WOW!

It has been an amazing week. If you haven’t already heard, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death”, my new book, hit the bestseller list on its release date of Monday, November 15, 2021. I am so excited for everyone to learn the secrets and tips that will help them on their journey to becoming writers.

I did an interview with Brian Farrow about the book. It’s just a little information about me and the book. You can watch it below.

Some Recommendations

Throughout my various endeavors, I’ve met several people. I’m blessed to call many people friends. Below are a few of those friends talking just a little bit about the book.

The first is Tim Parton. Tim is the General Manager of 3ABN’s (Three Angels Broadcasting Network) Praise Him Music Network.

Tim Parton

Next up is Ian Vandervalk and his wife, Angela Ian also works for 3ABN in production.

Ian and Angela Vendervalk

Thank you, Tim, Ian, and Angela!

Another Deal

Last week’s Kindle release went so well, I decided to offer a similar deal on the paperback book. This week, beginning November 21, 2021, the paperback book will be half price. Instead of the regular $14.99, you can purchase it for only $7.49! How great is that? Just follow this link and order your copy today.

Thank you for helping to make the book a bestseller. Happy writing!

Next Step

I'm so excited to see where your journey will take you.

I’d like to start off by saying thank you. Yesterday, between 3 and 6 PM, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death” hit the best-seller list! In order for a book to be on the bestseller list, it has to be above 100 in a category. (Above meaning toward the top of the list) the number needs to be less than 100. By 6 PM, it was at number 28, making it on the bestseller list.

I’m so grateful for every one of you who bought it. My hope is that it will help guide you to fulfilling your dream of becoming a writer.

A Little Help from My Friends

Now, I have another favor to ask. If you purchased the book yesterday (or today, or at any time), it would be so helpful if you went to Amazon and wrote a review. The more reviews the book gets, the better. It will help keep the momentum going.

Again, thank you for helping “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death” reach the best-seller list on Amazon. If you haven’t gotten the book yet, you can find it here. It will download immediately to your eReader and you will be on your way!

Have a blessed day. Happy writing.

It’s Here!

The day that I’ve been anticipating for several months is finally here! My new book, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death” is available for immediate download.

My granddaughter, Paisley.

I’m so excited to be able to help you start your dream of becoming a writer. You can do it! In my new book, I offer several helpful tips and strategies and include some personal experiences along the way.

It's time to celebrate!

If you’re seeing this on November 15, 2021, I have a special deal for you. The Kindle version is available for an incredibly good price. Just follow the link here, download, read it, and take the next step in your journey to becoming an author. Or, you can go to Amazon and search for Randy Carney, and see the new book, along with the other books I have published through the years.

As always, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. Happy writing!

Fiction Writing Courses – Model the Greats

Walking with Randy Video

You should try to find an author that you like and then learn how to write like he or she does. You might be able to do that with many authors. Some of them may offer writing courses and you could go online and do a search to see if they do.

Jerry Jenkins

One of my favorite fiction writers is Jerry Jenkins. He has been on the New York Times bestsellers list 21 times. He’s written over 200 books in various genres. He’s written 130 novels. Nineteen of those dealt with religious eschatological themes (dealing with the end times when Jesus is returning), including the popular “Left Behind” series, which he co-wrote with Tim LaHaye, although Jerry was the main writer for those books.

So I would encourage you to go to Jerry’s website here. He offers some writing tips and a writing assessment

Some authors offer tips and advice on their web sites.

Rob Parnell

The second one is a man named Rob Parnell. I came across him several years ago, back when I first started doing some writing. He has been writing since he was five years old. He lives in Australia in a somewhat remote place, (a man after my own heart). His preference is the thriller genre. I like some of the Christian thrillers, like those written by authors like Frank Peretti or Ted Decker. I actually just started one by Ted Decker.

Rob Parnell is well acquainted with writing fiction. The first book I ever remember him writing was an e-book called “The Easy Way to Write a Novel”. I recently did an online search for him again, and I found that he has revised the title and he now calls it “The Easy Way to Write a Novel That Sells” and it is now also a paperback book.

