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Tools for Emerging Authors

Tools for Emerging Authors
Learning how to write a book can seem like a daunting task. Whether you came to this site because you have an original idea you hope to turn into a nonfiction bestseller, or you want to learn how to write a novel without getting stuck after the first two chapters, we’re here to help. As lifelong writers who entered the book writing business after decades of artistic floundering, we know too well the difficulties you face when writing a book for the first time…or even the second time (say, when your publisher wants you to churn out a quick follow-up to your first success). We understand that a great book must be original – both in content and voice, and that you must let your passionate muse take you on a journey towards a book that is truly unique. At the same time, writing a book does not have to be like an off-road journey, with no map or signposts to help you reach your destination in a timely manner.

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Cracking the WIP with Donna Cummings I have to say when I read Donna’s title for her post, I didn’t “get it”. Cracking the WIP. Awesome idea, I thought. Entertainment: The Blog - How to Write Like J.K. Rowling - The Breakdown of Harry Potter As we continue our examination on effective storytelling, we cannot overlook the phenomenon that is Harry Potter. First published in 1997, the robust series of young adult books has transcended itself into the hands of old adults and onto the big screen, becoming the highest grossing film franchise of all time. Author J.K.

New in crime fiction: A guide to the latest mysteries and thrillers Trick of the DarkBy Val McDermid, Bywater Books, 397 pages, $24.95 Twenty-five books into a career, and Val McDermid seems to be just reaching her stride. Trick of the Dark is so smart, so witty and so devious, it’s difficult to find adequate praise. Just say that its the best of her already excellent run of novels.

Creativity: How 20 Bad Ideas Can Kick-Start Your Imagination This is a guest post from Jodi McIsaac Martens. I used to think I had no imagination. None whatsoever. I wanted to have imagination, of course, and I really, really enjoyed the fruits of other people’s imaginations, but I was quite convinced I had none myself. Not exactly the ideal trait in a novelist. The Official Site of Shannon Hale "First you're an unknown, then you write a book and you move up to obscurity."Martin MyersIdeas for young writersThe Publication PoopAdvice on becoming a writerAgent adviceAsking an author for helpFrom the offer to the bookstoreShannon's path to publicationWhat I wish I'd knownWhy do you want to be a writer?10 unrequested suggestions made to an unpublished novelistThe Writer's LifeGiving life to Your charactersOn workshopsResearching my storiesWorking with an editor Advice for the newly publishedWriting your voiceWriters on writingWriters and richesWriting and motheringWriting is rewritingWhy I love fairy tales See also, Shannon's blog posts on writing.

WordCount rerun: Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's writing style With the opening of the movie, Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows, Part 1, I’ve noticed a substantial increase in the number of people coming here to read a post I did last year about J.K. Rowling’s writing style. For those of you who didn’t see it the first time, I’m re-running a slightly modified version of the original today to make it easier to find. 25 Virtues Writers Should Possess 1. A Wild And Unfettered Imagination This one goes up front: the bubbling turbid stew that comprises your brain-mind combo must possess an endless array of unexpected ideas. Your head should be an antenna receiving frequencies from the furthest-flung reaches of Known Creative Space. You want to survive, you’ve got to have an imagination that won’t lay down and die.

How to Finish A Lengthy Novel Reading is not just a hobby. For the avid reader, it is the act of summoning portals that lead to wonderful realms, endearing characters and lush storylines. Many people take time to visit those escapist worlds through the novels they read. Unfortunately, not everyone gets to finish his or her book, especially novels that go beyond 800 pages. Readers succumb to fatigue then lose their concentration. They eventually lose interest and place the book on their list of regrets.

Your Fiction May Be Failing for One Simple Reason: You’re Not Being Honest Writers talk a lot about “being honest,” “being vulnerable,” “pouring ourselves into our writing,” and “not being self-conscious” in our writing. But what does all that really mean? And how can flunking any of the above be the reason your fiction may be failing? What Is Honest Fiction? Let’s begin by asking the obvious question: What is honest fiction? What does that even mean? 25 Things You Should Know About Writing A Novel I figured, okay, I just finished the first draft of a new novel. Just got a book deal for another one. Got DOUBLE DEAD coming out in November. Maybe a list of “25 Things” to do with writing a novel. 10 ways not to be a travel writer – Lonely Planet blog It’s the dream: travelling around the world and getting paid for it. Every day, thousands of aspiring travel journalists start up blogs, pitch pieces to editors and put pen to paper (at least metaphorically) in the hopes of making travel a full-time job. Image by swimparallel, Flickr The good news is that it’s achievable. While only a select few attain the high life of sipping margaritas by the pool while churning out leisurely prose on their Macbooks, travel writing for a living is a real possibility for those who have the talent and are willing to put in some really, really hard work. However, we’ve noticed that there is a subclass of potential travel writers, photographers and video journalists who don’t really seem to have their heart in it.

Why fiction is good for you When psychologist and author Keith Oatley writes his next novel, he can make sure that each description of a scene includes three key elements – to better help the reader create a vivid mental image. Not one element; that would be forgettable. Not six elements; that might be boring. He could have learned this from Anton Chekhov, master of the short story. 8 Ways to Touch the Heart of Your Reader with Rose Scott My guest today, Rose Scott believes every good writer should be a good reader. I’m betting our RU Writing crew out there agrees! Have you ever paid attention to what kinds of books move you and make you feel goosebumps? Of course you have.

25 Things You Should Know About Plot Previous iterations of the “25 Things” series: 25 Things Every Writer Should Know 25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling 25 Things You Should Know About Character And now…