“Five Books to Improve Your Writing Skills” by Joan Y. Edwards
Originally, Twitter hashtag #pubsub3rdFri WEEK ONE STEPS – May 2010 TO PUB SUB 3RD FRI
In May more flowers bloom. Perhaps this will be the month for you manuscript, art work, or music to bloom. If you’re a mother, father, sister, or brother, May is a great month to submit your work. The third Friday is May 21st. Do it in honor of your own Mother. You can do it. I have faith in you. You’ve been having experiences to help you put the emotional pull of a character this way and that way in your writing. You’ve researched choices for your characters. Your subconscious mind is busy at work figuring out how to make your writing distinctive, charming, and lively. It’s helping you stand out from thousands of written works.
Submitting a query letter counts as a submission. Query, Query, Query until someone says “Yes.
Perhaps you did more research for your article. You have photos and information from an interview to add to it. Maybe you rewrote the second chapter of your novel because it needed better dialogue. Accept yourself where you are. Be proud of who you are and all that you’ve done in your life.
Here are five books that helped me with my writing skills. Checking out the book from your local library is free.
If you want your own copy, usually you can buy used ones on Amazon for $5.00 or less plus $3.99 shipping. You can also check a used book store in your area.
Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction.
Donald Maass: Writing the Break Out Novel.
Donald Maass: Writing the Break Out Novel Workbook.
Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages.
Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
Get yourself ready to submit a manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of this month, May 21st. It can be an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie. In other words, the sky is the limit for you to submit. Like the little duck in Flip Flap Floodle say, “I won’t give up.”
Get your creative work ready to send off. Go For It. Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I CAN DO IT. I CAN REALLY DO IT.”
- This week make a list of three possible publishers for this particular creative work of yours.
- Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
- Select the publisher you will use this month.
- Print out a copy and save a copy of the publisher’s guidelines.
- Fine tune your manuscript – have your writing group or other professional writer/editor critique it.
Good luck! See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more information. Do something good for yourself today!
Have I motivated you to submit?
I hope so.
Enjoy your day.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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