Making Your Book

Part of my job, as a writing coach, is to help people create the final product for their writings, the book. There are many ways to achieve this and how a writer goes about it depends upon the particular project their working on. There are templates available from book designers. The costs vary depending upon use, whether it’s personal, multi-book, or commercial. Do you want a template for a paperback or an eBook? What size will your book be? Are there graphics involved? How many? What kind of paper do you want? What type of binding? I’m going through Booklocker … Continue reading Making Your Book

Editorial Calendars

This is for Day 4’s assignment:Give ‘Em What They Want. Looking at my Insights page, I see that (so far,) my readers frequent my pages on Writing, Life Stories, and Photography. I think I’m on the right track for my readers. Yet in giving my readers what they want, I’ve come up with a few ideas. I made a blogging calendar in Excel. It’s from Aug. 2015 through Dec. 2016. Here’s a shot of it for August. I have yet to fill in any blanks, including dates, or pasting the template in the other months, (with little graphic changes for … Continue reading Editorial Calendars

About Blog Archives

This post is in response to Writing 201’s Day 5 assignment: Make the Most of Your Archives. The forget-me-not is my favorite flower, not only reminding me of my childhood in Alaskan mountains, but also of other stories I have to share.What better photo do I have reminding me about my archives? None I can think of. Let me remind readers that I’m relatively new at blogging and jumped in without any preconceived ideas about my blog’s organization. The fact that this blog can use improvement in that area prompted me to do some homework. Prior to receiving this assignment, … Continue reading About Blog Archives

Memory Triggers: 6/23/15

From Instructor: • Drought experiences • Competitive people vs teamwork • Liars • Dares • Bullies • Heroes From Classmates: • Sister • School bus incidents • Getting in trouble for not telling parents • Competitive people, including children • Children interfering with the raising of other siblings • Doctors • Forest fires • Tricycles • First pet Continue reading Memory Triggers: 6/23/15

Writing Life Stories Session II: Demonstrate Your Understanding by Showing

June 16, 2015; second revision–As I mentioned in this post, We are Characters within Our Tales, I spent time this session speaking about the storyteller as a character. Some other subjects covered included vulnerability, understanding, embarrassing moments, and writing from an age perspective. When we allow ourselves to become vulnerable within our life stories, by showing and not telling, our readers gain a better understanding of our experiences. How important is this? To me, it is extremely important. I don’t want my readers, be they children, grandchildren, great grandchildren or someone in the general public to get the idea I’m … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session II: Demonstrate Your Understanding by Showing

Blogging Day 4: Who is the target audience for your life stories?

Who is the target audience for your life stories? By Leneé Cobb I’m going to write about something we covered in class, something I cover in every class I give: When it comes to your life story (stories,) who is your target audience? The fact that I noticed a fellow blogger, one I enjoy following as a matter of fact, typed the words “target audience” in her blog’s title, and blogging 101’s assignment for day fours subject matter deals with target audience makes the timing pretty sweet for me. It never fails to amuse me how, when folks attempt to … Continue reading Blogging Day 4: Who is the target audience for your life stories?

Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015

Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015 Greetings to everyone who signed up for the latest four-week Writing Life Stories class! Oh, it’s been a warm week and it was nice to have the door of the classroom open. We had an interesting first day getting to know each other a little bit and there are certainly some feisty and experienced writers in this group! We spoke today about the dangers of fractured memories and about the risk there is of taking something we heard as the literal truth—out of context for what it originally meant. I presented two, no, … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015

Blogging 101: Day 2

Assignment dealing with titles and taglines: If you’re already thrilled with your title or you want to do more, feel free to publish a post, too! Let readers know what inspired your title and tagline. Titles and Taglines Today on Blogging 101, we are going over titles and taglines. This information is great for those starting a blog. I wish I’d been able to take this course months ago. I figured out how to do go about finding w here to find how to do these things by exploration, trial and error. • My URL: awritershelper.wordpress.com • Title: Scribbles to … Continue reading Blogging 101: Day 2

Writing Life Stories Session II

Writing Life Stories Session II May 12, 2015 class–This past week we warmed up on colorful writing techniques such as writing in the active voice and using verbs that pop in order to help us stay away from those pesky adverbs. We also covered ways that we can write our life stories that allow us to take the reader with us on our journey to our conclusions instead of writing as if we were preaching to them or simply telling them the facts about an experience. In writer-lingo, that’s showing and not telling our stories. I used an example taken … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session II

Life Stories Class in Session May 2015

Class is in Session May 5th, 2015 Spring is a great time of year to begin new projects and writing our life stories should be one. This last Tuesday marked the beginning for the latest Writing Life Stories class sessions I’m giving at Shipley Center in Sequim. It certainly is good to meet you all. We learned a bit about each other and I spoke about writing being a process and a discipline. I also spoke about the reasons why we write. As we write, we should bear in mind these questions: What do we want to tell? Why do … Continue reading Life Stories Class in Session May 2015