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WHY DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK?

by Sherrie Clark

While growing up and into my adult years, I remember hearing my mother frequently proclaim, “I want to write a book.” Sadly she never got around to it. When she died of cancer at the early age of sixty-five, she literally took that book with her to the grave. As a result, no one will be able to read the message she had always wanted to share.

The facts are that just about everybody has a book inside of them, but very few actually write it. Just like my mother, so many people have taken their books to the grave with them, and we’ll never know what we missed from not reading their words.

So why are people not writing their books? There are many reasons, and one reason I think that sits at the top of the list is fear…fear of not knowing what to do, fear of not be able to complete it, and/or fear that people won’t like their book.

I once heard someone say that when the passion, desire, need becomes larger than the fear, then you’ll be able to push through and prevail. In other words, when the reasons underlying your desire to write a book become greater than the fear of writing your book, then that desire will overcome that fear, and you will succeed in getting your words into the hands of readers.

So think about it. What’s your reason for wanting to write a book? Is it to share a testimony of what has happened to you? Do you want to establish yourself as an expert and/or build credibility in a certain field? A book is a great way to do this.

Do you have a business, ministry, or organization and feel a book will compliment it? It will. Furthermore, a book is a great way to brand yourself as an author ready to be published in any field. Are you passionate about something, maybe a craft or losing weight, and you want to teach others how to do that craft or how to lose that weight? Have you learned a lesson(s) in life that you feel compelled to teach others so that they don’t make the same mistakes and will know how to help themselves? 

Have others been telling you that you need to write a book? Do you want to make extra money to either supplement or replace your current income? A book can do that, and sometimes can do it substantially if done correctly, and there’s nothing wrong with having that aspiration.

But whatever your reason for wanting to write a book, focus on it, dwell on it, and get ‘er done!


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DESCRIPTIVE WRITING

101 by Sherrie Clark

We all love to read those books that are hard to put down, those books that compel us to turn the next page even when we should be doing something else. Then when we’re away from it, we can’t wait to pick it back up again and read more.

So what can we as authors do to write our book in a way that has the same kind of effect on our readers? How can we take our book from good to great?

There’s really no secret formula. It’s about telling a story that engages readers, and in so doing, provoking their senses so that they experience the sensations you desire. One way to accomplish this is through descriptive writing.

Sound a bit overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be. When writing a scene, consider everything in your setting. What is the year, the season, the month, the location, and/or the time of day that it takes place? For example, does the scene take place on a cold, blustery February day? Does it take place in the middle of the night on a dark deserted road? Is the setting on a plantation in the deep south during the Civil War? Does it take place in the mountains of Colorado, or in the middle of rush hour traffic in New York City, or on a cruise ship in the Caribbean? All of these are external influences that set the mood.

Now think about the influences that internally affect your character. What does he or she see, feel, smell, hear, and taste within your setting? For instance, is your character taking a midnight stroll on a beach?  Does he feel a cool breeze coming off the ocean and sand between his toes? Does he see stars in the sky? Does he smell the salt in the air? Does he hear the waves lapping upon the shore?

Maybe your character is sitting in a hot classroom taking a test. Does she feel anxious? Is she hot because the air conditioner is broken? Does she taste the sweat on her upper lip? Does she smell the musky wood from the old desk? Does she hear the clock ticking in the silence?

Becoming aware of your own sensory perceptions helps you understand your characters’ senses. When you do, your readers can’t help but feel what the characters are feeling. Even better, after sharing the same sensory experiences with your characters, they can’t help but bond with them. They’re hooked, and if you don’t let up, there’s no turning back for them.

Once that happens, sit back and smile because you, my friend, have just accomplished what all authors strive to do: you have created a bona fide page turner.


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