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Keep Writing

Writing is not easy. Any writer can tell you that. Everyone thinks that they can just sit down and write a novel. And the beginning is usually the easiest to write. But it takes perseverance to work all the way through a full manuscript.

As you work through the first couple of chapters of the book, you must expand the plot, bring out character flaws, create drama, conflicts, sub-plots, etc. And at the same time you have to weave all of these together into a cohesive group of words that not only makes sense but also keeps the readers attention at all times and make them want to keep reading. It’s a complex and time consuming job.

There’s a famous saying that goes like this: ‘Writing is easy. All you do it sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.’ This was said by Gene Fowler. And it is so true. There are many times that it truly does feel like this. Don’t let it discourage you, keep writing. Keep that blood flowing.

Another thing about writing that no one tells you, is the soul searching that you must do as you write. Every character takes a piece of you. Each and every one. And there are scenes that in order to make them believable and true to life, you must dig deep inside of yourself and touch a part of yourself that you don’t want to. Many writers will take the easy way out and just skim the surface, but not if you want to be a successful writer. You must dig and bleed and put it on paper so that your reader will also feel the same. You must feel, so that your reader can feel too.

If you aren’t willing to expose your deepest, darkest secret, at least sort of, then don’t even start your manuscript. You must put yourself, literally, into each and every scene. If you cry, laugh, cringe or whatever, at a scene then so will your reader.

It is that important. Really. Bleed on that manuscript. Make yourself cry. Laugh. Be embarrassed. It will be important in the end when you hear from your readers that they could really understand what the character was feeling.

It makes all the effort worth it. So right now, don’t take the easy way. Keep writing with feeling. It will pay off.

Stay tuned.

Angela Abderhalden is the author of the Mel Addison Mystery Series and Acquiring Editor for Seventh Wave Books, LLC


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Something To Think About

Here is something that you should think about while writing… What is the message or theme of your manuscript? Sometimes you may not even realize what your theme is. But it is something that you might want to consider. Okay, so what is theme?

A theme in fiction is how people view life or how people react in life. It shouldn’t preach or teach or even be actually said out loud in the story. It is unspoken. It is figured out by how the characters act, the action in the story and even from the settings. The reader must figure it out for themselves via the inferences that you have put in the manuscript. Sometimes the theme is very transparent, sometimes it is deeper and requires the reader to really think deep about the story.

If you don’t think about your theme before during your writing , you should go back after it’s written and figure it out. It’s important especially if you are writing a series. That way you can carry the same theme throughout all of your books.

I’ve found that one of the major themes in my books is family is the most important thing. Another theme I enjoy writing about is loyalty between family/friends or the lack thereof and the ramifications of this.

What is the theme in your writing? Think about it. Write about it. Stay tuned.

Angela Abderhalden is the author of the Mel Addison Mystery Series and Acquiring Editor for Seventh Wave Books, LLC.

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Which State is Best?

The next big decision to think about is where to incorporate. This plagued us. You see one of lives in Montana and one in South Dakota. While neither is the ideal state to incorporate in, we had to weigh the cost and idea of paying a person to be our registered agent in a state that neither of us lived in… but I digress.

There are three excellent states to incorporate in, Delaware, Nevada, and Wyoming. All have their advantages and disadvantages. Again, use Google and you’ll find more websites than you care to read, discussing the pros and cons of each. Delaware is the oldest and has the most advantages for large corporations. Nevada has some tax advantages for small businesses, however, some of the newer laws make that less then before. Wyoming is the new kid on the block for small businesses. All require you to have a Registered Agent in the State.

This is a person/business that has an address in the state in question so that if there are any legal papers to be serviced on the business, they act as your representative. There is a yearly cost to this which adds to the cost of incorporating. Nevada and Wyoming have no corporate income tax, while Delaware has many laws that help protect corporations (that why it’s a favorite of all the really big corporations).

Also factor in the state in which you live as a place to incorporate. What are the costs to incorporate in each? The filing fees? The registered agent fees (you act as your own if you incorporate in your own state)? Does the state allow out of state owners (foreign ownership)? How important is convenience for you?

These are just a few of the considerations you need to think about. As for us, we chose to incorporate in Montana. Besides considering all of the above questions and more, we also had to consider that my family would probably be moving within a year or two, while Jason’s situation is more stable.

Each person’s situation is unique, just like their publishing business. Figure out what is best for your situation. No one can make that decision for you. Good luck and stay tuned.

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