Author Rob Parnell offers writing courses.

When I read the description of the author, he said that if you subscribe to Rob Parnell’s Writing Academy, he will send “The Easy Way to Write a Novel” as a gift. It is probably the ebook version of it. He has a wide range of courses, and they range from free to what I would call expensive. I’m sure you can find something that you would be interested in. One of the things that Rob is noted for, at least in my mind, is the “free-flow writing technique.” I remember him talking about that, and a version of that has become part of the techniques that I share with others, although I tweaked it a little bit to my own liking.

SIx Figure Writing

The third one I will mention is called “Six Figure Writing”, and it is by yours truly. It is a six month limited-time membership course and it’s only $27 per month. It deals with both nonfiction writing and fiction writing.

I have a new book coming out the week of November 25, 2021!
Author Randy Carney

If you are reading this in the early part of November 2021, I would encourage you to consider becoming a part of my launch team. We’re going to be launching my newest book the week of November 15, 2021. If you join my team, I’ll be glad to send you an advance PDF copy before the official launch day. I would be thrilled if you would then consider going to Amazon and writing a review on the day the book is launched. If you’re reading this after that date, then I ask that you go to Amazon and look it up and see if you might want to buy it. The title is “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death.”

Well, this has been Randy Carney reminding you to keep the writing dream alive! Until next time, have a great day.

Dear Fabulous Friend, Would You Have Time to Help With Something?

I have been giving a lot of writing tips lately, and I plan on continuing to do so. Now, however, I have a question for you: Would you have time to help me with something? It would be great if you could serve on my launch team.

I want you to know how much I appreciate the interest you have shown in my walking with Randy videos and in my blog posts here. My desire has been to give you something that will be helpful to you in your writing journey. I value you and your time so I’ll be quick.

You probably receive many requests and I know you’re also focused on your own projects right now. Please know that I intentionally refrain from asking too much or too often from my friends like you. Also, I know that the timing may not be perfect, but my schedule has become crowded and forced me into a three-week deadline.

My Newest Endeavor

My most ambitious book yet, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death”, releases on November 15, 2021. This book summarizes over 40 years of writing experience for me, including 15 years of writing books and articles online. It truly includes all the secrets that I’ve learned about how to plan, write, and publish books and how to do it with a minimum of stress. There was a lot of stress involved in getting to that point though (Ha).

I know the book is going to help people who don’t know where to start when it comes to writing and publishing their own books. But it will also shortcut the process and time it takes existing authors to create more of their sparkling books. It will also equip a whole new generation of authors to start living their dreams instead of the dreams of others.

I Need Your Help

It would be an incredible honor if you could give the book a quick look by joining my launch team. Now I know it’s a big thing to ask with everything you have going on, but it would really help me a lot.

Two heads are better than one, six are better than two!

I do intend to continue giving many writing tips from here on out, but I would appreciate it if you have enjoyed those if you maybe could help me out just this once.

If you’re willing to consider this, I would make the process as easy as possible for you. In fact, if you’re on the launch team then you could share some emails and some blog posts with others. I could also write you some of those sample emails or maybe you could just share the blog post the way it is, and I can keep you updated in a private Facebook group. That is just for those that are on my launch team. I can also send you an advanced PDF copy of the book that includes the fully approved, but not completely edited, manuscript.

You Will Get Several Bonuses Too

Joining a launch team will take you along on the journey with us, and it will give you an idea of some things that you might want to do for your own book launches. So if you’re curious about what’s going on behind the scenes, then this will be a good thing for you to be involved in.

Would you consider lending a helping hand?

I would just ask that you apply to be part of the launch team. There are only six very short questions, but when you read them they will let you know what will be involved and it will help us to get to know each other better too.

Thanks for your consideration. I look forward to your response. Just click on this link to join our fabulous group. I wish you all the best.

Creative Nonfiction Writing Examples

Hello everyone. Today we’re talking about writing, and the topic is “creative nonfiction writing examples.”

A little while back I did some study in copy writing. It was the sort that you do for sales letters and things like that. One of the things that they advised us to do was to find a good sales letter and then copy it by hand. I’m not asking you to complete things by hand, but I do have some resources for you today. I’m going to give you six places to find creative nonfiction writing examples.

