Archive for October, 2012

Pieces of Her Dream

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

The contents of pieces of her dreams were laid out before me. It represented countless hours of tears, heartbreak, joy, celebration, and victory. All of this was entrusted to my care. I didn’t take this gesture lightly. I knew what it represented because I’ve been there. As a writer, I know the pain that can go into writing. I know the pain of digging up memories that were carefully nestled in the past and covered with layers of protective gear.

My client placed all of this into my hands to retype (Yes. Her dreams were on individual pieces of paper), edit, and transform into an accepted manuscript format. As I prepared her manuscript, I cried as I shared her pain and I took praise breaks as I celebrated her victories.

My client’s dreams are no longer pieces of paper. Her dreams have been transformed into a formatted manuscript. It was my labor of love. Are you a writer whose manuscript is in varying stages of completion? Do you need help setting up your blog page or your Facebook page? I can help you get to the point of a completely formatted manuscript. Contact me for more information.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

Influences

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve often wondered when or where it all began. What were the building blocks that established the foundation for my love of words? Was it learned? Was it inherited? Was it a combination of both?

I remember the Bible verse, (Proverbs 18:16 – NKJV) “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” I didn’t know that verse as a child, but I remember that at the age of 4 or 5 I had a miniature record player and several yellow, gold, and orange records that played nursery rhymes; and I played them hour after hour. I loved the nursery rhymes. I loved the way the words danced through my head in their syncopated rhythms.

Those nursery rhymes became my foundation for the poetry and short stories that I write today. My surroundings also influenced my gift. I knew that my mother enjoyed writing. Her love for words is the reason I had the record player and nursery rhyme recordings. My uncle was a self-taught artist. I later learned that my grand-mother and great-grand-mother wrote poetry and that my grand-father wrote for a local newspaper.

I’ve learned that my gift will make room for me as long as I exercise my gift. Are you exercising your gift? Do you need help to reach your greatest level in your gift? Castle Virtual Solutions LLC can help you reach those heights because Your Success Is My Goal!!

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact me to find out what I can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

How Important Is Editing?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The answer to this question may seem obvious. However, as self-publishers become more prominent, attention should be given to this subject because accurate editing can be the difference between your manuscript being read or ending up in the trash.

Editing your own material can be rather difficult because, as the author, you know what you intend to say. However your intent and the end result may be two separate things. I recently had the experience of reviewing the work of someone who self-edited and self-published a book. The first five pages contained several spelling and grammatical errors, and while I knew what the writer intended to say, the errors became a distraction. Poor editing can also leave the impression that the author is lazy or that they are not serious about the writing profession.

Joining an online writer’s critique group is one way to address the self-editing situation. In these groups, members read your material and offer their critiques. When selecting an online writer’s critique group, you want to select a group that is in line with your writing genre. If you require assistance for your editing, contact Castle Virtual Solutions LLC because Your Success Is My Goal!!

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

 

The Cure for Writer’s Block – Just Write

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

—Walt Disney

As a writer, I’ve often found that the most difficult step in the writing process is writing the first word in the article or story. I admit that I do suffer from chronic writer’s block syndrome. Walt Disney’s quote hits home for me if I substitute the term “talking” with “making excuses”. I can invent some of the most creative excuses to delay my writing experiences. Yet, I still (as do others) consider myself a writer.

The secret to breaking my writer’s block is to adjust my atmosphere. While many require soft music playing in the background, I consider music a distraction and find myself humming along to the music instead of writing. My best writing experiences occur when I have complete silence. As I write this article, my background “noise” is the gentle hum of the central air-conditioner. As the air cuts in and out, it is replaced by the hum of my computer.

The cure for writer’s block is not universal and it differs from one writer to the next. But the first step is constant. The first word must be written, then the next, then the next. As Walt Disney suggests, one must begin doing. The words may not make sense initially as they tumble from your thoughts to your fingers and finally rest on a no longer blank piece of paper, but it all begins with the first word. Just write!

If you continue to struggle to find that first word, you can reach out to Castle Virtual Solutions LLC for assistance. Remember, Your Success Is My Goal!!

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com