Back At It

Well, after undergoing a total knee replacement, I’m back at it – working on my blog with my laptop. There will be plenty of time to write for the next few weeks. 🙂 

My surgery was done at Virginia Mason in Seattle and I highly recommend them. I found them to be efficient, excellent communicators, and genuinely concerned about my well being. Plus, they are noted to be in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for excellence in total knee replacement surgery. I can see why.

My back at it means that in addition to writing on my book project, I have been keeping a medical log/journal of activities leading up to my knee surgery.

Logs are a great way to get things in writing, stay on track, and also notice changes (if any). Everything in my log is factual – with dates, times, and methods involved.  Plus, journals can easily be turned into books. Hmm..

Til we meet again….

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

How To Develop Excerpts

Hi everyone. As more of my book’s puzzle is developing, something else is coming into play.  It is an item that can be used in a variety of ways to help promote and market anyone’s book. How to develop excerpts.

The development of my book’s excerpts happens as subtopics are being embellished upon.  More details are coming into play, leaving room for wordage which sparks an interest.

The main purpose of an excerpt is to describe parts of your book in a few words, to spark interest in potential readers. I can’t believe how easy it is happening, either.

It seems that every time I would see an excerpt, a lot of thought and reason had gone into them.  Granted, some of them were probably like that.  However, after mine just fell into place, hmm….

How to develop an excerpt:

*simply pick a topic that you have developed in your writing project

*choose wording that summarizes that topic in as few words as possible

*choose action-oriented wording that has your readers wanting more

An excerpt is also known as a teaser or enticement, if you will.

More details about writing tips and how to use excerpts will be found in another book project of mine in the future.

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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.