The Pick and Shovel Work of Writing by bowmaneditor@outlook.com

Every one who comes to my blog, bowmanauthor, knows I write poetry from abstract to antiquity to the absurd. I write tips and tricks of the trade in publishing trends, and my passion: books of fiction, usually with a paranormal vein. I also try to post some book reviews, but not so often of late as I also do fiction editing, graphic design for business promo packages, and ghostwriting for nonfiction. My dance card has been a little full. Reading for pleasure has taken a backseat to the heartfelt world of mentoring other writers: the “Pick and Shovel Work” of plot and content development.

That’s where bowmaneditor@outlook.com comes in. The job everyone hates to tackle in their own writing where the “Elements of Style” meet English Composition. The not so creative necessities of making sure everything gels  together in accuracy, clarity, and cohesiveness. The part us creative authors hate to  do! Pesky rules on punctuation, grammar, and verb tenses, word definition and choice, and flowing syntax. Yuck! Knowing the parts of speech and diagramming sentences. But it does help your writing if sentences really do make sense.

So you never know what you will find when you stumble into my blog. I just hope you’ll contact me when you need a little assistance with a manuscript that needs a little polishing. Picks and shovels also mine precious gems from congealed ore. Let me help you take your diamond in the rough and release its brilliance in all its multi-faceted glory.

Happy writing creativity and polished editorially correct manuscripts to everyone!

Deborah A. Bowman, publishing specialist

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Dare to Capture the Elusive Soul? By Deborah A. Bowman

Standing stones of antiquity … prehistoric vintage

What hands fashioned this fantasy on earth?

What type of man with ancient lineage

Knew how to create the energy and give birth

To a masterpiece of rock and nature

To fill the minds of evolved men for all eternity?

He who ventured forth to find and nurture

The natural essence of relearning to see

The life of gods and goddesses

Who once lived upon this planet

Before time and reason vanquished hostesses

Of the otherworldly amongst the gamut…

Surrealism, wizardry, soothsayer

Magick, druidism, and worship…

Faith of water, sky, soil, and fire

By divine deities who flourished

Secreted in our world

No longer remembered or nourished

By nature’s abundance and song

Where have the elusive souls gone?

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Divined by ethereal giants, built by unknown creators

A Writer is Only As Good as Their Editor…

Editing and proofreading is a professional service that every writer needs … even if you’re an editor yourself. Trying to correct and find problems in your own work is limiting. You need that second opinion, that second pair of eyes to see what your mind might skip right over because the mind convinces the eye to see what it expects to see, whether that’s what in print/on-screen or not. Words and images in print or online are forever, and they can and will come back to haunt you!

Typos, autocorrect, which can cause as many problems as it corrects by inserting an incorrect word just as often as the right one, especially synonyms like “rode” and “road”, aren’t the only concern. Awkward phraseology, verb tenses (an author’s nightmare–we think in present tense, but usually write in third-person past) can cause your reader to stop reading and move onto something else. There’s so much online to read!

Some genres and authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are using first-person present tense, which was a complete no-no in the writing industry when I was educated and have worked for many years. But every decade or so, experimental “new” ideas surface that are supposed to be unique and alternative. Have you ever heard, “There’s nothing new under the sun”? It’s a very true statement. It’s all been tried before and much has not stood the test of time.

We try to remain current and far-reaching for the future as writers, but it seems like the rules change all the time. There is this lackadaisical attitude that anything goes and typos, inaccuracies … well, they’re just to be accepted as “that’s the way it is–overlook them, and that’s not a misspelling, I’ve just created a new word!”

Styles change and words emerge, but as an avid reader, author, and editor I constantly stay in touch with what’s new in the writing industry to keep my clients on-track and in-sync with evolving trends. Yet, nowhere are typos, misused grammar, misspellings, and unclear syntax an attractive addition to a written piece.

The writing industry is more competitive and overcrowded than ever and that is going to keep escalating with technology. Write about what you care about, and just as importantly, care about the quality of what you write.

Best Wishes on Your Writing Endeavors!

–Deborah A. Bowman

http://www.clasidconsultantspublishing.com

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Write Every Day!

I’m trying to keep a promise

I think it will be harmless

To write something every day

To help someone on their way

To express what they feel

Penning words to describe what’s real

Hiding in the depths of our hearts

Words bring people together

Don’t let them tear us apart

Let words and feelings make us all better

Than we were at the start of each new day

Spreading gifts of creativity to everyone along our way

By Deborah A. Bowman

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What Have You Written Today?

 

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My Writing Space

What have you written today? An entry in a journal? A creative poem, a short story, a few pages of a novel or nonfiction book? A news media article, a self-help idea to aid someone else, a blog on your life or your profession?

Everyday there is something to share to show you care and hone your craft of communication. You never know whose life you will touch and inspire to create new ideas and concepts that our world needs more than ever to heal, grow, and evolve.

