A good bit of conversation is around the paradox of story. Of how we learn the story of man vs nature and who will win. When the question is, why does either one have to 'win'? Why can't both gain and collaborate and learn to live in harmony? It's the self vs the collective good. Annette tells us how we need to accept there is no happiness without suffering.
For whom are you writing the book? Generally, people choose a wide and deep audience. For instance, you might say, "It's for women over 50." That's all well and good, but women over 50 is an enormous audience. You can't possibly hope to or need to write for ALL women over 50.
Lucy believes we spend too much time 'intellectualizing' - and isn't that the truth? I know I spend a good bit of time justifying my behavior and the behavior of others by thinking it through, rather than allowing my 'intuition' or my 'heart' dictate how I should feel about a situation.
Deb's backstory of how she got started goes all the way back to when she was a toddler and loved performing for her mom and other family members. We all have those memories, don't we? It's good to share them on your website and in your blog because it can easily bring you closer to your core audience - people who will be touched by that story of you as a child, and will relate to it because they, too, have those memories.
"I was so excited to hold my book in my hand," a friend of mine told me. "It's just marvelous to have it here, done, and ready to be shared with the world. I can't even believe how heavy it is!" The awe in her voice was shining in her eyes, and I couldn't help but share in it. That finished book, that magnificent manuscript is so much more than a collection of words and paragraphs. Yes, it's an accomplishment few achieve, but it's also a birthing of a new you.
Ciaran has produced a masterpiece of fiction that is full of fact, insight, story, education, and illumination. For instance, what does adoption look like in the US, compared to ... oh, say, Switzerland, where there are no shelters or strays. Where you have to take a 4-hour course before getting a dog. Where... well, watch the video and learn more about the differences between them and us and... why WE, as a country, as a dog loving community, as a society, can finally win the war on puppy mills.
There I was, this frightened and fearful teenage, sitting at my dining room table with pencil and paper, pouring her soul into stories with happy endings, where the heroine always got rescued, knowing there was no rescue for me, in my home. But the very act of writing gave me the courage and determination to get through an other day, and another day, until ... I didn't quite know what the 'until' was, but I knew there had to be something. Something else.
This is where the work happens. You create your TOC - table of contents. You write your introduction. You write and write. And, if you need that extra help, you get a book coach to keep you moving forward, not only with your writing, but in keeping true to both your throughline and all the things you want to happen after the book is launched.
"Write what you know," the professor admonishes. Because none of us have imaginations to write what we don't know or to invent what we would like. That would be...what? Interesting? Creative? Insightful? Oh well. Don't do that. (she said with tongue in cheek because yes, you should do that, just not right now.)
A copy editor does not squash out your voice. That’s not our job. Our job is to make sure you know the rules so you can choose which ones help comprehension of your book and which ones you want to purposely break.
Mitali Deypurkaystha, aka "the Authority Creator," is a former ghost writer turned book coach. This woman brings her years of dopy writing and ghost writing experience to her work with clients who are writing a book but need that extra, professional help.