Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Rochelle Carter!!


As the very first Spotlight author of the Rave Reviews Book Club, it always gives me great pleasure to host a new Spotlight author. The current Spotlight author Rochelle Carter shares her thoughts about the benefits of outlining, a technique I once taught and promoted as a teacher of English and still recommend to writers today. After you’ve absorbed the wisdom of Rochelle’s advice, show her a little love by supporting her on the social media she lists below. And don’t forget to check out her book on Amazon. Better yet, join the group that promotes established, new, or aspiring writers. Stop by the website of Rave Reviews Book Club and say that Rochelle sent you.

Spotlight Author Rochelle Carter

Spotlight Author Rochelle Carter

How I juggle writing with a screaming toddler

We’ve all got conflicting priorities to juggle; here’s why outlining your book should make you more efficient

Even as I type this blog, my 18 month old is screaming in my face from my lap. She’s tired and teething, and overall not happy with life right now. I’m still typing however, because I have a plan for my writing, and estimated word count I will hit and then I will be all hers again- if she’s not asleep. That’s because I live for outlining my work. Having an outline provides three major benefits:

  1. Helps you stay focused- even while multi-tasking, having an outline and a general premise for what you are trying to convey will allow you to drop off and pick up as needed.
  2. Allows you to develop your writing strategy– if you know the end goal for each section in your outline, you are less likely to go off on a tangent and wonder how you got there.
  3. Makes it easier to get help if necessary– for nonfiction books especially, outlining will allow you to work more effectively with editors. They will be able to see the overall arc of your book and provide directed input, rather than just going with the flow of your writing.

I know as authors we get told repeatedly to write an outline, and yet so many of us forego this simple tool for the sake of the long, treacherous, and blind journey to manuscript completion. After years of starting various books, I finally went back to basics and completed my first book- The Seven Step Guide to Authorpreneurship. I may not be selling millions, but I’ve certainly made the Amazon bestseller lists and won a couple of awards this year. I am a good student, so for my next book I have already started working on my outline… even while the kids run and scream!

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About jsherwin2013

Jennie has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in counseling. She is the author of Intentional Healing: One Woman’s Path to Higher Consciousness and Freedom from Environmental and Other Chronic Illnesses and is a contributing writer to Conscious Life News. She has been a teacher of English on the junior high school and senior high school levels, as well as a writer and editor in the field of public health. She has mentored writers and editors. She is certified in Reiki I and II and has studied energy therapies at A Healing Place in Richardson, Texas, working under the direction of Deborah Singleton and her healing team. Jennie also acknowledges the guidance of Christine Gregg, Australian spirit reader and healer, and Maya Page, intuitive healer, Reiki Master, and VortexHealing® practitioner, now retired. Jennie lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, Roger, a retired physician and epidemiologist. They provide editorial services to university researchers in the fields of medicine and public health. Her son, Colin, lives and works in New York City with his wife, Colleen.

16 responses to “Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Rochelle Carter!!”

  1. John W. Howell says :

    Can’t imagine writing with a toddler on the lap let alone teething. Good post. Thanks, Jennie for hosting

  2. harmonykentonline says :

    I’m enjoying following you around on this tour, Rochelle! I really hope you’re enjoying your time in the spotlight! 🙂

    Thanks so much, Jenny, for hosting Rochelle today 🙂

  3. Kathryn Chastain Treat says :

    I am enjoying reading your wonderful writing tips Rochelle. Enjoy your time in the “spotlight”. Thank you Jennie for hosting.

  4. Rebecca Carter says :

    After my friend and I wrote our first novel WITHOUT an outline, I can’t agree more with what you have said. We have the second book outlined and have begun writing it. It is so much less of a headache this time around.

  5. Rochelle Carter, Publisher says :

    Thank you for hosting me Jennie, and thank you everyone for stopping by and supporting. I’m really enjoying the support and twitter mentions. I’ve been telling my authors all week about the RRBC, so hopefully they will all join too.

    Thanks again everyone!

  6. John Fioravanti says :

    I really admire your focus, Rochelle! Wow! I agree, an outline is essential – however, my outlines are deliberately sketchy – I’ve never, ever been successful in keeping to a detailed outline – so I don’t waste time with one. Thanks for hosting, Jennie!

  7. reviewsbynonnie says :

    Along with the rest of the “crew” I’m so enjoying this tour! Rochelle, good job! These are beneficial tips that all can benefit from. A screaming toddler while writing? Now that’s something even WonderWoman couldn’t do!

    Jennie, thanks for the reminder that you were the first Spotlight Author we had at RRBC! You’re a living legend in these parts then!

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says :

      You;re right Nonnie, Jennie was the first Spotlight Author. That is groundbreaking news.

    • jsherwin2013 says :

      As a result of being first, I’ve since felt so fortunate, and I have to thank Kathy Treat for inviting me to join. Thanks for founding RRBC, Nonnie. You should be proud of how the club has grown in just one year!

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