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And the work of the “impossible writing project” continues.  4 weeks left to make things happen.

Sinus tango and other demands have slowed my progress, but still I’m continuing to pull this together. Just keep writing, just keep writing 😉

  • Rough draft written for 20 chapters
  • First rewrite done
  • edit for smooth transitions between chapters completed
  • Chapter order rearranged x3 to improve flow and function
  • Cleaned out excess words
  • Punctuation scan and corrections
  • Spacing edit complete
  • Index topics begun
  • Chapters shipped to my heroic beta readers with all my admiration and gratitude
  • First chapters returning- review and save

and, while I’m waiting for the beta step to be completed, I’m turning to another family writing project and also some chores that I’m behind on

Still daunting, but I’m feeling pretty good about this

How’s your writing going?

5/23/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Not everyone knows it, but I have a main line of books that are available for sale to the general public, and I also have a limited edition book. There are only two copies of this book in the world

This very special book was put together specifically for a family member, who had need of specialized information, written in a way that would work especially for her. There are only two copies in the universe- one belongs to her and one belongs to me (because I like to have a finished copy of every book I’ve written…)

Woman sitting in meditating position by the poolWell it recently came up that there’s another area of information that I’m familiar with that is the next step on her spiritual path.

She needs the information. I have the information. And her birthday is less than 7 weeks away

 

One writer

One topic

7 weeks

Can I do it?

We shall see……

Catherine

Foresight

5/11/17

www.foresightyourpsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies”,    and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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A few years ago, I did an online search on the topic of renaissance faires. I was surprised to find that a majority of what I could find online fell under three topics

Now those are all important topics, but there’s  a whole lot more to ren faires than just that.

And so, in the interest of spreading knowledge, I wrote a few articles and then moved on to another project.

I got to thinking about that lately and so I did another search, and you know what I found (other than my own articles, of course) ?

  • Information about specific faires (such as the Connecticut Renaissance Faire or the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire)
  • Information on what to wear at a renaissance faire
  • And articles about “My first visit to a renaissance faire”

Hmmm. Guess there’s still a need here.

So now I’m thinking of doing a small book about the other aspects of ren culture, like immersive entertainment, how to “speak foresoothly”  and what to expect at your first faire. I want to keep this a relatively short book, so I can keep it affordable, but I want to hit the points that people most need to know to have a great faire, no matter where they go.

And I’d like your input. What would you like to see in this kind of book? What information would be the most important to you?

Please comment on this post. Your input will help me to make this the most useful book possible

Thanks

Catherine

Foresight

3/24/15

www.foresightyourpsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” ,“The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”,   and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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When you’re creating a physical book, there are certain things that go at the front of the book before you get into the meat of the story or manuscript. When I’m setting up my template, I’ll finalize these when I’m closer to publication, but I start out by putting in place holders for the different pages, so I don’t miss anything when I go to finish the book.

I’ll change the color of the text, make it bold or italic, or do something else to indicate that these are unfinished pages that need to be completed. The pages I’ll put in are

  • Two blank end papers, labelled Blank (These can be omitted, but you’ll tend to see them in traditionally published books, and they give you a good place to autograph your work, so I’d include them.)
  • Pages for testimonials about this book, if you have them
  • Pages for testimonials about any other books you’ve written (I tend to have 2 for the present book and 2 for all of my other books at this point, but do what works for you)
  • Simple title page- just the title
  • “Also by” page with the names of any books you have out
  • Full title page- title, author, publisher
  • copyright page- date, statement about no reproduction without permission, ISBN number, publisher again
  • dedication page- (for the person you want to specifically honor with this book)
  • acknowledgements (other people who helped that you want to say thanks to)
  • Table of Contents

After that, I usually do a section break, so the book itself starts in a new section. Once I do that section break, I start numbering the first page of the book itself “1”

This is the basic list. If you have questions about what to put more specifically on these pages, looking at other books should give you some ideas

This is how you do this for a physical book, It’s a little different for an e- book, but we’ll talk about that in a future post

Catherine

Foresight

3/10/15

www.foresightyourpsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” ,“The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”,   and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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You’ve got your topic (The Writing Process- Ideas, Ideas)

You’ve brainstormed the points you want to make about it (The Writing Process- Gather Up Everything)

You’ve put your points in order (The Writing Process-Lets Get Organized)

You’ve thought about how you want to write (The Writing Process- Time Traveller)

You’ve set up your blank manuscript (The Writing Process- Size Matters)

And now it’s time to bring all of these steps together before you start writing.