One of the places that I found was “100 Major Works of Creative Nonfiction“.

Another one with a very similar title is “108 Nonfiction Writing Prompts“.

Here’s one from Tom Corson-Knowles. If you’re not familiar with Tom Corson-Knowles, I’ll give him a little plug. I studied his writing and read some of his books. Actually, when I did my first book on marriage as an e-book it became a bestseller. I had read some of Tom Corson-Knowles’ writing and I found it to be very helpful. That website is TCKPublishing.com. This article is apparently a guest article because it’s written by Kaylen Barron. The title of the article is “What is Creative Nonfiction? Definitions, Common Examples, and Guidelines”.

So far, that’s three. Another is “25 Creative Writing Examples to Inspire You Today“.

There’s also a magazine you might be interested in Creative Nonfiction Magazine.

Now, for the finale: Drum roll! Here it comes! Here’s an example of creative nonfiction writing. As I mentioned previously, we’re only about a month away from the launch of my new book “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death”. That would be a good example of nonfiction writing.

When we talk about creative nonfiction writing. Sometimes we can use narrative elements to illustrate the main points of what we’re talking about. So in this book, I give some examples and true stories from my own life that illustrate some of the things that are in the book. The stories are narrative. So, even though they’re nonfiction, not fiction, they are stories, much like fiction stories.

You also can borrow things from fiction when you’re writing nonfiction, to use as good illustrations of what you’re talking about.

You can find more writing tips here.

Be sure to keep updated with me as the launch date for my book draws closer. Look for it soon.

Keep writing,

Randy

Nonfiction Writing Techniques – How to Make Your Articles or Chapters More Interesting

Janet was walking along and saw the edge of the cliff.  Then her right foot slipped!  She didn’t regain her balance, and she slipped over the edge  She began to slide down the slope. She grabbed a branch and was hanging on for dear life.

How does that relate to your article or chapter?  It may not relate at all.  But if it did, you would surely have everyone’s attention. Let’s talk about four nonfiction writing techniques. 

Narrative Items

First, you can use narrative items.  Tell a story.  The story can still be a true story, so you would still be writing non-fiction.  You can also invent a story.  In that case, you would be adding some fiction in with your non-fiction writing.  At any rate, you can use storytelling or narrative techniques. 

You can do that in the form of an illustration.  After all, who doesn’t love a good story? 

Another thing you can do is use the story arc to develop your material.  You would have to do a little more research on what the story arc is, but it’s something you can do.  Basically, you have a beginning, middle, and end.  You have a problem, then a conflict, then escalating problems, and then solving the conflict.  You can set up non-fiction writing in a similar manner. 

Another place you can use that technique is in the introduction.  You can use narratives in the introduction just like I did with the fictional story of Janet and the cliff.  Or you can use a personal or historical story as you go about doing that. 

A couple of other techniques that aren’t necessarily narrative in the introduction is asking a question or questions.  You may be trying to solve a problem anyway, so you may want to restate that problem in the form of a question.

Another technique you can use in the introduction is interesting, unique, or funny thoughts at the beginning of your writing

So use narrative techniques.

Details, Details, Details

Also, use details.  Sometimes, you need to have some details just to help with the clarity of your writing. You can also add sensory details.  Talk about the smell, or sound, or the sounds in the setting.  Use those sensory details.  Sometimes, those sensory details relate to emotions.  If you are involved in sales, many people tell you that people buy from emotions as well as from want.  So use sensory details.  Add emotional triggers where that’s appropriate to do so.

This is the second technique.

Keep it Simple

Third, use simplicity.  Abraham Lincoln said if you have the choice between a simple word and a complex word, and the simple word will convey the proper idea, use the simple word.  That was good advice coming from our 16th president.  Use short or clear words where you can.

Use short paragraphs.  One of the ways to use shorter paragraphs may be contrary to what you were once taught in school.  In the old way of writing books, you may have had 2-3 long paragraphs per page.  One of those paragraphs may have included five items within that paragraph.  And that is a proper way of doing that.  You would have a topic sentence, then you would enumerate the 5 items, and you may have a clincher sentence at the end.

The more modern way of doing that is to make that 5 paragraphs and have the topic sentence in the first paragraph with the first point, and the second item would be the second paragraph, third- third paragraph, fourth- fourth paragraph, and fifth – fifth paragraph.  Or, you may have six paragraphs, with the topic sentence being a paragraph on its own, introducing that topic.  You may even make it seven paragraphs, having a “clincher” paragraph/sentence at the end.

You’ll notice in a lot of online writing, a lot of blogs, and a lot of areas where you observe writing techniques, you’ll notice in modern-day copywriting, there is a lot of “white space,” or there is a line between the paragraphs, which gives more white space.  That is if you have black letters on white paper, which is how it’s usually done. 

So, use simplicity.  Use short paragraphs and short, clear words, and white space where possible.

Variety is the Spice of Life

The last technique is to use variety.  You can use variety in sentence lengths.  I know I said to use short sentences, but don’t use only short sentences.  If you do that, they will be like little bullets one right after the other.  So you want some variety in sentence length.  Many of them will be shorter because you made a conscious effort to do that, but some should be longer so you have variety. 

Also, use variety in the sentence types. You have simple sentences, you have compound sentences, and even compound-complex sentences.  You may want to use several short sentences, but for variety, you should throw in compound, and compound-complex sentences.  Use variety in sentence length and types.

Another thing you can do is use variety in points of view.  If you are using stories, either fiction or nonfiction, to illustrate your points, you can tell them from the first-person point of view.  You may have been talking about something that was a personal experience.  In that case, you would say, “I did this. I did that.”

Another story may relate to someone else and you may speak about that in the third person.  Sometimes, you can tell a story about someone else, and you can tell it as though you are that character.  You should make clear to your reader that you are not that character, but you can tell it in first-person.

If you’re writing conversationally, many of your sentences will be the second-person point of view where you’re addressing the reader as “you.”  Or you could do a third-person point of view.

Think of each story as a scene in a movie.  You just don’t want to change the point of view within the scene or illustration.  The first story may be from the first-person point of view, and the next may be a third-person point of view.  Just don’t mix the two within the same illustration.

In Summary

These are some nonfiction writing techniques that can make your chapters or articles more interesting.
1. Use narrative items.
2. Use details.
3. Use simplicity.
4. Use variety. 

For more writing tips, head to Randy’s Blogs. On the top of the page, you’ll find a heading labeled “writing”. There is a lot of helpful information there. This article relates to the idea of steps to writing success.

To get even more help and advice, check out my book, ” How to Write a Book in 28 Days Without Stressing Yourself to Death”. Just go to Amazon.com, type in the full title in the search bar, and you’ll be able to purchase either an eBook or a print book. ( Note, the book is officially launching in November, 2021. I encourage you to participate in the launch. There will be some perks during the launch.)

I hope this has been helpful for you. Happy writing!

Writing Non-Fiction Books: Steps to Success

There are three simple steps to success for non-fiction authors. Here, I will explain how to lay out a book plan and get started writing a great book. Writing non-fiction books is one of the best ways to start as an author.

Step One: The Big Idea

Come up with a big idea.  Figure out what the reader’s main desire is.  Figure out what the reader wants to accomplish. Another way of looking at that is what is the main problem he or she wants to overcome?

What Problem Are You Solving?

Figure out the problem you’re going to solve.  You may have already done that trying to figure out the big idea. If you haven’t now is the time.  Look at a specific problem that the reader would like to have solved.  Also, think about what are his/her past obstacles in this area.  They obviously haven’t overcome those or they’d have no need to read the book you’re planning on writing. So, figure out the big problem that you’re going to solve.

List the Steps

List steps taking the reader from where they are now to where they want to be. How do you get started?  That’s often the main question for someone trying to solve a problem.  Just where do you start?  Analyze that situation and help them answer that question. Another thing is to figure out is what obstacles will have to be overcome to get the reader from where they are now to where they want to be. 

