Category Archives: Writing tips and ideas

What are the tools for an author?

In the beginning, it was simply a writing instrument and paper. That progressed to a typewriter, eraser, and paper. That moved forward to computers, computer programs, and paper and ink for the printer as some examples.

Now they have programs where you can talk, and the machine will type it for you. You have programs that help you with editing, for example, Grammarly.

As technology increases, it is within reason that eventually, we will be able to think of our works where it will be written automatically for us.

With each year comes challenges to learn something new enough to be proficient at it. With each step, the way it used to get further away from how it is now.

The writers in this area know me for a few things. One is I am a pantser and proud of it. I tend to write my manuscripts by hand, my only instrument being a notebook and pen.

It is a pain to type it up, but the juices flow so well for me that I continue to do it. But not only that. I get the satisfaction that I am doing it how it used to be.

No matter how you create your work, so long you get joy from it and produce a product that you are happy with, it does not matter how you got there.

Editing another person’s work is a good thing: Honest

I am a development editor apart from being an author.

Working on other writers’ works helps us zone in on editing and revising even if it is not one’s own. It’s good practice for when I do my work.

It also builds up relationships with other writers.

When we edit our WIP, we tend to glaze over mistakes by the millionth time we go over it as we meticulously want it to be as perfect as possible. It does not matter how minimal the edit is when we think we are closer to something we will never get to with our manuscript. Perfection

We can get close. We need beta readers, critique groups, and editors to help us with the process. And a long process it is especially if your WIP is a nice size from 80 K words and more. My Jasper Amazon parrot and Squirrel Mafia series are not even close to that. Yet, I have three manuscripts in that range, and getting ready to revise is daunting. Not to mention an unwelcome one to boot.

But it is part of getting our work out to the public.

We can’t avoid it. No, that isn’t right. We shouldn’t avoid it. Putting out a poorly edited product will only get you so far, even if that step one can see from one’s doorstep.

So, the better we are at it, the more your work will shine. Even if that means editing another WIP.

Do you take a break from writing?

Do you ever take a break from writing? I am not talking about if one is on vacation, the day gets away from you, and more.

I have had to take a break from writing due to an injury to my writing hand. Because that is how life works, it is always your dominant hand. LOLOL

So this month has been slow going. At first, I would heal a bit and then take a break. Eventually, I told myself I needed to stop until it got better. I was frustrated.

It made me think of the topic of this post. It also made me think of how I rarely take a break from writing. It gives me such a boost in a few ways.

But what makes you all take a break? Do you do it willingly, or do you have to?

Taking a break can be a good thing. Time away can make one refocus on the aspects of writing, such as plotting, character development, and setting. It can give y our hands time from the rigor of typing repeatedly and sitting in front of a computer. A break can be time to focus on family and other things you need to do or activities you enjoy.

At the beginning of this year, I told myself if I could write or do some form of writing, marketing, and edits 75% each month, that would be good enough for me. It has worked until this month when I am hen pecking things on my phone or computer.

The longer I am in this field, the more the view evolves on how I work on my craft. The more I’m okay with taking a break from it.