Writing about Overcoming Adversity

Descriptive and Prescriptive           Inspiration           Encouragement   Many a college student pondered writing an entrance essay on “How I overcame adversity” when they had a trouble-free life. But, you haven’t and you have a book in you to tell everyone how you can overcome adversity or obstacles in your life successfully. How do you get started? [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|

Autobiography or Memoir

Truth or Drama        Stranger than Fiction                       Your Personal Journey in Life There are differences between a memoir and an autobiography, although the two are often used interchangeably now with memoir the method of choice. Technically, an autobiography is a chronological account of the writer’s entire life—a personal history. A memoir, however, is about a particular [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|

Writing Your Family History

Your Family Is Important               Tell their Story              Make it Personal Computer programs allow you to create beautiful family trees, charts, and group sheets. Don’t just organize them from your earliest ancestor to your present day families, print them, and call it your family story. It is the lineage of your family—a wonderful thing to behold—but [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|

Writing in the Third Person

Multiple Perspectives    Broader Character Choice     All-knowing Information   Most academic writing is written in the third person point of view to remain objective. Biographies also use the third person perspective. In contrast, using the third person perspective allows the narrator the freedom to be inside the minds of all the characters in a story. Writing [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|

Writing in the First Person

  Point of View                Perspective          Me, Myself, and I   Each person or character in your book will have a different perspective--a point of view. The first-person point of view is used primarily for autobiographical writing, such as a personal essay or a memoir. Academics and journalists usually avoid the first person in their writing [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|

Interviewing Techniques

Thanks for the Memories       Who, Where, and Why?                   Record if Possible When writing a family history, a good interview will yield memories and new information. An interview with an expert can give credence to your how-to or self-help book. Good, open-ended questions (those that can’t be answered with a yes or no) are crucial to [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|

Parts of a Book

Establish Credibility and Professionalism                   Identify and Define  Properly presenting the parts of book imparts credibility and professionalism to your book. A book is divided into three parts: the front matter, the body, and the back matter. Writing the Dedication, Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgement, and the Prologue usually confuse new writers. Here are some tips to get [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|

Writing a Table of Contents

Create Your Template            A Readers’ Guide                    Marketing Tool   A Table of Contents in a book creates a navigation tool for the reader. A traditional publisher will require one. Readers also judge your book by your Table of Contents. Amazon features the Look Inside! feature to entice readers to get a quick look [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|

Creating a Book Title

Maximize Your Choices                  Identify the Elements            Pique Curiosity A book’s title grab’s attention, should be easy to remember, and should connect to the story or research, if non-fiction. The title may come to you as you write your story or may be a memorable line from the story. It could be the main character’s [...]

By | July 25th, 2017|

Organizing Your Writing

Your Outline = Your Lifeline     Estimate, Identify, Enhance      Set up Categories Whatever type of book that you are writing—memoir, autobiography, novel, how-to, self-help, cookbook, non-fiction—organization is key. Begin with an outline. When you get stuck in a writer’s block or when you think you cannot finish, your outline will get you through. Your outline will [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|