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How to Write a Novel in Three Days.

How to Write a Novel in Three Days.
NaNoWriMo? Pah. Try NaNoWriWeekend. Michael Moorcock is a highly influential English writer. His career has mostly specialised in fantasy and sci-fi, and whilst some of his novels have been highly literary, he was a firm exponent of sword-and-sorcery, particularly in the sixties and seventies. He has often commented on the craft of writing, but one of his most unique and interesting techniques is his plan for writing a book in three days. Michael Moorcock Anyway. First of all, it’s vital to have everything prepared. Elric with his evil, sentient, soul-drinking blade Stormbringer. You’ll also need to know the Lester Dent Master Plot Formula. Lester Dent’s penname is Kenneth Robeson. This is one opinion. It is opinion of one believing: 1—Majority of pulps are formula. 2—Most editors who say don’t want formula don’t know what they are talking about. 3—Some eds won’t buy anything but formula. The object on the bulkhead is a formula, a master plot, for any 6000-word pulp story. Lester Dent So. Note: Related:  Writing ResourcesWriter's Edge

Make Money Writing: 77 Trusted Sources 126 Flares Twitter 64 Facebook 22 Google+ 35 Pin It Share 5 5 LinkedIn 0 inShare0 Email -- Email to a friend 126 Flares × Do you wonder if you’ll ever make money writing? Maybe you’re already making some. You’ve published a book or you’ve sold an article, story or blog post. The Internet offers many, many opportunities to make a living with our words. But, there are also a lot of wild claims out there. The following 77 posts and places will provide you with tried and true ideas and advice. One thing they all have in common? ” … whoever you are, there is a way to capitalize on your uniqueness.” ~ Carol Tice [tweet this] The Reality of Writing for Content Mills—14 Writers’ True Stories Carol Tice exposes the truth about the content mills. 10 Freelance Writing Money Traps and How to Avoid Them Laura Spencer offers some advice on what you should try to avoid. Can I Really Make a Living by Blogging? Make Art. So, Mr Public, you really want to be an author, do you? How Much Should I Charge?

Woman's Weekly Fiction Submission Guidelines If you are interested in submitting fiction to Woman’s Weekly, please read the following guidelines. We regret we can’t accept stories by e-mail. Please include an sae in case we have to return your manuscript. Fiction is a vital ingredient of Woman’s Weekly, the place where readers can escape and switch off. This doesn’t mean predictable plots. Escapism means getting involved in a really gripping tale with believable characters. Above all, we are looking for originality and a wide variety of themes and moods, such as mystery, humour, relationships and family issues, with warmth still an important factor. Try to be subtle in your writing and remember the maxim: ‘Show don’t tell’. Unfortunately, we can’t offer criticism, but if your writing shows promise, we will contact you. NOTE: Please don’t give away the plot of your short story in your covering letter. Fiction Editor Gaynor Davies explains what we are looking for… For Woman’s Weekly magazine: Short stories of 1,000 and 2,000 words

Pixar’s Story Rules, Illustrated in Lego by ICanLegoThat Last year, Pixar story artist Emma Coats (@lawnrocket) tweeted 22 rules of storytelling like “give your characters opinions” and “no work is ever wasted.” Alex Eylar, aka ICanLegoThat, has illustrated twelve of those rules with Legos. He gave us the chance to premiere them at Slacktory. Dear Writer: 5 Tips to Better Query Letters Dear Writer: 5 Tips to Better Query Letters So you've written your masterpiece: the great novel you know everyone should read. What now? Well, the answer is to try to get it published, of course. Whether you are trying to get an agent or you are contacting an editor at a publishing house directly, you will need to write up a query letter. Unfortunately, many great books may be rejected out of hand simply because the query letter isn't as good as the writing in your novel. How can you make your query letter perfect? 1. This is probably one of the most important aspects of selling your novel. 2. Many authors get caught in the trap of overselling their novel. 3. "Hello, my name is <Author> and I think you would be interested in my novel, 'Butch, Cassidy, and the Sundance Film Festival'." 4. Query letter should only be about two things: your book, and why the book is a good fit. 5. This is probably one of the simplest tips, but one that far too many ignore.

