Okay, it is time to confess, like some of you novelists out there, I have had the need to write and “do something” while I wait patiently for Beta reader’s comments on the four novels that I have in various stages at the moment.
So, after years of planning and putting it off, I am now in the final stages of my first non-fiction book, The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing.
This book has been inspired by the experiences in my former career as an engineering geologist in the construction industry, where among other things, vast amounts of data, reports, designs and a whole host of other information is generated from projects such as dams, motorways and major regeneration projects.
Something tangible has to be done to manage all of this data and in The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing I provide a host of tips and techniques that will make your computer files and hard copy paper files neat and tidy, thus enabling you, the writer to do the thing that you love, and that is write.
The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing takes the reader on a journey from those first fledgling ideas to managing the writing, editing and proof reading stages so that at every stage, the writer will know exactly what they are editing and where everything down to that those all-important flashes of inspiration are filled ready for use.
This practical, “self help” book has been devised to help writers write. Throughout the book, The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing provides TOP TIPS that are sensible, practical methods to keep everything under control while the whole writing experience is undertaken.
How often has a writer got swamped under a pile of papers on their desk, only to discover that the all-important note they had has fallen off the side of the computer and is lost somewhere down the back of the desk or even worse, is in the dog or has been used to mop up a coffee spillage. The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing is here to help and will take all the stress and worry away.
In short punchy chapters The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing
will help anyone who writes seriously, or is just taking those first steps to writing the next big thing.
With practical examples and three Appendices aimed to take the hassle away, The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing includes; the MINDMAP, Chapter summaries and takes the reader through the use of spread sheets to make contents tables, indices, managing the individual requirements of submissions to publishers and agents and a section on financial spread sheets.
The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing is aimed at writers from all genres and types, from maintaining control of lists of poems and articles for magazines, to fiction and non-fiction. Any activity that uses data, paper and computer files will benefit from the techniques and TOP TIPS in this handbook.
No writer should be without The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing.
This handbook is aims to help writers manage all of their writing data, it is not a book on creative writing, but does include some of the authors own tips from his experience as a self-published author and as someone who writes full length novels, short stories and poems.
For all of my followers and friends I am enclosing a list of chapters below in order to ask you whether you think something is missing, and if so, what else would you like to see in The Handbook of Top Tips to Manage Your Writing.
Prologue About the author
1 About this book
2 Your writing notebook and other pre-start works
4 Daily writing discipline
5 Word Counts
6 Chapter summaries
7 The management of editing and proof reading
8 The synopsis
9 The “near final” proof read
10 Paper management
12 Social media
13 E-Books and self-publishing
14 Short stories, articles and poems
15 Miscellaneous tips
16 Some final wisdom
17 Essential reading
App 1 Word count spread sheet
App 2 Submissions spread sheet
App 3 Financial spread sheet
I am aiming for publication as an E-Book and have a provisional date of 30 June 2013.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Keep writing, for you know you have to……