. As somers will show you, it's less about being perfect in everything, and more about having the confidence to complete everything. In these pages, accomplished author jeff somers will show you: • The key to a successful writing career is doing the actual writing, no matter the circumstances. Fantastic ideas are available everywhere--you just need to know how to tap into sources through a variety of approaches.
Important craft aspects that you should focus on, while spending less time on others, such as characters and dialogue, like setting. Effective ways to get published--whether it's traditional or self-publishing--and how to supplement your income. Whether you're a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between, Writing Without Rules is for those writers who are looking for a fresh take on tackling the challenge of writing and selling a novel, and building a career.
Writing Without Rules: How to Write & Sell a Novel Without Guidelines, Experts, or Occasionally Pants #ad - But the idea that there's only one way of writing? nuts! with unconventional approaches to the craft, and no promise of refunds, a healthy dose of humor, fresh angles on novel writing and selling, Writing Without Rules is for those writers who have tried and tried again--and are ready to success on their own terms.
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Paused to Prolific#ad - In this easy-to-read book, you’ll learn to retrain how you think and new habits to help you become productive in a few simple ways by:Identifying Your ProblemMaking a PlanBeing AccountableStaying Focused Sticking to a ScheduleStaying ProductiveUsing short exercises in each section, you will begin to understand how to put into practice what you’ll learn in this book.
She’ll reveal in a humorous, yet effective, manner how she keeps her focus and has managed to publish one or two stories each month consistently for over five years. From usa today bestselling author k webster comes a quick guide to help you write faster, stay focused, and avoid burnout!With over eighty published titles and counting, K Webster is often asked how she remains prolific and successful.
Paused to Prolific #ad - This is a quick and effective 12, 000-word guide meant to cut through the fat and get straight to the meat so you can get back to writing!**.
Mastering Plot Twists: How to Use Suspense, Targeted Storytelling Strategies, and Structure to Captivat e Your ReadersWriter's Digest Books #ad - In mastering plot twists, Agatha Award-winning author, Jane K. ". A unique and absolutely invaluable toolbox for any author. Kate white, new york times best-selling author and former editor-in-chief of CosmopolitanUnlock the secrets to superior plot twists! The key to keeping people on the edge of their seat--from memoirs to thrillers and stage plays to screenplays--is filling your stories with unexpected twists and turns.
". A master class in crafting plots that twist and turn. Hallie ephron, new york times best-selling author of You'll Never Know, Dear. The quicker pace and focused action that comes from strategically placed twists form the core of the nuanced, multifaceted books that sell--and that help you find a devoted readership.
Mastering Plot Twists: How to Use Suspense, Targeted Storytelling Strategies, and Structure to Captivat e Your Readers #ad - Within these pages, structure, five-step process for using trds, pacing, subplots, you'll find: • A proven, with detailed examples from best-selling books • A deep dive into plotting, and more to help you develop surprising yet inevitable twists. Jane's plotting roadmap" and worksheets--essential tools for planning your plotBuilding on the award-winning instruction provided in Mastering Suspense, Cleland's newest guide will help you create effective and credible twists, Structure & Plot, creating the kind of stories that will keep your readers up long into the night.
Cleland goes beyond telling writers what to do; she shows you how to do it. By integrating plot twists, plot reversals, and Moments of Heightened Danger TRDs at crucial points, you can captivate your readers with I-can't-wait-to-see-what-happens-next intrigue.
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever NeedTen Speed Press #ad - The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success. Novelist jessica brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing.
Revealing the 15 "beats" plot points that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem alongside quirky, original insights Save the Cat; Shard of Glass to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.
First Pages of Best Sellers: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why The Writer's ToolboxUbiquitous Press #ad - That puts a tremendous burden on writers to bring their best effort to the table. And, truth be told, a novel’s first page is indicative of all the pages to follow. So it behooves writers to learn how to master the techniques needed to craft terrific first pages. Using a first-page checklist, what doesn’t, Lakin examines two dozen first pages of best-selling novels, detailing what works, and why.
Here are some of the issues and topics explored in this deep dive:narrative that is excessive or “telling” instead of showingopening paragraphs that fail to grab readers due to lack of intriguing action or flat charactersWriting that grabs and writing that boresHow much detail is too much or too littleFinding the perfect balance when world buildingWays to evoke emotion quickly in readers to get them to care about your storyTo prologue or not to prologueConsideration of first pages of novels in a series and what that requiresUnderstanding how genre is the key to every great first pageThe pitfalls of backstoryYes, you can craft a perfect first page—one that immerses your readers into your story and characters without delay.
First Pages of Best Sellers: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why The Writer's Toolbox #ad - The insights you gain from studying these first-page analyses will serve you well with every page you write. The opening scene must convey so many things that often the author will have to rewrite it numerous times to get it right. But the first page is especially crucial to get right. Why? because if readers don’t get engaged in the story right away, they’ll stop reading.
The first page of your novel must be perfect!Most authors know that the first pages of a novel are the most crucial and carry the weightiest burden in their entire book.
Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Toughest Plot ProblemsCompendium Press #ad - Because plotman, along with his faithful sidekick Subplot Boy, has sworn to uphold plot, story, and the bestselling way. Whether used as a reference guide or refresher course, this book will strengthen your storytelling muscles and help you elevate every novel you write. Help! my plot drags, sags, and has no heart!"This looks like a job for Plotman!Yes, solving your plot problems is why the superhero of story came to Earth.
