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{March 9, 2011}   RECAP

Here’s where we now take the time to learn how to RECAP. All we have learned must be broken down. To RECAP is to review. I use these steps when I write. I am RECAPPING those which are most important to focus on.
1. IDEAS. Find out if you are a WRITER by taking a few hours alone; perhaps while you are driving a long distance, sitting in the doctor’s office, waiting in line at the bank, or even doing your Sunday chores, by daydreaming about the place you always wanted to visit, meet and romance the person you always wanted to meet and be romanced by, change the life or situation of someone you know, or even dream about encouraging someone in a bad predicament, how about resolving an issue, but in your own way. If you think about one of these things, then you can write about it and in your own poetic way.
2. READ. READING other author’s work helps WRITERS to daydream as the author did before he/she wrote and published their stories. You’ll find so much information about the CRAFT of another WRITER as you READ their work. The imaginative places, people, worlds, situations, drama surrounding a character’s life, can stimulate the WRITER’S CRAFT in you; the future WRITER. By READING other books, you can put yourself in one of the character’s spot. You can feel what the character feels, see what the character sees, and understand what happens to the character from start to finish. By READING the works of others, you enhance your creativity, and you learn to WRITE and WRITE well.
3. MAPPING/BRAINSTORM. When you are ready to WRITE your story, the first step is to brainstorm and MAP out your story with the preliminaries. MAP out the characters involved in your story. What do they look like from head to toe, sound like, act like; where are they from, and where will they end up in your story? What situations are they in from start to finish? Describe the setting. Be vivid. MAP your story from the point of a narrator or the character. Chose the POV (Point of View) wisely. Use the dialogue of the era within the story. Watch the usage of words which reflect the timeframe of your story. Finally watch the flashbacks and the prompts. Don’t keep a mental note on the objects or prompts used in your story. (prompts; ie. a diary, gun, newspaper article, jewelry, etc.) Have a notebook (the same one you use to brainstorm) ready to recap the objects used to explain an occurrence or something to help the reader understand what’s happening.
4. STORYLINE. It is your STORY that must be adored. You must WRITE for yourself first. If the STORY is good as you wrote it, your audience will be just as entertained. Use all your tools to enhance your CRAFT; use the dictionary, thesaurus, and your own way of wording phrases and telling a story. One of the greatest mistakes is to WRITE in anger or for vindication. Your readers are not the source of your pain. Therapeutic writing is good for you, but it may target an audience unnecessarily.
5. WRITING. Now just WRITE the story. Use your time wisely. The biggest mistake is to rush your story. The readers will catch your mistakes if you don’t. Learn the vocabulary necessary to complete your story. You must consider your audience when you WRITE. If you are WRITING for adults, then use the language which adults can relate. If WRITING for a child, then use age-appropriate language. If you’re WRITING fiction, remember to hook your readers from chapter to chapter. Don’t leave any information out. Don’t leave the readers hanging in awe or confusion. Don’t worry about the amount of pages or the amount of words. Stick to the storyline. Don’t focus on the ending. The story will end up writing itself. Take your time, because a good story must be seasoned, like a pregnant woman. The birth of a baby is never too late, so your story will be likewise; it will be come out marvelous in its own timing.
6. EDIT/REVISE. Now that you have finished your story, you have to either it EDIT yourself or find an EDIT. Using your family members is really a bad idea. Family members may take their time reading your story when you have a time frame in mind to have your project completed. Try using a college student from a local college or university. College students who are in their senior year can be contacted through the college’s English professors. These students don’t know you and therefore are unbiased when they READ your material. J.K. Rowling did the same with her book series, ‘Harry Potter’. She allowed students from a nearby school READ her story, and it was next spread by word of mouth that got her started. I am DYSLEXIC, thus I have a few proofreaders on standby, and I am not ashamed to use them. If you can EDIT your story yourself, that’s great, but there is nothing wrong with another set of eyes. As most WRITER’S know, there are errors that seem to creep into every story, I remember seeing one in ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ by Harriet Beecher Story, and we know how old that story is. The errors in that novel didn’t destroy the storyline now did it? Our goal is to get the story 99% free of errors.
7. COMPLETED. Once you have a FINISH manuscript with all the corrections, let a proofreader READ it. The proofreader should be one who READS. If you choose one of your family members or a friend, make sure they are avid readers. You want a proofreader that can give you a positive, yet unbiased review. Remember, that you are the one who should be the first READER. I have READ my books several times before publishing them. I like the stories that I wrote. I like the storylines, descriptions, and of course my characters. If I am impressed with my book, I know my readers will also. My story is now complete and I am pleased with the results. I can now publish my story. I am a WRITER and I WRITE. If you are a WRITER, then you will start a WRITING project and see it through until its completion. You will be just as pleased as I was when mine was completed.
So if you are a WRITER, then WRITE, and follow these steps thoroughly until your story is fully completed. If you have this dream of WRITING inside of you, now you have to let it liberate your soul. Do it now, not later! You just climbed the FIRST CRUCIAL STEPS of the WRITER’S CRAFT. Take another deep breath, because now you have to climb the following PUBLISHING steps. You can do it just as I have done. Okay so let’s go, Let’s climb a few more steps. Ready or not I’m moving forward.

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