Completing Second Draft of my Story. =)

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Good Tidings. ^^/

I mentioned in passing that my short term goal was to complete the second draft of my story. I am pleased to announce that I successfully completed the second draft. Happy days! =)

Whilst I enjoy writing stories I feel uncomfortable sharing them publicly. I have always shared them with my family and close friends. It’s only the past year or two that I decided that I’m comfortable enough to share my imagination with the world. Hopefully that will come when I get my book published.

My new short term goal now is to start and complete the third draft of my story. I’m not ready to tell you what the story is about just yet but I’m comfortable to tell you that it involves animals and is aimed at children. I haven’t decided 100% just yet but I’m thinking of aiming it for children 5 to 7 years. =)

Before starting the third draft I feel that it might be appropriate to read some children’s stories of a similar nature, no other reason then to compare it with my current story. I’ve got nothing to lose.

Reading is a very good thing although admittedly I’m not a strong reader myself. I can read words and sentences ok but I struggle to process them. Instead of power reading through the sentences I read the sentences word by word. Because of this struggle I find it hard to get into a book. The only books I read and enjoyed are Thomas the Tank Engine, Harry Potter, Cup Final Kid and Tim and the Hidden People.

Having said all that though I am a keen reader of manga but of course it’s a manga so reading the text is easy. Especially since it has plenty of illustrations. Haha.

My journey as an author is still a long way ahead but I’m enjoying walking down that road. =)

See you soon! ^^/
Ryan

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Passing an Online Course

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Good Tidings! ^^/

 

It’s not long since we entered 2014 and already this year has been kind to me. I passed an online course. =D

 

I decided to learn more about writing. Not on how to be a writer but useful skills like how to handle publishers and talk to editors etc. So, I decided to partake in the How to Write for Children’s Books course.

 

There were 12 modules overall. Each module contained a specific category. To name a few;  fantasy and fiction, writing for teen, writing for 7-12 years, writing for 5 years, writing screenplay and drama and writing for the under 5’s.

 

They were all useful tips but the most useful advice was about Vanity Publishing. For those who do not know, vanity publishing basically means that you pay a company to print your book. The company will not edit your book, they’re solely printers. With Vanity Publishing, if you’re answering their advertisement in the newspaper, they ask you to pay them to publish your book. Publishers on the other hand, will never advertise for authors as they don’t need to.   It has also been stressed that Vanity Publishing should not to be confused with self-publishing as they are printers who specialise in self-publishing.

 

This is very useful information indeed. I wouldn’t answer an advertisement for a writer to begin with but now I know for certain that this is not a good idea!

 

After 12 modules I passed the course and scored the 85% mark. =D I’m proud of myself. I misinterpreted what the instructor said at times and it made me easily confused but I still passed the course so I’m happy. =)

 

With my newfound knowledge I’m looking to improve my writing style even more. Happy days. =)

 

Toodles~ ^^/

Ryan.