Writing Hack—Most Writing is Boring—Engage Readers by Writing the Action!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #26 Write the Action by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #26 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

How do you make your words jump off the page? With a multitude of instant media forms competing for attention, writing must be succinct and action-oriented. Our writing must connect with the reader to provide instant information or entertainment. So how do we exactly put action in our writing?

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitFirst thing, write as much as you can primarily in the active voice. The second way to write the action is by writing as if the action is happening in the present.

Two easy ways to write in the active voice—limit passive verbs and limit the use of possessive. Passive verbs are those such as: is, was, were, do, did, doing. Search your document for “do,” “did,” “doing,” and other passive verbs to replace them with active verbs, you will bring your writing alive.

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Replace the words “have,” or “had”—and in ninety percent of the cases, your writing will soar. Find more descriptive, active words to replace the word “had” or “have” and other possessive words.

Along those same lines, avoid using “it,” and “there is” or “there was” and “there are.” These are sleepers. What is even more boring, is starting several sentences with “it,” which most certainly can build a rhythm that rocks the reader to sleep!

Lastly, use present tense as much as you can, to keep the action in the present moment. This will help to engage the reader in the action!


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack—Truth is Stranger than Fiction. Write Your Life Story as a Novel.

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #25 Your Life is a Book—Publish Your Journal a Book by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #25 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

A few new writers have experienced an amazing set up of circumstances and their life is ripe for an autobiography. Take the example of Helen Keller, Steve Jobs, John Adams (second US president), and other people who experienced high-level life stories. You do not need to be well-know, but if your life story is one that has overcome impossible odds and obstacles, then your life can be a book. If your life has been full of adventure, action, and drama, that could be great material for a novel–or a series of novels.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitThe challenge of this is that you probably need to have kept a journal during the times you faced these dramatic odds. If you try to remember everything five or ten years later, this will be quite difficult. In order to write an engaging, inspiring autobiography, it would be best to work from a journal, notes, or a diary. If you had written a blog during that time, that could be some great material from which to resurrect the story in a fairly accurate way.

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However, if you love to write fiction, you can use your life experience for the basis of a novel. Many novels are based on a true story, but of course, the artistic license can be taken with events, times, places, and the leading characters in the book.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack: What’s Your Life Story? Share Your Adventures & Be the Hero

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #24 What’s Your Life Story? by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #24 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

A certain number of writers have quite a life story to tell. However, you might not want to write just one book on your life story. Break it up into sections, and see if you could get a few books going. If your life has been super adventurous, consider writing a series.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitYou could embellish your various life stories to create a fictional series from the individual stories. Practice writing one chapter of your life to see how it reads. Take it a local writers group for feedback. If you don’t have a local writer’s group that you feel you can trust, set up a half-hour consultation with me. More on that below.

Always remember, your reader knows nothing. Your words must paint the backdrop, and fill in the details as well. Too many details are distracting and too sparse details will not keep the reader’s interest.

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Here is a good trick when telling a long story. Drag an imaginary magnifying glass with you as you write. Magnify the details, and word pictures to create the present moment as you write. You want to place your reader into a fresh new moment as they read along. Keep it fresh with details but continue to paint the backdrop with broader word images, so that the details have context.

Your life stories are rich content for a multitude of articles, books, and short stories. Use this material to touch the reader with your wisdom and experiences.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack—Light the Fire of Your Passion and Stay Inspired to Write!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #23 Stay Inspired! by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #23 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

If you are doing most of these writing hacks in order, chances are that you are going to be continuously inspired! I was so inspired I once wrote a book in three months. After it was published to Amazon Books, I made enough money to pay rent for the next 5 years just from the sales of that book. Inspiration can start from the simplest of places. More me, I get inspired by peaceful waves of the ocean. If you enjoy the outdoors or certain places spark your inspiration, go there! Find the scenario that helps you write today.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitYou can stay inspired if you truly love to write, and are practicing your writing skills, as well as finding opportunities to write. The more you do it, the easier and faster it will be to write articles, and books. As with any skill, practice makes perfect. Find your inspiration in the mundane or enhance your life with new experiences.

Join some of the online freelance companies for small to big jobs writing articles, and product descriptions, and various other projects.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!


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Writing Hack—Can’t Wait to Publish? Give Yourself a Break. Write a Blog!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #22 Create a Blog by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #22 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

You may have already started a blog and if you have, that is great! At this point graduating from a journal to your own blog would be a great step. I would not suggest doing it earlier because I am writing this to beginning writers, as well as intermediate and advanced authors. I do not want the beginning writer to be asked to write publically until they have had experience writing privately.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitWordPress.com is an easy blog format. You can sign up for a free account, and follow the instructions to set up your blog. You might want to think of an attractive brand that relates to your primary writing subject.

To be sure you have some readers for your blog, you will need to post the link to your daily, or weekly blog onto your social media. The top social media platforms are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Hundreds of other social media options exist, but these are the most popular at the time of writing this article.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Every blog needs to have attractive and interesting images. You can buy these for a couple of dollars on some of the photo sites online. If you are a good photographer you can use your own images to illustrate your blog. Pexels.com offers free images. Making a blog and writing regularly to your blog is a great first step towards becoming a working writer.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Set Easy Writing Goals. Fail to Plan, and Your “Plan” is to Fail.

