Writing Errors Make You Look Unprofessional

Check grammar            Proofread             Edit Your book is your new business card. You have spent the time and money to make sure that both look professional. Communicating your thoughts and ideas can get lost, however, when your writing is filled with grammar mistakes or the failure to edit. Make certain that your writing is a professional [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|

Writing Mistakes that Confuse Readers

Credibility Counts        Write Professionally      Skip the Slang               When writing, each word counts. Don’t waste words using idioms, clichés, jargon, slang, or euphemisms. Idioms are unique to every culture and language. But they do not always translate well. In English, an uninformed person can be said to be in the dark, whereas in Polish, that person [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|

Ultimate Proofreading Tool: Reading Aloud

Revision Strategies        Errors Happen             Grammar and Flow Check   Reading your writing aloud is a good way to check your grammar and the flow of your sentences. The process helps you notice things that you did not see before. If you stumble while you read, you may have skipped a word. If you are out [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|

Descriptive Writing

Show Don’t Tell            Paint a Picture with Words              Details   Descriptive writing appeals to all of the reader’s senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste. Good descriptive writing can evoke feelings in a person. If you find your writing too vague, go into the details of the person, scene, or object. Use words that show [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|

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 it [...]

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|