1. What universal thing are you writing about?
(i.e., wellness, relationships, leadership, parenting, cooking, travel, etc.)
2. How are you illustrating it in a uniquely personal way?
(i.e., as a mom, coach, thought-leader, industry expert, etc.)
3. Who are you telling it to?
(i.e., book lovers, blog subscribers, website members, etc.)
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw
Ever read a poorly written book? Afraid you might write one, too?
Fret no more; I can help! If you've ever read a poorly written book, here's why it happened (and how to prevent it).
When most people write a book, it's the copy editor's job to be great at whatever language they're writing in (let's say English) and to help you sound smart and eloquent, and it is the proofreader's job to spot typos and fix mistakes.
It's just that simple. But what happens before that?
That's where I come in!
A developmental editor actually moves things along by re-shaping the story with a mixture of notes (comments, additions, and deletions) that guide the author through the revisions and the reader through the story.
For writers who are natural with their words, this is easy. However, if you're like most people, then you struggle to craft your story before ever considering either kind of editor.
Here are five reasons why.
That's why when you partner with me (for editing, coaching, or writing), we work within a realistic timeframe to provide a one-of-a-kind literary experience for the development of your manuscript, synopsis, and author bio.
Our end result? To make all things beautiful! And together, we will.
NOTE: For editing, please be sure your files are both clean and complete before submitting them to any editor, as there may be changes that must be made (post-Grammarly) to ensure the cleanest copy gets published. (Clean means you have used spellcheck. Complete means you are no longer adding content.)
While following the rules drawn from established English usage, a writer has great flexibility in how to express a concept. Grammarly does not.
Voice refers to the subject of the content written. (i.e. What is your "voice" in the space you're writing in?") Are you an educator? Recovering addict? In the medical field?
What you write about is up to you. Don't let Grammarly change the way you tell it.
Tone refers to the way the content has been written and focuses on the way it has been presented. (i.e. What "tone" does your writing take on when conveying the message?") Are you casually and opening sharing? Are you teaching or presenting to your readers?
How you write sets the pace. Don't accept a change that changes what you mean.
Beyond the essential elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and diction, writing style is the choice of words, sentence structure, and paragraph structure used to convey the meaning effectively. (i.e. What makes your "style" of weaving words together unique to you?") Are you writing softly, poetically telling a story that flows rhythmically with each sentence? How about boldly declaring what needs to happen to live a more transparent life?
Who you are is how you write. Don't give in and fix something that isn't necessarily broken.
Sign up if you want to write better or just read better stuff!
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“Imagine the impossible with possibilities.” ~Shaundale Rénā
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Shaundale Rénā is an American multi award-winning developmental editor and an Amazon bestselling author. Her clients range from indie to traditionally published authors and can be found working regular day jobs or featured on Facebook's Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith. She holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Grambling State University and a certification in Technical Writing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Shaundale has trained under the Author Accelerator book coaching certification program with Jennie Nash and enjoys reading, writing, fine dining, and traveling. She has edited novels released under Adam's Media (a subsidiary of Simon and Schuster), Lake Union Press (a subsidiary of Amazon Publishing), KN Literary, and Authors Who Lead, in addition to self-published titles and corporate projects in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI).
Shaundale is also the author of one published book, Once Broken, Now Blessed (2009), as well as a contributing author for two additional publications, one of which includes If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now (2017), which debuted at #16 on Amazon Self-Help/Self-Esteem. A professional by day and an artist by night, she balances both worlds by watching all things Marvel and DC―hence the persona @StonyRhodes―and celebrates her first novel, Second Time Around, debuting as a 2016 Crystal award-winner for best newcomer on Wattpad.com.
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