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How to write a book – the short honest truth

How to write a book – the short honest truth
Every author I know gets asked the same question: How do you write a book? It’s a simple question, but it causes unexpected problems. On the one hand, it’s nice to have people interested in something I do. If I told people I fixed toasters for a living, I doubt I’d get many inquires. But on the other hand, the hand involving people who ask because they have an inkling to do it themselves, is that writing books is a topic so old and so well trod by so many famous people that anyone who asks hoping to discover secret advice is hard to take seriously. Here’s the short honest truth: 20% of the people who ask me are hoping to hear this – Anyone can write a book. If you want to write, kill the magic: a book is just a bunch of writing. Writing a good book, compared to a bad one, involves one thing. Getting published. 30% of the time the real thing people are asking is how do you find a publisher. The sticking point for most wanna-be published authors is, again, the work. Discouraged yet?

How to write a book | Before I wrote a book I had no idea how to write a book. Over the years I’ve bought many books about the art of writing — developing character, storyline, writing proposals, creativity, prompts, inspiration, confessions, memoirs, all of it — but no where in that thick shelf of books did I find the answer to my real question: How do I write MY book? So for those who have asked, and for my sweet friend who is embarking on her own book-writing odyssey this summer, here is a breakdown of how I finally found my way into the first draft of my (non-fiction) book. 1. Even if you’re not planning to approach a publisher and intend to self-publish, think of a proposal as your book’s blueprint. 2. I spent far too long on this stage, and when I start writing my next book (already planning for it, in fact) I’ll try to move through this stage faster. 3. I started and discarded a number of notebooks at the beginning as it felt essential that I find the right notebook to house my notes. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Advanced Fiction Writing Home Page Hu Jundi (胡峻涤油画 ) « Cuaderno de retazos Hu Jundi (胡峻涤油画 ) Hu Jundi (Hu junio Di) nació en Jili Provincia en 1962. A la edad de 9 años se mudó con su familia, cuando la Revolución Cultura, a la ciudad de Chongqing, donde pudo estudiar en secreto pintura con un profesor chino de renombre. Se graduó de la Universidad del Suroeste Chongqing departamento de bellas artes en 1984 y reside actualmente en Sichuan área de Leshan. Hu Jundi es uno de los pintores más interesantes del mundo. Sus pinturas brillantemente fusionar la cultura oriental y occidental, junto con total integridad, la historia se desarrolla como Hu junio Di expresa los poemas en su corazón a través de la pintura en tela. Hu Jundi busca su inspiración en la tradición china, en la poesía, la música y la literatura clásica, sus obras se llenan a menudo con un dejo de tristeza y mística, dejando a su público rumiando, rememorando y con ganas de más … Me gusta: Me gusta Cargando...

#54 – Writing Hacks, Part 1: Starting By Scott Berkun, Aug. 28 2006 (#54) Writing is easy, it’s quality that’s hard. Any idiot who knows 5 words can write a sentence (e.g. For this reason writer’s block is a sham. Consider this: Have you ever been blocked while playing Frisbee? So play. Writing hacks for starting In the grand tradition of lists and books of hacks, writing hacks are clever little actions that give you leverage and put the dynamics in your favor. Start with a word. Write about how it feels not to be able to write. Have a conversation. Read something you hate. Warm up. Make lists. Switch to something harder. Run like hell. Whiskey. Rummage your scrap pile. Smart writers have stockpiles of old ideas to arm themselves against the evils of the blank page. Notes [1] I sometimes write “I have nothing to say” and repeat it on the page. [2] True story. [4] I wrote the novel on and off for 10 years, and finished in 2005 (with draft #5). Further advice:

How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction. Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. In this article, I’d like to share with you what works for me. This page is the most popular one on my web site, and gets over a thousand page views per day, so you can guess that a lot of people find it useful. Good fiction doesn’t just happen, it is designed. For a number of years, I was a software architect designing large software projects. I claim that that’s how you design a novel — you start small, then build stuff up until it looks like a story. If you’re like most people, you spend a long time thinking about your novel before you ever start writing. But before you start writing, you need to get organized. Step 1) Take an hour and write a one-sentence summary of your novel. Some hints on what makes a good sentence: Shorter is better.

Pros and cons of the Snowflake Method » Jordan McCollum Planning out a novel? Be sure to join my newsletter for a FREE plotting/revision roadmap, and check out the full series on plotting novels in a free PDF! The Snowflake Method of story design is just one way to create a plot—but it’s not the best way, nor is it even a good way for all of us. (And we’ll continue to look at more methods to plot stories over the next two weeks.) Pros After spending so much time refining them and writing about them, you get to know your characters and your plot well. Another strength is that you can start with almost nothing and “grow” a plot “naturally.” Also, the method’s steps alternate between working on characters and on the plot, ensuring that you develop both—but that you don’t have to spend so long working straight on each one that you get bored. Simply put, if you like to know as much as you can about a book before you start writing, this can be a great way to discover your characters and their storylines. Cons And I can say this from experience.

