The journal you’ve poured your heart and soul into now rests on the surface next to your computer. You review its content and fill the blank document on the monitor. The insightful pearls of wisdom you’ve expressed on paper form sentences and transform into paragraphs to create one chapter after another. Soon the plot twists, characters’ personalities develop, and the arc of the story is outlined.
The backstory to your writing adventure fills your journal. Then, one day you realize the journey to becoming an author began the moment you put pen to paper.
The act of writing is baring your soul. Words flow from heart to hand and onto the pages. There are no tricks of the trade. No gimmicks. Just you and your favorite writing apparatus. You write.
Writers know we are too close to our story and unable to see the forest through the trees. We leave valuable details (unintentionally) out of the content, because, in the writer’s mind, we relive the event over and over. It is familiar terrain. For the audience, it will be their first experience in the shared moment. We yearn to be drawn into the storyline, witness the events as they play out, and observe the characters’ environment.
I listen to the written voice weaved throughout the storyline and can guide you, the author, to express the unspoken voice. This is the key element to a developmental editor.
Pour yourself a mug of tea and listen to the conversations I have with podcast guests. You’ll hear from New York Times best-selling authors, writers, editors, folks who know marketing, publishers and those who love the craft of writing. Every episode is an opportunity to learn actionable insights to inspire you to write and give you the opportunity to meet the authors in their own voice.
It’s time. No more pondering the idea. Write ‘that’ book. Your words have power. YOUR story matters!