How to Write : Update and Chapter Three

How to Write : Update and Chapter Three

I hope you have enjoyed the creation of the plot board video, and then the post to explain what you can do with one. Remember it is not the end-all, be-all, do-all for plotting. There are as many different views on plotting as there are ways to create a plotting tool, and you may not be at all like myself. So this post, I am calling a general update because I have had some mighty long ones recently. On this post, I want to really encourage you guys to help me give the book a name. I refer back to

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How to Write: Call to Adventure for Women’s Fiction

How to Write: Call to Adventure for Women’s Fiction

Hello How to Write fans! How is it going? Are you getting a lot done? I have had a great week-so far as this blog book is concerned. Speaking of which, we MUST name it. I am a title freak. The title (and cover art if I can get it early on) helps define the story. We are going to have to have a name-the-book contest soon. Maybe along about chapter four or five, because we should be far enough into the story by then to have a feel for its conflict. Until then, I am videotaping the “how to

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How to Write: the first chapter

How to Write: the first chapter

It’s day 4 of How to Write and today we are going to discuss that all important first chapter. There is a really great way to know what to put in one and I am going to challenge you to try it. What is this cool new challenge? READ A CHAPTER Not just any chapter, now, but one from a book that you think is like the one you want to write. The best way to know what goes in a first chapter is to read some that have already been written. I do not know what you are writing,

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How to Write: the first page

It’s day three of our How to Write series! How are you feeling? Pumped? Motivated? Ready to shake up the writing world and get something started? We’ve already covered nailing your blurb, characters, and first line, and how to create a super-interesting first paragraph, and today it’s all about getting yourself off your butt to lengthen it and make it into a first page. It is not too late! Now, there are a heap of places on the Internet that talk about what a good first page is all about. You could spend HOURS looking and learning everyone’s opinion on

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How to Write: Day Two-the first paragraph

How to Write: Day Two-the first paragraph

Welcome back to How to Write–my little series of helpful tips and applications that will set you on the path to writing glory. If you missed it, here is the link to DAY ONE . So, just to recap, I have the story blurb written, a little sketch of each of the main characters, and a summary. And I finally eked out the first line. At this point I want to say I am ready to begin writing. Just a paragraph or two. Just enough to get a feel for this paper person and why she is leading the charge

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