Journaling your Past ©2005 - 2007 by aisling d'art I'm probably best-known for my personal journaling workshops and online art journals. And, I want to share some of my journaling tips with you in this free ebook about journaling your own history. Journaling Your Past is a free 26-page ebook, and it's like taking one of my popular workshops at home. You'll learn how to create a rich and rewarding journal of your personal and family history easily, in just 15 minutes a day. Whether you'd like to record your life story for future generations, or introduce your family to the fascinating study of genealogy and family history, this is a great way to start. This workbook includes class notes, reproduceable worksheets, and tips on how to teach this class yourself. It's also ideal for homeschoolers, Scouts or church groups, or for family evenings at home. This ebook is a PDF that you can read with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. YOU ARE HERE: home > journals > free 'journaling your past' ebook

Guest Post: How to Write a Sentence by Hal Duncan In the paid critiques I do for the Writers’ Workshop, I’m often faced with writers with a level of narrative prose so rudimentary that I really can’t just tell them it needs polish in this respect or that; I pretty much have to tell them the basics of how to write a sentence. Of narrative, that is. So I’ve thought for a while that maybe I should turn all that work into some sort of Sentence Writing 101 post for the blog, but of course, I can’t exactly use a client’s text even anonymously. A sweeping blade of flashing steel riveted from the massive barbarians hide enameled shield as his rippling right arm thrust forth, sending a steel shod blade to the hilt into the soldiers vital organs. I think we can safely all agree that this is unmitigated shite, yes? 1. There are many things you want to say in a sentence, but you can’t say them all. Good decision is conscious, considered, confident, conclusive*. So… The word “riveted” has been grabbed off the shelf. 2. So this: 3. 4. 5.

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10 Journal Keeping Ideas that Will Enhance Your Life What should I write about? Will it sound dumb? Will I run out of ideas before I even get started? Keeping a journal can be a rewarding experience, but lots of people don’t know where to begin. Perhaps the best way is to decide what kind of journaling you want to do, though this isn’t always easy. My personal favorites are reflection and goal journals, but everyone has a different favorite. And that’s okay! 1. There was a green robot. Dream journals are a lot of fun. 2. A “record-keeping” journal is nothing but the facts. 3. Gratitude journals are extremely rewarding. 4. Online journaling, or blogging, has gained popularity in recent years. 5. If words aren’t your thing, consider a collage or art journal. 6. Are you the brilliant thinker? 7. Scholars regularly publish in academic journals, but what about keeping your own personal academic journal? 8. A gift journal is unlike every other journal because *gasp* it’s not meant for you. 9. 10. Do you keep a journal?

Necessary Fiction I am amazed that the good and wise Steve Himmer has let me have the run of the place for a month. I am going to mess this house up and only talk about how to clean it. For July, I have decided to play History. I have decided to launch a war on first drafts and erect the memorial to edits. Revision is where we do our most important work as writers, or at least where we can. When Steve asked me to “reside,” I had the grand idea to create a sort of Rolodex for revision methods, fears, hopes. Sometimes I had to pull teeth. So I thought I would start off by putting my money where my mouth is (online, mostly). Hopefully, over the next month, as we all revise our manuscripts — and I’ll be talking about how mine has changed over 8 years, as I make a last ditch effort to “finish” it — we’ll all be able to take away one new strategy, we’ll all be encouraged to do better. Here are 20 thoughts to start: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You can also do this for the themes on each page. 8. 9. Related: 10. 11. 12.

Do You Know the 6 Must-Have Elements of a "Wow" Story Premise? Story premise is the foundation of all good books. It’s the fundamental kernel of the beginning idea. But it’s more than that. If you can craft a solid story premise right from the beginning of your writing process, you will be able to capture all the concrete details necessary to bring your story to life. As most of you probably know, I’m a tremendous advocate of outlines. This is why you should always go that extra mile with your premise. Story Premise Element #1: Protagonist Every story starts with character–and not just any character, but the character. Who is the hero of your story? Story Premise Element #2: Situation Situation is the first kernel of your plot. How will the story start? Story Premise Element #3: Objective A protagonist has no business showing on the page without an objective. At the beginning of the story, what does the hero want? Story Premise Element #4: Opponent Even an awesome character with a passionate goal isn’t enough to drive a story. Who is your story’s opponent?