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Week 4


Week 4 – Seven Ways to Educate and Motivate Your Muse
Pub Subber Week 4 Recording.wma

Different Stages of a Writer:  Writing, Revising, Critiquing, Living, Educating, Motivating, and Celebrating

Your writing stage and your revising stage could take more a week, a month, a year, or even longer.

During Week 4  – All the weeks you’re not focusing on your submission, take time to live, read, educate, motivate, and celebrate the creative muse within you. Here are a few choices:

Writing Stage

  1. Write a pitch for the new story you have in mind to write. I’ve discovered it’s a lot easier to write a winning pitch for a story before you write it than it is when it’s finished.
  2. Decide which genre, and who the audience will be.
  3. Write the story, novel, poem, or article.
  • hook (pitch)
  • universal theme
  • magnetic characters that stick to the reader’s minds because of their situations, thoughts, feelings, words, and actions
  • plot

(1) ordinary day,
(2) something bad happens,
(3) main character tries to reach goal of straightening out the situation, drops deeper in trouble.
(4) main character tries again to reach goal of straightening out the situation, and drops the deepest in the very worst that the situation could get.
(5) main character has an “aha” moment of how to solve the problem.
(6) main character does something to confront the villain (or villainous situation) and wins (or loses)
(7) tell what happens to everyone else in the story as a result of the win.
(8) everything is back to an ordinary day, but it’s a better day than when the story’s problem showed up.

Revising and Critiquing Stage

1. Revise at least 3 times yourself, then submit manuscript for critique to

(1) a professional editor or an author who has gotten at least 10 published articles or books in the same genre as yours.
(2) a critique group or critique partner – online or in person. They can focus on your first page, your first five pages, your query letter, cover letter, and/or your proposal,
(3). Revise again after each critique. To keep it your story, use only the comments in the critique that you agree with 100%.

2. Get your work in quality condition – get it critiqued from 1-3 times and take it through seven revisions before submitting to a publisher, agent, or entering it into a contest. Quality means your manuscript is the best you can write with the knowledge and skills you have a this moment in time.

Living, Educating, Motivating, and Celebrating Stages

  1. Experience life, attend workshops, take courses.

  • Bake cakes.
  • Go on a tour of historic houses.
  • Attend a weekend workshop.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter for children.
  • Take a writing course at a community college or other learning institution.
  • Take an online writing workshop online or in person.

2. Read three books about the craft of writing.

4. Read three best-selling books in your favorite genre.

5. Watch three movies in the genre you write.

6. Study the websites of three best-selling authors. Here is a list of many to choose from or search for your favorite online.

Best-Selling Authors for Children

Best-Selling Authors for Adults

I invite you to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group to post successes, receive encouragement when you receive a no, ask for advice, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission.

Join by sending an email with your first and last name and why you’d like to be a Pub Subber to me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com. Then I’ll send you an invitation! Fun, fun, fun!

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Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
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Updated November 20, 2017


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4 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,
    I have a few things I’ve written for children and haven’t had the nerve or plan to send them in. I believe in them, but just can’t seem to do it. Your plan is inspiring and totally do-able. Thank you for putting it out there for all of us! I am on board, thank you for the encouragement!


    • Dear Kelly,
      Thank you for writing. I’m proud of you for saying that now you can submit your work. You can join Pub Subbers to receive even more encouragement and automated reminders to submit your manuscripts! Just send a blank email to: pubsubbers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
      We have 13 members who are dedicated to helping all of us succeed in getting our work published. We would be honored to have you join us.
      Celebrate you and your love of writing!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Thank you for all the time you put in to help others. It is appreciated.


    • Dear Gail,
      Thank you for writing. I needed to hear from my readers today. It is especially nice to hear a thank you and that I’ve helped you. That is wonderful. I hope you subscribe to my blog. Good luck with the publication of your writing. The world is waiting to hear your story.

      Never Give Up


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