I have come up with a new word game book series of 5 books with 5 different types of word games in them based on Shakespeare’s sonnets. I have released the first two books in the series. They are fairly easy word searches where you find the words in a sonnet on the same page. The second type of puzzle is a word scramble where you unscramble the words and find them in a sonnet. The third type of puzzle is what I call number Fumbles and the vowels are replaced by different numbers, you can actually read these sonnets without the numbers in them. Then I have a Da Vinci Code section where each word is spelled backward and you decipher each word writing the answer between the lines. The final section is a simple cryptogram letter for letter. The whole idea is a word game book that turns Shakespeare’s Sonnets into fun problem solving games and to use the sonnets as part of the answers that everyone from teens to oldsters can enjoy.
Targeted Age Group:
16 and above
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Creating Word Games is more focused, methodical and precise process oriented, one puzzle page at a time rather than a story line that flows over a given period with a plot. The plot is to solve each puzzle and discover Shakespeare’s Sonnets at the same time.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Give yourself a break and make your writing fun. Create your own writing process so you can enjoy spending your time what is between your ears. If you get bogged down, save the file you are working on and move on to writing something else, or change your work focus to another section or poem or book you are working on. Practice your writing with the goal of completion, the hardest part in writing is knowing when you are done. Write something, put it down, then return to it to edit it later in day or a couple of days later, you just might discover a whole part of it you want to change or that it is done. I learned more about writing by studying the business of publishing, learn the scams and avoid the pitfalls. The most difficult part of writing is when you are done, what do you do next. It is fairly obvious when you think about it.
I started out as a technical writer and have lost count of the numerous white papers, technical manuals, processes and procedures I have written and edited. I write poetry when I least expect it, and have self-published my poetry as an experiment to learn the self-publishing business. I have just completed my first series of word game books, which I enjoyed immensely as I worked to create them. I do my own cover art work and design, and promotions.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I could not find a word game book that was meaningful, and fun to do. I enjoy word searches, scrambles and cryptograms but all other books on the market did not seem to have a theme or were bland one shot word solving. I wanted something more. So I linked word searches and scrambles and what I call number fumbles, and Da Vinci codes to my series of Sonnet Word Games. Where Shakespeare Sonnets play a key role to give you a more challenging and fun experience.