Ron’s Lit Tip Slow Down the Writing

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09 24 2020

Welcome to Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you.

Have you rushed your story?

Perhaps you had a story bursting to be told. You sat down and started writing. You wrote and wrote. It seemed to flow from your brain to your fingers. Your imagination was on fire! And you continued to write.

Finally, it was done, and you felt ready to be published. Perhaps you asked a friend to proofread it, not for mistakes but accolades. Or perhaps you decided to read it through anticipating another surge of pleasure. Alas, that’s not how it went.

Instead your friend tried to be gentle, but she had to point out the errors, lots of errors. Over a hundred errors! Or your own reading revealed the multitude of errors. In either case you are flabbergasted, shocked beyond belief!

On top of all that your masterpiece looked disorganized, and just plain crummy.

Devastated you pick up the typed manuscript and rip it to shreds before dumping the remains into your wastebasket.

What went wrong?

You’ve made 3 Key Mistakes

1 – You rushed it! There is nothing wrong with working hard on your story, but the truth is there is preparation before you start writing. If you start writing first, just remember that chances are you will have extra work later on.

The better approach is to start asking questions about the story you want to write. Basically, they are the Who, What, When, and Where questions with a How included. Some writers do that first, some while they write, but in either case it needs to be done. Some experts suggest breaking the process into time schedules. Whatever works for you. I don’t have a time schedule like that. Years of writing have developed habits that involve both the writing and the necessary research and editing.

2- First Draft. This is where the 2nd mistake takes place. You’ve finished the book or thought you had done so, and you seek to get it published. But the truth is this is your first draft and first drafts are rarely ready to be published. You need to review, edit, and repeat. Some writers hold off until the end before reviewing and editing. I often do it more frequently, perhaps every chapter and with a final review and edit at the conclusion.

This seems time-consuming, but for me it breaks the process up and sometimes leads to a reevaluation of the entire story. Whether fiction or non-fiction you will need to have some kind of review and edit.

3 – You Quit. This is the third and worst mistake. It stems from the first two mistakes where you rushed it and got discouraged by the results. Instead of quitting you want to respond with more energy and determination to finish the story. Take a look at the first draft and identify the good parts, the fixable parts, and the wastebasket parts. Wastebasket parts are those parts that don’t have a place in your book.

When I wrote the nonfiction book Trump an Outsider’s View, I realized from the start I had to go slow. I was going to be covering a lot of material and needed to get it right the first time. So, I was forced from the beginning to do diligent research. As mentioned above, I performed the review and edit tasks as I was writing the story. So, the completed draft was not just my first draft, but my second and third drafts. But I still needed to review it.

It was hard work, under time pressure because it needed to be published before the election, and frustrating. But I believed in the project and pressed on so that by October 1st the book was already out and being marketed.

Tip: Slow down, edit, and never quit.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. #Writingservices

Ron’s Tip of the Day Tracking

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Tracking.

Tracking?

By Tracking I am speaking of tracking your book. It could be Sales, Royalties, Reviews, or something altogether different. There are a lot of methods out there and I assume they are successful, especially if they’ve been around a lot.

This blog is not about a method, but rather the need for some kind of tracking.

Why is it Needful?

Primarily so you can stay on top of how well your book(s) are doing. If you are not interested in making money off your writing, then the need to track book sales diminishes. But if you want to have a knowledge of book sales, royalties, or whatever then tracking is a must.

Some Tracking Methods are Time Consuming.

I’ve seen some methods that require you investing a great amount of time. If you have time, then I guess that’s fine. But most of us would rather invest that time into writing.

Some Tracking Methods are Expensive.

This is something you need to watch. You don’t want to get trapped into a costly system.

What Should I Do?

You need to weigh the time needed and the cost required against you budgets, your time budget and your cash budget. I have a variety of tasks that I must do every week, and in some cases every day. So, time is essential.  And, of course, watching the financial budget is also a necessity.

Consider how frequently would you need to know how your business is doing. Daily? Weekly? Or perhaps longer like monthly or quarterly. Everybody has different needs. You need to find out yours and go from there.

You might find that the more frequent your reports the more work it entails.

Tip of the Day: Your needs determine the frequency and depth of your tracking.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Ron’s Tip of the Day Commitment

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Commitment.

What commitment?

Commitment means you are in it for the long haul even if there are obstacles. Commitment to what is the question. I write a blog, am I committed to it? I write books am I committed to it?

Question: What does it take to stop you?

The answer to that question reveals how committed you are, and it tells you what you need to do to be more committed.

Instead of measuring yourself by sales and royalties do this:

Measure yourself by these simple questions: Do I still enjoy writing? Am I working to improve my writing? Am I a fan of my own books? Am I willing to put in long hours writing?

Do You Enjoy Writing?

A very simple question. Only you know the answer, but it is no then you need recharged or another avocation.

Are You Trying to Improve Your Writing?

Are you reading other authors to pick up ideas?

Do You Put in the Time?

Do you have a tight schedule or are you going beyond scheduled time at least some of the time?

Tip of the Day: Re-evaluate yourself periodically.

You can get our free Guide to Writing by contacting us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Plus we will send you our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Ron’s Tip of the Day Scheduling

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Today I am looking at Scheduling.

Scheduling seems like a “Duh” item. But I believe all of us need a refresher once in a while. This is another thing taken from our Guide to Writing that is given to prospective clients.

Why is it Important?

First of all, it is important. God through His Word has told us to Redeem the time. Now that is talking primarily about salvation. But redeeming the time is making good use of your time. We often wait on making decisions or action upon decisions until it is almost too late or is too late.

Secondly, scheduling is more than setting a time for a particular task. It is making priorities!

When you think of it as making priorities you should be focusing on the most important tasks and goals.

What is a Good Scheduling Task?

In my opinion, it is the old fashioned “to do” list. It has changed over the years, but it still is simple. To be a successful tool, it needs to be practiced daily and kept simple.

Tip of the Day: Make and keep a daily ‘To Do’ List.

For information on TR Writing Services (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”)  contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Our Free booklet tells you about our services. And we are upfront on our prices (all are low).

VISIT MY AUTHOR’S PAGE TODAY: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews for R. Frederick Riddle and Tess Riddle books. I value your reviews.

If you would like to review our books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or Epub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.