Words are meaningful, enriching, and important … use them graciously and respectfully…

Deborah A. Bowman

Past and Future Lives? by Deborah A. Bowman

I believe that I have lived before.

It isn’t a religious belief or story from folklore.

It is a feeling down deep in my being

That fills me with inner knowing and seeing.

As a a young child I stared at the sky…

I wondered; I probed; I wondered why?

I knew that I was solitary and unique.

No one could change my belief or critique

The elated perception that I had returned

From elsewhere and somewhere as I re-learned

What it meant to be whole and human again.

I didn’t know how or where I had been.

I just knew of all the souls in the world

I had been chosen to be this little girl,

Lying on a grassy hilltop, watching the clouds and sun,

And a living, breathing, new life had begun.

Now I’m perplexed in my elder years

What it has all been for … so many tears.

What was I to accomplish this time?

What was I supposed to find?

I guess I missed it …

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Floating in the Air

 

Get to know Deborah A. Bowman (bowmanauthor)

Who am I? Deborah A. Bowman

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Deborah A. Bowman (bowmanauthor): Author of 8 books; Writer/Editor/Designer/Publisher

My first poem was published when I was 12 years old in a 4-H Magazine, and I was hooked!

I read everything I could get my hands on and wrote continuously…everything for everyone.

My career allowed me to write in different voices, medias, and genres. It was gratifying to create the right product for the right audience; hopefully on-time and in-budget:

  • Educated at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School, I became Publications Authorization Officer for DOD. I take great pride in supporting our Armed Forces with clear, accurate instructional manuals and reports, many of which are still in use today, and creating full-color newspaper/public affairs media.
  • I wrote a monthly column for “Medical News” as an Advanced Certified Psychological Hypnotherapist (A.C.P.H.) and was featured in the “Washington Post Newspaper Parenting Magazine” for my work with ADHD teens. Hypnotherapy certification started out as a hobby for me to cope with pain and to learn relaxation, but my desire to help others has always pushed me in new, exciting directions.
  • At an early age (late-30’s) I spent two years in a wheelchair, working as a Fiction Reader for Erie Literary Agency. I learned invaluable tools to assist other authors produce their best works. I embraced the challenge!
  • I have had numerous poems and lyrics/songs published as a musician (reeds, guitar, piano, Celtic harp, singer).
  • As an editor/formatter for eBookstand.com (rated no. 3 on Oprah Winfrey’s print-on-demand list), I e-published two of my own books: A novel and a short-story Anthology. I had finally returned to my roots. I now have 8 books published.

Now, I’m very happy and pleased to wear two hats:

  1. The Writer/Editor, who polishes all genres of written and designed media to the highest quality by “continuously reading everything by everyone”. I read for myself with my clients in mind to offer cutting-edge trends in editing and proofreading. One should never proofread their own work.
  2. The fiction writer/reader (aren’t all writers, readers?) writing, doing book reviews, encouraging, mentoring.

MY BOOKS ARE ALL LINKED BELOW AND ON MY SIDEBAR:

  • Latest Release, Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift: Inspired by an hypnotic past-life regression and much research, this historical fiction selection appeals to all ages. Annie’s message is timeless as she represents the treatment, bullying, labeling, and abuse of individuals with special needs, especially women and children. Unfortunately, perceptions haven’t changed all that much since the 17th century. In Annie’s lifetime amidst suspicion and fears of demonology (1630-1648), children born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death; their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Annie is an incredible savant, whimsical as a child, with paranormal and healing gifts from the Spiritual Universe. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9NRYMU
  • Quill and Ink…Inspirational, Motivational and Creative Writings: Poetry, Essays, Excerpts, Short Stories, and Creative Visualization for the spiritual, artistic individual. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018F05SU8
  • LIVING IN A SHADOW, a full-length novel, romantic psychological suspense for mature audiences, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AP68CUO
  • DENNY RYDER PARANORMAL CRIME SERIES, Novella Thrillers for YA and adults:
  • RELEASED, February 22, 2015, The Boy and the Shopkeeper, Episode 1, DELILAH, ASTRAL INVESTIGATOR, Infinity Series; Time-Travel Novels for YA and adults. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TVULOQY

I am available to speak on tricks-of-the-trade in writing/editing/proofreading/publishing, also included on my blog.

I am CEO for http://www.clasidconsultantspublishing.com, a full-service writing, editing, proofreading, designing, and publishing company. Send me a few pages of your draft or business project. If you start off with a plan in mind, I can tell you if it’s viable. How many people have published  something that just doesn’t make sense or has errors that could have been prevented by a third-party writing professional? Not your friend, not your mother or family member: An editor.

We’re all on this journey called life together, and as we change, evolve, and shift perceptions, we cling together in a common bond, always learning, creating, and expressing!

I am a 25-year SLE Lupus/R.A. survivor:

“Never a victim, I am a Survivor!”

Deborah A. Bowman