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.
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.
Introduction: Two years ago I started my writing journey with WordPress to help promote all my writings. That’s where the name of the flagship blog EW Emma’s Writings comes from. Since then I have created a portfolio of 10 blogs covering a wide range of topics from writing, blogging, travel, food, health, wellness, beer & wine, homes & gardens and farming. I put all that under the umbrella of Emma Blogs LLC.
Lowell, MI- I published my first post on WordPress on January 14, 2013. It was my author’s bio that I had later moved into About section. I introduced myself in a story with an author’s photo.
One hundred and ninety-eight posts later, I am grateful that I had chosen the WordPress platform. It was a pure coincidence. I wanted to like and comment on the Hawkins Chamber of Commerce in Texas, and I was directed to the press site.
I wanted a blog anyways after Writer’s Digest suggested that every writer should have a blog or a website. At the time I started writing memoir “Greenwich Meridian” and I needed the exposure.
And I fell in love with WordPress for its finesse, sophistication, the variety of themes and the community in general. I found Rumanian colleagues Valeriu dg Barbu and Cristian Mihai, French photographer redstuffdan and many others, whose work I admire. They inspire me in my writings.
I started learning the ropes. Coming fresh from the print media, it was very different. I must say that I like new things, and this was right up my alley.
The constant challenge of change, new themes, new ways of posting, the speed and the prompts delight me.
I feel like I am being pulled deeper and deeper in. Like today’s prompt in The Daily Post “Connect the Dots,” Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.
While sitting in a folding rocking chair in front of the wood stove, I reached into the library and grabbed “The People’s Chronology” and the third sentence on page 82 is entertaining in itself. For once I got lucky.
It reads: “Canon of Medicine by the Arab physician Avicenna (Abu Sina) follows the thinking of Aristotle and Galen but is so well written and organized that it will be a major influence on medical thinking for centuries.”
I couldn’t ask for a better prompt.
Ironically in my Internet discussion section on EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com I ask the question, “Where will the Internet take us?”
Today I realize the real question is, “Where will we take the Internet?”
I took it to the next level. In July, I started my writing a nd blog design company on WordPress, Emma Blogs LLC. It is a portfolio of 10 blogs that covers a wide range of topics from health, outdoors, homes to brides and farming suited for advertising, whether affiliate or traditional.
“Great articles you post on your blog, I have shared this article on my twitter.”
And I really find the happiness engineering support team helpful.
And as I ask in my story interviews, “What don’t you like about so and so?”
Off the top of my head, I really can’t think of a single thing that would stand out that I don’t like about WordPress. I might think of something later as I roll in the bed in the wee morning hours with my chronic insomnia.
Thank you for two great years.
Watch for my series “New Eyes with Dr. Verdier” that I published in 2014 about my near blindness due to cataracts in both eyes.