Where is the future heading?

We listen to the news

There is  unrest on our planet

We have tears and fears; people lose

Everything they have planned in

They don’t know which way to turn

The simpler things for which we yearn

Seem lost or sped up so fast

We no longer recognize the past

What about the future?

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Wouldn’t it be great to have your own “edit key” on your computer?

Don't you wish you had one of these on your keyboard?

 

It would be wonderful to have a special button on your keyboard that would read your writing and correct every error, typo, wrong word, omitted word, added word, or verb tense. It would be really amazing if the “edit key” would automatically rewrite awkward sentences, paragraphs, or chapters. There are software packages that attempt to go beyond the rigidity of spell/grammar-check, but do they do a better job?

No, not really, or only marginally. The computer or software package would have to comprehend the content, distinguish whether the entire piece has a theme, rewrite sentences and paragraphs to support that theme, and draw a convincing conclusion.

How can the basic rules of grammar or spelling downloaded into a software package cover all the exceptions to the rules in language and enhance the quality of the writing? It is not possible. Technology cannot grasp ideas and concepts; nor can it recognize the effectiveness of an argument to convince someone to buy, sell, invest, fund a grant, or use your company. There is no way a machine can determine the feasibility of a fictional plot. It cannot keep track of consistency, clarity, or accuracy. Software certainly doesn’t know the twists and turns of your storyline or the research that only a person can select to support facts. A computer does not have the imagination to create stories and fantasies.

One example of spell/grammar-check or editing software is that it won’t highlight a word as long as the term is in the dictionary, whether it makes sense or not. How many times have you seen “from” as “form” in printed media? Probably a lot, and the list of misses on editing/reviewing software goes on and on. It can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

The human element cannot be replaced by technology. How many people realize that the little blue underline on WORD that supposedly points out grammatical errors appears when there is, perhaps, another way to present the same material? In other words, your writing may not be wrong at all or it could be showing you there is a valid mistake. That is what the human being can determine and the computer cannot. Use spell/grammar-check as a guide and look at what is highlighted in your writing, but take it with a grain of salt … or maybe a pound of salt.

It gets really upsetting, however, when WORD or another software program changes a word automatically after you’ve typed it. Many times it can be helpful, but many times it can totally augment the meaning of what you’re writing.

Verb tenses are difficult for ALL writers, including myself. We think in present tense, but we write in a variety of tenses, including third-person past. I leave the verbs for my last rewrite, and I’m always surprised at how many verbs need to be changed. This brings me to the rewriting/editing/proofreading process.

computer and pencils

My antiquated computer graphics is not near as antiquated as the books and especially the pencils and erasers in the cup. How I wish the pencils were red! I use a combination of traditional skills and new computer skills to write, edit, design, and format all types of printed media, including book manuscripts. As a fiction author myself, I enjoy many genres of books to edit, proofread, and review, including nonfiction, but I can’t edit or proofread my own writing successfully. I need another human being to see what my eyes will not notice, even though my eye has been educated and trained for many years to pickup on “glitches”.

If you write or even type something, it becomes engrained in your brain, basically memorized. It is an organic, biological function of your gray matter. It is something we in the present evolution of humankind cannot change. In the future, perhaps? But then, would we be more machine than human?

Where Are We Headed?

When you try to edit/proofread what you have written, your eyes see what they expect to see. You read over errors, typos, and other editorial problems. You can be reading it aloud–which I suggest so that you can hear discrepancies and determine if the writing flows smoothly–and actually say the word that you think is there, not the word that is in print. Mind boggling, but it is a biological fact.

The brain is like a computer (probably the old computer that I pictured above, depending on your age)–data in/data out–good, bad, or indifferent. Have you ever noticed that a person misspells or mispronounces the same words all the time? It was initially engrained in the brain that way so it’s what comes out. The more times you use a term incorrectly, the more engrained it becomes; therefore to you, it sounds and looks correct. Our minds, which are more connected to our conscious, unpremeditated thoughts, allow us to change what is engrained in the hard drive of our brains. You can change your mind, but not the organ which is your brain.

The important principle I want to point out is you should never be upset with yourself if someone else finds an error in your writing. It is not your fault; it’s human nature. To prevent this from happening, rely on a human being, preferably an editor who knows the rules and especially the exceptions to the rules for writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, correct phrasing and terminology, and the correct tense of verbs. This is referred to as a copy editor.

A further step to make your writing the best and most professional it can be is to work with a content and development editor. Believe it or not, there are rules on how a piece should be written. In overly simplistic form: a theme, definition and support of the theme, and a conclusion. Having a plan to follow keeps you from writing yourself into a corner (writer’s block) or writing in circles (long, drawn-out passages with no action or support to the theme/plot). It’s very frustrating to know where you want to go with a writing project and not have a roadmap to get there.

