Going Indie? Afraid about Formatting?

Many writers — veterans included — think Indie Publishing is hard because of Formatting the Manuscript.

I tell you now, Formatting is EASY compared to writing character dynamics and events that surprise the reader.

If you’ve ever wondered about formatting, MS basics and keyboard shortcuts, the essential documents of Front and Back Matter, and the essential Masterbook, time to stop wondering and start doing.

You can do it. I did it. Let’s celebrate  Indie Publishing together.

It’s the last Foundations week for Discovering Your Novel, the summer series for The Write Focus.

Listen at this link. 

Summer Series for The Write Focus

Summer Series ~ June / July / AugustDiscovering Your Novel

All summer our focus is the craft and process of writing.

M.A. Lee shares the various stages of Discovering Your Novel. We look at the Foundations, Visioning, Analysis, and Revision & pPublishing stages that bring a novel into the world.

The Focus for July ~ Envisioning

Time to Envision the whole story we want to tell. We need true clarity in our crystal ball. What do we envision?

7/7 ~ Envision the Plot >> the whole story, not the 7 main scenes. Plot Category with elements; exercises for writing improvement

7/14 ~  Envision the World >> Basic World, Stomping Grounds, Backstory, World Building nuts and bolts

7/21 ~ Envision Secondaries and More >> BFFs or not, foils and obstacles,  minions of evil

7/28 ~ Envision other Characters and Your Writing >> additional side characters, walk-ons and cameos; launch and novel openings, writers’ block and more.

The Focus for June ~ Foundations

6/1 ~ Introduction >> What makes writing successful? The discipline of  work, through persistence, completion, learning craft, and disciplined devotion

6/2 ~ Foundations A: Pick >> story / genre / protagonist / antagonist / tagline or theme

6/9 ~  Foundations B: Sketch >> story / the protagonist’s introduction / the antagonist’s introduction / the setting’s introduction / background

6/16 and 6/23 ~ Foundations C, in two parts: Know >>

Part 1: beginning / the protagonist’s dearest desire / ending/ greatest stress point / the protagonist’s nadir

Part 2: the protagonist’s zenith / early win by evil / final battle / early twist for the protagonist / the betrayal of the protagonist

6/30 ~ Foundations D: Build >> Set us the Manuscript’s foundation: for paperback and ebook / format / MS basics (how to type it), front matter / back matter / the masterbook

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus! Content copyright is 2021, Writers Ink Books.

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Visit thewritefocus.blogspot.com for more information about The Write Focus.

Listen on your favorite podcast site:

My favorite podcast is Podbeanhttps://eden5695.podbean.com/

Then we have Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-write-focus/id1546738740%20

Spotify will let you listen to all the episodes without your doing a thing to select them. They may be a little out of order, though. 😉  https://open.spotify.com/show/4fMwknmfJhkJxQvaaLQ3Gm?si=0GFku2PbShWXiDhRp7JaDQ

YouTube direct link to the Discovering Your Novel playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXi3M_aM-d7IjuIS4daWlkiT4jRvRmnUM

Visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com for show notes about the entire Write Focus podcast. Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com for comments, questions, and speculations.
  • Summer Series :: writing craft
  • April into May focus :: Write a Book in a Month / Writing Challenge and Result
  • Winter series :: Think like a Pro
  • November 2020 :: What’s in a Name
  • Write the Novel / Edit, Proof, Publish
  • What’s Horrifying for Writers (Halloween week)
  • Newbie Mistakes and Notta Mistakes, including the inaugural episode on Oct. 6, 2020.

 

2:14 / Writing Challenge : Write a Book in a Month

We have three rules for our Writing Wonderland.

What makes our writing wonderland possible?

Always remember: writing is a solitary business.

All through April we have a writing challenge. We’re posting daily episodes, less than 10 minutes, with our challenge to *Write a Book in a Month*.

Daily we’ll have a check-in with our project stage, daily and progressing word count, and speculations on writing and the writing business. Process posts, you know! We’ll also give the inspirational quotations that started and ended each writing session.

And lessons in each session!

For today, after *Into Wonderland*, it’s the introduction to Write a Book in a Month by Remi Black.

Here’s a link to the YouTube Playlist for the April Writing Challenge / Podcast Challenge:

Listen on your favorite Podcast site:

https://eden5695.podbean.com/e/

apple podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-write-focus/id1546738740%20

spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4fMwknmfJhkJxQvaaLQ3Gm?si=0GFku2PbShWXiDhRp7JaDQ

The Write Focus ~ What’s In a Name, 3 parts

What’s In a Name, part 1 ~ How creatives develop names for their businesses along with brainstorming techniques

Listen: Follow the podcast at this linkAired November 11.

Transcript Here.

What’s In a Name, part 2 ~ Pen Names / Select and Maintain

Use the Link under part 1. This episode aired Nov. 18

Transcript Here.

What’s In a Name, part 3 ~ Names for Characters and Titles of Books/Series.

Use the Link under part 1. This episode aired Nov. 25.

Transcript Here.

Coming Up: We’re BookCasting with Think like a Pro.

Or is it Booktubing? Bookpodding? What do we call it?

IDK. We’re doing it, though!

Write Focus: 6 Stages to Publish

From Seed to Harvest

The Write Focus podcast presents the 6 Stages to Publish, two brief presentations to introduce how you convert a seed of an idea into a tangible book in a reader’s hands.

On October 21 we had the first 3 Stages, under the heading Write the Novel.

Follow the podcast it here on podbean, or here on youtube, or click this link for the episode transcript.

Here’s the link to the podcast, where you can find “Write the Novel” for the 1st 3 Stages podcast. This episode aired October 21.

On November 4 we have the last 3 Stages, Edit / Proof / Publish. Use the link above to reach this podcast.

We offer the podbean podcast here, or a simple youtube link, or the episode transcript clicking.

Remember, episodes usually run less than 15 minutes, long enough to prep a quick dinner or for to/from commute or a simple fresh-air walk.

Enjoy!

Hand Typing Retro Typewriter Machine Work Writer

 

Think / Pro Planner — sample pages

Infographics Snippet of the Chapter Focus

These files are named New Advent. Think/Pro originally developed as a series of blogs encouraging writers to “re-set” their goals & strategies. The blogs posted through the Advent season. The Think like a Pro guidebook greatly revised and expanded on the original material in the New Advent blog series. These infographics provide the bones of those original posts–although no infographics were created for lessons 6 and 7.