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BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 6: The Power Of A Draft

Start.

Start now. But start!

What makes a draft so powerful is that it is the representation of your idea. These ideas you have pushed from your mind through your hands! You did it, you are doing it, you are drafting it.

There are three things that make a draft powerful.

CREATION. First drafts are messy. They are confusing! They are like cutting through a forest with a whole pocket knife! The process can be chaotic and scary. But there is joy there. What is the joy? Where is the joy? It comes from the face you began. Since you began, continue.

INSPIRATION. In creating of a new stories, in the creating of new people, there are no rules. You are able to pull from all experiences (real, imagined and reimaged) to create the world that you want. Don’t lose sight of that.

RESTART. Remember, writing is a process! Until you get everything out of you, there is no way to know what else is there. This is what second drafts are for! In order to add to what you want, to fix what you want, to see what could be there–the pages cannot be blank.

The blank pages are the enemy. Subdue them–ruthlessly.

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BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 5: Traditional Books Vs. Ebooks

I know the debate between traditional/physical books and e-books is always evolving.

I also know that the passion to write is independent of books and their formatting. Allow this post to be your reminder to what it is you want to do! Formatting, page counts, they will always be there. That is the trouble of the work. It is just what we have to deal with. The quicker you get used to that, the easier your time writing will be and become.

What I will tell you as a cardinal rule is this:

If you want something quick, make an e-book.

If you want to say a lot more, do a BOTH (a physical book and a e-book).

The Break-Down:

Giving your readers options allows you as the writer to broaden your fan base, expose them to other stories you are working on, as well as builds the confidence you need (or will need) to continue writing the work you want. As a writer you must learn to cultivate as well as build. You do this when you master all tools at your disposal.

A good craftsman doesn’t ignore his tools–or how to reuse what has been overlooked.

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BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 5: Traditional Books Vs. Ebooks

Readers are as fickle as they are astute. Don’t miss that! Do NOT ignore this!

Readers like what they like and they rarely deviate from that. There are books that I like in e-format and there are books that need (not want!) to have in physical form. One of the things that is great about having a book in dual format is you will appeal to a greater audience!

APPEAL IS A PART OF MARKETING!

I cannot tell you how valuable it is to consider the appeal of your book so you know just how to market it! As great as it is so have finished a book, it is even better when you can sell a lot of them! Did I mention that e-books are good for the environment? They are!

Besides, the readers are going to be your best judge.

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BOOK IN A YEAR SERIES-MONTH 5: Traditional Books Vs. Ebooks

Decisions, decisions.

In this jungle of self-publishing, writing is only half the battle. The next thing is to decide your format.

Traditional books are physical books—paperback or hardback.

E-books are just that—electronic books. There is a reason Amazon has made so much money with Kindle! I mean, as a bibliophile? I love being able to take my entire library with me ALL THE TIME.

What I want you to remember both have their advantages, and disadvantages. But know that you are in control. It is important to research your options, as well as what your work requires.

Some things to consider while deciding which set up is right for you and your story:

What is the genre?

Word count?

Is this a collaboration with another writer or an anthology?

Page length?

What is the publishing date?

All these things matter when making the transition from messy idea to final draft. The work has to consider not just the ease of formatting—but the ease that is translated to the reader.

Go forth and write!

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Encouragement Pages-04/14/2021

Your story is yours. Read it again.

The story you want to write has two owners: yours as the writer and the people that love what you have written. The story, the people, the places, the worlds–they are yours. They are meant for consumption, enjoyment, information, and for the desire of the seeking reader.

For them, for you, keep writing.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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Book In A Year Series-Month 4: Out Of Whole Cloth, Or Not (Or The Danger Of Open Sources)

Writers are known to make things up as you go.

Even the writer Tananarive Due said that sometimes, as a writer, that you must ‘make up’ what you need. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, yet, there are things that you must be mindful of.

A good rule of thumb as a writer is that if you have elements in your story that have a basis in your current reality (geography, specific people, certain lore, etc), you need to have a trusted site to reference. Here is where we get tp the meat of the matter: open sources vs. closed sources.

Open sources: this is software (or a cite) that everyone can see, anyone can modify and can share as they see fit. Since these sources are not regulated, they are not trusted. This is why Wikipedia is not a trusted source.

Closed sources:  systems use code that is proprietary and kept secret to prevent its use by other entities. Traditionally, they are sold for a profit. Only the original authors of software can access, copy, and alter that software. These are articles are found on search engines (Google, Bing, etc).

What I want you to remember on your journey to writing is you always want to use a closed source because it will grant you accurate information. When you are constructing a world, you need accurate information. Once you have a foundation of information, you can augment as you see fit–but you need that foundation to be sure!

Research Tip #2: Bookmark your resource sites, It will save your heartache in the long run. You’re welcome.

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Book In A Year Series: Month 3-Maintaining Focus

Top two rules to writing:

1.) Believe in yourself.

2.) Repeat Step 1.

One of the most important things to have while writing a book is the belief that you can. If you don’t have the belief that you can, nothing else can be done!

The belief in yourself is essential and can only come from within yourself. It comes from the most basic thing, owning your idea—and doing it completely.

That belief that what you have started is yours to finish—and you can finish it! All writers, no matter how accomplished, start with this simple belief that you can write down what you dream up.

You are no different. You are no less talented.

Honor your creativity…and write.