Writing Tips and Techniques

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By Malobi Sinha, Author

There is no substitute for good writing. If you feel you need to hone your skills, then attend a writing course. And, as with everything else in life, practice does make perfect.

There are a few rules that good writing must always follow.

1. Firstly, make sure the grammar is correct. If it is not, then for sure the article/cover letter/resume will not see the light of day again.

2. Secondly, ask yourself who your audience is – who the article is for, or targeted towards. An article targeted towards a university lecturer, for instance, would be very different to that targeted towards a peer-group.

3. Make sure what format is required for referencing, and stick to it. Case studies in Law, for instance, have very specific requirements for these.

4. Match the style of the writing to the purpose for which it is being used. For reports, and other documents, ask yourself if a paragraph could be better explained in bullet points instead of lengthy prose.

5. Do not make your sentences too long.

6. Do not explain in lengthy, unnecessary detail if not required

7. Make sure you stick to the subject that you are writing about. It is OK to diverge from it, but only for relevant issues, and make sure you return back to the subject.

8. We all like to write about something that we are interested in. However, all the writing that you do will not be in a subject that you are knowledgeable about. So, always do your research – and quote the sources.

There are very many and varied styles of writing. You should try to find your own, unique style, which encompasses all of the above, and still gives you freedom of expression. Write as much as you can. You can start a diary, and write down your thoughts for the day, and experiment with styles and forms of writing. Read as much of others’ work as possible – this will not only improve your grammar, but also your expression and style.

About the Author

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Malobi Sinha spent the early years of her childhood in the freedom and vastness of Kenya, in East Africa; then her family migrated to Australia when she was in High School. Malobi is the author of ‘Savannah’, and ‘Road Less Travelled’, appraised collections of poetry, and has had literary work (articles and poetry) published in various magazines and e-zines in Australia, UK and the USA, (view Publications). She also consults in I.T. Malobi completed a Bachelors of Engineering from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from Deakin University. She also paints commissioned artwork, and has previously provided artwork for Corporate enviornments. Malobi enjoys playing the violin solo and in accompaniment, as well as teaching it. She lives with her husband in Victoria, Australia. Her website can be found at: http://www.malobisinha.com.

 

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Great Authors by 10 Day Book Club is an online tool, which assists writers in preparing their manuscripts for publishing through their participation in a virtual book club with an editor. “Apply” for more information at http://10daybookclub.com 

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All writing shared in our guest blog is the opinion and message of the author and is not the opinion of 10 Day Book Club, LLC.

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Celebrating Great Authors

We help writers achieve their potential with virtual editing book clubs.

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10 Day’s Program Helps Writers Publish!

Editors’ Credentials

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Online manuscript developer 10 Day Book Club has an innovative fine-tuning process for writers. 

adc40o2dTracy Kauffman says, “I am so thrilled to have met such a sweet and caring person as Gayle Gross-owner of the 10 Day Book Club. She has helped me twice now. First through posting an article on my blog and now through her program. Her program is geared to helping young authors polish their manuscript by supplying experienced editors for a small fee. I say small because I know from personal experience that good quality editors can charge outrageous amounts of money. Sometimes not looking out for your best interest in the process. I have been blessed to be supplied with an educated and caring editor that has helped me realized some of the mistakes that I have overlooked on my own. Sharon Lindenburger has a focused eye to detail along with experience from previous editing jobs. I can not speak highly enough of Gayle and her dedicated team for what they have done for me and other authors. Gayle and Sharon, Thanks for everything that you do. Truly indebted in your service.”

10 Day Book Club’s founder, Gayle Gross, states, “The ultimate goal of any writer is to feel good about what they’ve written. Many want to share their writing at some level. Others wish to become published.  Our editing book clubs are an excellent tool for creating a more complete story through content feedback. Every writer in the program becomes more aware of their common editing mistakes because a professional editor is included in each book club with at least two beta readers. The proven success shows that the model works and the writer is happy with the results.”

4nuganac“I would recommend the 10 Day Book Club to any writer who is passionate about improving his/her writing style. My editor is Micheline, who has given me extremely valuable advice on the content of my story. As a writer, one of my weak areas is knowing when more detail is needed. Micheline has given me specific examples on how to correct this problem. Following her advice will not only improve my writing, but my characters will become more three dimensional.

