A writer’s smash kit... do you have one? Every author or writer should. This article will help you get your Writer's Smash Kit up and running.
Also free template links and other items coming for all my email subscribers.
This week, my children and I took in a fantastic Lee Kernaghan concert. Other entertainers included the Wolfe Brothers – from Tasmania and Liam Kennedy Clarke. All very talented musicians.
It was quite apparent from the massive cheers and clapping that the audience all enjoyed the show. Lee encouraged people to take photos. Lee, although he sang many of his own songs, also did credit to several of the late Slim Dusty’s songs.
The Smash Folder
As an author or writer, it is important to continually hone our skills as a writer to move forward in our craft of words
Reference to a variety of material at our finger tips.
Uniform writing and clarity of names throughout a Novel.
Enticing material for the reader.
Overcome writer’s block.
Advance in learning the craft of writing.
We need the Writers Smash Kit available wherever we write - handy for reference in so many areas
Hard copy or device?
That is a personal decision. I find a folder great to store my Smash Kit material in. But I also have material stored on my device. I often write places other than at home and need my smash kit for reference. So, then the device is great. Since I work best visually and love the feel of paper, my folder, with its dividers and tabs, works well at home. Therefore, I use both.
Material/sheets that is/are relevant for your writing genre.
Documents that you prepare yourself.
And organised for quick access anywhere you write.
Athough we delight ourselves in passion for writing, we also must endeavour to make our readers happy
Every writing project
Each chapter of your book
New and interesting words
Times of writer's block
Two-ringed Folder: (I colour-code my folders)
Section with dividers and tabs for each subject area.
Folder paper to write on.
Double hole Punch for print-outs.
App: (Microsoft one-note is fantastic for creating a Smash kit. It can be synced from device to home computer via wifi/internet.
The smash kit
Checklist/index of material stored.
Spelling lists for each chapter of your writing – alphabetically.
Spelling lists in general for your country. Some places use the American spelling while others use British spelling – I use the Australian form of English spelling as you may have noticed. -ise, -ous.
Spelling list of your personal ‘trouble words’ – alphabetically - identified through writing errors. Some writing docs apps don’t identify so have list at hand - filed for easy access. Time is saved.
Spelling list of your characters names from a to z.
Lists of numbers and measurements – did you know that some forms of gallon in some counties yields a different amount? Measurements change from country to country and sometimes period to period. In Australia, we used ounces, pounds and stones but now use grams and kilograms… knowing when that changed for writing is important. A conversion app or sheets are important to have.
Time – know the time period you are writing in… what was invented or accepted back then. What can we use for our current time period?
Clock time… year/s… how do we write them correctly? Keeping a handy reference makes life easier.
Currency – changes name and value in many countries – this record may need updated when you write but is a great reminder.
List of characters names for future writing – first and surnames. Looking at street signs is a great way to collect surnames and sometimes even first names.
List of towns and countries that you are/may use.
News reports – many can be used as writing prompts for your next novel
Ideas for stories – often these come when working on other stories or out and about. They need to be written down and stored immediately.
Planner templates – sheets plans for… character; plot; scene; individual chapters; time lines; word count...
Character templates/checklists to formulate each of your characters
Research – maps of countries and towns – information on countries you are writing about.
Alternative word lists – eg… said, like, love, big, often, beautiful, went…
Words for character trait, facial expressions, action words, romantic overtures, active verbs, voice words, mini thesaurus.
Editing – proofreading marks list – editing help and reminder lists.
#Hashtags - a list of our favourite hashtags including any # lists related to our genre.
Books of choice for reference:
The Penguin Working Words
The Australian Editing Handbook
The New Author by Ruby Barnes
5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors by Kathy Ide
The list goes on – we are forever learning. Fortunately, many of these can now be carried in Kindle or in a writing app.
DO NOT FORGET!
Your favourite author/s book/s so you can read.
You deserve an armchair holiday as well.
Question for you:
Why are spelling lists important... especially for writers?
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Remember, often regular words we use are found in school spelling lists, science lists; geography lists for your particular country... check, though, if uniform English. I found heaps of spelling lists... but some times other country spelling can sneaks in.
Now you have the info on the Smash kit... Start organising... get those items and others in it... make it Smash your writing!
Well that is all for this week