His mission? to give practical, easy-to-apply answers to the most vexing plot questions writers face, such as:• how do i plan a plot if i'm not a plot planner?• does my plot need a prologue?• what if i hit a plot wall?• What if my plot is getting away from me?• Why ins't my plot more gripping at the start?• Why is my overall plot dull?• What should I do if my plot is implausible?• Do I really need to think about plot structure?• How do I deepen the emotional impact of my plot?• What's the best way to plug a plot hole?• How do I keep my plot from ending with a thud?And more! With bonus material on how to find and utilize beta readers; and several plot generating methods you can put to use at any time.
Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with ConfidenceWriter's Digest Books #ad - Truly fearless authors banish writer's blocks with ease, receive critiques gracefully, and infuse their passion for the craft into every word they write. You'll learn how to: • find and enter a Flow state in which writing is a natural, deeply satisfying process. Quiet both internal and external critics and embrace the inherent value in your work.
Use love, emotional engagement, and curiosity as the guiding principles for what you write and how you share it with others. Overcome rejection, procrastination, and other obstacles that stifle your creativity. From the blank page to the first draft, the writing life is filled with challenges, roadblocks, and from querying to marketing, and new experiences.
Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence #ad - Find the courage to create your best writing life. With fearless writing, you'll find the inner strength to embark on a bold journey--and build a lifelong career in the process. Whether you're a fledgling writer or a veteran with years of experience, fearlessness--that elusive blend of self-acceptance, confidence, and curiosity--is the defining quality of those who find fulfillment and success.
Filled with insightful wisdom and practical advice, Fearless Writing teaches you how to thrive as a writer, no matter your genre or career path.
How To Write A Page-Turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can't Put DownWriter's Digest Books #ad - To avoid writing that's formulaic, predictable, and slow, How to Write a Page Turner will help you sew the threads of tension tight for an unforgettable story. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. You'll learn how to: • recognize the essential tension elements of danger, and more • build tension at energetic markers throughout the plot • Use intimate imagery, conflict, dialogue, uncertainty, and withholding, from character to plot, and well-chosen words to build tension in expositionWhile this book walks you through the key areas that need tension building, power struggles, strong sentences, it also delves deeper, and add them to your fiction • Create levels of tension in your characters through flaws, analyzing exceptional examples from contemporary fiction's most gripping page-turners.
So as you dive into the inner conflicts of a character's deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, you'll also discover how to craft a story your readers can't put down! Learning the craft of writing can sometimes feel like a paint by numbers approach--connect compelling character A to plot event B.
How To Write A Page-Turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can't Put Down #ad - Infuse your fiction with the powerful Tug of Tension! Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes.
The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable EndingsCompendium Press #ad - Read this book and you will come away with a thorough knowledge of why great endings work and how to create them for every novel you write. The stew, brew, Accrue, Do brainstorming method. The best way to tie up loose ends. The most common ending mistakes, and how to avoid them. And more. The last page sells your next book.
Mickey spillanewhat are the secrets for writing a great ending for your novel? how do you leave readers so satisfied that they'll want another book by you—right now? What tools and techniques can shape your last fifty pages into a powerful, unforgettable experience?In this book, International Thriller Writers Award winner and #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals:• The five types of endings.
The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings #ad - What needs to happen in Act 3. How to use the Ah and Uh-Oh emotional wallops. A simple technique for crafting twist endings. The most important secret of all—resonance. The first page of a book sells that book.
Character Reactions from Head to Toe Indie Author Resources Book 1Valerie Howard Books #ad - A list of 1, this handy little booklet is for you!sometimes as new or even experienced authors, 000 charACTER REACTIONSAs an author, we can't think of just the right action for our character's body in a particular scene, are your characters always sighing and nodding?Did you just sigh and nod?If so, and we need something to get the creative juices flowing.
This is a quick and easy reference tool just for that purpose. Jam-packed with a list of 1, 000 physical reactions a character can have, organized by body part from head to toe to internal organs, you'll never be left scratching your head when you need to find just the right way to describe your character's reactions!Excerpt:FOREHEADForehead wrinklingForehead slicking with sweatSlapping or hitting forehead with palmBanging forehead against a surfaceWiping moisture off foreheadPressing fingers against foreheadTapping forehead with pencil or fingerForehead baking with a feverResting forehead in handsSplaying back of hand on forehead as if faintPoking forehead with thumb to jog memoryBanging forehead with fists to stop crazy thoughtsIndie Author Resources Book 1.
The Business of Being a Writer Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and PublishingUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - Writers talk about their work in many ways: as an art, as a calling, as a lifestyle. Too often missing from these conversations is the fact that writing is also a business. The reality is, those who want to make a full- or part-time job out of writing are going to have a more positive and productive career if they understand the basic business principles underlying the industry.
The business of being a Writer offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding of the industry. It will leave them empowered, confident, and ready to turn their craft into a career.
The Business of Being a Writer Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing #ad - Writers will gain a comprehensive picture of how the publishing world works—from queries and agents to blogging and advertising—and will learn how they can best position themselves for success over the long term. Jane friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, with an emphasis on digital media strategy for authors and publishers.
She is encouraging without sugarcoating, blending years of research with practical advice that will help writers market themselves and maximize their writing-related income.