For those of you who might be apprehensive about receiving constructive criticism on your writing, no need to worry. So far, my experience has been pretty painless. The Editor is kind and very professional. Gayle is there to ease you into the process and responds quickly to questions. I’m enjoying my time with the 10 Day Book Club. You will, too!” ~ Pam Burton

5dms3chm“The best part about working with 10 Day Book Club is that the editor reads my manuscript cold turkey without any of the tedious work of writing the book clouding her vision of the overall effect. This can only improve a reader’s experience.” ~ Shirley Wine

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“I highly enjoyed working with Gayle and utilizing her site (10DBC) to assist me in gaining invaluable feedback on my first book. The process was easy, effective and just what I needed to help me along in my editing process. I very much recommend 10DBC to aspiring writers. I love this process. Michelle Oeltjen, Author “Love, Lies and Lessons Learned”

“Gayle is a pleasure to work with.  She is extremely responsive and willing to help with whatever your business or artistic needs are.  She is proactive and will suggest ways she can assist.  I highly recommend her and her 10 Day Book Club.  She is also a talented writer in her own right–a great person to know and work with.” Boyd Lemon, Author “Digging Deep”

“Bottom line as a writer, what I like is Gayle follows through, does what she says she’s gonna do, does it well, and is creative to boot! Need I say more?”  Bruce Sallan, Author “A Dad’s Point of View”

164124_483542881287_7832160_n“As a writer I have had many publishing experience but I’ve never seen anything like 10 Day Book Club. There’s a opportunity for writers to receive global recognition and to expand their circe of influence through a fun and interactive online process. I have entrusted 10 Day Book Club with all of my writing because the mission of the company and the owner is on the level of helping others. In return…I help them.” I also enjoy the opportunity the 10 day book club presents to be on a webinar and chat with other authors of like passion. I am glad to have met such a loyal honest and dedicated person who enjoys her profession.” Jerry Hulse, Author “Eighteen Wheels and Jesus”

Please, visit the website – http://www.10daybookclub.com and apply for the opportunity to learn more and to begin next steps in presenting your writing to others. Applying is free. The cost of the program when you begin is $199.

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The WRITE editing program.

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Writers’ Testimonials

The 10 Day Book Club editing program hones a writer’s manuscript for better reading. A writer may want to share their story with friends, or they may want to present their manuscript to agents and publishers. Either way, the editing book club makes it convenient and affordable to receive quality feedback to determine next steps.

The fee to submit a manuscript is $199. The cost includes three beta readers, which includes one professional editor specific to the writer’s genre.

Read about a hand full of participating editors below (alphabetical order by first name), and then click here to see what writers in the program are saying.

Barbara Alvarez has researched, drafted and published over 4200 articles on a for-hire basis with various online information venues (Bright Hub, Writer Access, Demand Media Studios). She has also done title editing and topic creation for search engine optimization fitting with grammatical correctness (Demand Media Studios). 

Barbara’s education – B.A. Journalism and Mass Communications

Dennis DeRose has edited over fifteen books for published authors. Julius Thompson, “Ghost of Atlanta”, has this to say about Dennis, “Dennis is a fantastic book editor! He takes your words and ideas and enhances them to make your words come alive! He will take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. “GHOST OF ATLANTA” won the 2011 Readers Favorite National Gold Medal Award for general fiction.

Greg Randall, writer of Sharon O`Mara Mystery series commented as well, “Dennis has worked with me on three novels and I was thrilled with the quality of his work, his thoroughness, and his ability to meet my deadlines. My books are significantly better due to his editing.”

Donna J.Erickson has 20+ years of professional writing and editing experience. She is the owner of “A Flair for Writing”. She has been a Feature Writer for South Shore News and Staff Writer for Mariner Newspapers and South Shore Baby Journal, Riverside Publishing.

A few of Donna’s many honors include: Spotlight Diva of the Month, Amazing Woman in Business, Message Me Media, Inc.; Top Merchant Award, Recognition as a Reliable & Trusted Business, Merchantcircle.com; and Marquis Who’s Who in the World.

