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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I Hate Editting

I am back on my evening work schedule starting today.  I now can write during the day before I go to work.

I got up and have already put 2 hours writing time.  I went through the non-fiction book DIY Writing Career Zombie Style.

I now know what I need to rewrite and what to edit.  My goal is to have this published January 2016.  It will take time to edit.  I hate editing.  It is time consuming and not fun for me.  It has to be done.

When I first started out, I didn't have an editor.  I could not find one that I could afford.  I read and reread the story and used my spell checker.  I now found an editor I can afford.

I am all about being debt free.  I don't think anyone should go into debt to be published.  So do what you think is best for you.

I went through the manuscript and made notes.  I know soon I will be sitting at the computer going word for word and line for line before I send it to the editor.

I hate editing but it has to be done.  So that is what I am working on.

Remember that this is your book and if you do not agree with the editor you hired, don't listen to them.  Follow your heart.  Remember that if you are publishing and receiving royalty checks, you can claim your writing on your taxes.  Anything that has to do with your writing is tax deductible.  Consult your tax person.

So for now I will be editing the book, but I will still be working on a short story when I am not editing.

How do you edit?  Hire someone or DIY?

So you are not alone if you hate editing.  If you are an editor and would like to leave your email in the comment section, feel free.

What are you doing today with your writing?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Creating Your Writing Space



I rearranged my writing space.  I moved my desk into the corner of the kitchen.  I am by a window and plants are next to my desk.  I realize that the kitchen might not be for everyone.  I needed to get out of the bedroom.  I would sit in bed with my laptop and the next thing I knew, I was lying down and getting tired.  I don't want to be in the living room because the tv would lure me away from writing.

What works for me will not work for you.  You need to have a place where no one will bother your stuff and where you can concentrate on writing.  My house is small and space is limited.

I have been sitting at my desk for the past 3 hours.  I was on facebook and twitter promoting my books at my desk.  I have the cd player on and am in the writing zone.

I am back at my job with evening hours and am thrilled.  For the past 3 months I was a day person at work.  I had a hard time writing while writing during the day.  I like to get up early to write.  I couldn't do that working days.  I didn't want to get up at 3 in the morning to write and then go to work.  Now I can get up early and then go to work in the evening.
I am blessed that I have a job that does not require me to think.  It is a mindless job.  I can think about writing, plotting and my characters.  I write on my breaks and lunch hour.  (if you can call it lunch at midnight)
The past two months I hardly wrote or was on the computer because I was working days and everyday I worked a different time.

Now that I have an evening and night shift, and made a better writing space, I feel I am back on track.  I bring my writing for my hour lunch and can think, most co-workers are sleeping so I can write.

Create your writing space and it will inspire you to write.

Follow my blog and lets write together.  Leave a comment on what you are working on.  Leave a comment on your writing space.  Where do you write?

Follow me on twitter @dogbone61




50 Things I learned from Publishing over 50 E-BOOKS  www.amazon.com/dp/B00USXOKO  

Write & Publish Quickly www.amazon.com/dp/B005W7GLJC 

Write 12 E-Books in 1 Year www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE81V3S 

Coming Soon DIY Writing Career Zombie Style

Find all my books at www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson

Have a question?  leave it in the comment section and I will answer it

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jump Start Your Writing Career

I have not been writing since July.  I learned how to format and publish on www.createspace.com so I do not have to pay someone to do it.  I haven't been on line for over a month. My hours changed at work, and I could not find the time to write.

I know that we all have this problem. Don't beat yourself up.  It is time to jump start your writing career.  I know the holidays are around the corner and then the new year.  I am excited about the new year.

Write 12 E-Books in One Year  www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE81V3S

50 Things I Learned Publishing Over 50 E-Books on Amazon.com/dp/B00UGSXOKO

Write & Publish Quickly  www.amazon.com/dp/B005W7GLJC

Here is a few steps to jump start your writing career:

1.  Buy a calendar for 2016

2.  List your writing projects

3.  Create your writing space

4.  Get your mindset that you are a writer

5.  Carry a notebook with you all the time

6.  Buy some business cards with your website or blog site.  www.vistaprint.com

I moved my desk so I can be more productive.  I have my calendar for 2016.  I know what I want to write and have been writing in longhand.

I have the next 2 days off and will organize my writing space.

What are you waiting for?

Find all my books at www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson


IF I CAN DO THIS SO CAN YOU

FOLLOW ME AS I JUMP START MY WRITING CAREER, WRITE, EDIT AND PUBLISH WITHOUT GOING INTO DEBT

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stand Alone Book VS Series

I like Series.  I like reading Series.  It is your choice.  I have been wanting to write my story. 

I have been a victim of child sexual abuse.  I have wanted to write my story, but it just isn't coming out the way I have it in my head.

I then decided to come up with a Series.  That is what I have been working on since my last blog. I have decided to write a short story around 20,000 words or so.  I am going to introduce the characters and the setting.  Then each character will have their own story.

