The Write Focus
3:49 / eyes on the Writing Biz Plan / Enter the Writing Business

3:49 / eyes on the Writing Biz Plan / Enter the Writing Business

November 30, 2022

We’re to the last 2 episodes of our focus on the Writing Business. These last two episodes for this season of The Write Focus will concentrate on a business plan for our writing.

Yes, writing is a business. Do it the SMART way.

Content

  • 0:39 Intro
  • 2:05 What is a Business Plan?
  • 2:57 The Writing Business Plan
  • 4:09 Expected Audience
  • 7:45 Product vs. Project
  • 8:25 Vision / Mission / Objectives
  • 17:01 SWOT: our A-Team
  • 19:40 Awareness of the Marketplace
  • 21:51 SMART
  • 23:45 Anticipate Problems / Adaptation is Key
  • 26:30 New Directions
  • 28:58 Write It Down / Expect Surprises
  • 32:27 Closing

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is Enter the Writing Business. We’re bookcasting!

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

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3:48 / Practicalities / Enter the Writing Business

3:48 / Practicalities / Enter the Writing Business

November 23, 2022

Herewith, the most boring yet essential of all the writing business information: Practicalities

MS Preparation and the Nuts & Bolts of the everyday Writing Life.

Content

  • 0:40 Intro / 7 Common Manuscript Elements
  • 2:16 Boilerplates
  • 3:27 Disclaimers
  • 4:30 Front Titles List
  • 6:10 Acknowledgements and Reader Notes
  • 7:40 Table of Contents
  • 8:22 Chapter Headings & Page Breaks
  • 10:55 A Book of the Book
  • 12:50 Word Processing Basics
  • 15:07 Fonts and Special Images
  • 18:11 Page Breaks and Text Flow
  • 20:34 Oxford Commas?
  • 21:06 Spacing?
  • 21:40 Print-Outs
  • 23:17 Stats and Percentages?
  • 26:54 Save the Eyes
  • 27:48 Closing

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is Enter the Writing Business. We’re bookcasting!

For more links &resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

3:47 / Soul-Suckers / Enter the Writing Business

3:47 / Soul-Suckers / Enter the Writing Business

November 16, 2022

Long before the dreamed reality of writing will support us, we have to have those humdrum, mundane jobs that try to kill our writing spirits.

Fair Warning: Along with jobs, people will try to kill our writing spirits.

How do we handle these two-sided slaps to our dreams?

Content

  • 00:44 Intro
  • 2:03 Jobs that pay the bills
  • 5:45 When Day Jobs suck away our creative energies
  • 9:50 Soul-Sucking People
  • 10:17 Toxic Writers to Avoid
  • 13:22 Shysters who Prey on Writers
  • 15:23 Remember WIBBOW
  • 19:10 Mine the Real World
  • 21:00 Soft Skills for Writers
  • 22:16 Hard Skills for Writers
  • 25:40 Recommended Masters of Writing
  • 27:00 Closing

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is Enter the Writing Business. We’re bookcasting!

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

3:46 / On Creativity / Enter the Writing Business

3:46 / On Creativity / Enter the Writing Business

November 9, 2022

Every discussion of the Writing Biz needs a focus on Creativity. What does creativity actually mean? How do we put it into practice? How do story visions change when creativity is applied?

Also ~

Writing can be a hell and a heaven. How do we know when the writing biz is worth it?

Content

  • 00:40 Intro
  • 2:17 Growth Depends on Challenges
  • 3:20 Creativity = Unique Spins on Classics = Freshness
  • 6;40 Freshness Requires Thought / Planning
  • 7:25 Saggy Pantstering Defined
  • 9:48 Daily Writing / Avoiding the Lures  
  • 12:50 Zig & Zag with Projects
  • 17:12 Ever-Expanding Stories / Blown Deadlines
  • 21:43 Writing Hell
  • 25:25 The Writer’s 3-Part Mantra
  • 27:45 Writing Purgatory / Writing Heaven
  • 30:56 Closing

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is Enter the Writing Business. We’re bookcasting!

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

3:45 / 3 P’s & Project Progress / Enter the Writing Business

3:45 / 3 P’s & Project Progress / Enter the Writing Business

November 2, 2022

We’ve reached the month-long Fall Writing Challenge. Many are participating in the November global writing challenge. Whether we take on the challenge or not, we can use November to consider our writing life: past, present and future. Before we know it, the New Year will be upon us (because December is jam-packed with distractions and disruptions).