Humanize Your eLearning Courses or Risk Losing Learners Humanize Your eLearning Courses or Risk Losing Learners eLearning is a valuable tool in education. Whether the goal is training or professional development, even complete college degrees, eLearning is here and here to stay. This begs the question, how can we ensure that we maximize the potential of those who are engaged in eLearning? Certainly, if there is content we expect people to learn, we want that content to “stick” in their minds and to be something they can recall later. Personalizing learning, which must include making the eLearning more human, is one important way to maximize the potential from eLearning. eLearning at its core is about connecting with your learners. Here are some ideas to start with: 1. Learning starts at the individual level. 2. An important part of any eLearning course is the content, but learners don’t just need to know what they are supposed to learn, they want to understand the practical application of that content. 3. Write in the second person. 4. 5. 6.

How to Write a Book - Writing a Book Guide Write a Novel Edit Article Four Parts:Writing HelpCreating a Fictional WorldDrafting the NovelRevising the NovelQuestions and Answers A novel is a fictional work of narrative prose. Ad Steps Part 1 Creating a Fictional World <img alt="Image titled Write a Novel Step 1" src=" width="728" height="485" class="whcdn">1Get inspired. <img alt="Image titled Write a Novel Step 7" src=" width="728" height="485" class="whcdn">7Consider starting from scratch. Part 2 Drafting the Novel <img alt="Image titled Write a Novel Step 8" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">1Consider making an outline. Part 3 Revising the Novel Tips Warnings

likable characters « Nail Your Novel A foolish inconsistency – round out your characters with contradictions Think about the people you know. Who are you are most curious about? It’s not the ones who are most straightforward, although they are probably the easiest company. It’s the enigmas. Consider the guy who’s gruff and abrasive when you talk to him, but surprises you by being fiercely loyal to his friends. More extremely, they might have an edge that makes it difficult to truly know them. This crowd make great central characters. It’s war To observers, they may seem inconsistent. They might feel the world is too small for them, but some complex equilibrium keeps them that way. Or they might be headed for tragedy. Contradictory characters might sabotage themselves. Likability Contradictory characters might not be liked by the reader – but likability doesn’t keep us reading as much as interest does. What it’s not Here’s something that isn’t a character contradiction: Indiana Jones’s fear of snakes. That’s back story.

Hiking and Backpacking with your Dog Hiking and Backpacking with your Dog Links Hiking and backpacking with your dog can be fun and exciting--or miserable--depending upon how much planning and preparation you have done. You can't just show up at a hiking spot and expect to be welcomed. You need to know things like - in many states it is perfectly legal to shoot a dog merely for being in the same pasture as livestock, or for running after wildlife (game animals). So make sure your recreation doesn't spoil other people's recreation. And finally, before you go, make sure your dog is healthy enough and fit enough to enjoy your planned activities. Nature Dogs Find places to hike with your dog in California Hiking and Backpacking KidsHikeDogsHike The site is all about getting kids interested in hiking with the family dog, and sharing their fun online. Hike With Your Dog A modest collection of articles and links

Lawyers and Writers: How They Share Methods I often tell people that being a lawyer isn’t so different from being a fiction writer. The comment always elicits some laughs, maybe a suspicious squint or two, but I couldn’t be more serious. As a junior and mid-level corporate litigator, much of my day was spent writing briefs, witness statements and other court documents. Over the years, I developed writing skills and strategies that helped me finish my debut novel, THE HOUSE GIRL (Feb. 2012) while also holding down a day job. (The term “platform” defined — learn how to sell more books.) Guest column by Tara Conklin, author of the debut novel, THE HOUSE GIRL (Feb. 2012, William Morrow), one of thetitles featured in Writer’s Digest’s “Breaking In” section in 2013.Find Tara at her website or connect with her on Twitter. 1) Use a Timeline Most legal disputes involve a complex array of characters, events and conflicts, much like a novel. (Look over our growing list of literary fiction agents.) 2) Time is money Lawyers bill by the hour.

In Writing,You Need a Likable Character. In Life, Be a Likable Character | Larry Shallenberger This isn’t the most high-brow thing to confess on a web site. But I love mixed martial arts. I’m working toward a black belt in a MMA system. I enjoy watching title fights. I just can’t watch The Ultimate Fighter reality show anymore. I can’t stomach it. Here’s why. Donald Miller uses a counter example in his Storyline Conference. They answered the question by making Rocky likable. This isn’t to say that our characters need to be perfect. The thrust of Don’s Storyline conference is an experiment that fuses life and literature. What would happen if we paid attention to our personal character and became people work cheering for? For starters we’d have the strength of character to rise up, chase our ambitions, and overcome our conflicts. (For an example of a fight movie with characters worth cheering on, see the Warrior Movie.)