Here is my work for my new online course.
|Hi, I am Amy Slaney. I struggled in my writing career, and the main reason was lack of support. In grade 3 I had the worst penmanship. A combination of bad eyesight and bad coordination culminated in cramped, thoroughly illegible handwriting. The teacher that taught me Communication Skills took notice and decided to take me under her wing, and this was one of the only moments of true support that I had. In grade 3 we were learning writing, she took me right back to printing. She taught me how to form each individual letter, and then combine these into words. It took months but gradually we progressed to writing. I ended up with large, but legible, handwriting. I was so proud of myself and her of me. But, pride was not the only thing I came away from the experience with. I loved the support that I had during the process. It had made an excruciating process easier. I will never forget her telling me over and over again to “Put your “B”’s on a diet”. I also learned that I loved to write. I was on my way to my writing career.
In the following modules I will be giving you the support you need to write your next book and have it ready to show to a publisher or self-publish it.
The first thing you have to tackle is preparation. Starting your book with the perfect mind set is paramount to approaching your work with a positive attitude. My first book was a non-fiction about starting a business with little money. I had to approach writing it with a business mind set, but with the creative thrown in. To do this I employed a tool that I have learned from a number of authors. It is called a “Mind Map”.
When constructing a mind map sit down and think about your topic. On a piece of paper or on a new digital document put your overall topic on top. Then start noting any words or phrases that have to do with your topic. This is a very general exercise, so put down anything that comes to mind, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
Here is the mind map for my non-fiction book. As you can see, I use different colors for each idea that I noted. That was just my personal preference. Sorting out colors helped me think and get into what I was doing. You might want to use the same color, change fonts for each idea, or anything else that helps you concentrate. Do whatever works for you.
At this point you should be completed connected to your topic. Use this connection to move on to your next step.
The next module will go into detail about this next step