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Writing basics

Part One:

I am not an expert in this field; however, I have done enough research to know the steps one should take to write a book, find a publisher and see a story in print. Do your research and use this blog and future blogs about this as a stepping-stone to meet your dreams.

In this blog, you will find step-by-step advice to writing a story and developing it. I will give you websites that will help you perfect your craft. Combine this information with the information you have received from your research and you will see a light at the end of the tunnel.

First, let me tell you that writing a book is the easiest part of all of this. If you do not have tough skin, get it! You will hear NO and other forms of that word repeatedly. DO NOT take offense just smile and keep on going. If it is any consolation, Stephanie Myers story, Twilight seen rejection fifteen (15) times and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter seen rejection twelve (12) times before it was accepted. Keep that in mind.

If you need help toughening your skin, set up a free account at www.fanstory.com. The writing site allows writers, authors, editors and the public to check your work and rate your stories. You may also want to check out www.helium.com. This free site also allows you to post your work and have it rated by your peers.

Before You Write:

Know your characters and make sure they are three-dimensional (This is so important. If you know, who they are then you will not have problems writing about each of them.)

  • Personality
  • Likes
  • Dislikes
  • Hobbies
  • Past
  • Habits
  • Family tree
  • Style
  • Quirks
  • Fears
  • Area’s of confidence

Next:

Set your Plot and Subplots. (What are you going to write about? What is the conflict? How are your characters going to fix the conflict?)

  • Storyline
  • Climax
  • Resolve
  • Subplots

Some authors chose to write an outline (50 to 60 pages). This is especially good when you are writing a mystery. Dropping clues throughout the book is easier with an outline.

Your First Page:

The first line is where you keep your reader or lose them. Always start your first line with a character name. This will give your book reality from the beginning. You also want to give your reader the feeling of motion in your first line, something real and out of the norm.

Examples:

“When Mr. Mitchell entered his office, he saw a beautiful young woman standing at his panoramic window, gazing at the city below.”

This is the first line of my first book. We know that a woman who Mr. Mitchell does not know is standing in his office gazing out his window. She is perplexed or in deep thought and she is there to see him.

Example:

“Mia buried her head into her pillow to muffle her sobs.”

This is the first line of my second book. We instantly know, within the first line, that Mia is distraught and she is trying to stay quiet as she cries. Why?

The End Chapter-bang:

Always end your chapters with a bang. Have you ever read a book and said, “After this chapter I am going to bed” only to find that hours have passed and your still reading? That is the author’s goal. Keep your readers turning the page with the anticipation of what will happen next.  

The Grammar Check:

I find it is easier for me to write my entire book, then go back, and look at each chapter. You might be different and like to edit your book as you go. Either way, I have some great sites that will help in your editing process. Please check them out and try them for free.  

www.autocrit.com

www.grammarly.com

Both these sites are amazing at editing your work and helping you get through that process with ease.

In the next blog, we will touch on editing your work and determining your game plan.

All comments and questions are welcome

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August 14, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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