Wednesday, September 29, 2010

You Need to Know Your Strengths

'Had an interesting conversation at a reception today in DC. Someone told me about Gallup Press's Now, Discover Your Strengths book. It has a quick assessment tool, developed by the people who do stats and poll designs. The tool identifies five or more key strengths, such as analytical thinking, communication, and strategic thinking. It takes under 30 seconds to do the assessment. Then, a report is given. (Not yet sure how that works, but will find out.) Then, one can get information and ideas about how to develop weaker strengths.
As well as creative thinking and writing skills, we need to develop skills related to organization, planning, plotting, managing, strategies, analysis, Search I'm going to order a copy and do the assessment. More later about this.

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What is "the thing"?

The professional requirements of publishing, by others or self, are as much "the thing" as the book or script. Hamlet knew his goal - to catch the conscience of the king:
"I'll have grounds
More relative than this—the play's the thing
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King."
The author's "thing" is to earn the interest of editors, reviewers, readers....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What's Your Genre?

You're writing something. Is it a book, play, film script? What is the genre, or category?
Choose from the list below.  You can have more than one; for example, the book Les Miserables is fiction/history.
Genre takes into account subject matter/topic and audience

You're Writing Your First Book

First time authors assume that "the book is the thing," to borrow from Shakespeare. Publishing basics are as much "the thing" as the book in progress.