Episode 24 - Sheila Dobbie, Author of Peach Cobbler for Breakfast

February 23, 2016
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Peach Cobbler for Breakfast 

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Sheila Dobbie has been writing most of her life beginning with her first published piece in the fourth grade for her elementary school newspaper. She has contributed countless articles over the years to area newspapers about the arts, edited a professional environmental publication, has been a lobbyist for the arts in the schools, and a PR director and founding member of a community arts association.

Ms. Dobbie is also a former English and journalism teacher, construction reporter, entrepreneur, and certified paralegal. As a free-lance writer, she assisted with the research of a book about the Scots at the Alamo and many other projects. Regarding her nom de plume, she says, “I write under my full name to honor those who were an important part of my life when I carried that name and who helped shape who I am.”

She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, John, a dog and a cat. She maintains a blog, Notes from the Pond—in the spirit of Walden, where she records her observations on everything from politics to nature to movie reviews. Visit her at

www.notesfromthepond.com or

www.sheiladobbie.com or

www.peachcobblerforbreakfast.com.



THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE

 

There is no right way to write. There are probably as many different ways of writing as there are authors—published and unpublished. However, I will share my writing process or what works for me.

I have broken down the procedure into six steps. They are:

1.     Topic--The first step begins with an idea or topic. Many times I let the idea roll around in my head for weeks before I sit down to write. Is it an original idea? If not, what can I do to make it different? As an example I am currently working on a book about the Civil War. This is a topic so vast that if I read every book ever written about the war and viewed every movie and TV show I doubt I would finish in this life time.

 

2.     Research--The next step is research—tons and tons of research. My general rule is I begin reading as much as I can about a topic and, when I begin finding the same information in several publications, I then feel I have covered the subject adequately. Along with this research it is important to take accurate notes including where the information came from and, if it is taken from a periodical or the internet, it should include the date as data changes rapidly in today’s world.

 

3.     Organize-- Now, what do I do with this research? The next step is organization. A rough outline is helpful. It will probably change a lot by the time you reach the finished product but this is a good beginning step. From this outline you may want to start naming and organizing your chapters. Now, consolidate your notes according to your outline.

 

4.     Write--The hard part is the actual writing. Most authors and artists will tell you that facing a blank page or canvas is somewhat intimidating. By this time there are usually so many ideas in your head that knowing where and how to start is difficult. That is why I have developed what I call my “Shot Gun” style of writing. I put every idea on paper as fast as I can without worrying about spelling or grammar. I want to get the ideas and wording down before I forget it.

 

5.     Review--Reviewing for any mistakes is the next step. Once I finish the essay, news article, or book chapter I then go back to read for spelling, grammar, and continuity. Merriam-Webster defines continuity as: con·ti·nu·i·ty : uninterrupted connection, succession, or union. Does the subject matter flow or do ideas jump around? Is each paragraph a complete unit or is another subject introduced? Are there any vague or unintelligible sentences? Do I need to elaborate on a topic? Have I been too wordy or repeated myself and need to delete? Do I need to move sentences or paragraphs around for a better understanding of the topic? Does the writing flow? Is it easy to read? Does it communicate?

 

6.     Edit--Once the writing is finished the most crucial step is edit, edit, edit!  Nothing turns off a discerning reader faster than misspelled words, poor grammar, and sloppy work. The author instantly loses credibility if he/she cannot express himself properly. Anyone who turns in a piece to a publisher without first editing it is a fool. Even the pros review and revise their work before turning it into their publisher. Many times it will then be turned over to a professional editor for more polishing. Think of it not as someone critiquing and criticizing your work but someone polishing it so all your prose and ideas will shine. This is the icing on the cake for all your hard work.

My attitude is if my name is on it I want it to be right!

 

 

Sheila Dobbie, Author

Peach Cobbler for Breakfast;

Surviving a Life Altering Event

 

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Episode 19 - Flint, Michigan, the Repubilcan Vision for America. Politics and the 2016 Election

February 5, 2016

Today's subject is Politics and the 2016 Election

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Episode 18 - Emerging Technologies

February 3, 2016
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Episode 8 - Bernard Gonzales - Journalism in the 21st Century

January 15, 2016

The subject is Journalism in the 21st Century and my guest is Bernard Gonzales, Journalism Professor at Southwestern College, Chula Vista

Bernard Gonzales got his Broadcasting degree at Long Beach State and recently got a Masters Degree in Digital Journalism from National University

 

Bernard over 20-year’s experience in the broadcast journalism industry as a reporter/anchor, field producer/writer. More than half my career was spent in the nations second largest media market, Los Angeles. While there I worked at KTTV, Fox 11 and KCBS, Channel 2. I have covered numerous major breaking news stories and history making events.

 

 

He began his broadcast Journalism career at the Fox Flagship station in LA rising to the position of Orange County Bureau Chief and he covered many events including the slow speed chase of OJ Simpson.

 

He then spent 5 years at the NBC affiliate in San Diego covering live events such as the fires in North County.

 

Entering the public sector, Bernard spent 7 years as the Public Information officer for the Chula Vista Police Department and as Senior Council Assistant to Mary Salas, now the mayor of Chula Vista.

 

For the past 3-years I have been an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista teaching Mass Media Communications, Public Speaking and Journalism.

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