Who hates editing? I do. It takes away the fun of writing a big document, book or paper. But it has to be done.
I found a painless way to get editing done immediately. Or almost immediately.
It’s a computer editing ap called Grammarly. Once installed in the computer it catches every little slip of spelling and punctuation as I write.
It’s awesome. I write fast and not that accurately – at first. You know how writers write – get it down fast- before the inspiration disappears, and there are lots of slips.
The hard way to get edited can be painful. I belong to a writing critique group. Before Grammarly, I got good praise and encouragement, (thank goodness), but also a lot of red editing marks on my document. Horrors.
Then I had to rewrite and edit all the grammatical and spelling errors. Of course, I couldn’t remember some of my high school grammar classes. That was a long time ago.
Once I started to use Grammarly with it’s fine attention to detail, my documents got so much better with fewer editing errors.
The great thing about Grammarly is that it edits everything I write on my computer, my manuscript, blog posts, emails, Facebook posts. It’s painless!
It’s not just for authors. It’s for anyone who uses a computer to write anything that needs editing.
The Writers’ League Of The Villages – WLOV – is hosting the Central Florida Book and Author Expo.
Are you and avid reader? Want your children or grandchildren to love reading? Come to The Book and Author Expo. Over 40 authors will showcase their books for purchase. Many different genres are available: books for children, fiction, romance, mystery, thriller, business, sports, historical fiction, non-fiction.
Meet the many talented authors in Central Florida, get to know them and get a book signed.
Tell everyone about this exciting, fun event. Something for everyone, young or old. Prizes too!
Save The Date: January 28, 2017, 9.00am to 3.00pm
Place: The Eisenhower Recreation Center, The Villages, Florida.
Are you a writer? Explore what The Writers’ League of The Villages has to offer writers. It is the ‘umbrella’ organization that supports and encourages writers who live in The Villages. Whether you are a newbie writer or established, this organization is for everyone. WLOV
Have you ever visited the amazing Eisenhower Rec Center? Its is worth a trip if you have never been. It is a museum with memorabilia from the military donated by veterans. Very moving.
See the video about the Central Florida Book and Author Expo:
The first page is important to hook the reader to continue to read and turn the pages. There must be something that entices a reader to be curious and to think and feel deeply, to get an indication of the depth of the journey of curiosity and emotional connection to the protagonist and the dilemma presented right on the first page.
The Eagles’ ‘The Heart Of The Matter’ was about deep emotions; love, loss, forgiveness. So your reader must feel that the journey to the heart of the matter of your book will be a powerful experience, the whole way through. It starts with the first page.
My first attempts did not have a hook to get the reader to carry on turning pages. My writers’ group made that painfully obvious with my first attempts. They helped me feel better when they told me that it’s normal to take a long time to get it right. I have written and rewritten and agonized over my first page. I am not alone in that process.
Some thoughts to create a hook.
*The main character is immediately present.
*Action is already happening in a setting that is interesting.
*Some challenge reveals the hidden goals, desires, needs or fears.
*Dialogue brings action alive.
*Some indication of plot goal.
Then the reader will continue to read, and the others too!
Resource for writing: ‘Writing The Heart of Your Story’ by C.S. Larkin