Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish

Subplots really come into the text in circular patterns—they announce themselves
, set up their own minor arc, and then fall out of the text to reappear later on. You
may have to bring many, most, or all of these to completion by the end of the ...

Author: Joseph Bates

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440347580

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Equip yourself for the novel-writing journey! Starting a novel is exciting, but finishing it--that's the real challenge. The journey from beginning to end is rife with forks in the road and dead ends that lead many writers off course. With Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey, you'll navigate the intricacies of crafting a complex work of fiction and complete the journey with confidence and precision. To maximize your creativity and forward momentum, each chapter offers: • Techniques to break down the elements of the novel--from character-building to plotting and pacing • Mile Markers to anticipate and overcome roadblocks like ineffective dialogue and "the unchanged protagonist" • Guidelines for Going Deeper to explore and implement more nuanced aspects of storytelling, such as finding your voice and the role of theme • Try-It-Out Exercises and 27 interactive worksheets that help elevate your writing. No matter your level of experience or where you are in your project, Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish provides the instruction, inspiration, and guidance you need to complete your journey successfully.

The Marshall Plan Workbook

The Marshall Plan Workbook, companion volume to the very successful Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, focuses on building a novel's plot, with more than 100 pages of fill-in sheets that become a veritable blueprint for each reader's novel.

Author: Evan Marshall

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582970599

Category: Reference

Page: 250

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The Marshall Plan Workbook, companion volume to the very successful Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, focuses on building a novel's plot, with more than 100 pages of fill-in sheets that become a veritable blueprint for each reader's novel. The Marshall Plan Workbook pushes deeper into the process of writing a novel scene by scene. Readers will learn to craft intriguing story goals and compelling conflicts all within a specific framework that enables them to produce any type of novel in a systematic yet creative way. They'll also learn the ins-and-outs of selling their work once it's finished. * Lively, interactive approach makes the book fun as well as educational * Easy-to-follow instruction takes the mystery--but not the creativity--out of writing a novel

Write Your Novel in a Month

Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month or you're simply hoping to complete a draft over winter break or your vacation, this book covers the entire scope of writing a novel and lays out exactly what you need to know to ...

Author: Jeff Gerke

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599636443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel.... Everyone thinks about doing it, yet most people who do start a novel end up stalling after a few chapters. Where do these would-be novelists go wrong? Are the characters dull and cliched? Did the story arc collapse? Did they succumb to a dreaded bout of "writer's block"? Or maybe it was all just taking too long? These problems used to stop writers in their tracks, but nothing will get in your way after reading Write Your Novel in a Month. Author and instructor Jeff Gerke has created the perfect tool to show you how to prepare yourself to write your first draft in as little as 30 days. With Jeff's help, you will learn how to organize your ideas, create dynamic stories, develop believable characters, and flesh out the idea narrative for your novel--and not just for the rapid-fire first draft. Jeff walks you through the entire process, from initial idea to the important revision stage, and even explains what to do with your novel once you've finished. Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month or you're simply hoping to complete a draft over winter break or your vacation, this book covers the entire scope of writing a novel and lays out exactly what you need to know to get it done fast and right.

Outlining Your Novel

This bestselling guide will help you choose the right type of outline to unleash your creativity as a writer, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, and aid you in discovering your characters.

Author: K. M. Weiland

Publisher: Penforasword Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 0985780495

Category:

Page: 192

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This bestselling guide will help you choose the right type of outline to unleash your creativity as a writer, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, and aid you in discovering your characters.

Writing the Mystery

This third edition of G. Miki Hayden’s award-winning guide for mystery writers provides invaluable step-by-step advice on shaping plots, developing characters, and creating a fast-paced and compelling mystery for the modern market.

Author: G. Miki Hayden

Publisher: JP&A Dyson

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 234

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This third edition of G. Miki Hayden’s award-winning guide for mystery writers provides invaluable step-by-step advice on shaping plots, developing characters, and creating a fast-paced and compelling mystery for the modern market. Regular exercises throughout the book help you put into practice what you’ve learned, and once you’ve created your masterpiece Hayden provides guidance on how to get your novel to market: how to approach agents and publishers; how to prepare your manuscript and cover letter; and a whole new section on the self-publishing phenomenon that has exploded since the publication of the first edition. Hayden also offers tips and advice from some of the biggest names in modern mystery, through interviews with such renowned authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Tony Hillerman, Rick Riordan, and others. G. Miki Hayden is a long-time member and former board member of Mystery Writers of America, and regularly teaches a mystery writing workshop (and other courses) at Writer’s Digest online university. She has recent novels from Portals Publishing and from Curiosity Quills Press, the current publisher of her style guide, The Naked Writer. She has had many short stories in print over the years in national publications. Her story “The Maids,” set in French-ruled Haiti and featured in an MWA anthology, won an Edgar.

Writing the Breakout Novel

You'll learn to: • establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place • weave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing story • create larger-than-life characters that step right off the page • explore universal ...

