Friday, March 3, 2017

Contribute to MANA's 2017 Blog Continuous Short Story And Help Domestic Violence Victims (MANA) is proud to announce the launching of its annual fundraiser – “MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story." MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, have supported different scholarship funds and charities for years. "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story" is yet another way of supporting charitable causes and organizations. 

The designated charity for 2017 is #MoveToEndDV (Move To End Domestic Violence), a California-based organization which encourages businesses and community members to help shelters provide services to victims of domestic violence in their local communities.  #MoveToEndDV is in partnership with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The goal of #MoveToEndDV is to inspire and encourage 10,000 businesses and other moving companies around the globe to make a pledge to #MoveToEndDV and commit to working with a local shelter to donate or provide a free product or service that will aid domestic violence victims. Domestic violence includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in a relationship. Statistics show that 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused by domestic violence every year. Click HERE for more information on #MoveToEndDV

MANA would also like to thank each and every one who participated in 2016 by contributing your comments to short story that benefited the Flint Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Flint, Michigan-based public service sorority is providing bottled water to Flint-area citizens where the drinking water has been contaminated over the past couple of years by lead from aging water pipes.

Now, here is how "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story" works: 

1. The photo in this blog post serves as a prompt. The first person to post can write five sentences or more based on the photo prompt. 

2. The next writer should add to the story of the first post. After that, every writer should add to the story of the previous writer.

3. For every 20 posts of five sentences or more, MANA will donate $10 to #MoveToEndDV.

This activity is twofold: It will provide money to help domestic violence victims and will allow an opportunity for you to be a part of a creative experience. 

To post your comments, look for the word, "COMMENTS" below this post and click on it. You will be able to add your comments to the page. Also, encourage others to post so that you can release your creativity and help domestic violence victims in 2017!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Rewriting Your First Draft

If you're writing a fiction book for the first time, don't think that your book is completed and ready for publishing after you've finished writing. This is only your first draft and rest assured, you will have to go back and rewrite some portions of it.

Everyone rewrites in a different way. Some authors rewrite as they're going along while others complete the first draft before attempting any rewriting. It's best to write the first draft before you start any rewriting. This allows you to see the direction that your book has taken. Don't get discouraged if your first draft is less than magnificent. Remember, this is only a rough draft! The average book is about 80,000 words, although a rough draft of a book may be less.

A word of advice: Step away from your first draft for a few days and come back and read it "cold' – as if you're reading it for the first time. Don't rush through the manuscript, take it slow and look at the elements in the most important part of your book – the first page. When determining whether a rewrite of the first page is necessary, ask yourself: