Write It Right

Tips For Authors

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
502 Pages
Reviewed on 02/10/2020
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Author Biography

Mary Deal is an Amazon best-selling, award-winning, multi-genre author, the latter not by intention. The first book she wrote but did not publish for years and left her without knowing to which genre it belonged. Her next book was a trilogy of novellas. That one book pointed her toward mysteries which she then went on to write. However, her stories contain elements of several genres, including romance. “All characters have lives apart from the plot,” she said. “It’s what makes them real.”

Mary presently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to that, she spent twenty years on Kauai in Hawaii, then over two years in Honolulu on Oahu. She has lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico and in the Upper Midlands in England. Having a background of varied traveling has given her material for stories she could write into perpetuity. Kauai is her most favorite place. She calls the island her second hometown, replacing San Francisco which held the distinction for decades. Mary’s childhood hometown area was the Sacramento River Delta in California which features prominently in her Sara Mason Mysteries series.

She currently has seven novels, one short story collection, and two nonfiction published. Mary occasionally writes poetry. Eventually, she will publish a book of poetry along with some of her art.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

You have a great idea, a plot you’ve been working on in your mind, but you just haven’t started writing it down. Why? Procrastination? Or simply the fear of getting it right? There are a lot of books on the market that can help a would-be writer overcome hesitation, procrastination, and fear of imperfection. But Mary Deal’s Write It Right: Tips For Authors is probably one of the better resources to help wannabe as well as established writers get their writing into the right gear and move forward.

From the first sentence, even the first word, to fine-tuning the finished product and editing skills including punctuation, spelling and all that grammar stuff, this author has produced a wealth of helpful tips to get you started and see you through to the finished product. Topics include keeping idea notes and filing them in a way in which they can be easily accessed, how sleep can induce creativity, writer’s block (most writers suffer from this stigma at one time or another), basic rules and prompts, key tips for beginners and so much more. There is even a couple of chapters on plagiarism, including a first-hand account of a confrontation the author had with a plagiarist. And, there is a chapter on establishing a good writer’s reference library, complete with suggested resources and a short blurb about her recommendations. Each article, many of which have been previously published, is well presented with key points described and highlighted so the reader/writer can absorb the ideas and learn from them. Mary Deal’s Write It Right: Tips For Authors is an excellent resource for all writers. As the title suggests, you may as well "write it right".