As promised, we are back for the second round of Wisdom Wednesday this week!
Today, I have author June Foster with us, and she has laid out a wonderful step by step writing tip guide.
Plus, she is giving away an e-book copy of her newest release, so make sure you comment below!
Name: June Foster
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Latest Novel: A Harvest of Blessings
Since I always seem to have a deadline, I love reading “how to” articles that are short and list the points with bullets. Could be I’m a minimalist. At least my daughter tells me I am.
Not sure if you’re like me, but a fantastic story idea suddenly occupies my brain, demanding to be told. I can see the setting and the characters as if a little TV had taken up residence in my mind. I wish the rest was that simple. Hopefully these steps will make it a little easier.
*After you’ve opened up a new doc, begin a process I call free writing. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or sentence structure. Just get your idea down in print. Let it flow without telling yourself this is lousy stuff. You can write the whole book like this or just a chapter at a time.
*Begin refining what you’ve written by examining the content. Does each event move the story forward? Are the character’s believable? Are your facts accurate? If not delete or tweak.
*After you’re pretty happy with the story, then examine sentence structure, action beats, sentence variation, and word choice. An author once suggested I make my writing sound more elegant. Will the narrative catch and hold the reader’s attention?
*Now go on a treasure hunt in every chapter. Use the “Find” function on the “Home” button on Word. Check for pet words. Any word can be a pet word if you use it too frequently. Here are some I tend to overuse. Just, still, that, back. Check for the over use of ing and ly.
* Run the spell/grammar check and see what turns up.
*Read each chapter aloud. You’ll be amazed what tweaks you need to make.
So, hopefully these points will help to simplify your writing process. Happy writing!
June, this is a wonderful list! I learned the hard way, (after a couple unfinished manuscripts) that I have to write the whole story first before I do any editing. Now, I’m trying to get myself to realize that I don’t have to write the story in order at first. That one is still hard for me, but I’m working at it!
If you’ve been hanging out around my blog for long, you know that I love lists. This is a list that I will definitely print out and hang beside my computer!
If there’s one thing Nadia Maguire knows, Jon Maguire robbed her of a godly marriage and left her in financial ruin. The night he was killed in an accident, guilt threatened to suffocate her. She wasn’t sorry he died.
When Nadia accidentally sits on a stranger’s lap in the graveyard where Jon is buried, she’s horrified to learn the good-looking guy with salt and pepper hair is her new boss.
Jared Abrams is a widower who longs to move on. He’s intrigued by the beautiful woman who puts God first in her life. But as their friendship grows, an unexpected obstacle separates them—his daughter Sarah. No one can replace her mother. Especially not Nadia Maguire whose son harmed her in high school.
If Nadia can’t find the funds to get her house ready to sell, she’ll have to balance two jobs with no time left to nurture a relationship with the man she loves. Will she and Jared find a Harvest of Blessings, or a season of drought?
June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her contemporary romances. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at junefoster.com.
Thank you June for that fantastic How To Writing Checklist!
Make sure you check out June’s newest release, A Harvest of Blessings and connect with her on social media.
Thank you for joining us today for this special edition of Wisdom Wednesday. June is graciously giving away an ebook copy of her book, so to be entered into the drawing, tell us in the comments below what part of June’s checklist you are most excited about trying. Winner will be announced in the comments section by 9/26/18.