Fiona Young-Brown has been the managing Editor of bimonthly magazine for all members of Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is the author of two books, Lexington: Then and Now (Arcadia, 2008); Wicked Lexington, Kentucky (The History Press, 2011). Her partial publications list includes: A Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Female Reproductive Rights in the U.S. (Greenwood, 2002); Social Issues: An Encyclopedia of Controversies, History, and Debates (Greenwood, 2006); Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics (ABC Clio, 2010). A partial client list includes: Alchemy West; CASA of Fayette County; Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky; Institute of Social Studies in The Hague; Journal of Communication Inquiry; Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment; Texas A&M University Writing Center.

Fiona has a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies, Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and Doctoral Degree in Women’s Studies (focus on women’s health)

Micheline Brodeur is the owner and senior editor at Purple Pen Editing.

She gets quite peeved when she’s reading a book and comes across things like “hoards of people” or heroines “peaking” through their eyelashes at the hero’s “taught” body. She offers 25 years of experience in advertising, public relations and government communications, and a passion for the right word when communicating in writing. She’s also experienced with fiction editing in fantasy, thriller, romance and literary genres.

A member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, Micheline’s qualifications include a Certificate in Business Communication and Professional Writing, a Certificate in Editing, and a Certificate in Publishing from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, as well as a Diploma of Applied Arts in Creative Communications from Red River College in Manitoba, Canada.

Regge Episale is the author of Waking Up Dead: An Endless Mountains Ghost Story. She is a writing instructor, graduated Magna cum Laude from Binghamton University and is on the Phi Theta Kappa President’s List. Regge is a book Reviewer for Hippocampus Magazine, and teacher of the English 50 Developmental Writing Course:  Comprehensive review and writing practice in the fundamentals of English grammar, word choice, punctuation, and paragraph construction.

Regge’s education includes MFA Children’s Lit/Writing for Children and YA, BA English/Creative Writing, and AS General Studies

Shannon Janeczek has a Masters in Book Publishing and a BS in Literature/Creative Writing. With a 20-year background in marketing and copywriting for business, she’s been in the digital publishing industry for over seven years, and is only slightly obsessed with keeping up with the field’s fast-moving technology changes. She specializes in editing nonfiction and children’s books, but dabbles in historically-based fiction as well. A humor book she edited and published for a client in 2012 has now been in the top 100 of its Amazon category for over 3 months. However, not to be outdone, two of her own books are scheduled to be published by December 2013.

LinkedIn Recommendations:

“Shannon is a wonderful editor that has pushed me to be a better author. Her suggestions are sound. Her work is done thoughtfully and with purpose. I would suggest her for any author looking for a solid editor.”

“Shannon bled all over my work and made it better quality for my readers. Her editing skills are excellent and well received.”

Shannon is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Sharon Lindenburger is a professional member of the Editor’s Association of Canada. She has 25+ years editing and providing instruction on writing. Sharon’s innovative creative writing program called The Writer’s Eye-View is consistently sold out. Sharon has authored hundreds of newspaper, and feature magazine articles. She has been involved with the world of TV production as a scriptwriter, producer and content coach for TV documentaries and educational video, some of her projects include writing and co-producing a six-part documentary series.

Sharon’s partial book  and client list include: RX FOR HOSPITALS (Stoddart), co-author with Philip Hassen (bestseller), RE-INVENTING HOSPITALS (Stoddart) (co-ordinator of four different authors), THE CANADIAN CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO HEALTH CARE (McGraw-Hill) by Sharon Lindenburger, LIVING THE GOOD LIFE (ECW) by David Patchell-Evans, CEO of GoodLife Fitness (bestseller)THE REAL SEXY, SMART AND STRONG (Wiley) by David Patchell-Evans, CEO of GoodLife Fitness (bestseller), THE WARRIOR MIND (Amacom) with J.D. Pritchard, THE PIT CREW CHALLENGE (Pit Crew Productions-Bastian Books) by Robert Parker, THE ELEVATOR EFFECT (publisher coming on board) by Sona E. van der Hoop and Marcus Paton, ASK AND YOU WILL SUCCEED (Wiley) by Kenneth Foster (bestseller)THE THIRD CRAFT (Independent Sci-Fi) by James Harris, ANGELS DON’T WEAR PYJAMAS (audiobook) by Christina Doyle, POLISHING THE MIRROR: a memoir of grief and love (independent), by Sandy Clendenan, Several children’s books for Daisy May Publishing.

