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5 Great Time Saving Tips For Writers by Ruby Binns-Cagney

I have been writing short stories, poetry, and novels for almost thirty years. Started off with paper and pen, and moved through a sequence of typewriters, computers, and laptops, and various incarnations of software along the way.

Now I write books and self-publish them on all digital formats effortlessly via my own company.

Among the new platforms some of the best give little rewards and take a major slice of the royalties.

You have to have a creative mind and be serious about writing regularly. Every day if possible. I’m in an enviable position of being able to devote 60% of my day to writing. Not every day, I do have a life.

Some of the process of writing can be time intensive. Research, drafting, structure, creating characters and profiles for them, mapping out the story – it all takes careful planning.

If time is a factor, you can take shortcuts once you have a manuscript.

Here are my top five tips which have helped me self-publish twelve books in 2013, and three more on the way before 2014 dawns on the world.

  1. Have a clear idea, and distil it down to one sentence to describe your book. For example, a dog finds a bone which is of human origin, and a Police investigation ensues.
  2. Go back to your sentence and begin to draw the idea out by asking yourself questions. For example, who does the bone come from, what was it doing in the park, when had it been discovered there, where was it discarded, and why was it discarded there.
  3. Once you have points one and two covered the creative aspects of your idea begin to come alive. This is the point where you will craft your character profiles until you can ‘see’ the character in your minds’ eye.
  4. Once you have points 1-3 covered, you will be tempted to start writing your book. This would be a mistake. At this point, you will need to do your research to build background to the characters, their setting, the time period your book is set in, the dialects spoken by your characters, the list goes on. If your book is set in the present it is easier, but books set in historical periods are trending.

What I do at point number 4 is draw up an outline of the story, or the synopsis, and then I know what happens in the story from start to finish. While you may prefer to write your book as is, this approach may work well for you. I can only share what has worked well for me.

  1. The most important time saving factor I recommend is offline storage space for your files, backup files, and sources of images for book covers. This has proven invaluable as several incarnations of a manuscript can lead to confusion when resuming the writing process.

Ruby Binns-Cagney is a successful Self-Published Author at Amazon for Kindle http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00BBD45R4

For more information or to ask Ruby about self-publishing, please use the links below.

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About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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