Author: Donald Maass

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599633251

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Take your fiction to the next level! Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists. Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share - regardless of genre - then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace. You'll learn to: • establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place • weave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing story • create larger-than-life characters that step right off the page • explore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readers • sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish • develop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competition Then, using examples from the recent works of several best-selling authors - including novelist Anne Perry - Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing. You'll capture the eye of an agent, generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising career.

Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics

It's your story... These are ways to help you get your story out, to help you become the writer inside of yourself." This is the book on writing you've been waiting for, a nuts-and-bolts guide to writing fiction for comics.

Author: Andy Schmidt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440351884

Category: Art

Page: 176

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Unlock the secrets to comic-writing success! "You have a story tell. It's your story... These are ways to help you get your story out, to help you become the writer inside of yourself." This is the book on writing you've been waiting for, a nuts-and-bolts guide to writing fiction for comics. While it is true that there is no set way to write a comic book script, no set format, no industry standard, it is equally true that someone learning to write comics needs structure. That's where Comics Experience© Guide to Writing Comics can help. Comics veteran Andy Schmidt offers sage advice and practical instruction for everything from writing realistic dialogue to communicating your ideas to other comics professionals. Inside you'll find: • 23 exercises to help you put fundamental writing principles into practice • Sample script formats, page-by-page outlines, scene-by-scene outlines and short pitches that show you exactly how to create these important components of the writing process • Diagrams and pages from published comics to illustrate key concepts • Tips on professional development, networking and navigating the comics industry These pages include all the tools you need to write great comics, but where do you begin? Begin with yourself. You have to know--not believe--know: You can do this, and this guide will help. Now, begin with Chapter 1...

Ten Minute Author

This is a short book about a simple habit with profound results.

Author: Kevin Partner

Publisher: Scribbleit Limited

ISBN: 9780957451612

Category: Reference

Page: 140

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What turns a writer into an author? Finishing. Do you want to finish your manuscript? Or, do you want to write more words in less time? Ten Minute Author is a concise book describing a beautifully simple but powerful technique for creating a daily writing habit to finish your next manuscript. And the one after that. Aimed at both the complete beginner and published authors who want to write more consistently, Ten Minute Author shows how a simple commitment to a daily writing practice can become the foundation of a successful career. Drawing on his experience of writing daily for over three years, author Kevin Partner provides a complete blueprint for setting up your new habit, including downloadable resources, online templates and a 28-day challenge to begin your writing streak. This is a short book about a simple habit with profound results.

This Year You Write Your Novel

In this invaluable book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish their novel in one year.

Author: Walter Mosley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316040433

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 112

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"A straightforward, friendly guide for aspiring writers" (Los Angeles Times): No more excuses. With award-winning author Walter Mosley as your guide, you can write a novel now. "Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls," bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. In this invaluable book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish their novel in one year. Intended as both inspiration and instruction, this book provides the tools to turn out a first draft painlessly and then revise it into something finer. Mosley teaches you how to: Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer's needs -- and how to stick to it. Determine the narrative voice that's right for every writer's style. Hook readers with dynamic characters. Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story. And much more. "No-nonsense advice that is sure to set beginning writers along the righteous path to real authorhood." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Writing the Short Story

Offers advice on writing short stories, discussing building the story, developing the characters, writing and revising the first draft, and marketing the finished story

Author: Jack Bickham

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: PSU:000023339385

Category: Reference

Page: 213

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Offers advice on writing short stories, discussing building the story, developing the characters, writing and revising the first draft, and marketing the finished story

How to Write Your First Novel

In this writer’s guide, prolific writer M.L. Ronn shares an easy step-by-step process of writing compelling fiction that he's perfected after writing 40+ books.

Author: M.L. Ronn

Publisher: Ursabrand Media

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 178

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Are you still dreaming about writing that book? Learning how to write your first novel can be overwhelming. You have to master outlining, writing, revising, and so much more...and it can be scary if you've never done it before. While it seems daunting, writing your first novel is simple when you have someone experienced to help you through it. In this writer’s guide, prolific writer M.L. Ronn shares an easy step-by-step process of writing compelling fiction that he's perfected after writing 40+ books. Write your first novel with structured advice tailored for beginners: Learn the basic building blocks of every story and how to put them together Develop an effective outline (or learn how to write without one!) Discover winning formulas that mega-bestsellers use to write their novels Navigate your novel’s “murky middle” with 7 unorthodox strategies that will get you unstuck in no time Revise your story without fear Writing your first novel is life-changing. Download this writer’s guide, follow the step-by-step instructions, and you'll wake up one morning very soon with a finished manuscript waiting for you.

Get that Novel Started

A detailed how to-guide to writing a novel provides exercises, outlines, and practical advice from starting to finishing a novel

Author: Donna Levin

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: PSU:000045148781

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

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A detailed how to-guide to writing a novel provides exercises, outlines, and practical advice from starting to finishing a novel

Write A Thon

Writing a book in twenty-six days may seem impossible—especially if you don’t write full time—but in Write-A-Thon, Rochelle Melander will teach you the life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools you need to finish your ...

