Pro Writer Helps
Designed for Newbies on the path to Pro-dom (Is that a word?)
First Impressions / available February 2019.
- Catching Reader Attention: First Impressions
- First Impressions part 2
- Branding through Covers
- Covers help sell Books
- Titling and Back Cover Copy
Archetypes / Symbols: a few of the blogs in the year-long series / available now
- What is an Archetype? (includes a list of Carl Jung’s archetypal characters)
- The background to Archetypes
- the first blog examining each of Carl Jung’s character archetypes, starting with the Hero archetype
- the last blog examining Jung’s character archetypes
- the first blog about 7 Questions to Start the Ordinary World, the first stage in the Archetypal Story Pattern, based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and Christopher Vogler’s subsequent work called The Writer’s Journey. 7 Questions to start
- the last blog for the Archetypal Story Pattern, Return with the Elixir
- symbolic numbers
- symbolic colors
The year-long blog series goes into great detail about character and plot archetypes. I should turn this series into a book! That’s what I did for Think like a Pro.
Pro Writer Tips will post as blogs on the 1st and 15th of every month, beginning Feb. 2019.
Check the website calendar for the January blogs on guidance for key ideas to keep in mind when developing your brand and cover. Look above for the First Impressions blogs (5 in number).
MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING :: 7 + 10 things you need to know
This blog for the newbie gives a little guidance for the scary process of publishing your own work.
Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers
Infographics (available now) give a taste of the chapter information in Think like a Pro. Here’s the blog list for the infographics:
- Deadline on a Dream
- Plan the Work / Work the Plan
- Understanding Plot
- 4 of 5 Basic Plot Methods
- Best Plot Method that I Know
- Aristotle’s 5 + 5 Essentials for Writers
- Overcoming Writer’s Block: Refusal
- Overcoming Writer’s Block: Procrastination
- Overcoming Writer’s Block: Stagnation
- Sparking Creativity
A little more about the Raison d’Etre of the book and the planner. 7 lessons (maintaining deadlines, keeping bum in chair, developing plot AND characters, overcoming writer’s block, sparking creativity, and being professional) give answers that newbies always ask.
- The book Think like a Pro, in two cover choices
To keep you on track with your writing, W.Ink Books has a Think/Pro companion planner: undated, project-focused, two-page weekly layout with daily word counts and progress meters. Monthly and seasonal reviews and previews along with additional trackers to help you maintain your writing goals. And the planners match the books!
Writers Ink Offers Services for Writers
EDITING / PROOFING : : Prices are here.
- Manuscript Proofreading
- Manuscript Content Editing
- MS Development Editing
Blogs about the Follies of Trusting the Grammar/Spelling Checker
- Grammar Phobia vs. Grammar Snobbery , including the 13 points for communication
- Use the Machine Grammar Checker Wisely
- Use it, Don’t Abuse It
- Vial Trolls, Take That!
- Also, check out the page for Home School Helps, which has slews of blogs on grammar.
MARKETING : : You can see pricing here.
Want to be published? The Think / Pro planner can help. [also in two cover choices, to match the manual 😉 ]
Do you start stories but never complete them? Do you wait on your muse while she hides behind trees and in caves?
Do you know how to write, but the mountainous novel seems insurmountable, with too many words and too few days?
Do you keep telling yourself “Carpe Diem”, but days speed by before you grab several hours to write?
Time to change “Seize the Day” into “Seize the Dream.” For success, you need to Think/Pro. This planner can help.
The Weekly Spread
A two-page week keeps you focused on three tasks, with room to record your day-by-day focus as well as a word count tracker for daily and accumulating totals. The Progress Meter, divided into writing stages and blocks for each ten percent of that stage, is a visual representation of your growing achievement in reaching your writing goal.
While daily word counts are important, I now advise writers to take one day off each week. Reserve that day for planning as well as completing a creativity exercise. On a back page is a list of 13 exercises to choose from. Reminders of the four basic Healthy Habits (walking, water intake, sunshine, and diet) offer daily fill-ins for those who like habit trackers.
Each week also showcases an inspirational quotation from a famous writer.
Analyze your Progress with Reviews and Previews
In addition to the weekly spread are Monthly Reviews & Previews and Seasonal & Yearly Planning pages. The planner begins with a brief look at your yearly goals, on the following page.
The Monthly Review has a Productivity Tracker and a Progress Meter as well as places to jot down Business Contacts and Expenses. Once tax time arrives, you will have compiled the necessary information in one location. And a Tax Tips for Writers lists on a back page the expenses you can record.
In planning, we sometimes neglect to consider obligations beyond our goals and objectives. On the Previews is a reminder of those commitments that keep us sane.
Seasonal Previews ask you to polish the nuts and bolts of your projected words per week and sharpen up the time remaining before your deadline. All the Reviews ask you to record your victories and consider your challenges.
The purpose of any planner is to keep us on track as well as to give us a look ahead. In this fast-paced world, it helps to have a physical reminder, one that is not dependent on the five and more tap-clicks that it takes to access the electronic calendar on a smartphone.
Grab a pen and this planner, and quickly jot down reminders and notes. As the Think/Pro planner is undated, you can start at any time of the year.
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Another Writers’ Guidebook: Old Geeky Greeks, available now.