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WRITER’S VOICE: WHAT’S YOURS?

by Sherrie Clark

Have you ever wondered what your writer’s voice is or even if you have one? To answer these questions, let’s start by defining writer’s voice.

A writer’s voice is just that. When you write, the way you talk and how you speak spills over into your writing. Your writer’s voice is then expressed on paper through your creativity, your thoughts, your feelings, and how you tell your story or message. It’s your signature that sets you apart from other writers. Actually, your readers will probably be the best ones to describe your particular writer’s voice.

For instance, think about your favorite band or singer. You probably would know their music anywhere. Even if you’re listening to a song you’ve never heard before, you would know whether or not that song was being played by your favorite band or singer. That’s the same concept with a book. When you become a known writer or author, readers will know when they read your content because they’ll come to know your voice.

So to break it down, your writer’s voice is your specific cadence, your attitude, your perspective, your tone, and your inflection. It’s what you emphasize. Your personality is inherent in your writer’s voice, and your writer’s voice is inherent in your personality. They go hand in hand.

Just like our writing skills and abilities, our writer’s voice can change; it can even change from one book to the other. So ask yourself if you think your writer’s voice needs improving. Maybe it’s been repressed and just needs to be unleashed. Whether you want to find it and learn how to unleash it, or whether you merely want to better it, it’ll take some effort. And like anything else that’s important to us, the time and attention we give to our writer’s voice to ensure it has what it needs will be time and attention well invested.


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FICTION BOOK GENRES

by Sherrie Clark

Just like nonfiction, fiction has numerous genres. How many depends on who you ask. Furthermore, the genres outside of the more common ones can vary as well, again depending on who you ask. For the sake of this post, though, we’ll discuss some of the common fiction genres in alphabetical order.

First, let’s talk action. The ADVENTURE genre will provide plenty of that. In fact, action is the overpowering component in this book with characters taking risks and experiencing excitement, thrills, and danger.

The CHILDREN’S genre has its own target audience that includes babies to about 11 years old. The books contain lots of pictures and colors and few words, and its characters are usually caricatures. By the end of the book, the child learns a moral lesson(s).

From axe swinging to knife slashing to any other form of gore, the HORROR genre is sure to frighten readers and cause gasps of fear as the characters try to survive a murdering maniac. By the end of the book, these villains are either victorious, or if they’re killed or locked away, readers aren’t truly confident they’re gone for good.

When a MYSTERY needs to be solved, usually one of murder but could be something that just doesn’t make sense, this is the genre to consider. Readers walk through the clues and try to solve the puzzle right along beside the protagonist.

Who doesn’t like a little ROMANCE in their life, right ladies? This genre is a love story where the protagonist or heroine is female. She meets a man with whom she falls in love. This book explores the couple’s relationship and the obstacle(s) they must overcome to be together and live happily ever after.

With the SCIENCE FICTION genre, readers get to venture into the future or to another planet, or aliens from another planet come to “visit” us. Still, the story needs to make sense. To be placed in this category, science needs to be involved in some way.

The THRILLER genre (also called adventure or suspense) does just that—it thrills. It causes readers to sit on the edge of their seat while characters experience nail-biting events. Fortunately, the protagonist prevails in the end.

The WESTERN genre takes place in the 1800s. Although many of them live up to their genre name and have its setting in the western states, some of them do not. Not surprising, the protagonist is usually a rugged cowboy.

Keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list; there are many more genres and within them, subgenres and hybrid genres. So choose your preference, for after all, the world of genres is your oyster, so eat up!


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NONFICTION BOOK GENRES

by Sherrie Clark

As new authors, we sometimes are challenged to categorize our book into a specific genre. Truth be told, it can be a daunting task, so I’d like to help clear up some of the confusion. Because the list of genres is actually quite extensive, I’ll start by covering the more common ones.

We’ll start with nonfiction genres, which are based on fact. As a heads up, nonfiction is more popular, and therefore, easier to place because it sells more books.

Well-read genres within the nonfiction category are memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies. All are written about a real person’s life, but how do they differ from each other? On one hand, a memoir covers a certain part of a person’s life, those events experienced during that time, and the emotions and feelings involved. On the other hand, both a biography and autobiography are more general and cover a person’s life, starting with their childhood (or even before they were born) and moves through the subject’s life in chronological order. A biography is a book about someone else—a historical or effectual person—and is written in the third person. An autobiography is written in the first person because it is written by the subject of the book.

Other types of nonfiction books include how-to and self-help. These provide instructions in a nontechnical way. How-to books provide instructions on how to do a specific task, like how to organize your closet or how to write a book. Self-help also teaches but usually how to help improve a certain aspect of a person’s life, such as healthy eating or overcoming the emotional trauma of abuse.

Another popular nonfiction genre is true crime, which tells about a particular crime that has actually taken place. Don’t forget cookbooks, which provide recipes, their ingredients, and how to prepare the dishes.

This is no means an exhaustive list of nonfiction book genres, but it can help you determine if your book fits into one of these categories. If not, then a little more research will be needed. After all, your book is going to need a home, so paying attention to placing it in the correct genre is going to ensure your book gets put the proper neighborhood.


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THE SECRET RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

by Sherrie Clark

Have you ever heard that success is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration? If so, then what exactly does it mean, and how is it applied to writing a book?

Actually this adage has everything to do with writing a book. We write books because something has inspired us. Maybe it’s a testimony of overcoming cancer. Maybe it’s teaching people how to lose 19 pounds in 2 days. Maybe you’ve come up with the perfect whodunit mystery. Although inspiration is an important ingredient, it’s the fun and easy part, and it can only take us so far. It’s what we do with that inspiration that determines our success.

Turning our inspiration into a book involves work. This is where the perspiration comes into play, and you’re going to need a lot more of it than you will inspiration. But don’t let that stop you. Writing a book can be simple work when approached correctly, but it will still require effort on your part if you want to experience success.

However when writing a book, most people just don’t know where to start. It’s not that they mind the work: it’s just that they don’t know what to do. You can’t build a house unless you know all of the steps involved in the process and then how to apply those steps. This is where The AuthorShip comes in. It takes aspiring authors where ever they’re at, whether it be trying to get those books out of their heads and onto paper or how to get their books published or how to get them into the marketplace. We can help in every step of the process so that you’re working smarter and less hard.

So take heart, authors. The need for 99 percent perspiration to achieve success doesn’t make you less capable but actually puts you in good company. Even Thomas Edison has been known to apply this same formula to genius when he said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” And if worked in the correct way, your inspiration can be considered nothing short of genius.


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