Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Typescript … At Last!


I spent over two hours Saturday typing from my original MS to create the first typescript – complete with editing notes. I did the latter for the sake of the practice, so I will have this experience for your document.

Hopefully this, and other things I’ve found online, will help me get some jobs and perhaps to have a chance to have my writing published. A friend referred me to a listing on Craig’s List looking for editors/ writers (tele-commute). I also found a Web Page for writers who are prospecting to be published. Perhaps my name will soon be connected with both editing/ proofreading and writing; stories, plays, poetry, even non-fiction. I’ll keep you informed.

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More Thoughts on Writing … and on Retirement


I was assured that I would have plenty of time after retirement to write and get other things done that I just couldn’t find or make the time to get done before retirement. So now I’m getting eMail from friends who want to know if I’m still writing, and my wife asks when I’m going to get back to my writing and get out that promised “Great American Novel”.

"Great American Novels"

Then the next thing we do is shop, go to Kaiser or buy gas, and get lost in Roseville trying to get from one of the above to any of the others. Apparently the roads in Roseville are laid out diagonally.

Somehow I’m going to have to set myself a couple of hours each day just to work on my writing, Bible study, and men’s group work.

I’d rather just sleep late, do crossword puzzles and wonder where the time has gone. I need something to give me a “kick in the pants” to get things done. (Heck! I need help getting things started at this point.)

Tomorrow I have plans to do my first “typescript” of my writing toward first edit and proofreading. This will give me the opportunity to fill in some details, and get the back story written. I have it in my head, and my characters are trying to let me know what comes next in the narrative. I’m anxious to find out.

I’ve always started a story with a single sentence and then gone on from there. Some of this has gotten edited out in later versions, but it gives me a “frame” to hang the rest of the story from.

You may do this totally differently – even make an outline first – but “whatever works for you” is the way to keep doing it. If you have a “proven” method of getting from the beginning to the end of your story I have little advice to give.

If you’ve really never been able to put your ideas down on paper in some order with a beginning, middle, and an end then you may want to find a good website – like Tilden Editing Services profile on LinkedIn or Home Page to give you some advice.

With that I wish you all the best at your current project.


A Few Random Thoughts


Tilden Editing Services is getting out around the World Wide Web a little more all the time. The day before yesterday I added a presence on MySpace; just so I could say I did more than any other reason.

I have begun to contact other friends and associates, as well as making sure that everyone has links to this blog as well as to my Profile on LinkedIn and my Home Page on NewWebs. There is now a link on this blog to my Home Page. I hope to see you all there.

Let me know what you think of this new page.

Blessings,
Wayne


Everything New is … New.


Tilden Editing Services has another new Home Page and web site. Hopefully this one is more informational than others I’ve tried to post in the past.

I spent a good share of three days getting all the information together and consolidated into the classifications I needed.

I have included pages for Home, About Us, Links, Recommendations, and Fees. I have tried to be as all-inclusive as possible while still not being too “wordy”.

Take a look and give any feedback you think would be helpful. Direct this, also, to your friends who could use these services.

E-Mail; tildenediting@hotmail.com

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The Future of “Tilden Editing Services” & Literature Itself


Tilden Editing Services is still in its infant stages. Without your help this may stay the same. Right now I have some past, one-time clients, a couple promised jobs, and little else.

I have permission to post a “flyer” on the bulletin board of one of the “common rooms” – the library – for Tilden Editing Services. But what I really need is return, repeat clientele – just to get started.

I enjoy what I’m doing, but I think I’d enjoy it more if it had a little more “meat” to it. That is to say, if the “substance was more substantive”. The quiet, relaxed retirement life is really great, but it’s been 2 1/2 months, now, and I’m getting “itchy” to do a little profitable work; both for me personally and to add a little to our overall household expenses.

If you can help, or know someone else who can use these services, put them in touch with me at: tildenediting@hotmail.com

End of commercial.

Good writers – and in turn good editors/ proofreaders – are hard to find. And “print” authors even harder. I was in Barnes and Noble just last week and was pleased to see how many bound copies of books were available. What did bother me, though, was that they were selling eBooks and eReaders at the main entrance and at the customer service counter. So, will it one day be Barnes and Noble Electronics? Please, no!

This is probably nothing to truly worry about, but the future of a book where you can turn the pages, smell the smell of fresh ink, feel the dust from a well-read copy of an old favorite, could be in jeopardy.

Will our children really ever know the pleasure of opening a brand-new book for the first time and feeling the smoothness of the pages and the stiffness of the binding? Will they hold on to a book they’ve read before so they can read it “just one more time”?

Will spell check replace the human editor and proofreader? I pray not! I decided to get into this “business” from reading one of those mass-produced excuses for newspapers that are  thrown somewhere near our driveways by a women cruising by in her car trying to make a little money to support her young teenager who is still sound asleep in bed after being up until 4:00 am on MySpace.

And I really don’t mean to imply that the future of print media is at an end. Many will hold out to the last, hanging on to old favorites and trying to pass them down to their grandchildren. Ah, well. Just one more chapter in the history and future of literature.

 More next time.

Blessings to you all!
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