.

2) Complete a first draft.

3) Be prepared to revise.

4) Get feedback.

5) Put it aside.

Who is your favorite writer? Read their work. You certainly won’t copy them, but just reading their work will sometimes serve as inspiration for you. Like an artist sometimes views many pictures before they finally begin to draw.

Take a walk – a real walk. Is there a park nearby, or a lake? Go somewhere where you can actually be in nature and enjoy the simple beauty. Make SURE to bring your pad and pen! (Always!)

Now, when you feel as if you are getting a bit more inspired, then begin thinking of your plot. Start free writing. Just write what comes to mind and do NOT worry about editing right now. Next, make your first draft and be prepared to revise because you will revise and probably revise more than twice! Always get feedback from an objective person. Mom may not work too well. Finally, put it aside. Yes, simply walk off from your masterpiece in work for an entire day. Make sure when you go to bed at night you have the pad and pen handy! You may need it!

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