by Jodie Renner
So, how do you write a good outline? It’s a bit like telling a story to a friend in a pub. You want to start engagingly and grab their attention.
Just about anyone who has ever put off a troublesome task is familiar with one of my Secrets of Adulthood : Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination . When there’s some chore you just don’t want to tackle, every other chore seems alluring. As a friend told me, “My apartment is never cleaner than when I have a writing assignment due.” In Roy Baumeister and John Tierney’s fascinating book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength , they suggest the “Nothing Alternative” to this problem.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying. When you describe the miserable and unfortunate, and want to make the reader feel pity, try to be somewhat colder — that seems to give a kind of background to another's grief, against which it stands out more clearly.
A number of people have asked me “How much does self-publishing cost?”, so this post will clear that up. It may be controversial! Please do post comments if you disagree or have questions. Answer 1: It costs nothing Write book: $0 (but lots of time) Edit book: $0 Friend who is an English teacher Proof-read book: $0 Friends and colleagues found on Twitter Cover design: $0 Royalty free or own photos and text only made into a .jpg on Microsoft Publisher Typeset book: $0 done by self on Microsoft Word Publish book: Published as an Ebook on Smashwords for free and up for sale for US$4.99.
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Rule No. 1: Show and Tell.
By ALEXANDRA ALTER (See Corrections & Amplifications item below ) Richard Powers lounges in bed all day and speaks his novels aloud to a laptop computer with voice-recognition software.
Thinking of joining a writers group?
Posted on November 17, 2011 - by Nicole Humphrey Cook There has always been a camaraderie in networking with other authors and writers.
Creative Ideas For Overcoming Writer’s Block If you have some to add, please let me know!
Dialogue can be tough, but for a lot of writers, tagging and punctuating it correctly is even harder.
"The truth about stories is that's all we are." — Tom King , novelist Things happen because the plot says they should. All fictional realities have this underlying principle to one degree or another. It is the reason Plot Technology and Plot Armor work.
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