Why I Write by Tracy Kauffman

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I was asked by a publisher once, what was the reason that I came to be an author. The simple and plain truth is I love to write. I love creating stories that evoke imagination. There is no limit what you can do, where you can go, or who you can become in a book. I hope my stories inspire, edify, and encourage others in a way that they may want to spread around that joy they received, from reading a good book.

Most writers choose the writing profession merely because of their need to write things on paper. Each book started from an author writing one word at a time on paper. Some writers write because they want to leave behind a part of themselves. after they have passed on. Some writers write to educate or instruct others about something. There are so many reasons a writer writes but writing is an art in itself. You can create new worlds, design masterpieces from words on paper, and leave behind a legacy of history to the next generation. I encourage each writer to continue their work because one day, it may help someone else to become a better person.

In the faces of men and women I see God and in my own face in the glass, I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is signed by God’s name, and I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoever I go others will punctually come for ever and ever. — Walt Whitman

Content Marketing by Blogging

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Marketing comes in different forms. One new way to market yourself is by offering valuable content to the public, which helps your website rankings on Google. You can write articles and post them on article sites or by blogging.

More and more people from all over the world is using the Internet to search for content in several different topics. A new author may search for ways to promote their book by using the Google search engine. Book readers may search the internet by using keywords such as: books, crime, mystery, romance books, etc… which might read readers to your blog.

As an author, you have knowledge to share with others. One way is by writing valuable content on your blog. This is something like writing on a website. There are two main blogging sites that are free to write on. http://Wordpress.com, http://Blogspot.com, and http://thoughts.com/free-blog

Start slowly by writing about things you know. You will be amazed at the topics you can come up with. Make sure you post something on a regular basis. You can post excerpts from your book, offer free tips to other authors, interview other authors about their books. Book readers love to read reviews on books before purchasing them. Your first post could be all about your book and include a picture, excerpt, and buy link.

Then make sure you share your blog on all of your social media sites. If you haven’t started posting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads by now, you need to start right away.

So it is important to get your name out there by writing relevant and valuable content about topics such as:
•How to Write a Book
•All about Writing
•Reading
•Marketing tips
•Blogging

Another important way to spread your articles or valuable content is by using Syndication sites. Here is a link that list many syndication sites to use. I know it takes time, but this will help you build a brand for yourself.

http://www.buzzblogger.com/500-places-to-syndicate-your-content/

Below is a list of places that allow you to post articles for free. On the bottom of your article, don’t forget to mention your website or ways for people to reach you. I suggest choosing a couple and starting there.
◾http://squidoo.com
◾http://ezinearticles.com

Your Writer’s Mind

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Your Writer’s Mind.

In truth, a writer’s mind is unique and who can know it but another writer. Writers experience different thoughts on a daily basis. Just walking down the street might bring thoughts that would make a great story. Writers look at their surroundings and consider the weather, the people around them, different situations, noise, lights and colors, shadows, mishaps and misfortunes and the list goes on. I really thought that this point brought to light the writer’s mind. “The writer’s mind is wily.”

In truth a writer will often be distracted from any diversions because the thought process is always moving, imagining and creating the next topic. A writer has millions of ideas but harnessing those thoughts on paper is a different story.  Writers might begin one story but become so captivated by something else that they start a new story, placing the other one on the side.

Related post: http://garrisonpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/writers-born-to-create/

Writing for Gratification

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What brings inspiration to an author? Is it simply the need for gratification or could it be much more. To me, a writer should enjoy every part of writing itself even if the work is never read. In the Wikipedia, online encyclopedia,”Gratification is the pleasurable emotional reaction of happiness in response to a fulfillment of a desire or goal.” To look at this much further, one must define what the fulfillment aspect of the desire or goal is. What fulfills us and brings satisfaction? Is writing itself instant gratification or is it the completed work—the book that brings it?

I look around as I sit at my desktop writing this blog post and think about writing and what it means to me. I really can’t explain it in one simple blog post. All I can say is writing has meant more to me over the last year than it has ever meant. Yes, I wanted to be a writer when I was younger and wrote short stories, poetry, etc.. The desire of writing is not the fulfillment of having a completed work that others look at and buy. If it were, I wouldn’t take time to write a blog because it takes time away from writing my manuscript. I believe this year I have learned more about the writing process and how to make the words flow much easier.

As a young child, I was really quiet. I didn’t speak a lot in school and never had lots of friends. It wasn’t because I didn’t like people or they didn’t like me. It was simply that I enjoyed my thoughts. I would get lost in my own thoughts and it made it hard to focus on schoolwork or time needed to make new friends. As an adult, I would say that I am a lot like I was as a child. I am married and have two children. That is where any extra time is spent. I have met lots of other authors along the way and they have been more of a friend to me than people I see everyday. I guess the concept of having something in common is what I enjoy talking to them about.

To get back to the discussion, each writer has their own reasons for writing. Some may look at it as a means of escape, others as a way to express themselves, or to complete a work of art. I agree with all of these reasons but to me I see it as a gift. A gift is usually shared with others instead of hidden in a closet. Reaching the world with writing is a gift that should be shared. Therefore if you love to write, spread your gift to the world. I’m sure there are many out there that are waiting for your thoughts, whether you think so or not. Good luck and get writing.

Mastering the Art of Writing in Six Steps

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To master the skill or art of writing, a writer should look at these six steps which will guide them toward writing excellence. With each step a writer learns ways to captivate the audience, whether they are reading a book or a blog post. One must analyze, clarify, engage, edit, simplify and excite readers into wanting more.

1. Analyze- Know your audience. Readers will be critical when it comes to your writing if they were expecting something different. If a writer states that their book is geared toward kids but uses a lot of adult language, then the author was not taking into consideration the audience. Same applies to a writer writing for adults and but uses simplistic language.

2. Engage your audience with every part of your book. Don’t make the first page very interesting and then make the rest of it boring. You have to keep the reader guessing on what is going to happen next. Make the reader want to keep reading even though they might want to stop.

3. Clarify what your book is about. If you are writing a book for educational purposes, to be humorous or just plain fictional, make sure to let the reader know that in advance.

4. Simplify- Get rid of excess baggage. Don’t go on and on and on about something that is not important or that does not need to be there. I recently picked up a book that was extremely long. I wished I could have shown the author where they could have cut parts that didn’t help the storyline.

5. Bring some excitement into your story. Make your characters interesting. No one likes to read a book when they hate all the characters. Bring life to the character. Don’t make them sound too educated. Use contractions, use words that would use in normal everyday life.

6. Last of all, edit your book. Don’t let your book go to print without someone qualified to edit it. There are programs you can go through where you can get informative advice on how your book reads. Readers want to enjoy their time spent reading, not correcting all of your errors.

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Writing Your First Book

Whether a person is new at writing or an experience journalist, writing the first book can become over-whelming. The main thing to remember is to take it one step at a time. If you haven’t done some kind of research about the writing process, it might be a good place to start. Most writers don’t suddenly begin to write a book or novel. There has usually been a point in their life where they realize that writing has been their passion from an early age. Now don’t take this the wrong way, but there are only a few people who have decided they wanted to be a writer later in life. Most writers have had some idea or preconception regarding writing early on.

If you have decided you want to write a book, then decide what the book will be about. Research your topic, search for your niche market, develop a plan and write. Writing can be a business in so many different ways. Whether you are writing for a company, for yourself, or for the internet, writing can be rewarding with so many benefits. Unless you are a well-known actor or singer, you are probably not going to make it rich on your first book. So one needs to have passion for it to really pay off.

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http://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/steps-to-how-to-write-a-book/