In today’s episode, writers need to analyze the whys and hows of the kind of writer that they think they are—then break that mold. None of us fit into neat little boxes. We can use those boxing-in methods, though, adapting them for our own use. A great danger for a writer is busy-ness without progress. Let’s avoid that pitfall.

Timings / Contents

  • 00:41 :: Opening / Going Off-Track
  • 1:07 :: 2 P’s that are Writers
  • 3:47 :: Enter the Puzzler
  • 5:10 :: Drafting Story: Chrono/Linear vs. Global/Scattered
  • 7:56 :: Ticky Boxes / Over-Planning is Problematic
  • 12:59 :: Routine Shake-up and Abandonment
  • 14:07 :: Pre-Set Foundations
  • 14:33 :: Climbing out of the Box
  • 16:21 :: Word Counts and Progress Meters
  • 18:36 :: Don’t Hate Numbers and Lists
  • 19:15 :: Accomplishments List
  • 20:25 :: Distractions vs. Opportunities
  • 23:20 :: Closing

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is Enter the Writing Business. We’re bookcasting!

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

 

3:44 / Laser-Eyed Writing / Enter the Writing Business

3:44 / Laser-Eyed Writing / Enter the Writing Business

October 26, 2022

Here in PrepToBer and on into the Fall Writing Challenge, The Write Focus guides us toward the ultimate goal: the Writing Life!

Edie Roones gives great focus with Enter the Writing Business. We’re bookcasting all the way to December.

In this episode, we looked at “Laser-Eyed Writing”, what we need to create stories continuously.

Timings / Content

  • 0:36 Laser-Eyed Writing ~ money-wise / relationship-wise / job -wise / TIME is free
  • 10:00 Invasion of the Story-Killers ~ different brains for writing / privacy and writing / needs of the writing space
  • 16:22 Fertile Spaces for Story Seeds ~ devoted story space / room for writing / the space reflects you
  • 22:17 Closing

Resources

https://www.amazon.com/Enter-Writing-Business-Inspiration-Writers-ebook/dp/B0848CK3C2

Visit for more info: https://thewritefocus.blogspot.com/

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is Enter the Writing Business. We’re bookcasting!

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

3:43 / Dream It / Enter the Writing Business

3:43 / Dream It / Enter the Writing Business

October 19, 2022

Here in PrepToBer and on into the Fall Writing Challenge, The Write Focus guides us toward the ultimate goal: the Writing Life!

Edie Roones gives great focus with Enter the Writing Business. We peruse these concepts:

  • Dream into a Belief and then a Reality
  • A Laser-Eyed Focus on Writing
  • Planner vs. Plotter
  • Creativity
  • Soul-Sucking Jobs
  • Practicalities
  • Eyes on the Writing Biz
  • SMART Biz Planning

We’re bookcasting for these last two weeks of October, all through November, and into December.

This episode focuses on the Writing Dream, Belief in your own Writing Self, and Turning the Dream into a Reality.

Timings

  • 00:35 Introduction to Enter the Writing Business
  • 3:41 / 1 :: Writers Dream of Writing
  • 9:45 / 2 :: Know Your Lifelong Dream
  • 12:42 / 3 :: Pursuit of the Dream
  • 17:38 / 5 :: Thunder, Lightning, Changes, Oh my!
  • 25:20 / Closing

Resource Enter the Writing Business

https://www.amazon.com/Enter-Writing-Business-Inspiration-Writers-ebook/dp/B0848CK3C2

 

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is Enter the Writing Business.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

3:42 / Lynn Cahoon Interview / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series

3:42 / Lynn Cahoon Interview / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series

October 12, 2022

Writer, Interrupted Yet Resumed!

Lynn Cahoon ventured away from writing because of life disruptions only to return years later. Starting with essays then short stories, she eventually wrote her first novels … and woke up to her name on the NY Times best-seller list for ebooks. Currently juggling five series along with a major move, Lynn shares her writing journey and guidance.

Her newest release, only a few weeks ago, is A Vacation to Die For, #14 in the Tourist Trap series, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo.

(It's the last interview of 2022!)

