Category Archives: Writing Advice

When is your manuscript ready for submission?

I always figured the hard part of being one was writing the book. I soon found out writing the book was one of the easiest parts of the journey.

Revising is a big part of getting one’s book in the best shape possible. If you don’t have all the ducks in a row, the novel may not go very far.

But how many revisions and editing is too much? Can you go overboard and make it worse?

I get the fact that we want it as perfect as we can make it. But revision can take up a lot of one’s time. If you are fortunate to be part of a critique group or beta group, that can help you shave off some of that precious time.

But there comes a point when you have to say enough is enough. I’ve done all I can do and move that manuscript forever. That is not easy to do. We want it to fly as well as possible. It may even come to a point where we become obsessive in our revisions and editing. I have been there a few times. It is not fun. LOL

But at the end of the day, we need to step back and evaluate how close we to being done, are we just tired of it all and let move on or realize that you have done all one can without ruining your story. Only you can decide when you are ready. Let’s hope you don’t keep your fans waiting so long they move on.

Do you get distracted when you write?

Do you get distracted when you write? Are you near your TV, fridge, music, and things to keep you from writing your next great novel?

Focusing your mind on your story or your book is hard enough, but we have things that keep your mind off it makes it even harder. Help you if you go online to social platforms, Youtube, the weather, news, and anything else that can keep you distracted.

If so, how do you get yourself back to writing? One thing that I do is start a timer. I write for 10 minutes or more, and all I do is write. When time is up, I take a break from the computer. I get a snack, watch a video or walk around the house. Just taking a break from the writing helps me to stay more focused instead of just riding all the time.

By doing so, it breaks up my time. I can be more productive with my writing. If all you’re doing is writing, your mind will wander on things that aren’t relevant to the book. I also time my breaks with the same timer so when it goes off, I can get back to work. Does this work all the time? No, no it doesn’t. But it works a good portion of the time.

This is just an idea or thought that might help you with your writing. It may not work for everybody. It might just work a small percentage for you than it does for me. But maybe give it a try. You might find that you’re getting more writing done by taking breaks and having a bit of fun in between the sessions.

Is your website easy to maneuver?

 

Is your website too hard to figure out? Are viewers able to find what they need readily and easily?

I try to make my site user-friendly by repeatedly trying to improve it. I look for issues that need to be corrected.

It is frustrating to go to a site and spend more time than necessary to find what you are looking for on that page. For the most part, I will move on. The odds of me returning to that site are slim to none.

One needs to make a site welcoming and easy to navigate. It must not be cluttered. Links have to work. What you are trying to promote to show needs to be upfront and prominent.

As someone who makes her site the hub of all she does as an author, I need it to be easy to maneuver. Everything has to be clear when it comes to what I am trying to get across to others.

It is not easy getting people to subscribe to your site. If one does not make their site inviting, not only will new people move on, you might lose those who are already followers.