Should An Author Use AI?

Should An Author Use AI?

Have you heard about Chat GPT or Jasper (formerly Jarvis)? They are just two of the new AI writers that are taking the world by storm. Using AI in writing novels is a relatively new concept, and there is an ongoing debate about whether authors should use AI to write their novels. Many authors are afraid that AI will replace them. In this post, I will outline the pros and cons of using AI.

What Is AI?

AI (artificial intelligence) like ChatGPT and Jasper are trained on a vast amount of written text, which includes many novels. This means that they can generate coherent and grammatically correct sentences that can create engaging and compelling stories.

An Experiment

My writing group was experimenting with Chat GPT and gave it the following writing prompt: Write A 500 Word Story Based on Robots And Baseball

Once upon a time, in a not-so-distant future, robots had become a common sight in everyday life. They were used for everything from cleaning and cooking to construction and transportation. But one day, a group of engineers had an idea: why not use robots for sports?

The first sport they decided to tackle was baseball. They created a team of robots, each with its own unique abilities and strengths. Some were built for speed and agility, while others had powerful arms for throwing and hitting. They were programmed to learn and adapt, just like human players.

The robot baseball team, named the “Robo-Aces,” quickly gained popularity. They were faster and more precise than any human team, and their games were filled with incredible plays and highlights. The Robo-Aces were unstoppable, and soon they were playing in the championship game.

The crowd was filled with excitement as the Robo-Aces took the field. They were facing off against the human team, the “Mighty Bats,” who were the defending champions. The Mighty Bats had a reputation for being tough and skilled, but they were no match for the Robo-Aces.

The game was intense, with both teams giving it their all. The Robo-Aces’ speed and precision allowed them to make incredible plays, while the Mighty Bats relied on their experience and instincts. But in the end, it was the Robo-Aces who emerged victorious.

After the game, the Robo-Aces’ engineer and creator was interviewed, he said “We are really proud of our team and the hard work they put in. They have exceeded our expectations, and it is exciting to see what they will be able to accomplish in the future.”

The Robo-Aces’ success sparked a revolution in sports. Other teams and leagues began to create their own robot teams, and soon there were robot teams for every sport. But the Robo-Aces will always be remembered as the pioneers of the robot sports era, and the team that changed the game forever.

As the years went by, the Robo-Aces continued to dominate the baseball league, winning championship after championship. Their robotic players were constantly updated with the latest technology, making them faster, stronger and more intelligent. But despite their success, some fans missed the human element of the game and the emotions that came with it. The Robo-Aces’ engineer was aware of this and created a new team of human-robot players, where the best of both worlds were combined.

The “Robo-Humans” quickly gained popularity among the fans and players, they brought back the excitement of human emotions and the thrill of watching a great game. The Robo-Humans also had the advantage of being able to learn and adapt just like the Robo-Aces, but with the added bonus of being able to experience the game in a unique way. They were unstoppable and soon they were playing in the championship game against their predecessor, the Robo-Aces.

It was a historic game, the final showdown between the first and second generation of robots in sports. Both teams played their best, but in the end, the Robo-Humans emerged victorious. The crowd erupted in cheers as the Robo-Humans lifted the championship trophy, and the engineers and creators of both teams were interviewed. They both agreed that this was the future of sports and that it was an exciting time to be a part of it.

From that day on, robots and baseball will be forever intertwined, and the Robo-Aces and Robo-Humans will be remembered as the teams that revolutionized the game and brought a new level of excitement to the fans.

Not bad for a robot. It even over-delivered with 602 words. Although there are a lot of instances of passive writing in this story.

    Pros of AI Writers

    Here are some potential pros to consider:.

    Efficiency: AI can help authors to write more quickly and efficiently, which can be helpful for authors who are under tight deadlines or who struggle with writer’s block.

    Inspiration: AI can generate ideas and plot lines that authors may not have considered on their own, which can help to spark creativity and inspiration.

    Diversity: AI can help authors to write from different perspectives and in different styles, which can help to broaden the range of voices in literature.

    Research: Non-fiction writing often requires a lot of research, and AI can assist in this process. Just remember to double check the facts.

    Cons of AI Writers

    Here are some potential cons to consider:

    Authenticity: There is concern that AI-generated text may lack the authenticity and emotional depth that comes from a human writer’s personal experiences and perspective.

    Quality: The quality of the writing generated by AI can be inconsistent and may require significant editing and revision to meet the standards of traditional publishing.

    Originality: There is concern that AI-generated text may be too formulaic and lack the unique voice and style that is the hallmark of great literature.

    Copyright: Who actually owns the copyright to AI generated text? Nobody seems to know the answer to this question.

    Personal Choices

    Ultimately, whether authors should use AI to write their novels is a personal choice. Some authors may find that AI can be a helpful tool for generating ideas and streamlining the writing process, while others may prefer to rely solely on their own creativity and experience.

    As with any technology, it’s important to use AI thoughtfully and responsibly to ensure that the resulting work meets the author’s artistic and ethical standards. It’s important to use AI-generated text with caution and to ensure that the resulting text is accurate and appropriate for the intended purpose.

    Final Thoughts

    AI is a tool that can help writers, just like the computer, Microsoft office, Scrivener, and other technologies that have helped. But it is no substitute for authentic writing and the human touch. Have you tried AI? Let me know in the comments.


    Until next time

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    Punctuation Rules: How to Use Commas?

    Punctuation Rules: How to Use Commas?

    Do you know where to put the commas in your sentences? Whether you are a novelist or someone who writes emails or posts on social media, it is important to know how to use commas correctly. In this post, we will explore when to use commas plus the rules and exceptions.

    What is a Comma?

    A comma is a punctuation mark, used especially as a mark of separation within the sentence. It marks natural breaks in our speech.

    The comma is the most frequently used internal punctuation mark because it has the widest variety of uses.

    When to Use Commas?

    It’s easy to get confused about how to use commas correctly, but there are a few key guidelines to follow to help you know what to use.

    Two Independent Clauses

    A comma is a punctuation mark that separates two independent clauses. Commas are used to set off information that is not essential to the sentence’s meaning.

    For example, if you were writing a list, you would use commas to separate the month from the day and the year. You also may use commas to separate independent adjectives from each other.

    Sentence Pauses

    Commas are also used to set off a pause in a sentence. We usually place the comma inside quotation marks, but there are also times when it is located at the beginning or at the end of the sentence.

    Use a comma to set off the pause, if you have a phrase that interrupts the flow of the sentence. This can be a great way to make your sentence more concise and clear.

    Conjunctive Adverbs

    You may also want to use a comma with a conjunctive adverb, which is a verb that functions as both an adverb and an adjective. Generally, a comma should not be placed after an adjective, however.

    Nonrestrictive Appositive

    A comma should also not be used to set off an appositive, which is a pronoun that renames a noun. This type of clause is not essential to the sentence and is sometimes called a nonrestrictive appositive.

    Serial Comma

    You might use a comma to separate a series of items with the same function, such as a list. This type of comma is also called a serial comma. Use this comma before the first item in the series and after the last item.

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    Comma Rules and Exceptions

    There are many comma rules, but here are a few concerning dates, addresses, greetings, names, and large numbers.

    1. Proper Names

    We use the comma after the last part of a proper name when the last part comes first:

    Martin, George R.R.
    Maas, Sarah J.

    2. Addresses

    Commas are required between most of the elements in place names and addresses.

    1. Buckingham Palace, London, England
    2. King’s College, University of Toronto, Canada


    1. Do not use a comma to separate street number from the name of the street. Example: 15 King Avenue
    2. Do not use a comma to separate a province from a postal code. Example: 8771 Dundas Avenue, Whitby Ontario L1L 1B6

    3. Full Dates

    Commas are used with full dates (month, day, and year) but omitted with partial dates (month and year).

    1. On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard.
    2. In September 2021 Frankie Cameron wrote her first book.

    No comma is used to separate parts of a date that begins with the day. Example: The atomic bomb was first dropped on 6 August 1945.

    4. The Last Element

    In complete sentence, a comma must follow the last element of place name, addresses, or dates.

    1. He shot himself twice, once in the chest and then in the head, in a police station in Washington, D.C., with the cops looking on. – Red Smith
    2. They signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in the United States.

    5. Directly Addressed

    Commas are used to set off the names of someone directly addressed in the sentence.

    1. A few years ago, Mr. Sinclair, I spoke to you about the possibility of an internship.
    2. Do you remember, Mandy, the time I told you about my trip to the Bahamas?

    6. Titles or Degrees

    We use the comma after the last part of a proper name when the last part comes first.

    1. Sarah Malone, M.D., delivered the commencement address.
    2. Did you hear the speech Sid Garvey, PhD., gave last week on psychology?

    1. Write Jr., and Sr. without commas. Example: Sammy Davis Jr. started his singing career at age four.

    7. Numbers

    Commas are used to mark groups of three digits in large numbers, counting from the right.

    1. Antarctica is 5,400,000 square miles of ice-covered land.
    2. Jimmy won 6,250,000 betting on sports.

    8. Greetings and Closings

    Use commas after the greeting in a friendly or informal letter, and after the closing of the letter of any kind.

    Dear Jesse,
    Yours truly,

    9. Before a Conjunction

    The comma is used before a conjunction (and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet) linking two independent clauses.

    1. Canadians watch hockey, but most of the world watches soccer.
    2. Ava is not going to the meeting, nor am I.

    1. Some very brief independent clauses may not require a comma. Example: We argued and then made up.

    Grammar Checker

    Test out a grammar checker, if you’re like me and have trouble knowing how to use commas correctly. These programs highlight any mistakes you make in your writing and provide real-time suggestions. They can also help you proofread your work, so you can be sure you’re not making any grammar mistakes. I have Grammarly (free version) connected to my email and Prowriting Aid (paid) set up everywhere else.

    Final Thoughts

    I hope this helps clarify when to use a comma. Just remember that with every rule comes an exception.


    Until next time

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    The Positive Side of Procrastination

    The Positive Side of Procrastination

    Are all writers procrastinators? There are so many novelists who talk about the wasted time spent on social media or other things instead of writing. They will do everything in the world first (see what’s new on Netflix, scroll social media, or check emails) before sitting down to write. Why is that? The truth is… for most authors, writing is hard work. 

    On movies and television, you see writers who type thousands of words with little to no effort in a short time. For some writers, this might be true, but for most of us, it isn’t. Every word is an effort. We struggle with plots, characters, dialogue, world-building and research. It is no wonder that we procrastinate.

    Admitting You Have a Problem

    As you have already guessed, I have a problem. I am battling with procrastination. The sequel to Hollow Edge is taking longer than I thought to write. When I open up scrivener ready to get some work done, I get distracted by other things.

    The good news is that I am not ashamed or too afraid to admit it, and neither should you be. I bet you’re saying to yourself right now, “I don’t have a problem.” Well, I am here to tell you that if you have this problem, there is hope for you.

    The first step towards recovery is being able to admit your problem. I will go first ‘Hi, my name is Frankie and I am a procrastinator.’ That wasn’t so bad. So, are you ready to admit that you should be doing something else right now besides reading this? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us; all the time.

    Procrastinators Anonymous for Writers

    Maybe I should start a Procrastination Anonymous for Writers (PAW) group. It would be very popular. The thought sounds good, but I’m not too sure about how great of an idea it would be to start one.

    Reasons it would fail
    1. Members may keep postponing the meetings for no clear reason.
    2. There would not be enough room to hold almost every single writer in the world.

    We all procrastinate. As a matter of fact, we are all experts at it and lucky for us; it isn’t as bad as they make it out to be.

    Undivided Attention

    It may sound crazy, but I believe that the rest of the world also loves it when I procrastinate. Suddenly, everyone seems to get my undivided attention. My dog gets walked for a few extra minutes, my cat gets more attention, housework gets done, and emails get opened.

    The even crazier thing about this is I only procrastinate like this with writing. I don’t know why I do it, but it always happens. Maybe I think I need the perfect conditions to write. A rainy day, a fully charged laptop battery, and a quiet house with no distractions. Don’t forget about being in the mood to write. That’s a big one.

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    Benefits of Procrastination

    Here are two benefits to procrastinating:

    1. Time to Think

    As a writer, procrastination gives me the time to think about my book while I’m doing something else instead of writing it. What better way is there to make use of all that time other than using it to contemplate new ideas, fine-tune details, and get everything just perfect before I sit down to write?

    Some of my best ideas come when I am in the shower or out taking a walk. (I usually have my phone with me to take notes or I yell at Siri when I am in the shower.)

    I know one thing; it may have taken me 20 hours to write something that I could have written in less than an hour, but who is to say that I would have come up with the same ideas that fast without letting the story marinate?

    2. Avoid Frustration

    If you think about it, procrastinating can be useful and necessary because it allows writers to let go. Sometimes when you hold on to an idea too tight or try to force creativity, it disappears completely, leaving you frustrated.

    But when you just let it go, it comes to you naturally. It’s no different from trying to remember that name on the tip of your tongue. When you wrack your brain trying to remember it, it never comes; but the second you stop trying and just let it go, the name pops into your thoughts as if you weren’t even trying to remember it in the first place? Some things are just unexplainable or strange.

    I am not making excuses for my procrastination; instead, just learning to appreciate and accept it.

    Famous Writers That Procrastinate

    I became curious and did some research and found out that most writers procrastinate. That is when I chalked up my procrastinating tendencies as a trait that all writers and creative people are born with. Here is a list of many well-known writers considered to be some of the biggest procrastinators.

    • J. K. Rowling
    • Margaret Atwood
    • Victor Hugo
    • Henry Melville
    • Franz Kafka

    Now I don’t feel so bad.

    Final Thoughts

    So now that I have admitted my problem, which has turned out to be not much of a problem at all, can you admit to being a procrastinator and accept the rewards and benefits that come with resourcefully killing time? Let me know in the comments.


    Until next time

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    How to Change an Asteroids Trajectory

    How to Change an Asteroids Trajectory

    Do you think it’s possible to change an asteroid’s trajectory? With its Double Asteroid Redirection Test last month, NASA proved you can.

    Double Asteroid Redirection Test

    DART stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test, a NASA spacecraft designed to hit an asteroid for testing. Dimorphos, DART’s target asteroid, does not pose a threat to Earth, however, the Didymos asteroid system provides the perfect opportunity to test whether it is practical to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid to alter its course if an asteroid poses a threat to Earth in the future.

    The DART’s Focus

    As the first mission of its kind, DART explores one method of deflecting asteroid motion through kinetic impact. Essentially, the purpose of the DART is to observe the response of an asteroid following a kinetic impact. Earth-based telescopes will measure the asteroid’s motion after the collision with Dimorphos.

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    The Results

    DART’s kinetic impact with Dimorphos, its target asteroid, was successful on September 26th. After studying the data from the test for two weeks, NASA confirmed the successful change of Dimorphos’ orbit. This marks humanity’s first attempt at changing the motion of a celestial object on a large scale.

    New Rotation

    Dimorphos took 11 hours and 55 minutes to orbit its larger parent asteroid, Didymos, before DART’s impact. Using telescopes on Earth, astronomers have measured how much time has changed since DART collided with Dimorphos on Sept. 26. According to the investigation team, the spacecraft’s impact shortened Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos by 32 minutes, shortening its 11 hours and 55-minute orbit to 11 hours and 23 minutes. An error margin of about 2 minutes is essential for this measurement.

    The minimum successful orbital change for Dimorphos before its encounter was 73 seconds. Using these early results, DART outperformed this benchmark by over 25 times.

    Final Thoughts

    Neither Dimorphos nor Didymos posed any hazard to Earth before or after DART’s controlled collision. Does this test sound like science fiction? Maybe the movie Armageddon needs to be updated. Let me know in the comments.


    Until next time

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    31 Ways to Fail as a Writer

    31 Ways to Fail as a Writer

    How do you fail as a writer? There are hundreds of websites and blogs that tell you how to have success as a writer or novelist, and they all contain valuable information. But maybe instead of telling you how to succeed, it might be quicker to tell you how to fail.

    The Difference Between Success and Failure

    First, we may want to define success and failure. We can define them in different ways, but the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines success as a favourable or desired outcome while it defines failure as the lack of success or a falling short.

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    31 Ways to Fail as a Writer

    Here is a list of thirty-one ways to fail as a writer:

    1. Never think about writing a novel, ebook, blog, short story or paragraph. It’s too hard… save yourself the time and effort.

    2. Don’t schedule your writing time or stick with your writing routine. Write when you feel like it and when you don’t… don’t write.

    3. Make sure that your writing is at the bottom of your priority list. Put everything else first so you never have to write.

    4. Always feel guilty for writing instead of doing what others want you to do. You’ll get that novel finished someday… right?

    5. Drop your writing when anyone knocks on your door or your friends stop by. It will be easy to start again after they leave or another day.

    6. Answer the phone every time it rings or beeps. Look at all the notifications that light up your phone from social media sites. After all, you would hate to miss the next Twitter war.

    7. Don’t read any blogs or books on writing, particularly if it’s written by an expert. What would they know about writing a book?

    8. Don’t read any books in your genre. You don’t need to know what readers expect in their books.

    9. Avoid writing courses, master classes, or YouTube videos on writing. If you passed high school English, you know everything you need to know.

    10. Don’t subscribe to the newsletters of any popular writing sites or best-selling authors. You don’t need to know new trends or get any writing or marketing ideas. You’ll figure it out on your own.

    11. Don’t join any writing groups or discuss writing with other authors. You don’t need any advice or support from non-famous writers (see tips #7, #9, & #10).

    12. Never go to a writer’s conference. Who needs all that important information? It’s a waste of time. You don’t need to learn about writing, meet agents, have your manuscript critiqued, or talk to other writers.

    13. Don’t join any online discussions, forums, or meetings on writing. You are a lone wolf. You can do it all by yourself.

    14. Don’t forget to waste time on social media or the internet instead of writing. It’s important to know fashion trends, everyone’s opinions and the latest celebrity breakup.

    What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

    ― Oscar Wilde

    15. Don’t do anything to get your name known in the writing world. Stay anonymous. Someone will find your unpublished manuscripts after you die… won’t they?

    16. Don’t research your target audience, historical events, characters, languages or anything else for accuracy. Just wing it. Who cares if they didn’t actually have electricity in the 1700s?

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    17. Don’t make notes of your thoughts, ideas, outline, character details, or anything else. You’ll never forget the important details. Will you?

    18. Don’t enter writing competitions. You don’t need your work to be judged so you can improve it. You know everything you need to know.

    19. Don’t submit articles to websites that pay. You’re not looking to make any money for your writing. It is fun being an unpaid author.

    20. Tell no one about your writing. Keep it a secret. You don’t need your friends’ and families’ support. 

    21. Never show your work to editors, agents or publishers. What do they know about writing?

    22. Watch Netflix instead of writing. Tell yourself you are studying characters, story points and brainstorming.

    23. Don’t follow the guidelines for submissions to agents and publishers. They like it when you don’t follow their rules and send whatever you want instead.

    24. If one publication rejects your work, quit writing. Assume that it’s worthless and unsuitable for every other publication and don’t send it anywhere else… ever.

    I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.

    ― Sylvia Plath

    25. If you get a rejection letter, take it personally and stop writing. There is nothing you need to change. Nothing you could do better or work on.

    26. Don’t get your own website to showcase your work.  Don’t post anything on social media. Your readers will find you somehow.

    27. Never market yourself. You don’t need to find readers or people that like your writing.

    28. Don’t consider rewriting your work from a different perspective or angle to reach another market or audience. Your writing is perfect just the way it is. Change nothing.

    29. Never consider taking the advice of beta readers or your editor. It is your story. There is nothing they can tell you that could make your story better.

    30. Tell yourself that you’ll never succeed at writing. Let the imposter syndrome sink in until you quit.

    31. Avoid writing by procrastinating. Tell yourself you will finish your book next year, you have all the time in the world. Right?

    Final Thoughts

    Now that you know how to fail as a writer, do the opposite and succeed. Do you know any ways to fail as a writer? Let me know in the comments?

    Until next time



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    9 Lessons Learned While Writing My First Book

    9 Lessons Learned While Writing My First Book

    Writing my first book was a challenge. With little more than an idea and a character, I jumped into writing my first novel. I learned so many lessons along the way, doing so many things wrong before getting them right. Let me share with you how not to write a book.

    Lessons Learned

    Although I probably learned more than nine lessons along the way, these are the ones that stand out.

    1. Show Don’t Tell

    Show don’t tell refers to showing the reader what is happening instead of telling them.

    For example
    Telling: George stomped away angrily.
    Showing: George clutched his fists into a ball, spun on his heels and slammed the door.

    The first example is telling, the second is showing. You don’t want to tell your readers what your characters are feeling, you want to show them how the character is feeling without telling them.

    My first draft has so much telling, instead of showing its embarrassing. But once I learned this technique, my writing improved tenfold.

    2. Pick a Tense

    There are three main tenses: Past, Present and Future that break down further into simple, continuous, prefect, and perfect continuous for sixteen tenses.

    For Example:
    Simple Present Tense: She runs every day.
    Simple Past Tense: She ran every day.
    Simple Future Tense: She will run every day.

    I started writing in the past tense, rewrote the entire book in the present tense and then rewrote the entire book back in the past tense. That was a lot of work. Next time I would just pick a tense and stick with it.

    3. Pick a Narrator

    There are four types of narrators: First-person narrator, second-person narrator, third-person limited narrator and a third-person omniscient narrator.

    For Example:
    First-person narrator: uses “I” and is usually an active story participant. You see the world through their eyes.
    Second-person narrator: uses “you” as a pronoun. This is the least used narrator.
    Third-person limited narrator: uses “he/she/they/gender-neutral” pronouns. They make comments on the story from their own point of view
    Third-person omniscient narrator: uses “he/she/they/gender-neutral” pronouns. They are all-knowing and have access to all the character’s thoughts and past knowledge.

    Just like with tenses, I also experimented with narrators. I started with first-person, then switched to third-person omniscient, then switched back to first-person. If you are not sure what to do, pick a narrator, write a chapter or two and then, if it doesn’t work, consider switching. Don’t do what I did and switch back and forth, rewriting the entire book.

    4. Write When You Don’t Feel Like It

    You can’t wait for inspiration to strike and hope that the words will magically flow one day. It doesn’t work like that. You must write every day, whether you feel like it or not. Sometimes when you start writing the words and ideas will follow.

    The first couple of years I spent working on my novel I only wrote when I felt inspired. That is why it took me two years to write three thousand words, which leads to the next topic.

    5. Accountability is Important

    Writers need accountability. Whether it comes in the form of a writing group or tracking your words in a spreadsheet or both, writers do better when they have a plan.

    I honestly would not have finished my book without my writing group. Although we set our own goals and targets, reporting our achievements to each other inspired me to work harder.

    6. Ideas are Everywhere

    There are two types of writers, Plotters and Pantsers. Plotters outline, create their characters, build their world, and know everything about their story before they write. Pantsers write organically. They start with a character or idea and then write in whatever direction the story takes them.

    I write organically. I had my setting, and my character, and began from there. Originally, I thought my book would be about twelve chapters and it ended up growing to thirty. Mostly because of ideas. Once you ask ‘What If’ questions, it is easy to grow your story. Ideas keep coming and when you keep adding, your story becomes much deeper.

    7. Note Taking is Crucial

    Writers need to keep detailed notes. If they don’t, they will mix up vital details about characters, setting, and historical events. You might think you’ll remember everything, but you won’t.

    After I had written multiple chapters, I kept having to go back and search through previous chapters for details to get them right. It is so much easier to keep organized notes of important things and refer to them. I created spreadsheets to get organized. Here are a couple of screen shots of my notes for Hollow Edge.

    8. Get Comfortable with Editing

    Editors make your book better, they just do. When you are writing, you are too close to your story and you can’t see the plot hole or character deficiencies. There are three types of editors: Developmental, Line and Copy Editors.

    For Example
    Developmental Editing: Developmental Editors look at the book from a macro perspective. They will look for inconsistencies, tone, descriptions, emotions, personalities.

    Line Editing: Line editing focuses on how you’ve written your story and making sure it flows smoothly. At this point, you’ll tighten up your wording, cut your word count, remove weasel words, and clarify your writing.

    Copyediting: In this phase, you’ll look for common grammatical errors, Easily Confused Words, Misspellings and Verb Tense Agreement.

    At first, I didn’t want the added expense of hiring an editor, but I wanted my book to be the best it could be. My editor made my book so much better, pointed out a few things I had missed, and made some suggestions to improve my story and characters. I ended up crafting an entirely new ending.

    9. Things Take Time

    Writing, editing, cover design and everything in the writing process takes time. You might think you can rush through the process in a few weeks, but in reality, it will take much longer. You can plan and schedule, but be prepared for delays. If you try to speed things up, your final product won’t be as good.

    I finished my manuscript, sent it to beta readers in August of 2020, and set a publishing date of May 27th, 2021, which I thought was plenty of time. It wasn’t. Eventually, the publishing date was moved to September 21, 2021, and even that almost needed to be pushed back. My cover designer left my cover in pieces, and I had to get a friend to put it together for me to make my publication date. Build-in extra time to your publishing schedule to make up for delays.

    Related Story: Writing Hollow Edge

    Final Thoughts on Lessons Learned

    I hope this blog has given you some insight on how not to write a book. Learn from my mistakes and publish your first book.

    Until next time


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