Here’s what I do.

  • I take my rough outline, with the individual points listed under each heading, copy it and plug it into my blank manuscript, to give me a framework for doing the actual writing.
  • I’ll include pages labelled “Title”, “Dedication”, “Table of Contents”, and so on as place holders for things I need to put in later.
  • I’ll change the lettering of this framework in some fashion (make it italic, make the lettering red, or do something else to make it easy to see the difference between the framework and the actual writing.)
  • I’ll number the pages so I can get a feel for how long the manuscript is as I go along.
  • I’ll space the chapters so they all start on odd numbered (right hand) pages, once again to get a feel for the finished length.

And then I’m ready to start writing.

Building this framework is an optional step, and you may not want to do it. I find it very helpful, though. Having the framework makes it easier for me to write the actual work, helps me remember important points, and keeps me on track, which makes me write better.

Time to write

Catherine

Foresight

3/3/15

www.foresightyourpsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” ,“The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”,   and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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The next question is “Do you know what size you want your book to be?”

There are some things I didn’t realize about books until I started self publishing, but they’re things that you’re gonna want to know if you want to bring out a book that looks professional.

1) Chapters always start on a right hand page and end on a left handed one.

This doesn’t mean that you write totally based on whether you’re bringing out a paperback, a trade paperback, a hard cover or something else. It does mean that, as you’re writing, it’s good how your work will look when you’re finished. If you end a chapter on a left hand page, you’re gonna want to leave a blank page ad start the next chapter on the next left handed one. If you end up with one or two words overlapping onto that left hand page, you may want to take a look at your writing to see if a different word, phrase or word over will avoid that awkward overlap.

2) When you’re self publishing, many printers charge by the page.

This means that you want to write the book you want to write, but you don’t want waste pages (such as the two word left page overlap, which will leave you paying for two extra pages.)

For these reasons, and more, it’s a good idea to write your book on the page size you expect to publish on.

  • Set the pages on your word processor for the size of your book
  • Consult your print on demand company for their recommendations for margin sizes

You may choose to skip this step, but I find that it lets me see how my book will look as I write it, and saves me a lot of time and trouble when I get to editing and formatting

What size of book are you thinking about writing?….

Catherine

Foresight

2/24/15

www.foresightyourpsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” ,“The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”,   and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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You’ve got your topic. You’ve got a basic idea of the different points that you want to cover. You’ve put those points in some kind of order, keeping in mind that you can add or subtract points or change the order later on if it makes more sense.

Good stuff. That’s a good beginning.

Now sit back, look at what you’ve done so far, and take a moment to think about how you want to write it.

Some people are linear writers. To paraphrase the Red Queen, they start at the beginning, go to the end and then stop.

Other people jump around. They get a lot more energy and motivation by working on the part of the book that’s speaking to them right now,  and then pulling all of the lovely pieces together at the end.

Either of these is a legitimate method.

I used to be more linear, but as time has gone on, I’ve found that I really do best by building the framework for my book (as we’ve done up to now), writing what parts of the book speak to me on a particular day and plugging it into that framework. Because I did my framework first, I know what I want to cover in any particular chapter, what points came before and after (so that I can build on things that came earlier in the book) and where I’m going with the whole thing so that I can steer true towards the book’s conclusion. At the end of the process, I will have to do a read through to make sure that everything got in and that the writing flows smoothly from one point to the next, as part of my initial edit, but that’s a small price to pay for having more energy, excitement and fun as I write.

I write out of order. What kind of writer are you- linear or time traveller?

Catherine

Foresight

2/19/15

www.foresightyourpsychic.com

www.ForesightYourCTPsychic.wordpress.com

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” ,“The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”,   and her new book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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