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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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“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

John Wayne

from Foresight

3/2/15

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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Just a reminder- the psychics of Foresight can be found this weekend in the Oracular Grove at Jeff Mach’s Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire X: A Game of Scones at the Hyatt Regency in Princetown, NJ. Starwolf and I will be doing readings, selling my books and teaching classes

  • A Touch of Tibet – Sound and energy are perfect partners. In this class, I present an overview of some traditional Tibetan ceremonial instruments ( singing bowls, gantas or singing bells, and tinshas) and show you some interesting and practical ways to use them for energywork. If we have time, we’ll also play the instruments as a group (if you have any of the above instruments, please bring them.)
  • Adventures in Palmistry – Your destiny is in your hands… and you can have a hand in your destiny! In the ancient art of palmistry, the signs in your hands show the key points of past, present and future, revealing love, adventure, adversity, opportunity, your talents and needs. As you change the direction of your life, your palm shifts to reflect that new path. Reading palms can empower and enlighten you, giving you the knowledge you need to choose the best path for your life and help other people to choose their best lives as well. And it can be a lot of fun. This class is easy and fun, is designed for all levels of experience, and will give you practical skills you can use immediately.

And

  • Hexbreaking, Uncrossing and Curse Turning – The real defense against the Dark Arts…

as well as enjoying all of the entertainment, classes and fascinating people that are an intrical part of a Jeff Mach event

We hope to see you there

Catherine

Foresight

2/17/15

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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… and, once again, we’re going to be right in the middle of it, and having a lot of fun.

February 20- 22 is Jeff Mach’s Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire X: Game of Scones at the Hyatt Regency in Princetown, NJ.  Starwolf and I will be vending at this event for folks aged 16 and up, doing readings and selling my books in the Oracular Grove.

In addition, we’ll be teaching classes throughout the weekend.

I’ll be teaching

  • A Touch of Tibet – Sound and energy are perfect partners. In this class, I present an overview of some traditional Tibetan ceremonial instruments ( singing bowls, gantas or singing bells, and tinshas) and show you some interesting and practical ways to use them for energywork. If we have time, we’ll also play the instruments as a group (if you have any of the above instruments, please bring them.)
  • Adventures in Palmistry – Your destiny is in your hands… and you can have a hand in your destiny! In the ancient art of palmistry, the signs in your hands show the key points of past, present and future, revealing love, adventure, adversity, opportunity, your talents and needs. As you change the direction of your life, your palm shifts to reflect that new path. Reading palms can empower and enlighten you, giving you the knowledge you need to chose the best path for your life and help other people to chose their best lives as well. And it can be a lot of fun. This class is easy and fun, is designed for all levels of experience, and will give you practical skills you can use immediately.

And Starwolf will be teaching

  • Hexbreaking, Uncrossing and Curse Turning – The real defense against the Dark Arts…

and there will be a whole lot of other great things going on as well- shows and vendors and interesting people to gt to know. For more details on this event for folks aged 16 and up, please click here

and we hope to see you at Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire X

Catherine

Foresight

2/12/15

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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In my last post on the writing process (The Writing Process- Gather Up Everything),  I talked about taking all of the different pieces of information that you might want to include in your book and putting them down in one place. Thoughts, links, examples, funny stories- all in one document so you’ve got them all in front of you. I do this so that I don’t lose track of something- so a year later I’m not slapping my forehead and saying “I wish that I’d included that story!”

You’ve got your information all gathered together. The next step is to put it into some rough kind of order.

Stop and think about a logical order first. If you’re writing fiction, are there some events that have to come before others? If you’re writing non-fiction, are there some facts that build on others?

Think about the flow of the book. What’s the best way to tell your reader things so that they’re clear/ understandable/enjoyable? Do you need to use order to build tension or to only reveal information step by step?

Once I’ve got a feel for my book, I’ll write a rough outline of how I want it to go, and then I’ll start cut and pasting the different points to where they seem to fit in the outline

Keep in mind that you can always change the order later on, both during the planning process and when you’re writing the book. If you have a new insight and things need to line up differently, just cut that section of your book and paste it into its new home

A base structure like this will make your book make more sense, and make sure that you remember everything you wanted to include once you’re writing.

Catherine

Foresight

2/10/15

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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