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The Writing Process: Writing Tips

Happy New Year!

Perhaps you have writing projects that you didn’t finish in 2018 and you need a bit of inspiration to send them to your publisher. Reset your schedule and prepare for 2019. Start by reading this post from 2018 to jump-start your writing.

Let resolve to get our writing projects done in 2019!

The writing process has five main areas of focus: (1) Prewriting, (2) Writing, (3) Revising, (4) Editing and (5) Publishing.

Prewriting lays the groundwork for your writing project. It is at this time that you write all your thoughts and ideas down so that you can flush out your ideas and layout your characters. You can use a character description sheet to develop profiles. Suggestion: Search Google using the name Character Description Worksheets. You can begin to build your character list (at least a great many of them if you are writing a novel) in this part of the process

Writing is the making or development of your story. Make a daily writing schedule for yourself, and you will not fall behind on your project, get frustrated in your progress or lose sight of the overall writing project.

Revising is vital to the success of your writing project. You’ll want to include time in your production schedule to carefully read, proof and rewrite any parts of your story. Get someone else’s opinion on your work. When you ask for someone else’s comments, prepare yourself for questions and suggestions on rewriting any parts that are unclear or confusing. Be open-minded enough to see beyond “being right.” After all, you want your readers pleased with your story and anxiously await your next installment.

Editing requires both patience and grammar acuity. If you’re deficient in these areas, seek outside help in the way of a proof-reader, editor or friends who are proficient in the editing process.

Publishing Although there is a myriad of ways to satisfy meet your publication goals here is a short list of accomplished using some of the following mediums: blogging, e-books and publishing houses which includes magazines.

Additional Source:

Ali Hale’s writing tips: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/the-writing-process/

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Christmas Wreath Tradition

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Hanging a wreath on the front door is a typical Christmas tradition, and we’ve enjoyed the tradition for many generations in my family. Growing up in a family of 11 siblings we were very creative and spendthrift on holiday decorations. So we would scour the wooded areas to find magnolia trees. The leaves are big and glossy and make a fabulous door wreath, table centerpiece or a mantelpiece arrangement. The Magnolia wreath was unique and adorned the front door.

The doors at my parents’ house were undoubtedly the prettiest in the small community where I grew up or so we thought. What a joy it was to use discarded wrapping paper tubes and wrap them in a shiny color of red, green or gold. They made such pretty tapered candles and taking the yellow construction paper to make the flame made them look all the more authentic. This piece of creativity we proudly reserved for the backdoor entrance.

After decorating our house, it was a must to visit my Grandmother several days before Christmas to get a good look at her wreath. It was always small, and she probably purchased it from the local five and dime store, but as children reveling in the Spirit of Christmas, we loved her decorations no matter the source or the size. After all, hot chocolate, cookies or an assortment of apples, oranges or some other fruit was ours just for the asking!

 

Writing Inspiration: Summer Garden

If you are a gardener, the harvest you get throughout the growing season is a pleasant measurement of gardening success. My summer’s small garden planting was a smashing success! I’ve enjoyed adding fresh peppers and okra to my breakfast sage sausage, and with a little extra Thyme and Cumin Seed, the aroma and flavor-filled stir-fry is a real palate pleaser. In addition to the delicious vegetables featured in these pictures, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to grow eggplants, tomatoes, and onions. One vegetable that didn’t do so well was yellow squash. The plants did well, but the squirrels and other furry creatures loved the roots so needless to say, summer squash will not make the planting list for the 2019 summer garden.

There is a story in all the good vegetables pictured in this post. I will begin a story outline as soon as I finish some of the other writing projects at hand. For now, enjoy the pictures, and maybe you’re being inspired, just as I am in developing an end of summer themed story.

Picture #1 Okra, Pictures  #2 and #3 Purple and Green Bell Peppers