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I haven’t actually written a post for a while, but I hope everyone has enjoyed the reblogs.

If you follow my FaceBook page you know I’ve been busy running through edits with my editor and that the title of my novel changed from “Hidden Tears” to “The Truth She Knew”. My editor felt the new title encompassed the story on a much deeper level.

We are currently working on the cover as well as the blurb and I should be finalizing those soon. The other exciting news is that “The Truth She Knew” has changed from a stand alone novel to a series. I’m currently 30 pages deep into writing book two.

I also sent the novel to my first beta reader and here is a little bit of what she had to say.

“I cried, I laughed, I was hot mad, and I couldn’t put this book down. For the first time in my 46 years, I took a book with me to run errands and read it while waiting at the drive-thru! I’m going to dream about book 2 tonight just so I can know what happens next.”

I’ve learned so much from working with a professional editor and moving through the process of publishing. I’ve been surrounded by wonderful people that are supportive and excited. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Until Next Time…

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writer's toolsIf you missed the last two posts concerning saving money on edits, just hop on over and get caught up. Just click here and here.

Another priceless resource I used in my writing process was K.M. Weiland’s “Structuring Your Novel Workbook“. Although I didn’t use the workbook in  conjunction with her book “Structuring Your Novel” I found it incredibly helpful as a stand alone tool.

If you’re confused about how fiction books are structured, K.M. Weiland’s workbook will take you step-by-step in understanding and planning your plot points. Her books are clear and to the point.

K.M. is full of additional and free resources as well, but she is a powerhouse when it comes to structure.

I recognize there is controversy whether to plan or not but if you, at least, take the time to establish your hook, plot point one, two, three, and the climax of your story you will save yourself hours of stress and frustration. How do I know? Experience.

I hired an amazing editor who used to work for Harper Collins. I can’t say enough awesome things about her and even though I have plenty of edits for my novel I do NOT have rewrites, plot holes, issues with dialogue, and I only have minor characterization issues with one character. Not only would I have spent hundreds of dollars more if I had the above issues I might have given up when the edits came back.

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save moneyI mentioned in my last post that I stomped around like a little kid when I thought about outlining my upcoming novel (click here to read “How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars On Editing“). In fact, I pretty much threw a fit for several weeks until I went back and visited Larry Brook’s website and printed off the beat sheet.

Now, anyone who follows Larry knows he’s a bit of a hard *ss. His delivery can be almost rude and can easily discourage new writers. But, he knows his stuff, and he’s excellent at what he does.

Here’s the link to the beat sheet so you can easily follow along. And, don’t forget, using this tool saved me hundreds of dollars in the developmental editing stage!  http://storyfix.com/blank-beat-sheet-form

After my temper tantrum, I looked over my freshly printed beat sheet and filled out what I already knew in the story. The ending came to me first, so I filled in what was the 3rd plot point, and then I backed up from there. I then wrote down my opening including my hook and wrote a brief sentence of the scene that happened next, then next, and then next until I reached plot point 1, midpoint, etc. Before I realized it, I had my book planned out. There were times I wasn’t sure what happened next, but reviewing the previous scenes helped me stay on track.

Now, what was amazingly easy was changing my one sentence when a scene changed. This happened several times as I wrote and the story developed, but since I had a strong foundation, I stayed on track with my story.

Do you know the most amazing thing that happened by using this tool? It’s not the money I saved, although that was fantastic. I had the first draft with NO MAJOR REWRITES! The development of the story was strong. By planning out the plot points and just a bit of information that connected my scenes together I had a solid rough draft.

Now, don’t forget that developmental editing is not copyediting. Developmental editing covers the plot, characterization, pacing, and story development. Every novel needs this type of editing as well as copyediting.

Stay tuned for the additional low cost and free resources I used to save hundreds of dollars on developmental edits.

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More moneyEveryone loves saving money, but sometimes I don’t want to go the extra effort to do so. This time, however, I did take the extra steps and I saved hundreds of dollars. I was thrilled!

If you’re following my posts on Facebook (facebook https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby/) you know my upcoming novel was sent to my editor January 15th. I sent her 75 pages of my manuscript in order for her to present a scope of work and price. This is what she wrote back:

“I’ve spent some time with chapters of Tears in the Sun, and overall your development and plot are strong. You’re a good writer, and the story is intriguing. You only need light developmental editing.”

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I was so excited I didn’t sleep that night! The next day I finally got over myself and looked back at what I did that saved me money, and I laughed. The one thing I dreaded so much ended up being my best friend. And what was it? What did I do that not only saved me money but kept my sanity in tact?

I planned. I won’t say I outlined because that rubs people the wrong way just like it did me. When I began the novel I stomped around like a little kid and refused to outline. How dare it stop my creativity, who says I have to outline? This is MY book and I can break the rules if I want too. But, then I realized, that if someone’s intention is to become a best-selling author they need to act and think like a best-selling author and that means implementing solid strategies that WORK. Best-selling authors did not break the rules with their first several books.

Okay, enough said. We’re all intelligent people. If you dread the thought of outlining then there is another way than writing roman numerals and a. b. and c. under headings. I think so many people had that yucky experience in school that it throws them off when it comes to writing a novel. Give that old thinking a kick in the butt and allow the idea that there is something easier that will produce the same or even better results without losing your creativity! It will actually enhance it.

Over the next few posts, I’ll share the tools I used and also where you can grab them for yourself. These tools boosted my creativity, allowed me to shift gears when my characters demanded I go another direction, and actually KEPT me on track. At the time I was writing the novel I was working a part-time job, running my resume business part-time, selling a home, buying a new home, and moving. There were times I didn’t write for days, but on Sunday, my one day off, I would write 40-60 pages only stopping for pee breaks and snacks. I easily dialed back into the zone even when I had to go three weeks without writing a word! You can do it too.

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I stumbled across this fantastic resource and wanted to share with you. I’d love to hear any feedback.

 

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I found this infographic and loved the information it provided.

15 facts about self-publishing [infographic]

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Wow, I can’t believe the holidays are almost here. With everything to do I rely on lists, but not only lists of things to do, but writing lists. As I move into my edits of the novel before I send it to my editor, I’m relying on several tools to clean it up.

What I’ve used so far:

Grammarly

Autocrit

An amazing book concerning Deep POV – Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion by  Sherry Soule. It’s a must if you’re serious about deepening your writing!

And, of course, a professional editor.

I’m also looking into Voice Dream Writer. It’s an app that reads your story to you so you can easily identify awkward phrasing etc.

While working on edits, I’m also beginning the outline for my next novel. I found this while conducting some research. I like it because it’s a great reminder that your protagonist needs motivation and a solid character arc. If you don’t know what drives your character to their goal the story falls flat. Here’s some great ideas.

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Shesnovel.com has tons of fantastic information as well.

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