Thursday Tips From Kitty Jellinek
Tips from author Kitty Jellinek
What writing tips do you have for other authors?
“My Butchers Paper On The Wall” – Planning to write a book. When planning a book, I take a large piece of paper, tape it to a wall and place the central idea in the middle. [I use a strong black marker pen]. Radiating out from the central idea, I write the first things that come into my head surrounding that idea on the paper. So for instance let’s say I was going to write a novel on the “sea faring adventures of yesteryear” My central idea “Old Sailing Ships” – surrounded by – masts, sails, halyard, forequarter decks, mainsail, scull and cross bones, pirates, eye patch, sea spray, barrels, wooden decks, ships officers, etc; etc; I just keep jotting down everything that flies into my head on the topic around the central idea. Then I get myself a cup of coffee and study my jottings on the wall. If there are not many words written around my central idea – I know my schema is not sufficient – I have to do some research on the topic. If on the other hand the words surrounding my central idea flowed like water out of a barrel, I know that I have sufficient knowledge on the topic to write about it. Looking at the jotted words on the wall usually gets my imagination running wild and a story starts to formulate around the central idea.
As the story starts to unfold in my mind I write headings for chapters on separate foolscap pages and paste them to the wall surrounding my butchers paper. On the foolscap pages I write a list of topics to be covered within that chapter. Once I have completed all my chapter pages I have completed the plan for my book. Now it’s time to head to my computer and write up the content within my chapters. I write as fast as I can – letting all the ideas flow. I don’t worry about style, punctuation, grammar, etc; at this stage. I just want to get the guts of the story down while it’s fresh. Once I have the story down – then I start crafting my work – this is where I spend the most time, usually takes me around two years to craft a book of around 600 pages.
What suggestions do you have for social media marketing?
Be Social, in other words address others’ concerns, before ramming your concerns down their throats.
What works best for you to market your book?
In one word: MyScribeWeb.com