Even though I have done all levels of writing and editing, from simple copyediting and proofreading to complete ghost writing, I can write myself into a corner or wander in circles just like anyone else. And I do believe the hardest thing for any writer to do is to cut their own words, but it is necessary to weed out the extraneous material that can confuse or lose your readers.

A suggested roadmap:

  • Write in chapters, sections, or all the way through, depending on how your mind works best.
  • Put it aside for as long as you can, from a few days to a few weeks. You might even want to work on something else to allow your brain to switch gears.
  • Read the material, correcting as many editorial problems as you can find; rewriting awkward phrasing or passages that could be misunderstood or ambiguous; look for discrepancies–Have you ever read a book where the character’s name changes halfway through the manuscript?–and don’t be afraid to cut, cut, cut if it does not support the theme, advance your plot, or add to the story/mission of the writing.
  • Description: I personally love poetic prose, but it can be overdone. Read your descriptive passages with a eagle eye, keeping what sets the scene or mood. If you have a descriptive passage, be sure and follow it with an action passage. If you have a ghastly, disturbing scene, follow it with something a little lighter, but keep it real. Some articles or manuscripts have to have disturbing revelations because it is the truth of the matter–be it in fiction, nonfiction, or any other media.
  • Editing: Now is the time for an editor. Always submit in double-spaced format. Very early in the manuscript, an editor will be able to tell you what level of editing you need–from copy editing to a massive rewrite to sending it back and telling you that is isn’t ready for editing yet. Hopefully, the editor will give you some suggestions or in all kindness, let you know if the writing field is not for you. I, personally, do a gratis reading of the first chapter or a single chapter of your choice to ascertain these issues.
  • Proofreading comes last, after formatting has been done, and is read only for typos and errors.

I know it sounds like a long process, but there are no shortcuts to literary acceptance.

Deborah A. Bowman, CEO, http://www.clasidconsultantspublishing.com

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Social Media is Global

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The world seems like such a big place, but social media has brought us together to touch each other’s lives

And what have we found out?

We’ve found out that we’re so much alike … We guide; we strive;

We laugh; we cry; we dream; we scream; we follow our own route…

But now we know we’re not alone

We never were…

It doesn’t matter our age, youth or grown

We all want our voices to be heard

That’s all…

We know someone listens if ever we should fall

Or celebrates with us when we stand tall

Deborah A. Bowman, March 26, 2018

 

 

 

 

Clasid Consultants Publishing, Inc.–Our Concept, Services, and Fiction Editing as My Personal Passion!

Publishing Company Vs. Publisher, We Work Together for the Author/Writer/Entrepreneur

The difference between a PublishING company and a PublishER is that our company readies the writer/author/website-admin to submit the final product to a PublishER, Printer or IT Specialist, which we as consultants, can recommend, manage, and edit/proofread for clarity, consistency, and accuracy all media/all genre and recommend high-level consultants from our researched and accredited consultants and global network partners.

We are in no way involved in distribution, dissemination, selling books to keep a client’s royalties, or promoting manuscripts to agents and publishers. We do, however, offer business promo packages, promotional materials to draw attention to your book/manuscript, or any other type of written communication and online presentations. We bring your words and images to life, online or in-print. We stay abreast of new insights, technology, and trends to keep our clients one step ahead of the rapidly changing communications industry. We are involved in the entire process of Creativity!

Many fellow authors and bloggers know that I personally, as CEO, offer free reader’s reviews and editorial reviews, which I submit to the author to change, use parts of or all of for different promotions, whatever they wish, because authors include editorial reviews on their own sales websites. I do suggest an additional proofread if changes are made.

We also copyright Works-In-Progress until a PublishER accepts your work and publishes their own copyright, which I believe should be in your name, not the Publisher’s, but every company does things a little differently and you must adhere to their boilerplate contract or get the publisher to make changes with both your initials on the signed document. We also work from a professional contract agreed upon by both parties. We encourage an environment where everyone is aware of the scope, receivables, and timeframe. Questions are free and welcomed. We want to work from the same page (pun intended).

We critique PublishER’s contracts, even the small print, if you wish. We recommend printers, sales venues, promotional suggestions, social media contacts, networking, and produce websites in a visual and written current-style design with the client using their own IT person for SEO and programming functions (html…) or we can recommend someone. I study and research all trending aspects of the media for my clients, remaining in touch with buzz words, new ideas, and evolving technologies.

Let me help you with all my decades of expertise and credentials, which can be accessed under my Bio “Who Am I?”

A Short Remark About Editing Fiction

As CEO with a passion for fiction, which I also write (8 books published), I have an unique and personal system of editing which offers a triple advantage to all levels of authors from the first-time author to the seasoned professional. I only go into the specific details of my own system when an author has chosen my special services and I have chosen that author/manuscript. The three all-in-one advantages, which are offered at affordable rates and adjusted for your budget, when realistic and feasible, are– (1) price contingency based on level of editing/rewriting so as little or as much as is desired; (2) editing from a double perspective, as an editor AND a reader, crucial to readers’ reviews and a standard measuring stick of quality; (3) mentoring on ways to increase your knowledge of writing skills at no extra cost. I want one’s experience to be as rewarding and beneficial as possible; after all it is my passion!