Author: Rochelle Melander

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599633930

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Find the focus, energy, and drive you need to start—and finish—your book Everyone has dreamed of writing a book, but so many start writing only to stall out due to writer’s block, mental fatigue, and other challenges. Write-A-Thon helps you overcome those stumbling blocks and complete your book once and for all. And you don’t have to type away for years on end. Here’s a plan that’ll help you write your book—in twenty-six days! Write-A-Thon gives you the tools, advice, and inspiration you need to succeed before, during, and after your writing race. Solid instruction, positive psychology, and inspiration from marathon runners will give you the momentum to take each step from here to the finish line. • Start out well prepared: Learn how to train your attitude, your writing, and your life—and plan your novel or nonfiction book. • Maintain your pace: Get advice and inspiration to stay motivated and keep writing. • Bask in your accomplishment: Find the best ways to recover and move forward once the marathon is over and you have a completed manuscript in hand. Writing a book in twenty-six days may seem impossible—especially if you don’t write full time—but in Write-A-Thon, Rochelle Melander will teach you the life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools you need to finish your manuscript in less than a month—guaranteed!

Super Simple Story Structure

Author: L. M. Lilly

Publisher: Spiny Woman LLC

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 92

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Struggling to start your novel? Stuck in the middle? Finished a first draft, but it doesn’t really grab you? This short, easy-to-read book helps you speed through your first draft, minimize major rewrites, and keep readers turning the pages. Using specific questions and prompts to expand and focus your story idea, plus examples from plots as diverse as The Terminator, The Awakening, and Gone With The Wind, bestselling author L. M. Lilly walks you through the five simple steps she’s used to write every novel she’s published. Keep your pen, keyboard, or phone at your side as you read and you’ll learn to create: -Strong Conflict -Characters The Reader Cares About -Five Basic Plot Points -Compelling Subplots Most important, Super Simple Story Structure walks you through what should happen in the middle of the novel–-that spot that many writers approach with dread. What you’ll create won’t be so structured that you'll feel hemmed in and stifled, but it will be enough that you can write your first draft quickly, without getting stuck staring at a blank screen for an hour, then giving up and checking your social media accounts. Get started today by downloading Super Simple Story Structure: A Quick Guide to Plotting & Writing Your Novel.

How To Write Your First Novel A Guide For Aspiring Fiction Authors

No matter your plan for publishing your novel, you first need to write the book! I’ve broken down the critical elements to success in two parts: your writing habits and your writing craft.

Author: M.K. Williams

Publisher: Mary K. Williams

ISBN: 9781952084089

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 138

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So often, when I introduce myself to a new person and they learn that I am an author, they reply back that they plan to write a book one day. I’m always so excited to learn more about their idea and see how I can help. More often than not, they reply that they haven’t written a single word. They ask me, “how do you write a novel? How do you get started?” Over the years I’ve written multiple novels and I have condensed my best tips and practices into How To Write Your First Novel: A Guide For Aspiring Fiction Authors. No matter your plan for publishing your novel, you first need to write the book! I’ve broken down the critical elements to success in two parts: your writing habits and your writing craft. You’ll be able to come back and reference this advice throughout your drafting process and as you look to write additional books. Are you ready to go from aspiring author to author? Are you ready to take your idea and turn it into a book? Let’s get started today!

The Writer

The standard reference book for writers; 92 chapters by leading authors, editors
and teachers on fiction, non-fiction, verse, radio, TV, playwriting, etc. ... A
complete training course, packed with suggestions, methods. and ideas useful in
writing fiction 442 pgs. ... $4.9£ Verse FIRST PRINCIPLES OF VERSE (Robert
Hillyer).

Author: William Henry Hills

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067412794

Category: Authorship

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The 90 Day Novel Planner

Start with the protagonist sketch page. Only have your opening image of the novel decided? Write it on the Act I page under the hook. Halfway through the novel but you've decided to change a character's name?

Author: Marisa Mohi

Publisher:

ISBN: 1711326488

Category:

Page: 150

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Novel writing is tough. So I created this planner to help me see the forest for the trees.This planner is designed to keep all your novel writing bits and pieces in one place. Sure, digital tools like Scrivener, Pinterest, and Google Drive can keep things for you. But I'm an analog girl, so this planner makes it a lot easier for me to keep notes together, and in a way that actually helps me write.There are times when you have an idea, but you don't know where to start. This journal is designed so that you can start where you are. Only know who your protagonist is? Start with the protagonist sketch page. Only have your opening image of the novel decided? Write it on the Act I page under the hook. Halfway through the novel but you've decided to change a character's name? Mark it in the writing journal where you can track notes about your writing sessions.Write your novel in the way that makes the most sense to you. And use this planner to keep yourself on track.