Finished the First Draft

Here is excellent advice on what to do with your completed first draft, and how to go about the editing process. I’m keeping this info handy!

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Finished the First Draft

Once you have poured your heart and soul onto the page, you can’t help dreaming this manuscript could be a best seller. I think most writers have that thought cross their mind each time they type The End.

Before you start planning on spending the millions your book is going to make, you need to do a couple of things first.

  1. Set the work aside for a week to a month, depending on how impatient you are. Let things settle in your mind, work on another piece of writing or an outline for a new story. Do not touch what you just finished, no matter how great the urge.

Tic-toc. Tic-toc. Tic-toc.

  1. Time has passed. Pick up the manuscript you finished and read it. Keep a notebook handy, because you will find things that need to be fixed. Whether it’s punctuation, grammar, or plot holes. Make…

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The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid

The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid. I do not have permission to copy/paste the article here, If you are struggling with getting your book noticed, trying to promote your work, and feeling a little overhwhelmed, please click on the http link above. It may prove helpful in determining whether or not email/newsletter … Continue reading The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid

Feeding is not nourishing…

King David, the Psalmist, prayed, “Lord, restore unto me the joy of my salvation.” Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit, which God gives to us freely when we keep our relationship with Him in sync. Praising God with my full attention, with my whole heart gives me supreme joy. “I could sing of His love forever. . .”


Busy-ness and stress are no strangers in my life. I am adept at managing it all. To replenish my energy, I meditated, slept the requisite 6 hours, ate nutritious food, made lists and check them off – everything to ensure daily life ticks over as it should. Well, I probably could have gotten more than 6 hours sleep if I ‘gave up’ writing but life would be unbearable :-).

Then a friend reminded me to nourish myself. It was then I realised in the midst of ‘doing’ living, I’d somehow forgotten to care for myself. You see, to look after myself as in to nourish myself takes more than eating the right foods and sleeping the recommended number of hours. I know this.

In essence, nourishing is more than meeting biological or physiological needs. Nourishing is about feeding the spirit and soul. By the way, nourish comes from the…

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