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Book Excerpt You Can Love Writing


Book Excerpt

Excerpt: Basics of Outlining

Now that you’ve got an idea, you’re going to sit right down at the computer and let ‘er rip, right? Well, you can do that and you’ll probably have lot of finessing and rewriting to do afterward. Or you might get stuck somewhere in the middle, wondering what to write next. Some people can effortlessly write off a first draft with no forethought at all, staying on track the whole time and doing only polishing-type revisions after the fact. For most of us, though, the drafting and revision process goes much faster and smoother with a little planning.

As an added bonus, if you ever wondered what on Earth an instructor meant by “flow,” organization is one of the two most common things “flow” actually refers to. (By the way, “flow” is a frustratingly vague word that means different things to different people. Always ask for clarification when you hear or read the word “flow” in an assignment.)

Outlines and Bullet Points and Roman Numerals, Oh My!

I hear you. “Oh, yay, outlining,” you say. “I thought this book was about making writing fun. You liar.” Ye of little faith. Outlining doesn’t have to be nearly as boring as it’s too often made out to be. And you don’t have to spend nearly as much time on it as you might think.

First off, unless you like all those multi-indented lines with different numbering/lettering schemes or bullet points, unless that ultra-organized, detailed planning makes your heart sing, forget about it. If you don’t already jump for joy at a well-organized list, it isn’t worth your time. You don’t need all that stuff to plan. You can do it much faster and freer without all the formatting. Here’s how I do it. If, like me, you don’t have to patience to be neat and tidy, you’ll find it gets the job done.

  1. Write down your main point, whether you’ve got a fully developed thesis statement or a quick phrase. Put it at the top of the paper, so when you find the paper again three days later, you’ll remember what it was for.
  2. You know you’ll have an introduction and conclusion of some type, so put them on the paper too. Put the introduction at the top, under your main topic, and the conclusion at the very bottom. Just mark the places. You don’t need to actually write these elements yet.
  3. Think of at least three big themes (a loose idea or a full-blown thought) to flesh out your main idea. Drink as much coffee as you need to make this happen while not harming your health. Write them loosely spaced between the introduction and the conclusion.
  4. Think of some sub-ideas (support points/subthemes) for each of those big themes. You’ve probably had enough coffee by now, so take a walk instead. It’s okay if your support is phrases or individual words at this point. It’s also okay if the writing wobbles a little and goes outside the lines. You did just drink a bunch of coffee and then exercise.

 About the Book

coverTitle: You Can Love Writing: A Guide to get through your College Papers and Like it

Author: Connie B. Dowell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational

How would you like to

  • perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
  • compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
  • teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck

all while doing your homework?

Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.

Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?

Author Bio

Author Photo  C DowellConnie B. Dowell is a writing center coordinator and freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She lives in Virginia with her husband, where they both consume far more coffee than is probably wise



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Promo Post The Longest Distance


About the Book

The Longest Distance 215Title: The Longest Distance

Author: David Scott

Genre: Spirituality, Self-Help, Inspiration and Personal Growth, Literary Fiction

Part love story, part adventure mystery, part travel guide for the soul, The Longest Distance is a meditation in traveling from our heads to our hearts, and an awakening to what lies within.

Shaken by tragedy in the wilds of Africa, Jeremy Braddock sets off in search of the answers to our questions about life, truth, and the all-too-trying-yet-wonderful emotion of love. From Kenya to Costa Rica – and a host of other venues along the way – the protagonist takes us on a rollercoaster ride and riveting journey that reveals to us the masters, the maniacal beauty of this planet, and the greatest mystery of all––the ‘one thing’ we came here to know. As with life itself, he is not alone in this adventure, with the many supporting characters providing him with mirrored reflections of love in its varied forms, and a windowed view into his soul. Armed with his wit, his will, and an ample dose of healthy humility, our vigilant warrior attempts to summon within himself the courage we must all find to see the face of Truth, and walk the path of a higher Love.

