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How to finish your writing project

I was surprised at one of my recent book signings of Shifting Sands Short Stories
by the following question:

“I am on chapter six, how do I finish my book,” a woman asked me at Girls Night Out on Oct. 19 in downtown Lowell @Sweet Seasons.

Here is what I have gathered over the years about  finishing​ any big writing project like a book or a script.

Writing tips

How to finish your book or script

1- Set a target finish goal, something that’s important to you like your birthday, a national holiday or Mother’s Day.

2- Write every day a quota of pages, for example 5 pages.

3- Always have an end in mind for the final book or script, but also for each chapter or scene.

4- Ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish in this chapter?

5- A loose flexible outline always helps.

6- Establish a reward program for yourself after each chapter.

7- Create a cover or poster early on even as a draft. It will help you visualize the book, play or film and the entire process.

8- Have a color theme in mind for the characters and the book overall. Some colors are harmonious, others create conflict.

9- Be cohesive.

10- Explore, observe, discover. I especially like these three verbs that I found on a sign by the Wittenbach nature center. They will continue to feed your inspiration and motivation. And in turn, the reader will keep turning the pages.

11- Use character compass to balance out your stories. That means the right amount of thoughts, appearance, action and dialogue.

12-Don’t forget about the location and tension.

 

13-Don’t let any project become your Ghoulish project that will haunt you.

 

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A personalized book campaign

As I Launch the second phase of my Storyteller 2017 book marketing campaign, I am looking forward to more physical encounters with readers during book signings and other author’s events.

“You cannot bypass the excitement of meeting a live author,” advised my neighbor, who works with authors during the formatting of their books.

During my book signings of Shifting Sands Short Stories at Fallasburg, Tina Siciliano Cadwallader, vice-president of the Fallasburg Historical Society agreed.

“We like having a local author here,” she said.

 

In an era of the Mighty Internet, it is too easy to hide behind its anonymous face without ever stepping out of the author’s shell.

And even though, there are millions of authors around the world, each author is unique with a unique voice and a unique set of experiences.

The same goes for the reader, who seeks to fulfill various desires by reading different books. Each reader is unique.

The task is to match up the book to the readers’ desires. It almost seems impossible. However, authors over the centuries, did connect with the readers before the era of the Internet.

This is my plan:

I want to be as personal as possible, and make my book available to anyone. That means reaching out to a broad audience.

Right now, my book is available throughout the Kent District Library (KDL) libraries in Kent County, in Hastings and in Big Rapids. I will continue to work on putting more books out into the libraries.

It is available at the local Schuler Books stores in Grand Rapids and Lansing. I will make sure that it will be available at other independent book stores in Michigan.

My book also made it back to the old country of former Czechoslovakia. It is up for translation now into Czech language.

My goal is to approach the University of Michigan, Department of Slavic languages, with a proposal for their students to translate the book into Czech as their thesis work.

I want to be present during the upcoming area events:

October 19, Girls Night Out..Lowell

October 28, Holiday Market, Bannister

Nov. 17, 18 & 19, Christmas through Lowell

Nov. 7- Dec. 23, Holiday Artists Market, Lowell Arts Gallery

So, pick up your copy of Shifting Sands Short Stories and bring it to any of my events for autograph.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/152130226X

Link to reviews on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/review/createreview/ref=cm_cr_dp_mb_wr_but?

I appreciate all reviews. See you at my events.

More events to be announced.

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Storyteller 2017, the third circle with book excerpts — emmapalova

Storyteller 2017 -part VI I have named my book campaign Storyteller2017 because I am so excited about this epic year full of big changes. Follow me on my journey from writer journalist to author of Shifting Sands Short Stories to be released on June 30 on Amazon. This is the sixth part of the Storyteller […]

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