TIMINGS

  • 00:30 Welcome
  • 00:44 Lynn’s journey, from essays to short stories to novels and to best-seller status
  • 4:10 the current five series: Tourist Trap series has 15 books / Cat Latimer series / Farm to Fork series / Kitchen Witch series / Survivors Book Club series
  • 6:56 series set in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho
  • 8:00 Life rolls disrupt writing.
  • 9:43 Developing new series~ driving opens up creativity, falling in love with locales
  • 15:00 More personal circumstances that inform writing in unexpected aways
  • 16:45 Lynn’s writing process for ideas ~ “Writers are magpies.”
  • 18:00 Using structure to set events, the entry of the dead body, developing relationships before the murder
  • 21:40 Niches help.
  • 26:00 Maintaining productivity ~ using word counts
  • 28:00 Bob Mayer: writer and productivity adviser, “The Warrior Writer”
  • 30:00 Overcoming writing trials, hitting the genre markers
  • 32:00 Genre-hopping and its problems, finding a niche
  • 35:00 Best tool for writing
  • 38:08 Best advice for the New Writers
  • 39:30 Closing

 

LINKS

Her website -http://lynncahoon.com/

Amazon author page -http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/

Sign up for her newsletter for exclusive giveaway access as well as all things #LynnCahoon www.lynncahoon.com

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is A Mixed Miscellany: Interviews with Writers / Fiction / Poetry / Nonfiction.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

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3:41 / Interview with Heather Weidner / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series (Into Fall!)

3:41 / Interview with Heather Weidner / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series (Into Fall!)

October 5, 2022

JUGGLING JOBS and COZY MYSTERIES

Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She writes the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, The Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, and The Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries.

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. She earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan University and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond.

Timings

  • 0:15 Opening ~ Heather Weidner’s series
  • 0:48 Her publishing journey
  • 3:40 1st writing ventures
  • 5:38 Her writing process, daily word counts
  • 7:20 Newbie mistakes and overcoming them
  • 8:44 From idea to end
  • 10:25 the Team around the protagonist
  • 14:25 Moving to the Beta readers; finding the beginning (and the ending)
  • 16:00 Revision; adding humor; off to the editor
  • 19:00 Daily writing session (no blank page)
  • 21:35 Discovering a niche (glamping) in the cozy mystery genre
  • 23:45 Motivation and commitment
  • 28:20 Marketing
  • 29:12 Best writing tool
  • 30:19 Re-charging creativity
  • 32:25 Her books; advice to new writers
  • 34:13 Closing

Links

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is A Mixed Miscellany: Interviews with Writers / Fiction / Poetry / Nonfiction.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

3:40 / Interview with Marilyn Levinson / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series

3:40 / Interview with Marilyn Levinson / Mixed Miscellany Summer Series

September 28, 2022

25+ books and counting, Marilyn Levinson is still penning mysteries. With a series recently completing and a new series to start, she is eager to explore new ideas, settings, and situations.

Timings

  • 00:15 Opening with Marilyn’s writing journey
  • 1:23 the Haunted Library series under her Alison Brook pen name. Newest release Dewey Decimated
  • 3:45 Completing the story arc for that series and the beginnings of that series
  • 7:00 Setting and Situation for the Haunted Library series
  • 9:58 a Series should have novels that feel like a stand-alone so readers can enter at any time.
  • 10:25 the Growth of repeating characters in the Haunted Library (avoiding stagnant characters)
  • 11:54 Developing the next series, main characters, setting, research, working on the puzzle of the mystery
  • 19:45 Adding a cat or a dog to the series, Smoky Joe the library cat of the Haunted Library series
  • 22:15 the Title conundrum
  • 23:47 Working from Idea to Novel, bringing in the murder
  • 25:00 Plotter vs. Pantster, trusting your mind to work it out
  • 27:35 After the Draft
  • 30:30 Maintaining Productivity, motivation with friends Kaye George and Peg London
  • 35:20 Do writers have a natural inclination to write short stories or novels?
  • 36:50 Closing

Links

Marilyn’s website:http://www.marilynlevinson.com

Amazon page: https://amzn.to/3mAhjYO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.levinson.10?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus. We focus on productivity, process, craft, and tools. Our podcast is for newbies who want to become writing pros and veterans who are returning to writing after years away.

Our current focus is A Mixed Miscellany: Interviews with Writers / Fiction / Poetry / Nonfiction.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  .

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Support the podcast with a cup of coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/winkbooksr

If you find value in this podcast, please share with your writing friends or write a review. (We’re small beans. We don’t have the advertising budget of the big peeps. You can make a difference.)

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