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Editing Your Manuscript

Congratulations! Your manuscript draft is complete. Wow. That feels so good. You’ve expressed yourself, the story that has been bubbling inside you has been released into words and you’re done. Right?!  Welllll, maybe yes, maybe no. I have a few more suggestions for you to think about if you haven’t already done so.

Editing.  Unless you are an English major or very well-versed in all things editing, you really should consider finding a professional editor. The polish an editor gives your manuscript will take it from being a stick drawing to a Rembrandt. Punctuation has several fine points and differs between the United States, England and even Canada.

Personally, I am fortunate to know a retired high school English teacher who was willing to read through my children’s book manuscript and edit it for me. A personal friend, relative, colleague, or a call to your local school could be of immense help in this area.

What’s the big deal, you ask? Professionalism. Producing a book that is worthy of a consumer buying. If your only goal is to record your memoir for your family you probably don’t need this step. Anything beyond that, you will be very glad you did!

As always, you don’t need to take blank pages to an editor! Write the first sentence!

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Write! There is No Wrong.

Writing types differ from person to person. Writing styles differ from person to person. Writing genres differ from person to person.  You get where I’m going with this, don’t you? There is no wrong way to write however there is a right way to find your writing fit. Basically, what do you enjoy reading yourself? Fiction or non-fiction? Biographies or autobiographies? Documentaries or documents? Opinion pages? Celebrity paparazzi and its narratives?

Below are listed four main types of writing types according to www.grammarly.com:

Expository

Descriptive

Persuasive

Narrative

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Today’s blog will focus on the expository writing type. This type of writing endeavors to explain to and inform the reader. Think textbook, essay, technical manual, instruction manual, and recipes as long as it does not include the author’s opinion on the topic at hand, or should I say, on the page. The text contains the nuts and bolts of the topic in a logical and progressive format. Personally, I really enjoyed this type of writing when I was in school and college as I could research, learn about and write about a topic of interest. Straightforward and factual. If this type of writing speaks to you, GREAT! There is a definite need for writers with this gift as for some, it is difficult not to insert one’s opinion no matter how subtle it may be. The main thing is to write the first sentence!

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Inspiring wildflowers on a hike

My Inspiration to Write-A Month Long Series of How to Get Inspired!

Do you journal or keep a diary? Are you the family historian or genealogist?  Good for you! You are already a writer, an author, or poet, or even a playwright of your life story. Take one of the entries and see what inspired you to write that day? Most likely, it was an experience, conversation, or emotion you had experienced recently. A common question I’ve been asked is “Where do you draw inspiration from?”  In this and the remaining posts this month, I will list what starts my creative juices flowing. Hopefully, there will be a source that resonates with you!

The definition of “inspire”, from Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is “to bring about, occasion, e.g. the book was inspired by his travels to the Far East” and “to draw forth or bring out, e.g. thoughts inspired by a visit to the cathedral”.   Creative expression can be inspired in so many ways. I encourage you to think about the senses and be inspired!  Each sense will be broken down into more specific suggestions in the next few weeks.

Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, Smell, Pain

Sources of Writing Inspiration, The Beginning

Seek out something familiar, a topic or event you know, a conversation you’ve had. As you look for inspiration to start your adventure, and I do mean adventure, into writing, don’t make it any more difficult than you have to. Unless you want to.  There is that, I guess. The tougher you make the writing process, the more likely, at least for myself, to become overwhelmed leading to slowing or stopping the drive and ambition you were feeling when you started the project.  That’s when it is easy to say, “I’ll work on it later.” I have several of those projects. Do you??  If you are one of the fortunate people that work better under this kind of stress, go for it! Either way, pen the first line. I promise the next lines will come. And, have fun!  The sense of accomplishment and fulfillment when your project, no matter if it is a Haiku or a novel, feels amazing😊

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To Do Today

Children need our support. Seems like an obvious statement but I know of too many young people who don’t have parental or sibling support as they navigate through their youth. For your child(ren), help them to be in touch with who they are, with nature and their friends. My first of a series of three children’s books, “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy” will help your age 3-8 child with a science lesson about the water cycle, tips on how to be a good friend and the importance of being patient.

Check out the Buy Now button at http://www.dmjohnsonauthor.net for your copy today! Thanks:)

When writing your book, determine what points you want to focus on and weave them into your story.

This or That???

Check this out! No, this isn’t about the color of faux nails you prefer or the style of athleisure wear you like! This is about the future of our world, your child(ren)! Do you prefer they read run-of-the-mill children’s books or books that have valuable content? Check out http://www.dmjohnsonauthor.net to order “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy” for an original story with original illustrations that contains a science lesson on the water cycle, being a good friend and learning patience. Thanks for checking it out!

The First Pages of “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy”

This story is written with imagination, creativity, themes of the water cycle, friendship, patience and listening to elders. The incredible full-color illustrations are not “cartoonish” so you won’t find eyes, noses, or mouths unless it is the one given to the critter by nature! This will challenge your child to use their observation skills to see how the little oak sapling is feeling by his “tree limb language” just as we humans use body language as a form of non-verbal expression. Get your copy of “Dewdrops to Raindrops” today by selecting the Buy Now button. Need more than one copy? Email me at author@dmjohnsonauthor.net and I’ll let you know the cost with postage and handling! Thanks!!

How To Explain the Water Cycle to Your Children

This beautiful book is 8 X 10″, softcover, 48 pages with 25 full-page, full color illustrations.

Come on inside these pages for the story of Sappy, a very thirsty red oak sapling, and a dewdrop named Dropsy. Not only does Dropsy teach Sappy how he will eventually get a drink of water, he teaches Sappy about friendship and patience. Bonus pages and illustrations offer your child(ren) a “find the critter” in the illustrations. Another learning opportunity! Order your copy today with the Buy Now button on this site! Thank you for supporting education and this first-time author,

My Book Has Officially Arrived!!!!!!!

Blast off with me as I launch my new children’s book, “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy.” This is sooooooo exciting!!!!! Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one……………………We have ignition and LIFT OFF!!!!! I am reaching for the stars with my first children’s book! I hope you will join me in this adventure and order your copy today! Just click on the “Buy Now” button:) Thanks!

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