Let the virtual brainstorming session begin.
With authors based all around the world, the only way to connect was via Zoom. It was so exciting to finally put faces to the names and stories I was receiving via email.
“Keep it conversational. Keep it raw. Pretend you are retelling your story to a friend, let it flow and as a wise Disney Princess once said, let it goooo!”
KMD Books founder, Karen McDermott led our writing session providing useful tips to overcome writers blocks and creating a story people will want to read.
For this particular book, The FIFO Wives' Tales, twenty-two authors submitted a chapter based on their FIFO experience.
This collection of real life stories will give you an inside look at the good, the bad, and the very ugly side of FIFO life. Each story was carefully selected to expose everything, and we mean everything, that affects FIFO families today. We want to spark some honest conversations, as well as bring support, guidance and real-life experience to current, past and future wives, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, and mother in laws, and to those doing it tough, so they know they are not alone, and that there is support available.
When we put out the call for real-life FIFO stories, we had over 300 expressions of interest and throughout all the stories there was a common theme; that FIFO is absolutely not for everyone, but it can be rewarding if you can get the balance right!
I can't wait to read their final chapters.
Hot tips to writing a chapter.
Know your audience. What would they want to read about? Make it useful.
Write a compelling chapter title. When someone is doing a quick flick through in the book store, you will grab their interest with clever chapter titles.
Add small paragraphs. The world is so fast-paced and our readers want all the information yesterday. Make it bite size and easy to digest.
Keep it simple. Don't get too wordy or use complicated words - write how you talk.
Insert some images. Break up the text with some simple imagery. It allows the reader to rest their brain momentarily.
Spell check or send it off to an editor. There's nothing more annoying than finding a typo (this is going to bite me in the bum I know it).
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