Once you have those general ideas for your steps, then figure out what is the first baby step to take.  List that first.  Then think about other steps that will lead them to the best chance for success in that area.  Then, list the steps in the best order.  It may be chronological, or some other way.  Whatever is the best order.  Try to come up with at least 8 steps.  You have the general idea of how to get to the solution, just keep breaking that big idea down into smaller steps.

In Summary

You can come up with a concept for your book…that’s the big picture.
You can identify the problem that the writer wants solved.
You can break the journey into progressive steps.
You can lay out a plan for your book!

If you are an author or aspiring author, and you want to learn how to make this process even easier, go to Amazon and search for my newest book, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death” by Randy Carney. If you are reading this before October 15, 2021, you may want to wait until launch week on October 15, where you can get a discount for a limited time.

You can get more writing tips by clicking here.

Thank you for reading.  I wish you much success in your writing adventures!

Nonfiction Topics to Write About

Today we’re talking about nonfiction topics to write about. You can do a search for non-fiction topics to write about and you can come up with a lot of prompts that will help you.

I have come up with a few ideas that you may want to use. I’m going to give you a sentence and put a blank in the sentence that you would fill in.

Some examples could be, “Something most people don’t know about is _______. “
“You could be more _______ by _______.”

Another thing you can do, instead of saying by _______. You can say a specified period of time. For instance, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less” or “Have a New Husband by Friday.” Those are some ideas for that.

Here’s another one: You can say, “You Can Be More Confident!” or “You Can Be More Assertive!.” You fill in the blank.

Perhaps you can try “You Can Be Less _______” or “You Can Be Less _______ by _______” or “You Could Be Less _______ in ‘X’ days or months” Maybes something like, “You Need More _______ in Your Life” For example, “You Need More Pizzazz in Your Life”, “You Need More Confidence in Your Life” or “You Need More Money in Your Life.” What would you use to fill in the blank?

Other suggestions include, “You Could Change _______ by _______”, Then you could list a technique or a certain general category of techniques.

There are some more. “You Could Make More Money by _______”, “You Could Save Money by _______”, “You Could Speed Up the Process of _______ by _______”. As an example, “You Could Speed Up the Process of Writing by Using a Timer” or “You Could Improve Your Health by _______.” “How to _______ without _______” like “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less Without Stressing Yourself to Death”.

What could you put in those blanks?

My wife and I like to watch reruns of a television series that we saw when we were children. It was called Maverick and it starred James Garner, as Brett Maverick. He would often say, “Well, my old pappy used to say, and then fill in the blank.” What did your parents advise you? What did some respected person in your life tell you?

There are some popular genres on Amazon. A study was done in 2017 and they looked at both print and e-books and found a list of popular topics. The most popular ones were biographies and memoirs, religion and spirituality, health, fitness and dieting, and business and money.

Now I’ll give you a little caution about memoirs; unless you are already famous your memoir may not sell very well. You might need to go ahead and write it. It may turn out to be something that would be very valuable to your family. In fact, many authors say that that is the one thing you should write. But, it likely won’t sell very well for someone who doesn’t know you.

Now, here’s the trick for using your life story and how to use it: write a nonfiction book, and then just use parts of your life story that apply to the topics within your nonfiction book.

In my book “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less”, I gave several examples of problems that I had with writing. For example, there were problems I had with procrastination and problems I had with perfectionism. I told stories out of my own life to illustrate those topics and ideas.

Here are some more problems/questions: “How Can I Be a Better _______?” Then think about what interests you have, and you can write about your interests. You can write about the skills that you have that you can share. You can write about what quick and easy solution you can offer someone.

You could also specify a time for your desired result, as I previously mentioned. Kevin Leman wrote the book, “How to Have a New Husband by Friday.” I think he also wrote another one like “How to Have a New Child by Friday” and maybe was another one talking about a new wife. But he did that and specified a time frame in which to get those results.

I hope these ideas for nonfiction topics to write about have been helpful to you. To get more information on topics like these, go to www.randycarney.com and click the tab that says “writing.” There you will find many blog posts like these.

