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Writing Tips For Developing Chapters

After previously describing why developing an outline is important, another benefit has come up because of it.  While writing subtopics and providing subsequent details, writing tips for developing chapters have emerged.

Once these chapters have come into play, simply copy the text over into a separate word document. Make note on the outline that the applicable section has been transferred over into a separate chapter.  Using colored backgrounds works fine for me.

Then, upon reading the new text document, something occurs in my mind.  Wording for a chapter heading comes into play.  How nice!

Hope this writing tip helps others going through the same thing.

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Writing Tip #1 – Keeping a Notebook

One of the suggestions many writers make is to carry around a notebook.  This is helpful for those times when thoughts “pop” into your head and need to be jotted down. Writing Tip #1 – Keeping a notebook.

*Carry a small one in your purse or briefcase.

*Keep a small one on your night table.

*Carry a small one on your car visor, along with a pen. (This one also comes in handy to record license plates of other drivers. It serves as a crucial safety tool, btw.)

Write on!  Start keeping a notebook. You never know when brilliance will strike!

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Undervaluing the Writing Profession

While I am still writing subtopics in my outline, I thought I would mention the online writing worldand its undervaluing the writing profession.  Writing has always been a noble profession.  It is a skill which needs to be continually developed and honed. 

Not everyone has a good grasp of the English language (or their native language) and knows how to use it properly.  However, with the increased popularity of the Internet, there is also an increase in online writing gigs.

The Internet is a fantastic vehicle since it reaches a worldwide audience.  It allows would-be writers a wide audience to showcase one’s work. Everywhere you turn it seems there are promises of becoming a “published” online author.

Even though it may be true that by writing online, one becomes “published” – it comes at a detriment to the writing profession as a whole.

The writing profession, as we have traditionally known it, has become devalued.  There are numerous writing gigs offering less than $.01 per word for online writers. This is absolutely absurd!

There are “research articles” required to be written that take anywhere from 3-5 hours to write.  Pay is $10-20 USD.  And, writer wannabees are grabbing them.  In fact, there are waiting lines for assignments.  What gives?!

(What gives is the fact that the online writing world is a global marketplace. U.S. citizens are competing with lower-income/paying nations like India).

As another example of the deterioration of the writing profession, I recently got online to a blog which was advertising for “professional, experienced” writers who had a command of the English language.

When I reviewed this blog, it contained nothing but misspellings, improper grammar, and improper usage of the English language. In fact, the writing looked like it was written by someone who did not have English as their main language.  It was atrocious.

There are online freelancing sites which offer writers the chance to be “published”.  There is no pay, but the compensation is the “free advertising” of your writing skills.  Spare me. The people who own the sites are making money off of your writing, though. You can be assured of that.

In the U.S.A. “real world”, writers can earn between $.35 to $2 per word.  The actual amount depends upon the type of writing gig, amount of research, and location of payor (i.e. city, state).  Of course, there are other factors which come into play. Or, some publications prefer paying a flat fee.

For instance, some business journals pay a set fee of $50-100.  Some magazine articles pay $350, as another example.

Writing a simple article which does not require any research is a good way to get started publishing your work online.  This is simple creative writing, or the expression of an opinion. Even then, don’t settle for $.01 per word.  Don’t undervalue yourself or the writing profession.

Writing is a skill which one needs to be proud of.  It takes work and time to improve this skill.

Not everyone can do it (nor will do it). Do not undervalue it or yourself. Please.

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Hello world!

Greetings everyone! We all have a story to tell. So, I figured I would start a blog to journalize my book writing experience.  In addition to helping myself keep on track, my blog is intended to help other future book writers.

Enjoy!!