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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What's Your Book-Writing Goal?

If you are considering writing a book, one of the most important questions you should ask yourself is: “What is my goal for writing this book?” While making money off of your work is important, it should not be your only goal for writing a book.
Setting a book-writing goal is the step that most new authors seem to skip. Without establishing a goal, it may be difficult for you to stay focused and motivated to continue writing your book. 
A book-writing goal can be personal (“because I want to be able to say ‘I wrote a book!’”) or it can be all business (“because I want to give it to my clients at my next live event”). Sometimes authors dream of being on the New York Times’ Best Sellers’ list. Or you might want to pen your memoirs only for your family members. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Having Their Say: Veteran Authors Share Military And Life Experiences

I am a poet by life experience and Army Officer by trade. Captain Adrian Massey wrote this on his blog in 2008 during his second tour in Iraq. While there, Captain Massey shared with his readers life “as I know it” in Baghdad: “The good, the bad, and the ugly.” 

Veterans and service members who are authors have stories to tell and they are sharing them in their own special way, whether at home or on active duty as Captain Massey, who also penned a book of poetry titled, A Soldier’s Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life. (To read his poem, “The Bugle Calls” in tribute of those who gave their lives for our country, click HERE)

Some veterans receive help with their writing, thanks to major supporters such as The Veterans Writing Project. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, funded by veterans and their family members, offers writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their adult family members. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

5 Research Tips For Authors

If you’ve started writing your book, you may already have the title, plot, characters, and chapter outlines. However, there’s one more thing that you will need to do during the writing process, and that’s research.  

Research is necessary if you want an authentic and well-written book. Nothing is worse than having your readers tell you that your book contains incorrect facts, dates and other information.  (To read our other blog post, "Before You Write – Research!", click HERE

A good book has three dimensional, believable characters, conflict, a climax, and a resolution to the conflict. Research will help you fulfill these and other elements needed to develop a successful page-turner.

So, what exactly should you research? Where do you find information? Here are 5 tips to help you get started: