How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

Author: Randy Ingermanson

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500574055

Category: Reference

Page: 234

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A Magical Key to Unlock Your Creative Wizard Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? You've heard of “outlining,” but that sounds too rigid for you. You've heard of “organic writing,” but that seems a bit squishy to you. Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method—ten battle-tested steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down. In this book, you'll follow the story of a fictitious novelist as she learns to tap into the amazing power of the Snowflake Method. Almost magically, she finds her story growing from a simple idea into a deep and powerful novel. And she finds her novel changing her—into a stronger, more courageous person. Zany, Over the Top, and Just Plain Fun How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is a “business parable”—a how-to guide written in story form. It's zany. It's over the top. It's just plain fun. It shows you how it's done, rather than tells you. You'll learn by example how to grow your story idea into a sizzling first draft. You'll discover: How to define your “target audience” the right way, so you know exactly how your ideal readers think and feel. Forget what the experts tell you about “demographics.” How to create a dynamite selling tool that will instantly tell people whether they'll love your story or hate it. And you want them to love it or hate it. How to get inside the skin of each of your characters—even your villain. Especially your villain. How to find a deep, emotively powerful theme for your story. Do you know the best point in your novel to unveil your theme? How to know when to backtrack, and why backtracking is essential to writing great fiction. How to fire-test each scene to ensure it's high-impact—before you write it. ExcerptGoldilocks had always wanted to write a novel. She learned to read before she went to kindergarten. In grade school, she always had her nose in a book. In junior high, the other kids thought she was weird, because she actually liked reading those dusty old novels in literature class. All through high school, Goldilocks dreamed of writing a book of her own someday. But when she went to college, her parents persuaded her to study something practical. Goldilocks hated practical, and secretly she kept reading novels. But she was a very obedient girl, so she did what her parents told her. She got a very practical degree in marketing. After college, she got a job that bored her to tears—but at least it was practical. Then she got married, and within a few years, she had two children, a girl and then a boy. She quit her job to devote full time to them. As the children grew, Goldilocks took great joy in introducing them to the stories she had loved as a child. When her son went off to kindergarten, Goldilocks thought about looking for a job. But her resume now had a seven-year hole in it, and her practical skills were long out of date. The only jobs Goldilocks could qualify for were minimum wage. She suddenly realized that being practical had made her horribly unhappy. On a whim, Goldilocks decided to do the one thing she had always wanted more than anything else—she was finally going to write a novel. She didn't care if it was impractical. She didn't care if nobody would ever read her novel. She was going to do it just because she wanted to. For the first time in years, she was going to do something just for herself. And nobody was going to stop her.

Creative Writing For Dummies

Author: Maggie Hamand

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119992443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Do you have an idea that you’re burning to get down on paper? Do you want to document your travels to far-flung places, or write a few stanzas of poetry? Whether you dream of being a novelist, a travel writer, a poet, a playwright or a columnist, Creative Writing For Dummies shows you how to unlock your creativity and choose the genre of writing that suits you best. Walking you through characterisation, setting, dialogue and plot, as well as giving expert insights into both fiction and non-fiction, it’s the ideal launching pad to the world of creative writing. Creative Writing For Dummies covers: Part I: Getting started Chapter 1: Can Everyone Write? Chapter 2: Getting into the Write Mind Chapter 3: Finding the Material to work with Part II: The Elements of Creative Writing Chapter 4: Creating Characters Chapter 5: Discovering Dialogue Chapter 6: Who is telling the story? Chapter 7: Creating your own world Chapter 8: Plotting your way Chapter 9: Creating a Structure Chapter 10: Rewriting and editing Part III: Different Kinds of Fiction Writing Chapter 11: Short stories Chapter 12: Novels Chapter 13: Writing for children Chapter 14: Plays Chapter 15: Screenplays Chapter 16: Poetry Part IV: Different kinds of Non-fiction writing Chapter 17: Breaking into journalism - Writing articles/ magazine writing Chapter 18: Writing from life and autobiography Chapter 19: Embroidering the facts: Narrative non-fiction Chapter 20: Exploring the world from your armchair - Travel writing Chapter 21: Blogging – the new big thing Part V: Finding an audience Chapter 22: Finding editors/ publishers/ agents Chapter 23: Becoming a professional Part VI: Part of Tens Chapter 24: Ten top tips for writers Chapter 25: Ten ways to get noticed

Techniques of the Selling Writer

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806186674

Category: Reference

Page: 344

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Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

Writing Fiction For Dummies

Author: Randy Ingermanson,Peter Economy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470585234

Category: Education

Page: 384

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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.

Outlining Your Novel

Map Your Way to Success

Author: K M Weiland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985780494

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.

Oxygen

Author: Andrew Miller

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544127994

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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It is the summer of 1997. In England, Alec Valentine is returning home to care for his ailing mother, Alice, a task that only reinforces his deep sense of inadequacy. In San Francisco, his older brother Larry prepares to come home as well, knowing it will be hard to conceal that his acting career is sliding toward sleaze and his marriage is faltering. In Paris, on the other hand, the Hungarian exile László Lázár, whose play Alec is translating, seems to have it all--a comfortable home, critical acclaim, a loving boyfriend, and a close circle of friends. Yet he cannot shake off the memories of the 1956 uprising and the cry for help he left unanswered. As these unforgettable characters soon learn, the moment has come to assess the turns taken and the opportunities missed. For each of them will soon take part in acts of liberation, even if they are not necessarily what they might have expected. Evoking an extraordinary range of emotions and insights, Oxygen lives and breathes beyond the final page.

No Plot? No Problem!

A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

Author: Chris Baty

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811845052

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Chris Baty, motivator extraordinaire and instigator of a wildly successful writing revolution, spells out the secrets of writingand finishinga novel. Every fall, thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which Baty founded, determined to (a) write that novel or (b) finish that novel inkid you not30 days. Now Baty puts pen to paper himself to share the secrets of success. With week-specific overviews, pep "talks," and essential survival tips for today's word warriors, this results-oriented, quick-fix strategy is perfect for people who want to nurture their inner artist and then hit print! Anecdotes and success stories from NaNoWriMo winners will inspire writers from the heralding you-can-do-it trumpet blasts of day one to the champagne toasts of day thirty. Whether it's a resource for those taking part in the official NaNo WriMo event, or a stand-alone handbook for writing to come, No Plot? No Problem! is the ultimate guide for would-be writers (or those with writer's block) to cultivate their creative selves.

The Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Novel for Fiction Writers and Novelist

Author: George Lucas

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781511647328

Category:

Page: 72

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How many times did you want to write your own novel but gave up the idea because you didn't have the required skills or knowledge? It happened more times than you'd like to believe, right? So let me ask that question once again. Do you REALLY want to write your own novel? Would you like to see a famous book published under your name? If yes, then stop giving up every time you come across this idea and be done with it. If you believe you do not know anything about how professional novelists write their novels, don't worry about it. This book has everything you need to know. This book, 'A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Novel' is a one of its kind book. It is different to anything you would have read, because it reverses the usual order of things. It does not teach you the same old tips and tricks. Instead, the book divides the process of novel-writing into 6 easy steps. Each step becomes a chapter that gives you complete insight and knowledge. It grabs you by hand and takes you forward. Read this book now and see for yourself. Learning how to write your own first novel couldn't get any easier than this.

How to Write Realistic Characters

The Top Writer's Toolkit for Novels and Screenplays

Author: Jackson Dean Chase

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519776761

Category:

Page: 44

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When readers don't believe in your characters, they don't believe in your story. This power-packed book teaches the top secrets you need to know to quickly master writing incredibly realistic characters! Best of all, it works with any genre and any format: novels, short stories, screenplays, comic books, even fan fiction. Buy this book and take your writing from "zero to hero" the fast, easy way!

Your Personal Fiction Writing Coach

365 Days of Motivation & Tips to Write a Great Book!

Author: Stephanie Bond

Publisher: NeedtoRead Books

ISBN: 0991520939

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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So you’ve always wanted to write a novel, but don’t know where to start. Or you’ve started your novel, but it stalled so you shoved it back under your bed/into a forgotten computer file. Or maybe you’re a veteran novelist, but the thrill is gone, and you can’t seem to get excited about writing again. International bestselling novelist Stephanie Bond will walk you through the process of pre-book planning, plotting a page-turner, and writing a novel around your busy schedule, all in digestible bites of advice you can draw on every day! Don’t buy into the stereotypical myths of writing—creating a great, entertaining novel doesn’t have to be out of reach, scary, or gut-wrenching. Writing a novel should be fun, inspiring, and life-enriching! The information in this book will help you get your mind around your ideas and bring the prospect of writing a novel down to a manageable, achievable, and fulfilling project. “I was once in your shoes—more questions than answers, and more ideas than time. Over the course of my writing career, I’ve learned the most successful writers are the ones with the most tricks! I’ve condensed all my tricks and tips into this book to coach you on your journey as a novelist. My goal is to make you a happier, more productive writer. You can do this!“ –Stephanie Bond, multi-published author You have lots of great ideas floating around in your head. You could write the next great novel to electrify the world. So what are you waiting for? Go, go, go!

The Story Equation

How to Plot and Write a Brilliant Story from One Powerful Question

Author: Susan May Warren

Publisher: My Book Therapy

ISBN: 9781943935116

Category:

Page: 130

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Discover The Story Equation!One question can unlock your entire story!Are you struggling to build a riveting plot? Layered characters? How about fortify that saggy middle? Create that powerful ending? You can build an entire book by asking one powerful question, and then plugging it into an "equation" that makes your plot and character's come to life. You'll learn how to build the external and internal journey of your characters, create a theme, build story and scene tension, create character change and even pitch and market your story.Learn: *How to create a 3-D character with one easy question.*How to create riveting inner tension.*The easy solution to character change!*The one element every writer needs to ask to keep a reader up all night.*How to craft an ending that makes your reader say to their friends, "Oh, you have to read this book!"Using the powerful technique that has created RITA, Christy and Carol award-winning, best-selling novels, Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck will show novelists how to utilize the Story Equation for the best story they've ever written.

The 5 Day Novel

Author: Scott King

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539136538

Category:

Page: 198

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Struggling to finish your novels? Learn how to tweak your workflow process and write one in only FIVE DAYS! After taking way too long to write a fantasy epic, author and educator Scott King refined his writing process so that he could crank out a novel in five days! Through easy-to-follow tips and helpful examples, Scott takes a theme and shapes an entire story around it. Let him walk you through the prewriting process, slogging through a first draft, and doing the rewrites. In this book, you'll learn: How to get in the right mindset How to cut distractions & manage your time The ingredients necessary to form a story How to stay focused and keep writing How to plan your rewrites The things to look for when line editing If you like honesty, no bull, a bunch of humor, and tons of examples in your writing guides, then you'll love Scott King's behind-the-scenes look at how to write a novel in five days.

Legend

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 014242207X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 318

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In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

The Fifth Man

Author: John B. Olson,Randall Scott Ingermanson

Publisher: Bethany House Pub

ISBN: 9780764227325

Category: Fiction

Page: 361

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"Valkerie Jansen has made the discovery of a lifetime--evidence of past life on Mars. But her personal life is coming unglued"--Page 4 of cover.

The Black Box

Author: Michael Connelly

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316069442

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together. Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

The Dark World

Author: Cara Lynn Shultz

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 0373211201

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 370

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After being attacked by a fire demon, Paige Kelly, who can speak with the dead and whose best friend is a ghost, teams up with demon-slayer Logan Bradley and finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons.

The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780307433848

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 592

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DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF. The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. “The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times “Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today

How to Write a Novel

Ingredients to a Bestselling Novel

Author: Emma Fisher

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546937067

Category:

Page: 40

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Do You Want to Be the Next Bestselling Author? Don't Have Any Idea on How to Get Started? Perhaps you've had this idea brewing in your head for years and years. Maybe you've been planning it in notebooks, scribbling it in the corner of homework or reports for work or even on a park bench at your lunch hour. But the problem is... Where do you begin? How does the first page become the last page and how does one sentence become thousands of them. From a blank page to a book filled with well-crafted prose, memorable characters, witty dialogue, and enough heart to get the attention and the emotions of the reader. This guide is a way to help you start off your work and finally pursue that book of your dreams! A Preview of What You Will Learn The 4 Key Elements to Starting Your Novel 4 Distinct Differences in Outlines & Writing Styles The Most Important Character Creation Guideline Diverse Levels of World Building Strategies Exactly how to Write a Novel from Beginning to End Much, much more! Don't wait any longer, buy this book today!