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Hand surgery leads to writing for Lorraine Nelson. There’s always a gift!

 

High-Tech Holiday.red.smBy Lorraine Nelson

Writing – my passion, my dream. I started writing adult fiction as a hobby almost four years ago while on medical leave for hand surgery. With the aim of gaining more flexibility in my fingers, I began doing typing tests and such. Easily bored, an idea came to mind and I just sat at the computer and started writing. J When I finished that first manuscript seven weeks later, I was thrilled! Then came the process of editing, tweaking, and polishing until I felt it was ready to send.

Boy, was I wrong!!!

Needless to say, I’ve suffered through my share of rejections, but instead of giving up, they made me more determined to succeed. I’ve joined several writing groups and forums and have made many online friends, people who have been supportive and encouraging throughout this journey. By nature, writing is a lonely hobby, so it helps to have people with whom you can share and do a little brainstorming. Except when the characters start talking to me. LOL That’s when I can immerse myself in the tale and write for hours on end, crafting their story their way.

With feedback received, I discovered where my writing lacked substance, studied those areas, kept writing, revising and submitting. I’ve entered contests and pitches, even won a couple, but publication still evaded me…until July, 2011, when perseverance paid off.

It wasn’t a call that came, per se, but an email. Evernight Publishing wanted my book. So, by receiving an email notification I didn’t have to stutter excitedly through a phone call and embarrass myself, but without speaking directly to someone on the publishing end, it didn’t really feel real – until I opened another email that Sunday night and saw my cover for Zakia and the Cowboy. Squee! Fantastic!

I’d been waiting on the edits/revisions to come in and wasn’t expecting to see any cover art, especially at 11:30 pm on a Sunday night. My surprise was immediate and vocal. My son came running, alarmed, but smiled when he saw the cover. Everything had happened so fast!

On July 17th, 2011, I subbed my manuscript to Evernight, on the 18th I received the contract, signed and returned it on the 20th and on the 25th, received the cover. No matter how you look at it, this team is super efficient. Marketing and promotion commenced with the release of the covers and my debut novel, Zakia and the Cowboy, was released on October 5th. J It became a Featured Title at All Romance Ebooks and appeared on two of their bestseller lists…cowboy/western and mystery/suspense. Zakia and the Cowboy also won December’s Book of the Month at The To Be Read Pile review site in 2011. Quite an honor for a newbie. J

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I now have 14 titles available in ebook form and Zakia is available in print as is Hawk’s Woman, my contribution to the Virgins Behaving Badly anthology with Evernight.

It’s been an exciting journey and the feedback I’ve received from readers and reviewers has been awesome. It’s been a pleasure to share my story with you. I hope this serves as inspiration to other writers to just keep learning, writing, and submitting; and, for my readers, provide a little “behind the scenes” info.

Bless you all – Lorraine Nelson

 

Lorraine’s “High Tech Holiday” Description:

Kris Temple is a web graphics designer, an ambitious entrepreneur striving to survive in a dog-eat-dog world. She also wants to win her family’s Christmas contest. She adorns herself in full holiday gear the night before thanksgiving and is flying home fully decorated. She’s thrilled to find herself seated next to a handsome man. But Kris has a speech problem. However would she converse with this man without stuttering and embarrassing herself?

Aaron Masters is not thrilled to be flying economy, but his personal jet is in for repairs. He’d had to scurry to the reservation desk at the last minute to book a seat on the only flight out, and now he finds his practical, no-nonsense demeanor assaulted by a woman dressed as a holiday advertisement…his seatmate. How could he hope to ignore this woman for the entire flight?

With their flight being rerouted, calls from her ex-fiancé/co-worker pleading for assistance, and his ex-girlfriend stalking him, they are certainly in for a memorable flight.

BBB.smLorraine’s “Bad Boy Blake” Description:

Blake Bennett is the town bad boy turned Sheriff, elected to keep the peace. When Blake first meets Gina, she’s butting heads with the Mayor…over the type of dancing she teaches—pole dancing.

