On January 17th Joan read an excerpt from her World War II Historical suspense novel to the New York Chapter of Sisters in Crime. It was well received. Stay tuned for its debut.
by Joan Ramirez (Romance Writers of America November 2017 newsletter)
1. Read out loud–This was told to me by a dear friend when I started writing children’s books. It makes sense because it gives you an insight into the key areas: Character voices, Plot, Tone and Pacing.
2. I know we live in a technical world but creativity can’t be rushed. If you have the ability to edit online, great. I have to sit with a red pen and mark up my paper copy. Again, whatever works for you.
3. The only way to write better is to get a handle on your plot. Outlining, to the depth that fits your plot and comfort level allows you to see the action. I’m visual. I need this to follow my characters in the story regarding goal and motivation.
4. Put the manuscript away. Most of us don’t have the luxury of writing full-time so we have to take our writing moments as they come. The tendency is to get something down and for the sake of our sanity, especially if you’re a weekend writer, get something out. If you’re one hundred percent sure that what you’re composing is polished like a diamond (and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, though with me, it’s my husband), then go for it. In speaking to many established authors, I’ve found this isn’t the case. They put their work away for at least a month before giving it a second go round.
5. To write faster, you need to edit slower. Take the time to do as someone very successful once said to me, “be in error and correct by editing the heck out of your draft.”
There you have it. The rest is up to you.
Joan Ramirez is an elementary school teacher, has published three nonfiction books, and is currently crafting her first in what she hopes will be a historical romantic suspense series.
Picture these scenarios:
- I own a small company and need to hire staff. How do I know that I’m going about the hiring process in the most effective way?
Joan has 25 years of expertise working for a wide range of industries. She’s been there and seen the pitfalls of hiring a title instead of a qualified person.
Resource: Joan published a motivation handbook that is being used by high school students in Europe. You’re asking: HIGH SCHOOL? Think about it. They’re going to college and will soon be part of the work force. You need to ensure that they have the right stuff for your company.
- I am the communications manager in a large company. I hired several newly-minted graduates to do my social media and marketing. They’re not getting the message across about my product/service to my target audience.
Joan wrote a handbook that was used by a staff of over 1,000 in a multi-billion dollar company. If your staff doesn’t know the basics of clear, concise communications, your revenue will go down instead of upstream.
- I’m a sole practitioner. How can I position my service so that I rise above my competitors?
Joan published a book on leadership that has empowered many. In addition, she has her own communications consulting business that helps clients here and abroad.
Joan’s credentials to teach workshops: M.S. in Technical, Financial, and Business Writing, M.S. in English as a Second Language
Fortified by twenty five years of expertise in journalism, corporate writing, and entrepreneurial training.
For free consultation, contact Joan at her website: Joansbookshelf.com
Source: October 2017 Long Island Romance Writers Shorelines Newsletter
Joan Ramirez will be appearing with other local authors at Prallsville Mill on October 15th from 10 AM to 4PM. Join us at the Mill on Route 29 in Stockton, New Jersey. There will be readings, book signings and wine tastings. Go to River Reads on Facebook for more details.