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A “Reboot” of the Writing Series Index

Thursday, September 19, 2013

WSI ImageWith all of the entertainment-focused blogs/ezines I read, there’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t hear of some movie or TV show that’s being rebooted/remade (The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer? Really?), so I decided to jump on the trendwagon. I’ve decided that since most of the series that are archived over on the Writing Series Index page are more than four years old—the majority were written before I was published—I thought now would be a great opportunity for me to take the time to review, revise, and revamp those. Since writing most of those, not only have I completed four publishing contracts with three different publishers and have eleven books on the market, I’ve also worked in the publishing industry, both full-time and as a freelancer. I’ve taught more than 100 workshops around the country to writing groups and at writers’ conferences. I’ve read more (different) books and seen more (different) movies and TV shows to use as examples. 😉

Here are the series I know I’m going to redo, and the tentative order in which I plan to redo them (I will most likely rename them, as well):

  • Becoming a Writer
  • Be Your Own Casting Director/Character Casting
  • Creating Credible Characters
  • Point of View/Make POV Work for You
  • World Building/Setting/Writing Descriptions
  • Plot/Subplot/Conflict
  • Plotting for Seat of the Pants Writers
  • Dialogue
  • Hooking the Reader/Scene & Story Structure
  • Showing vs. Telling
  • There and Back Again: Finding “The End” in the Beginning
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Beyond the First Draft
  • Critiquing
  • Manuscript 101/Are you Ready to Submit
  • Entering Writing Contests

I’m going to start next week. I’ll still have posts like the monthly reading check-in, Fun Friday, and other fun stuff, but I really feel the need to get back to basics—and to bring those basics up to date.

In looking at that list, what are your suggestions for additional topics—or for sub-topics within the ones I have listed? What would you most like to see me delve into as I refocus on the craft and business of writing?

  1. Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:22 pm

    A Sound of Music remake? Wow. That will be interesting… 😉 All of the topics listed above will be fun to see updated from your more experienced pov, but with my first novel, Dysfunction Junction, releasing in December 2013, I’d love to learn from your experiences in marketing and promoting your books. Publishers do less each year and everyone has to pinch pennies. Any words of wisdom on what to do or NOT do in marketing?


    • Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:31 pm

      Given the sales (or lack thereof) of my own books, I’m probably not the best person to talk about this. But I’ll see if I can work something in.


    • Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:32 pm

      Oh, and congrats on your release!


      • Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:10 pm

        Thanks. The tagline is “Twenty-six and never been kissed, that’s about to change…” I started writing it from experience and now that it’s publishing it should probably read thirty-six and never been kissed… 🙂 But hey, got to have somewhere to go with the next book right? lol


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