Editing

Introducing Motivrite

I’ve been wanting to do a podcast about writing since I first went full time back in 2015. I’ve dabbled in it here and there, but a variety of things kept me from actually hitting the publish button. Until today.

That’s right! I’ve finally got the time to put together some podcasting, and after a year of spending time here and there putting together a home studio, Motivrite is finally ready to go! You can hit play up above to listen to episode 1, or have a look at the show notes below. Thanks for listening!

Show notes:

Episode 1 is a quick introduction to Motivrite that talks about what I see the podcast covering, including:

Business tips

The career indie author has to be a businessperson on top of being a writer these days, and Motivrite will help with that.

Advice for newbies and pros

There’ll be advice in Motivrite that will help people just getting started and people who have been doing this for a few years and are old hands at the business.

Health advice for writers

Writers aren’t slaving away in the word mines, but there are health pitfalls associated with this sedentary job. I’ll have health tips, tricks, and advice for the career author.

Inspiration

Everyone needs a little inspiration, and Motivrite will occasionally feature inspiring stories of authors who made it!

Productivity

Productivity is tough. Motivrite will help with tips and tricks I’ve learned doing this full time for four years that will hopefully help you out and help you avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made!

Writing tools

Sure writing can be done with a pencil and a notebook, but the modern indie author is going to have to be a lot more high tech than that. Motivrite will cover all sorts of nifty tools from the absolutely necessary to the stuff that’s nice to have but not a must have.

 

Progress update: 10/30/2018

A bit of a slower day today. Didn’t get much sleep the night before because of a sick kiddo, and as such I ended up sleeping a good chunk of the morning away which hit me right in the productivity.

I wrote 8336 words today and revised 4,129. Not a bad day, but I didn’t get much other work done aside from writing because the morning was shot.

On the podcast/audiobook front I recorded and finished chapter 7 of Dice Mage. I also submitted a support ticket to the good people at Libsyn to get the slug for the hosting I’m paying for there switched to reflect Dice Mage rather than Blake Byron, which I’ve abandoned for the moment. Once that’s sorted I’ll upload the first seven chapters and start my great experiment seeing if podcasting is a decent way to build an audience!

That’s it for today. It was an abbreviated day so it’ll be an abbreviated day.

Editing on your eink Kindle

Here’s a quick trick that might be helpful to the author types out there. It’s something that I do and I find it works really well.

Edit your final draft on your Kindle. Specifically an eink Kindle of some sort.

I try to do a couple of passes on my novels before I send them out into the world. It pretty much goes like this:

  1. Write (or dictate) first draft
  2. Transcription stage where I clean up Dragon’s errors if I dictated the first draft.
  3. Second (or third if I dictated the novel) cleanup draft where I cut a bunch of stuff because I tend to ramble, fix grammatical errors, clean up the story if I decided to make a change halfway through, etc.
  4. Third (or fourth if I dictated) draft on the Kindle where I triple check everything and make notes using the Note feature and then do a final cleanup in Vellum before sending it out into the world.

I’ve found that the eink format is really great for catching errors that you don’t find when you’re doing an edit on a computer screen. There’s something about the way the eye skims over the computer screen versus seeing ink words on a page that makes it easier to catch little errors that would’ve slipped through otherwise.

So if you have a Kindle consider doing a final draft on the eink screen before you release your novel. You might be surprised at what you find by changing the reading format!