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #21 Dream about Writing by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #21 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

If you are determined to publish a book or to make writing your full time or part-time career, you will find it helpful to set writing goals.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitAs with any dream, visualization propels the dream to reality. Visualizing the dream helps think of the actions and strategies to bring your dream to reality. Goal setting is part of that visualization.

What kind of writer would you like to be? Do you want a job working for a publication? Or do you want to write books? Do you want to learn how to write technical support materials? Do you have your mindset on becoming a freelance writer from home for jobs on the Internet? How about writing instruction booklets for manufactured electronics and devices?

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If you start to pinpoint the kind of writing you love to do, then you will be a step closer to having your dreams fulfilled. You may want to outline some extra training or courses that will get you even closer to the kind of writing you want to do.

I offer a book series called Change Your Story, which helps readers and clients to rewrite the script of their career or even of their lives. Change Your Story is a two-part curriculum series with a workbook that guides you through self-publishing a simple storybook that expresses your goals as a vision already come true. You may learn more at my online store at Dream to Publish.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—It’s OK to Dream about Writing but Dream Both Day & Night!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #20 Dream about Writing by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #20 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Writing is not the easiest career to enter. You may expect some twists and turns along the way. Some people graduate from college with a degree in English or something else and go to work for a magazine or newspaper low on the totem pole.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitThat was the old way. Today, the forms of writing have expanded at least 10-fold. However, you enter your writing career, keep the dream alive, as it may require many steps before you see your dream as a writer fulfilled.

Writing for the Internet is a new frontier. You can start a writing career with a blog, a webpage, social media, or work as a freelance writer for people who need content for the website. A multitude of opportunities is available. The Internet is the Publishing Medium of the 21st century and everyone needs content. Videos are becoming more popular, but even videos need scripts written.

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So, keep on dreaming about being a writer and ask your dreams to grow, then write them in your journal so that you may see how far you have come. Keep visualizing what being a published author looks like to you. Including pictures, and a story to illuminate your dream to become a full-time author is a tremendous way to actually make it happy. See my book, Finding the Author Within and Published at Last!, to learn how to create your vision book which defines your path becoming an author.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack–Is Your Motivation for Writing to Share a Story–or for Ego?

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #19 Writing for Sharing—or Ego? by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #19 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

At some point, a writer must understand how to become almost invisible. You, as the writer, are there, but only to entertain, teach, or inspire with words. It is not about you—it is about your reader. No one wants to be distracted by the author and their problems, and worries. They want to be entertained or need the information you provide.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitWhen writing, keep your ego out of the reader’s way. This means you will become more of a channel than a celebrity. Yes, eventually certain writers do gain celebrity status, but not because they inserted themselves and their personality into their writing. Their reader is the most important purpose of their writing, not their ego. Good writers are humble enough to get out of the way of the story and make the reader their center of attention.

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Writing is about sharing a story, information, or inspiration, and not about becoming famous or rich. These goals are understandable but keep these goals secondary, and away from the writing. Do not let your personality and complexes sneak in unless you need to share related experiences that are critical to the story. Be all about sharing and being invisible. Your readers will appreciate you for that. More importantly, they will keep reading.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack—Understand the Real Power of Storytelling. The Greatest Story Ever Told is Yours. So Tell it!

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #18 Power of Storytelling by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #18 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

Writing about what happened yesterday is a really excellent writing hack for practicing the art of storytelling. And, writing is mostly the art of storytelling. So to get some great practice at telling a story, write about what happened yesterday, or last week, or something very recent. Writing about normal things when telling a story gives you practice making even the ordinary, exciting.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitYou drove to the store yesterday to buy some groceries and then you decided to stop at Starbucks. Something inside told you to grab a cappuccino at Starbucks. Work at making that intriguing and interesting. Use adjectives to describe the weather, the car, the feeling, and the people in the store. Breathe life with your words to make the story come alive—to make it seem real to the reader.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Every action has a story. Even if you talk about a character you met in the store, a person you ran into, or the type of drink you bought. Maybe you went to Starbucks and you talk about the different types of coffee. Perhaps you talk about the people in the biggest “living room in the world—Starbucks.” Good storytelling finds a way to make the most boring of things exciting.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

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Writing Hack—Write the Mundane & Boring for Fun & Easy Writing Practice

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #17 Practice Writing Normal Stuff by Deborah S. Nelson

Writing Hack #17 of 33—Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Who Crave to Be to Published

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

One of the best ways to hone your writing skills is to write about normal everyday things. This is such a great writing hack because it asks that you practice writing on something to which you are not emotionally attached. You can objectively review if how well you have written about a common incident. And, everything you write in your journal has the potential to be used somewhere down the line in one of your books or articles.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitWhen you write a piece about something normal, did you make the common and boring more exciting? Are you able to add exciting descriptions to normal objects, events, or situations? If you are a fiction writer, did you make an exciting story from a normal thing? Can you develop a character simply from observing a person walking by you? This is great practice on the various writing situations.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Practicing writing about normal situations can help shake you out of the doldrums or even writer’s block. However, if you are following the 33 Tactics for Aspiring Writers you are not very likely to experience writer’s block. More likely, you might find yourself stuck in an area or a chapter in your book. Take a break and just practice writing about normal everyday things.


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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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