Oh man…has life ever just jumped in the way and caused you a major train wreck? It’s been that way for some time now and my plans of working on my writing, learning to paint and learning meditation came to a grinding halt. Things are settling down and I’m starting to see things on the horizon. I’ve been able to find a software for my writing that I feel will help me stay focused and on track to be able to move forward and make headway on my books. If I am able to play my cards write (that was not a typo by the way) I hope to have my final draft ready for submission in the spring of 2014. I will be doing a review on The Novel Factory software as I move through the writing process of the novel I’m working on.
When Life Gets In the Way…Push Past and Move On
Oh man…has life ever just jumped in the way and caused you a major train wreck? It’s been that way for some time now and my plans of working on my writing, learning to paint and learning meditation came to a grinding halt. Things are settling down and I’m starting to see things on the […]
The Writing On the Wall
I’ve seen a few of these out there and will go into more detail as mine develops. Plotting on an available wall in your home will be a great way to storyboard your novel. What is even better is it does not have to be an expensive attempt. You do have to be careful not […]
Some More Points On Writing the Thriller
Here are some more points on writing the thriller novel. An opening that grabs drags you in A likeable, resourceful hero A cunning villain (or more than one) A riveting plot with lots of intrigue Tension and conflict Fast pacing, to-the-point writing An unexpected conclusion
That’s My Story and I’m Stickn’ To It
Of course I’ll have to change names to protect my wife, but one of the reasons I started a personal blog was to eventually move it from blog to somewhat of a personal memoir or auto-biography. I’m working on a book project now and hope to complete it by the end of 2012, then seeking […]
How Can Evernote Work For You and Your Novel?
Are you a writer who uses paper only? Or – are you a writer who is on the go and needs the ability to write in a variety of formats using laptop, iPad, iPhone or just a computer connected to the internet? I’m the second option and I think most writer’s today probably are that […]
- An opening that grabs drags you in
- A likeable, resourceful hero
- A cunning villain (or more than one)
- A riveting plot with lots of intrigue
- Tension and conflict
- Fast pacing, to-the-point writing
- An unexpected conclusion
So, you’re a new writer and are struggling with just moving forward? I was there – I think actually for years, until I had a great discovery. Here are some things which worked for me.
- Create an outline. There are proponents for and against this technique. Remember an outline is not carved in stone…it’s just that an outline or a guide to help you focus on moving the storyline forward. Each main point can be the Act structure and sub-points following can be the scenes and sub-plots. Simple and effective.
- Determine your book’s word count. Once you determine the genre you are writing in do some research to decide how many words a potential publisher would need then pick the magic number you will shoot for.
- Choose how many words per day you will commit to writing. Ok let’s face it we are new writers and the big boys probably sit down and write well more than a thousand words per day, but they also probably don’t have another job right? I know I have not quit my day job yet, so my time daily is limited with work and other daily life, so I needed to select a word count I would shoot for daily that was manageable. A sub-set to this is that once you choose your daily word count you will also be able to determine when your book will be completed. The easy way to do this is to take your book’s total estimated word count – say 65,000 and divide this by your estimated daily word goal – let’s say 500 and your answer is how many days to complete your novel’s project. The answer here is 130 days to complete a novel of 65,000 words with a daily word goal of 500.
- Pick your time and place to work. All of our schedules are different, so look at your time and carve out a time which will work for you…and a place which will allow you to focus.