 

Gina West is a professional dancer, who retired from the stage, and moves to Westonville, NB, to start her own dance studio. But Gina is not who she claims to be, and when strange things start happening…vengeful threats and vandalism…Blake begins digging for the truth. In his role as protector, he begins to fall for Gina, but will her lies and subterfuge destroy any chance for them to be together?

 

 

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Great Authors by 10 Day Book Club adores author Lorraine Nelson. She has HEART and it is in all the right places! Her romance novels consistently show up on our Facebook wall (http://facebook.com/10daybookclub). There’s no question…she is successful because she puts soul into her mission.

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The Great Authors program assists writers in preparing their manuscripts for reading. It doesn’t mean publishing must follow. A person may only want to share their writing with family and friends. We give writers the unbiased feedback first, which helps with confidence. Our editors are professional. Our cost for services is crazy LOW! Tell us about your manuscript by applying for free at http://10daybookclub.com – We’ll see if we’re a good match.

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Best use of lights, theme, spirit, and the most unique. Float by and WIN!

By Gayle Gross

Founder of 10 Day Book Club

It is the time of year when parades flood city streets. People get buckets out but they’re filled with sand to throw under the float’s wheels, or if they’re big enough they contain FIRE to keep the observers warm. Christmas Parade, Holiday Parade, Parade of Lights, you name it…the mission is the same…WIN and be recognized.

Taking the float scenario consider how you, as a person, can win in your category.

Best Use of Lights!

Take time to shine on your accomplishments. We often go through life rushing to the next meeting or beginning a new project and the things we have spent our time and energy on get pushed off without true recognition. EVERYTHING you do deserves your praise. Be thankful for YOU. Think about all of the things you accomplished today and smile…brightly.

Best Theme!

How you live your life determines your focus. Are you spending time doing the things you love to do…everyday? You may work at a job you don’t necessarily think fulfills your dream but it is on your path. How you present yourself is how the package appears and it does determine next steps. Do it best.

Best Spirit!

LOOKOUT and believe you are getting exactly what you’ve been expecting. It’s true. If you allow the thoughts in your head to truly escape…are they different than what you see before you? This is a tough one and it’s not something you can ever back away from. You’re encouraged to seek help. Assistance comes in many forms and will be different for everyone.  Deciding to win this award is a big step in looking WITHIN.

Most Unique!

Is there any other way? Yes. You can choose to be what other people believe you are or want you to be. That’s a no-win. If you are not YOU…you are not. Everyone has the opportunity to be unique and to reach their true potential. If you can win this award you are happy.

GRAND PRIZE!

Consider winning all of the awards listed above. It’s possible. No one else is involved in the selection process. It’s just you.

Gayle Gross spends the majority of her time writing, painting, and hiking. She is the Founder of 10 Day Book Club, a manuscript development tool in the format of a virtual book club, which includes an editor.

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B.E.A.M.S. connect your soul

 

 

By Gayle Gross

 

Beams shine down, balance, create structure and produce breadth. You are in sync when life’s events have connection to your soul. A clear connection allows you to react from within. I use B.E.A.M.S. as an acronym to keep this process in check for myself. Maybe the same will work for you.

B – Believe

E – Every

A – Act

M – Makes

S – Sense

Sometimes it is difficult to focus on present conditions because there’s sadness, betrayal, and anger surrounding us. As individuals we often clutter our world and some of that debris ends up attaching itself to us and we begin to form layers that we must then see through. Like an aging star whose outer envelope expands and consumes energy, our layers build. When we are struggling to understand what’s happening in a situation it is possible our layers are clouding our view and sapping our energy.

When you “believe every act makes sense”, you allow your soul to breath life into a situation and you are intellectually able to see a potential outcome, which may otherwise be shadowed by the layers surrounding you.

B.E.A.M.S. allow you to trust decisions you make. The ‘little voice inside’ becomes a natural part of choices you make. The layers surrounding you begin to thin and the importance of clutter subsides. My personal goal is for the layers to be so thin that they no longer insulate my soul from every act I take. I wish the same for you.

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