Tonight’s guest blog post is brought to you by children’s / YA author and poet Tracy Kauffman.
Writing Quality Content
Writing a book is more than putting down a few words on paper. It takes time, energy and a motivated individual to write a story. A story whether fiction or nonfiction should capture the interest of the reader or audience by having a balance of interesting characters, appealing storyline, and the essentials elements of a story.
Setting – the time and location of where the story takes place.
Plot – planned series of events that take place in the story.
Point of View – the point of view of how the story is told.
Theme – the central idea or meaning the author is trying to convey.
Conflict-the opposition of forces that the main character has to face.
Writing a quality book must come from an author who takes the time to research their topic to some degree. (Some genres such as fairy tales takes less research than others.)
An author has to overcome obstacles such as writers block and earning credibility. Even in fiction books, the readers want to be able to believe in the story. If you have ridiculous things that don’t make any sense, the reader will lose interest and the author will lose their credibility.
Writers block can be detrimental to authors but can be overcome with patience and practice. Tips for overcoming writers block could be:
Brainstorming – writing down words or phrases of things that you want to talk about.
Writing about things you know
Writing about things that inspire you
Last of all, think about your readers when you write. Make sure you edit your work because the reader will lose interest if they do not understand what they are reading. Misplaced commas, quotations can lead the reader off track. Editing your work should come after a brief period away from your writing. If you try to edit something as you write, it takes twice as long to catch all of the errors, because your brain knows what you meant to say even though the paper says something different. Consider your writing from your readers point of view.
Is the content appropriate to the story line.
Is the reader going to understand what you are trying to say.
Is the reader going to believe in your credibility to tell the story.
That was great. Thank you, Tracy.
Tracy Kauffman is a Christian fiction author of Young Adult and Children Stories. She has an associates degree in Nursing. She is a registered nurse and works part time in a local nursing home. The rest of the time she spends her time writing books and marketing them. Her titles include: Gwendolyn’s Wish, Southern Adventures, Richard the Lionheart, My Boyfriend the Squire and Captain Honey Bear Saves Goldie Locks. Tracy started writing poetry at a small age and won the title of editor in her school newspaper, when she was in second grade. She had her first poem published in a online writing contest called, The Cosmetology Student. She decided to write her first book, Southern Adventures, when her son left home for the Air Force. She hopes to be able to inspire her readers into living a happy healthier life. She feels like her own life experiences have made her a better writer.
Synopsis of Southern Adventures:
Kay remembered times when she had prayed and asked God for certain things in her life. She suddenly felt comforted. She was glad that he left some prayers unanswered. Oh, what kind of life would she have had, if she received everything she wanted?
Kay Harrison sat in her living room, slowly flipping through the pages of a photo album filled with photographs from her past. She recalled her life as a child who was brave and mischievous. Living in the south brought a life of adventures and mishaps for Kay. She searched hard for the meaning of her life. Follow Kay as she discovers this meaning as God’s plan for her unfolds through the good times and rough times that she endured on her Southern Adventures.
You can find out more about Tracy and her writing from…
- Her website: http://tracykauffman.yolasite.com
- Her blog: http://tracykauffman.blogspot.com
- Her books are available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon in soft cover or E book.
- Buy links: http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Adventures-Tracy-Kauffman/dp/1621476790
- And http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/southern-adventures-tracy-kauffman/1113389151?ean=9781621476795
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