Tell Me About Your Writing Projects

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Writing a bookIf you are writing a book, I would love to hear all about it. What is it about?

It is a good idea to be able to give a brief pitch for your book, so now is a good time to start. Describe your book in one or two lines.

Over the life of your book, you will need to give this elevator pitch over and over. Now is a great time to try out different ideas and see what is most effective. Share it with us and get feedback!

When should you develop your one- or two-line pitch?

As soon as possible.

If you are still developing your book, coming up with a good line or two will help you stay on track as you write. I got that little sage piece of wisdom from my first writing mentor long ago and it has served me well. Throw out segments that don’t forward the motion of the story.

I’m curious, if you’re writing a book right now, are you using an outline or are you just winging it? I know writers have different preferences and I’m curious what works for you.

Personally, I cannot take two steps without an outline.

Even if I’m writing a short story, I like to have it all worked out before I start. I don’t enjoy heading down an incorrect path, because it can waste a lot of time.

I’ve had a few good writing buddies tell me that they cannot conceive of writing an outline. One man said that he’d lose all interest in the project if he knew the outcome of the story. What do you think?

I enjoy working on several projects at the same time.

I’m currently working on a few memoirs for clients, two novels, my own short story series, and a nonfiction how-to book.

On the side, for fun, I’m also putting together a book of haiku (a Japanese form of poetry) for my children’s school. I worked with seventy young children, teaching them the art of haiku. Now, I want to put their work together into a book.

My husband is also working on a few books. He has a new one, a mini-eBook about bugs which should be ready soon. It will be a good manual for homeowners interested in learning about the insects in their backyard.

What about you? Do you like working on more than one writing project at the same time?

If you get a chance, please do comment below and give me your one- or two-line pitch about your book. Also, feel free to tell us where we can find your book when it is complete!

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24 Comments

  1. Donna R. Taylor

    Hi Laura, My name is Donna Taylor and I would like to write a cook book about my grandmothers cooking. She is from Lithuania and I have old recipes I want to share with others who like Lithuania food.

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    • Laura Sherman

      That sounds like a great idea! Are you looking for a ghostwriter?

      Reply
  2. Dan Meyers

    After we come back from our round the world trip, I want to write a book about breaking free – specifically, taking control of your money so you can do the things you want to do. I’ll definitely go with the “outline” approach.

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    • Laura

      Great! I look forward to hearing more!

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  3. Laura Caluian

    I’m working on two novels now, apart of my blog… One of them deals with ethnic relationships in my country and town during WWII (based on my grandmother’s memories), the other is a quite sad contemporary love story. I wish I had more spare time for writing, but my job and daily cores keep me busy almost all day long.. I’m not complaining, as long as I still can do what I’ve always wanted to do: writing. I love books, to read and write, they are a part ME. I also use an outline for my novels, it helps me to organize my ideas better.
    Some day, you’ll have the opportunity to read them :).

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    • Laura

      How wonderful! I love that you love to write. Do keep going with your books. Keep in touch and let me know how it all goes!

      Reply
  4. Krystyna Lagowski

    That’s great advice about the elevator pitch – and I’m so impressed by all the projects you have on the go. How on earth do you find the time to do everything?!!

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    • Laura

      Thanks! You’re very sweet.

      I love having a lot of things going at the same time. I also have three young children, so life is always on the go! 🙂

      You have a great blog. I really appreciate your stopping in to say hello!

      Reply
  5. Leora

    I haven’t thought much about writing a book since I was twenty. However, I do have more plans for artwork. Is the process similar? Maybe. I suppose sketches can be considered similar to outlines.

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  6. Becc

    I am not actually writing a book, but I do blog on a weekly basis (who knows if that may lead to a book :))
    I tend to wing it with my blogs, I open up the laptop and let it flow, then edit. I don’t know if I could work within a structure….

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    • Laura

      Definitely with blogging I wouldn’t outline. Books are a little harder to wing it with, but some writers swear by it. Thanks for writing in!

      Reply
  7. Susan Coopee

    Gosh. I just finished a book about dream interpretation. It’s a simple guide to understanding the big dream symbols without allot of work. I’m currently working on another book which is a collection of short stories about life experiences and the lessons they teach us.

    You are one busy lady. I’m with you on needing an outline. It really helps me organize my thoughts and direction when writing anything really. 🙂

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    • Laura

      Thank you for writing, Susan! It sounds like you’re busy too. Good luck with your two books!

      Reply
  8. Jon Jefferson

    With stories I am mostly in the dark till I finish. So it will be a bit before the current one comes to a point where I can even think of what I would say in a pitch. But my other major project is a table setting book. This one I know exactly what I am hoping to accomplish with it. The pitch “Coming back to the table, good food, good drink and good company deserve more than a tv tray.”

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    • Laura

      Wow, Jon! What a great concept for a book. I would imagine that the photographs are stunning. Interesting that you’re in the dark on your stories. I’m guessing that many writers share that viewpoint!

      Reply
  9. Doreen Pendgracs

    Hi Laura: Sounds like you’re busy with all sorts of writing projects! I must say I prefer to focus on just one major project at a time.

    A 1-2 line synopsis of my current book? I’m writing a series of books about the best chocolate and chocolate experiences of the world. Experiential travel with chocolate as the main focus.

    It’s been a fun, but all-encomapssing project that has completely taken over my life. I don’t work from an outline, but did develop a Table of Contents that I am following for the most part.

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    • Laura

      Thank you, Doreen, for writing in! I love your book series concept. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

      Reply
  10. Jer

    Lost Girl Road is a psychological suspense story that takes place in the woods of northwest Montana. I don’t really have a pitch yet, I’m still busy getting the draft done. It’s my first book, and even though I went to school for writing and teaching English, I had a rough time getting a handle on writing such a long piece after so much time away from writing creatively. I did discover that I am more of a planner than a panster, but the hard way that entailed cutting nearly 25k off my draft when it reached the 45 k point. I’m now back to 36k and counting on what will be an approximately 66k book. Ugh. Always obsessed with my word count too!

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    • Laura

      Word count is important and I am always checking mine. 🙂 See, I can’t stand to cut thousands of words, which is why I love a detailed outline. May I suggest you try forming a pitch now? Just a few lines, which will help you stay on track. Good luck and thanks for writing!

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  11. Catarina Alexon

    When I write I have a general idea of how I will start, how it will evolve and how it will end. However, that doesn’t mean that I will not change the plot as well as the end once I get to
    it.

    Nothing is certain in life – not even the plot of a book:-)

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    • Laura

      Thank you, Catarina! That makes a lot of sense. I love your outlook!

      Reply
  12. Manjit Trehan

    Normally, outline works best for me, as I like to modularize my work. Make the cookie dough without worrying about how will we cook the dough.

    So far I’ve written a poetry book and a photobook (also with quatrains). The content for these books didn’t need an outline, as these are collections.

    My next book is also a collection, so the outline is defined by the collection itself. It is a collection of ideas that result in academic success and ways to avoid failure. The list comes from classroom activities on the first day of class.

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    • Laura

      Thank you for writing, Manjit! Definitely an outline wouldn’t work for every kind of book. Your books all sound very interesting. Good luck with the latest one!

      Reply

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