The Longest Distance evokes deeper contemplation à la Eat, Pray, Love with a level of discourse and discovery that will resonate with those who have been touched by the writings of Paulo Coehlo and Neale Donald Walsch. Interwoven within the tapestry of the novel and in between each storied tale is an uplifting dialogue with Jeremy’s higher self — the Friend that points the way. What adds to TLD’s universal appeal is the inspirational guest appearances of a myriad of Masters – from poets to statesmen to those of the cloth – along with each chapter’s unveiling of a key ‘quality’ that, when pieced together, helps to reveal the greater picture at hand — the Love within the love that beckons us home.

The Longest Distance is a sleuth of spirit and treasure hunt of the heart that awakens our soul and provides yet another clue for the curious, a jewel for the romanticist in us all.

Author Bio

David Scott D150_1David Scott was born in the United States, and raised in the world. He currently resides in Singapore, but remains deeply connected to the passion that is Paris, the power shift that finds its new home in Asia, and the movement to co-create and cooperate that had its genesis for him in America; its inspiration both within and throughout.

David has spent his career in the field of education, his life in the field of service. He is perhaps best known for his contributions as an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and leader in education, establishing and stewarding innovative school systems of size and scope in North America, the Middle East and Pacific Asia. He has played both visionary leader and humble student, with each measure of the world his teacher. David’s work in education and support of the life sciences has provided hope for a more advanced, equitable and sustainable means to greater health and life for those he has been privileged in knowing.

The central theme of both his scholarship as an educationist and his work as an author is the delicate but essential role of relationships. David’s travels have provided a cross-cultural perspective on relationships of a human nature. His discovery of the inner worlds through meditation and study of various teachings has offered a glimpse into the power of the possible that resides within. It is this he seeks to help unveil in all through education and transformative writing.

With a poetic note and romantic view to the worlds available to us all, David Scott’s writing explores relationships of a higher nature, with a particular emphasis on the Masters and their timely messages. His novel The Longest Distance has been called a meditation from the head to the heart, and an awakening to what lies within. It serves as a pathway to the eternal that is ours to claim.

David may be recognized in the world for his contributions to education. Yet, he remains humbled by the many lessons—the gifts—the world has bestowed upon him as his teacher.

He now remains at your service as an author.


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Promo Post Zandernatis


ZANDERNATIS VOL 1 - 2500Title: Zandernatis – Where Legends Were Born

Author: Gordon Keirle-Smith

Genre: Fantasy, Alternate History, Conspiracy Theory

Facts stifled for 50 years revealed at last! In 1962 a cache of ancient urns was discovered in Antarctica dating back tens of thousands of years. They contained writings proving our ancestral myths are rooted in the history and culture of a pre-glacial utopian civilization…

 “Zandernatis” retells the most fascinating storycontained in these texts: “The Song of Gorin”, an epic poem describing what really led up to the “Fall of Man” in “Paradise”. Initially, it reads like a fable – only here it is backed by robust corroborative evidence and endorsements from researchers, the media and eminent experts, despite efforts from the establishment to block publication.

 Volume One of the trilogybreaks the silence, laying the foundations of this multi-faceted revelation, combining alternative history, conspiracy theory, allegorical fantasy, suppressed archaeology and insider analysis, all in a single work – whiledefining a whole new literary genre in theprocess…


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Where do you draw the line?

Author Bio

GK portraitGordon Keirle-Smith’s current home is Nîmes, in the south of France. His preferred form of expression was always writing, particularly drama, although he has also lived several other “lives”. He was a successful visionary artist in the late 1960s (when his studio was located in a famous London West End theatre). He regularly exhibited – and sold – his work in a top Cork Street gallery.

He moved to France in the early 70s and decided to put all the paintings he would never have time to complete into a book. This became the first version of “Zandernatis” in 1974.

He then worked in tourism, headed a Paris language school’s team of 40 teachers, coached top advertising executives in communications skills, won the Toastmaster’s European Speechmaking Championship (twice), contributed articles to house magazines for market-leading companies (e.g. Oracle and GDF SUEZ) wrote advertising copy for major international brands (Air France, L’Oreal, Renault, Heineken, Delsey, etc.), founded and managed his own highly successful marketing transcreation agency…

All of this experience was then applied to reworking the original version of “Zandernatis” and developing its “meta-realist” aspect with the aim of creating a new kind of reading experience.



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