Recognise The Writing Process

We must recognise the writing process, even if it appears obvious!

Getting up every day and starting work on a book is difficult.

Here are some of our favourite writing approaches and resources for getting your work ready for the next stage:

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Important writing advice for authors

According to Mark Twain, “You should not begin writing an article until you have finished it to your satisfaction.” This may appear to be a lofty request, but you already know that writing is complex, and the most challenging component of the process is revising.

If you want to complete your revisions more quickly and confidently, keep these helpful tips in mind as you work on your first draft.

In this scenario, little is more.

Why say something in 20 words when 12 will suffice? Using unneeded terminology reduces the legibility, interest, and professionalism of your writing.

The Chicago Manual of Style discourages the use of terms such as “whether or not,” “at the moment,” “because,” “about to,” and others.

Check your sentences to see if they are repeated or lengthy. Replace them if necessary.

Remove the cliches.

You may know someone who uses clichés, or you may be one of them. Overused sentences, on the other hand, make your work appear incomplete regarding reading.

Clichés such as “time will tell”, “at that time”, “carefree”, “a shiver ran down my/his spine”, and “loved her more than life itself” should be avoided if you want to seem professional.

Distinguishing between discourse and narrative

When conversations are isolated from narrative paragraphs, they are much easier to read. Allowing good dialogue buried in asides and needless descriptions is a bad idea.

If you’ve given each character a strong and distinct voice, you may use dialogue separation to create a readable scenario that moves at the appropriate speed.

Show rather than tell.

Although you have probably heard this before, it is one of the most essential writing skills to master. Narration is less effective and duller than expressing sentiments through language and movement.

In other words, rather than writing, Jack frowns. Use language to communicate his worry to another character.

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Use correct punctuation.

You irritate professional editors, agents, publishers, and readers by inserting extraneous en- or em-dashes, using too many commas, and misplacing semicolons.

Make up your punctuation rules if you’re writing something extremely experimental. The existing rules are perfectly adequate.

Pronouns must be adequately capitalised.

A writer who disregards correct pronoun spelling and capitalization is lazy. Remember that civil titles such as president or governor should only be capitalised when they are part of the person’s name.

“For example,” “it was time for the governor to speak.” It is inappropriate to write, “It was time for the governor to speak.” It’s also OK to state, “It was time for Governor Watkins to speak.” It is incorrect to say, “It was time for Governor Watkins to speak.”

You should avoid zigzagging your plot.

While it may be tempting to go from one era to the next, this strategy is better left to professionals, even on rare occasions.

If you don’t follow a chronological plot, your audience will demand clarification after clarification. If you can write flashbacks and zigzags smoothly, your audience will understand.

If you’ve mastered this method, do it again with a continuous timeline. You can save much editing time if your zigzag writing does not read well.

As you write and promote your book, you may receive many unsolicited advice from friends and other authors.

Just make sure your counsel comes from someone competent or experienced.

The above criteria are just a few fundamental writing concepts that every good writer understands and applies.

Using ChatGPT (or other AI systems) to assist in book promotion.

Whether or not you are excited about AI and its potential applications in your author business, it is here to stay. AI systems like Chat GPT and Jasper.ai are still in their early stages, and their capability and utility will expand.

That doesn’t mean you must use these systems as a writer, but AI could be the answer if you’re looking for cost-effective shortcuts, especially for research.

One area where AI can aid is book marketing. You do not need to stare at a blank computer screen or generate research lists.

Request help from the AI of your choice, and then use your skills and strategic thinking to improve and extend the AI’s work. Here are five ideas for using your choice AI system to help with book marketing.

Create Content for Your Content Marketing Engine.

Did you know you can use Chat GPT or Jasper to generate a dozen 500-800 word articles (or video scripts or podcast episode scripts) from your book?

You can also use a speech transcript or other previously prepared information to accomplish this.

AI can aid you if you need extra time to write stuff for your book marketing.

Of course, you’ll need to update the AI-generated content, but because it’s based on something you’ve already developed, it’s far more robust than if you asked the AI to write the piece from start.

Request additional content recommendations from your AI.

You can enter a topic into the AI system and request a list of suggestions regardless of whether you have uploaded your work to the system.

Giving AI something to work with can improve its relationship with your problem. However, you don’t have to do that to get a good list of articles, videos, podcasts, or social media post ideas.

Inquire with your AI about book marketing strategies.

“Give me ten marketing ideas for a book,” I challenged Jasper. The list was fine if you didn’t know where to start and needed some ideas.

If you need more specific information and suggestions, you might be much more specific and say, “Give me ten ideas for marketing a book about losing weight, running a marathon, or finding fulfilment in your fifties,” and see if the ideas were even more detailed to help you.

Jasper presented me with the following list:

Make the most of your online presence.
Collaborate with other writers in your genre to promote each other’s work.
Find and interact with other influencers.
Review similar books on sites such as Goodreads and Amazon.
Collaborate with bloggers.
Create a website.
Distribute press releases regarding your book’s launch in your community’s media.
Make contacts with bookstores and libraries.
Organise rewards to attract more readers to your website.
Use internet sites such as BookBub or Amazon Advertising Services to increase awareness among potential buyers.

Request that your artificial intelligence perform research on your behalf on influencers, booksellers, or libraries.
I requested Jasper to “find 20 social media influencers who would promote a book about writing a book.”

Jasper’s list did not include any authors I would approach because it included some well-known authors, such as Dan Brown, but you could be more precise and say, “Give me a list of 10 YouTube channels that promote book writing” or “Find ten blogs that help authors.” However, your research endeavour could end with something other than influencers.

I requested a list of bookshops in a specific city and the manager’s name and contact information from Chat GPT. It only works sporadically, but at the very least, I’m not starting from scratch.

Chat GPT Can Help With Social Media.

It can suggest posts, photos, and creative headlines (and the latest versions of Chat GPT and other AI systems can even make graphics for such postings).

The more information you provide Chat GPT about the image and tone you want to convey, the more ideas you will receive.

You may use Chat GPT to ask questions such as “What are the best practices for designing images for social media?” or “What fonts and colours work well with images for social media?” Chat GPT can also provide recommendations and ideas if you don’t know what design components to use.

We are still in the early phases of using AI in our authoring company.

The frontier is mostly in our ability to harness the tool’s potential. The initial stages can be intimidating, but various ways are available to make selling oneself as an author easier.

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