In addition, I have a new channel on Rumble. Just go to www.rumble.com, search the name Randy Carney, and you’ll find many videos like the one here. So I hope you have a great day. Until next time for walking with Randy, I wish you the best.

Exciting news! Be watching for the release of my newest book, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days or Less–Without Stressing Yourself to Death” coming the week of November 15, 2021.

Writing Nonfiction eBooks

writing nonfiction ebooks

Writing nonfiction eBooks can be a great way to get your writing career off the ground. It’s often easier and quicker than going the traditional route.

There are four main steps processes involved. The first is coming up with a general idea. Next is coming up with a more specific plan. After that, is the execution of the plan. Finally is the publishing step, and you have your end result.

The Big Idea

Having a general idea is all well and good.  But an important aspect is finding out what, exactly, your readers are interested in.  They want to know things related to what you are interested in.  You’ll need to do a survey.  Ask people what problems they have and need to be solved and what they are interested in.  Then the trick is to discover what you want to write about, what you know about, and what they want to read about.  Find the overlap, and you’ll have your idea.  You can write your eBook on what you want to write about and also help people with what they want to read about. 

The Plan

Now you move on to the plan You came up with the overall theme, or “big idea”, for your book. What is your book about, in a nutshell?  You need to be able to state that in a paragraph or even one sentence. 

Next, it’s time to come up with 10-21 working chapter titles.  A few more than that is ok.  Sometimes, if you start getting too many chapters, you can combine ideas.

Then you want to come up with chapter plans.  This is very important.  Come up with points for each chapter.  Here’s a secret:  It’s much easier to write an answer to questions.  After coming up with 9-15 points for your chapter, turn those into questions.  Then, for each question, give yourself little hints as to what you’re going to write as an answer to those questions.  Lay that out for the whole book.

The Execution

Write daily.  Figure out how many minutes a day you can write.  Make it at least 30 minutes, up to 75 minutes a day.  If you can write 75 minutes a day, you can complete a rough draft of a 20 chapter 200 page book in about 20 days.  The key is to write daily.  Another key is to write a fast rough draft.  Power through and get your rough draft done quickly.  Just write, and do the editing later.  Some people do prefer to edit daily, which is fine, but it will take longer each day if you do it that way.  Just make sure you write every day and complete your daily goals.  Doing it this way, you’ll be able to complete a rough draft fairly quickly and move on to editing.

You are the best editor for your book because you are the most familiar with what you want to say.  It does have some drawbacks when it comes to proofreading.  When you are proofreading your own work, your mind knows what you want to say, so sometimes it will put in a word when it’s not actually there.   So, edit your book after doing the first rough draft.  If you have the money and the inclination, you can hire a professional editor to help.

Publishing – The End Result

After the idea, plan, and execution, we come to the final step, which is publishing.  If you are writing an eBook, I recommend self-publishing.  If you’re doing both an eBook and a print book, then you have other ways you can go.  If you do that, you can go 4 different routes. 

First is traditional publishing.  You’ll need to compose a good query letter and book proposal.  You would then send those off to prospective agents.  Then the agent would find a publisher for your book.

The second route is self-publishing.  Especially with eBooks, you can come up with a PDF file that you can sell from your website.

The third route is using Kindle Direct Publishing.  I have no connection with them, other than the experience of having worked with them in the past.  They will allow you to publish a print book around the same time that you publish your eBook.

Another possible route is a hybrid publisher.  It has some of the best aspects of traditional and self-publishing.  They will offer you additional services, which you would have to pay for.  They may offer editing services, marketing services, or cover design.

You have the idea, you have the plan, and you have written the book.  Now get it published.  Since we’re talking about a non-fiction eBook, I recommend either self-publishing via a PDF file on your website, or through Kindle Direct Publishing.  You would then have it listed on Amazon.com

I hope this has been helpful.  If you’d like more information, please visit Randy’s Blogs.  If you would like a more in-depth explanation, go to Amazon.com and look for my newest book, “How to Write a Book in 28 Days Without Stressing Yourself to Death” by Randy Carney.

Have a wonderful day!