Shelley Gillespie who spoke at Dog-Eared Pages last week is full of energy and inspiration. She has developed all of that into her business as a Book Writing Coach.
Shelley writes for the Arizona Republic newspaper and recently wrote a fantastic article about Diana Gabaldon.
To develop your writing skills and actually get things done use your imagination, visualization and set up a schedule. Write Every Day!
Have a fun, catchy title. Take the time to jot down what you want to write and go from there.
Keep the writing alive. Every once in awhile throw in a short punchy sentence to keep yourself, your characters and the reader awake. Use “Scan – Find” to check your manuscript for the overuse of certain words.
Some of the the books on her reference shelf are: Warriner’s English Grammar, Roget’s Thesaurus, On Writing by Stephen King, Strunk’s Elements of Style, Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss, The AP Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style.
Shelley has two books about getting off the couch and hiking, even in the Arizona desert. The first one was geared to adults but another version for kids soon evolved. Hiking: For the Couch Potato can be found at her web site and at hiking.forthecouchpotato.com.
Visit Shelley’s web page to learn more about her books and services and to sign up for a free e-book on publishing: 10 Steps to Book Writing Success.