Clasid Letterhead Master 8-1-17

Clasid Consultants Publishing, Inc.–Our Concept, Services, and Fiction Editing as My Personal Passion!

Publishing Company Vs. Publisher, We Work Together for the Author/Writer/Entrepreneur

The difference between a PublishING company and a PublishER is that our company readies the writer/author/website-admin to submit the final product to a PublishER, Printer or IT Specialist, which we as consultants, can recommend, manage, and edit/proofread for clarity, consistency, and accuracy all media/all genre and recommend high-level consultants from our researched and accredited consultants and global network partners.

We are in no way involved in distribution, dissemination, selling books to keep a client’s royalties, or promoting manuscripts to agents and publishers. We do, however, offer business promo packages, promotional materials to draw attention to your book/manuscript , or any other type of written communication and online presentations. We bring your words and images to life, online or in-print. We stay abreast of new insights, technology, and trends to keep our clients one step ahead of the rapidly changing communications industry. We are involved in the entire process of Creativity!

Many fellow authors and bloggers know that I personally, as CEO, offer free reader’s reviews and editorial reviews, which I submit to the author to change, use parts of or all of for different promotions, whatever they wish, because authors include editorial reviews on their own sales websites. I do suggest an additional proofread if changes are made.

We also copyright Works-In-Progress until a PublishER accepts your work and publishes their own copyright, which I believe should be in your name, not the Publisher’s, but every company does things a little differently and you must adhere to their boilerplate contract or get the publisher to make changes with both your initials on the signed document. We also work from a professional contract agreed upon by both parties. We encourage an environment where everyone is aware of the scope, receivables, and timeframe. Questions are free and welcomed. We want to work from the same page (pun intended).

We critique PublishER’s contracts, even the small print, if you wish. We recommend printers, sales venues, promotional suggestions, social media contacts, networking, and produce websites in a visual and written current-style design with the client using their own IT person for SEO and programming functions (html…) or we can recommend someone. I study and research all trending aspects of the media for my clients, remaining in touch with buzz words, new ideas, and evolving technologies.

Let me help you with all my decades of expertise and credentials, which can be accessed under my Bio “Who Am I?”

A Short Remark About Editing Fiction

As CEO with a passion for fiction, which I also write (8 books published), I have an unique and personal system of editing which offers a triple advantage to all levels of authors from the first-time author to the seasoned professional. I only go into the specific details of my own system when an author has chosen my special services and I have chosen that author/manuscript. The three all-in-one advantages, which are offered at affordable rates and adjusted for your budget, when realistic and feasible, are– (1) price contingency based on level of editing/rewriting so as little or as much as is desired; (2) editing from a double perspective, as an editor AND a reader, crucial to readers’ reviews and a standard measuring stick of quality; (3) mentoring on ways to increase your knowledge of writing skills at no extra cost. I want one’s experience to be as rewarding and beneficial as possible; after all it is my passion!

Clasid Letterhead Master 8-1-17

How Does Time Get Away From Us

Time for Silence
The seconds of our life are ticking by. We need to make time for Silence and cherish every second, every breath.

How does time get away from us?

We try to do so much … too much!

In our crazy active lives, tasks go quick

But there are more things to make us tick.

We don’t want  to  be left behind

When new technology fills the mind.

The rapid influx of innovation

Calls to us in demanding recreation.

We want to try everything…

See everything…

Do everything…

BE EVERYTHING!

So time gets gobbled up

Like a feast that we sup

And we look back and lament

That time is no longer urgent.

We forget what we must do first

Overcome by hunger and thirst

For news and info and games and fame.

Slow down a little, enjoy silence.

Let peace and calm be your dance.

Technology may change but the process remains the same. Creativity doesn’t change for it originates in the mind.

Technology may change but the process remains the same. Creativity doesn't change for it originates in the mind.

The craft of writing and designing, indeed all arts!, begins and ends in the human mind. Whatever the media, whatever the age, words and images will be written, drawn, captured, and shared.

I hope the future allows robots to process what the human mind creates. There’s no limit to our mind’s capacity. We’ll never run out of memory and storage space. We’ll never be restricted by the number of pixels, number of words, number of pages, or hues of color.

I chose shades of gray and black for this representation, augmenting every piece to my personal taste, which may not be your personal taste. I cannot count the different shades of gray or the quantity of black ink required to print this on a press.

I remember when camera-ready business or home printers did not exist. Press inspections were round-the-clock, interrupted only by brewing a new pot of coffee to stay awake.

The process is the same, but technology lets my mind’s eye create that which only I can see or someone else describes to me. I must “see” their vision in my mind in order to create it. Trial-and-error and having an open mind will never be replaced by technology. Technology allows us all to share the mind’s words, dreams, visions, images, and thoughts. The technological age is upon us.