I wrote everything in longhand while I was at work.  I then came home and entered it into the computer.

So far I have the short story, four full length novels and if I want I can have a short story to tie up any loose ends.  That would book 6 E-Books in the series.

You of course do not have to have that many books in your series.  It is totally up to you.

I was sexually abused and I want others to know that Your Past Does Not Define You.  That is my goal.  I am writing this series to help others and myself. 

There is no rule that you have to write a series.  You can write a stand alone book.  If you have a book that you want to write, write it. 

There are no rules on what to write.  As you write your stand alone book, think about your other characters and see if they have a story to tell. 

Write from your heart. 

Meet my characters:

Gracie:  She is quiet and keeps to herself

Hope:  She is a marathon runner.

Faith: She is street smart and learned everything on the streets.

Every summer they visit a relative at Pelican Cove

The first story takes place at Pelican Cove

Katie owns the Pelican Cafe.  She tries to be perfect for everyone.

Then each Character will have their own story of how they move forward with their lives since they admit that they were sexually abused as a child.  Can they find love as they try to heal?

The last story will be all of them reunited at Pelican Cove

I am writing this series mostly for me, but if I can help others heal and move forward, then it was worth exposing my pain and my past.

What are you going to write.  It can be just to entertain the reader.  We all need a break from the real world.

I will be blogging once a week and reporting my progress.

Write your book with me.  Let me know what you are writing.  Have a question?  Ask me.  I have 4 writing books and more than 50 E-Books on Amazon.  Don't go into debt to get publish.

Write the book and then follow me as I publish my book and not go into debt. 

I can now write and publish and it cost me nothing.  You can do.

Check out my books:

How to Serialize Your Novel  www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE81V3S

How To Brand Your Writing Career www.amazon.com/dp/B00M0DUG1S

The Truth of Self Publishing www.amazon.com/dp/B00N8I84TK

Write & Publish Quickly and Free  www.amazon.com/dp/B00RB8FP54

50 Things I learnd From Publishing Over 50 Books  www.amazon.com/dp/B00UG5XOKO

Find all my books at www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson

Don't be scammed by websites that charge you what you can learn to do yourself.  If you have any questions leave a comment.  If I have the answer I will tell you.  I will not charge you.  I am a writer.  Buy my books or ask me.  It is your choice. 

If you want a subject on writing covered let me know.  I am here to help other writers.  I am a writer and am paying if forward.

Talk to you next week

Write On!  

Monday, May 18, 2015

Write & Publish Debt Free

I am all about getting things for FREE.  I like FREE. in my book Write & Publish Quickly and Free www.amazon.com/dp/B00SW7GLJC  I tell you how I Write & Publish and it cost me nothing.  Yes I do sometimes pay for my covers which I purchase on sale.

I leaned how to format my files for Kindle. Kindle has a free E-Book on how to format the files.  go to https://kdp.amazon.com  it is free to download or free for your Kindle.  I also you the Kindle Book Converter to create bookcovers and is also FREE. 

That way you can wite and publish on your own sechedule.  If you want to Serialize your novel, in my book www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE81V3S I tell you how I did it with my Series Me VS Zombies. 

I published a short story every month, sometimes two.  If I am dependant on someone to format and do my book covers I would not be able to publish that quickly.

There are also websites out there that will scam you and only want your money.  They will charge you to do something you can do yourself.  Don't be scammed.  I am working on a book on that.  Anyone can put up a website and call themselves a publisher.  Don't sign anything before reading it and understanding it.  If it comes off the internet, I would not sign it.  You have no idea if it would hold up in court or if you could even find that person. 

I know some would disagree with me.  I know authors who spend 400 dollars on a book cover.  If I want a cover and want to pay for it I can go to http://safariheatbooktoursandandauthorservices.blogspot.com They have premade book covers.  Also they have sales throughout the year.  Wait for the sale.  I bought 3 Book Covers last year all for $50.00.  I bought them for future books.  All I had to do was give the title and my name. 

Find all my books at www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson

Decide what you want to spend your money on and think before you spend.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Plotting & Outlining

Everyone has their own way of plotting and outlining.  Whatever works for you is how you should do it.

I like to use pen and paper.  I took 20 sheets of paper, Wrote Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc on each page.  Each page is a chapter.  You can also use index cards they would be smaller and you could put them in your purse or notebook.

I then had some scenes that was a must to go into the book.  I wrote a short description of the scene where I thought it would go. 

I have my plot plot points.  Plot Points is where something HUGE happens and makes the character turn in a different direction or changes the course of their lives.

 Plot Point 1  Chapter 5

Plot Point 2 Chapter 10

Ploit Point 3 Chapter 15

Dark Moment  (When all seems lost)  Chapter 18 or 19

Resolution  Happy Ending or the Problem is solved

I write the plot points where they go.

Then I go back and start writing 1-2 sentence of each scene for the chapter.  I put 3 scenes per chapter. 

