On the 23rd episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are opening our toolboxes and peeking inside at the best choices to help us write our books.
Writing a book is completely unapologetically, dramatically overwhelming. We enter into writing a book thinking in terms of before and after. Or in terms of A to Z. We know we’re at A, we know we’re at before, and where we want to go, Z or after, but we don’t know how to get there. What do the letters in-between look like? What does the route getting to after look like?
There are so many different kinds of writers. Hence, there are so many different kinds of apps. I have never encountered an identical writer on this publishing journey. People think differently; they retain information differently; they organize differently. Some people are visual learners. Some people need a more audible manner and love working with transcriptions. Some people feel a connection to their words and the story they’re crafting only when they can put actual pen to paper or place their fingers on each individual key and customize their sentences. No matter what you like to do, the following list is chock full of the tried-and-true ways to use technology to time collapse your route to success as an author. They’ll help you check off the jobs needed to finish your book.
Here are three quick resources (you want the rest, then tune in!):
- Your old English teacher – Don’t put them out to pasture just yet! People in your circle who have made the study of language their expertise are assets to you. Have them read what you wrote. They can proof your work as well. Just make sure you pay them 🙂
- Otter, Rev.com, Zoom, Google doc (in certain browsers) – These are all apps you can use to record chapters of your book, extraneous content (like your bio, for example), the Amazon description, the back cover copy, and so on. If you just need to give your fingers rest or prefer to get info out into the world by speaking, these apps are your jam.
- Grammarly – Not to be used as a fail-safe. For that, you need an actual human, trained and educated in the art of language. But Grammarly is a solid option as a catch-all. Figure out what you may have missed, but beware that it does offer wrong suggestions: incorrect tenses, and vernacular, and even some offerings that are quite stiff and stodgy. Writing is ALIVE, so make sure you don’t hammer the soul out of it using every suggestion Grammarly churns out. Use your judgment to create the best result.
Our only goal today is to get you over the writing hump. We all need tools to go farther and faster. As writers, we are only as good as the tools we use.
If you need help, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.
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