Today I plotted up to Chapter 10  that would be half of the book. 

Now I can write whatever scene I want to, cause I know where to put the scene at.  So If I don't feel like writing an emotional scene, I can write another scene.  No excuse for writer's block. 

This is what I did today.

What did you do today to advance getting that book written???

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Write That Book!

Do you have a book you want to write?  Have you been thinking about writing a book?  Have you written a book?

 I have over 50 E-books on Amazon  www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson The past 2 years I have written and published 1-2 E Books on Amazon.  I has been a learning experience.  I have learned alot and want to pass on to you what I have learned.  There is no reason to go into debt to become a published writer.  There is no reason to pay anyone, what you can learn to do yourself. 

IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU

This blog is to tell you what I have learned.  Yes, I have written a series of E-books on what I have learned.  Yes, I would like you to buy my books, BUT, follow my blog and I will tell you what is in those books.

How to Serialize Your Novel  www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE81V3S  99 Cents

Your Guide to Branding Your Writing Career www.amazon.com/dp/B00M0DUG1S 99 Cents

Your Guide to Self Publishing www.amazon.com/dp/B00N8I84TK   99 Cents

Write & Publish Debt Free www.amazon.com/dp/B00SW7GLJC 99 Cents

What I Learned Publishing 50 E-books www.amazon.com/dp/B00UGSXOKO 99 Cents

All My Books at www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson 

Those are my books.Now that is out of the way:

I will be blogging throughout every week.  There is a book that I want to write.  It will not be an easy book for me to write, since it is based on my life  and what I went through in my childhood.  I was sexually abused as a child and am writing about it to help others, so I decided to blog about this writing experience.

From my word count, editing, days of not writing to how I self publish it. 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ASK ME

I WILL ANSWER FOR FREE

I am not going to charge anyone for answering a question. 

Where I am so far:

I have been struggling with the beginning of the book for months.  This past weekend, I finally wrote it all down.

1.  I made a list of the scenes I want to include in the book.  Example:  Telling the family I eloped 3 hours ago.  My wedding night, when I cried all night, Husband walked out on me when I might have cancer. Drinking binge waking up not sure where I was at.

2.  I got 20 pieces of paper.  I chose computer paper.  Each page will be a chapter.  My book will have 20  chapters. 

3.  List of characters:

4,  I have a notebook to keep everything in one place

5.  I picked a title.

6.  I have only 1,000 words written.  I want this book to be close to 100,000 words.

Your book can be shorter.  Shorter books seem to sell better.  30,000-40,000 words are good.  So your word count is up to you.

this is where I am right now.

I work a full time job.  I get up early to write before I go to bed.

Follow me as I write this book.  Write your book with me.  I will tell you what I do everyday.  Leave comments and let me know what you are doing and your progress.  Have a question, Ask me, If I know it I will tell you. 

Don't be scammed, Don't pay for something that you don't have to.  there are alot of websites that want your money.  Think Before you Spend.

Follow me and lets get that book written

Zombie On My Friend
This is my first published novel  www.amazon.com/dp/B006M8PAOA

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY Writing Career Zombie Style

New Cover for my Non Fiction Series:

1.  Write 12 E-Books in 1 Year  www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE81V3S

2.  How To Brand Your Writng Career  www.amazon.com/dp/B00M0DUG1S

3,  The Truth of Self Publishing  www.amazon.com/dp/B00N8I84TK

4.  Write & Publish Wuickly & Free  www.amazon.com/dp/B00SW7GLJC

5.  50 Things I learned Publishing 50 E-Books  www.amazon.com/dp/B00UGSXOKO


I have over 50 E-Books on Amazon.  Learn how I have done it.  It is easier than you think.

Zombie On!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DIY Writing Career

I now have 4 writing books out for 99 Cents out


Write 12 E-Books In 1 Year www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE81V3S

How To Brand Your Writing Career www.amazon.com/dp/B00M0DUG1S

The Truth of Self Publishing www.amazon.com/dp/B00N8I84TK

Write & Publish Quickly & Free www.amazon.com/dp/B00SW7GLJC or http://getBook.at/PublishFree


Find all mybook at www.amazon.com/author/sharonleejohnson


COMING SOON  DIY WRITING CAREER

Saturday, January 31, 2015

DIY Writing Career

I have just released my newest book:

Write & Publish Quickly & Free

http://getBook.at/PublishFree

I have over 50 E-Books on Amazon.  I Break it down on how to write an E-Book a Week or Monthly.  The more E-Books you have out, the more sales you will make.

Doesn't matter if you have never written anything.  This book breaks it down and shows you how. You do not have to pay someone. 

If you are willing to learn a few things, you can have the writing career you always dreamed of.

I have included authors that have helped me learn along the way.

I have included on how not to be scammed on people who want to take your money.

You can be published without going into Debt.

Check out my book:

http://getBook.at/getBook.at/PublishFree