Ideas For Writing A Book – Author’s Inspiration

How To Find Book Ideas

There’s oodles of advice on the internet and elsewhere about planning a novel’s structure and analysing everything from plot to characters,  but where does the original idea for writing a book come from? Does it arrive in a flash of inspiration or the result of hard work and brainstorming? By all accounts, it seems to be a combination of both – this is the real world folks, nothing is black or white! The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be one way or the other. The craft of writing adapts nicely to every author’s whim. Personally, I think the first seed of the idea does indeed come in a flash, which is then finely tuned by asking those ‘what if’ questions around that first basic scrap of inspiration. A famous author once said: ‘Inspiration is for amateurs. Professionals get to work!’ It sounds a bit brutal, but that’s about the size of it. Once you think about a possible idea that just might grow into a great book, you need to work on it, organise your thoughts and approach it like a boss. How To Get Ideas For Writing A Book – One Author’s Perspective Alice Ozeman Video transcript: Hello everyone. I’ve decided as some of you may know to start a little series on my Youtube channel called ‘How to write a book’, (remembering that there isn’t one way to write a book) and essentially everything I say you can actually ignore, because you can just do what you want! I get a lot of questions about writing books because I’m an author. I’ve written two books. I got published and I was quite young, and people starting writing, just want a bit of advice and I thought I could just address like every little part of writing a book in just a series of videos. A simple series of videos definitely not, so when I keep getting asked the same questions I can just link them to videos instead of having to explain the same thing over and over again. On Tumblr a question I get asked a lot is ‘how do I come up with ideas?’ and that’s like the very first point you will be at before starting a book, especially if you want to write a book but you just don’t have an idea. I mean, sometimes you have the idea at first […]

Help Writing A Book For Beginners & Beyond

Help In Book Writing

With the best will in the world, writing a book is hard. No, let me re-phrase that – writing a good book that’s worth publishing is hard. Writing is easy. Anyone can write and that is a problem with the industry at the moment. Millions of average books are appearing every week due to the ease of self-publishing. A good idea is to get help writing a book from people who have done it before. There are loads of books to help with writing a book and these can be a boon, but the good coaching can make or break your authoring aspirations. Lisa Tener has helped many authors, coaching some of them to five and six figure publishing deals (check out the testimonials on her web site.) We tend to shy away from seeking help in writing, but it is out there – and a lot of it for free! Of course, it has to be said that a lot of care should be taken by checking the credentials of the advice givers, but ,many luminaries, such as John Grisham, offer insights into their writing process. One problem is that, while a basic process and structure is beneficial to new authors looking for help in writing a book, we are all individuals and don’t work in the same way. This is one reason why the best coaching and instructional writing courses focus on your personal strengths and weaknesses. In the video below, Evan Carmichael outlines the process he uses for writing, publishing and marketing a book. Need Help Writing A Book? It Happens All The Time Video Transcript: Hello, Believe Nation! My name is Evan Carmichael! My one word is believe, and I believe that entrepreneurs will solve all the of the world’s major problems. So, to help you on your journey, today, I’m going to talk about seven ways to write a book for beginners. (electronic music) So, I launched my first book with Penguin Random House in December of last year. I’m in the process of writing my second book, and I have the first draft, just finished! I’m super excited about that. And I’ve been gettin’ a lot of questions, from you guys, asking me about the process. How do I write a book, what does it look like? How do I make sure that my book is a success, comin’ out of the gate? And so, today, […]

Novel Writing Course Online Review

Online Writing Course Review

Everyone has read the stories about John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth, two authors who wrote best sellers with their first novel. Enthusiastic writers point out that Grisham had no formal training and just wrote by the seat of his pants, without any form of novel writing course online to help him! Forsyth, on the hand, wrote his novel ‘Day of the Jackal‘ in 30 days and we all know the rest of the story. Here’s the rub folks – it ain’t going to happen! The market for new novels in all genres is incredibly crowded today, and a new author needs all the help he or she can get. Of course, you can go it alone, picking up all those free tips on Youtube, but a well-taught and structured approach to creative writing will lift you above the crowd fast. Statistics show that writer’s who successfully complete a professional online novel writing course are three times more likely to eventually publish a novel. It’s a fact that 3 or 4 students out of every 100 who enrol in the best writing workshops in New York or UK become published novelists. The problem is: We don’t all live in a city and real live writing creative writing classes are prohibitively expensive. For many people, a book writing course online is the answer and gives the best of both worlds. They are affordable and the best are taught by real authors. Not all online writing workshops are the same. Look for tutorials offered by published authors and industry professionals, preferably award-winners! Creative Writing Courses Online Presented By Holly Lisle Holly Lisle has a fine collection of book writing courses online and her credentials are about as good as they can get! According to her Wikipedia page, she ranks among the most prolific and successful authors who also excel at teaching their craft – a rare combination indeed. Writing professionally since 1991, her first novel FIRE IN THE MIST won the Compton Crook Award, which is presented in the category of Best First Novel. Since then, she has written and published over 30 books and incredibly, finds the time to create some of the best online writing workshops in general, and how to write novels in particular. The video below is an example of her teaching style. It’s infectious, fun and entertaining, while oozing with tips for improving your fiction writing at the basic level and […]

I Want To Write A Novel – Where Do I Start?

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It’s been said that everyone has a novel inside them, and for most people, it should stay there! I think that’s a bit harsh. My own opinion is that you should go for it, whatever ‘it’ is. If you firmly affirm to yourself ‘I want to write a novel’, where do you start? Let me say, right from the beginning, that anyone can do anything they set their mind to, but it’s much more satisfying if you know how to go about it. When it’s a novel or any kind of book you’re considering writing, you should know that it’s a big undertaking and needs planning. More than planning, actually. Jacqueline Eubanks was an award-winning when she was 12 years old, or thereabouts! In the video below, the first of a series, she describes the process she goes through when writing a novel. It’s interesting for one so young that said emphasises the need for careful research before putting pen to paper. Want To Write A Novel? Don’t Know Where To Start? Read on … Video Transcript: Hey guys. My name is Jacqueline Eubanks and I am the award-winning, best-selling author of the Last Summer series, which became an award winner and bestseller when I was in high school. I wrote the very first graph of the first novel, I published when I was 12, so I am now documenting my whole step by step process from like my first idea, to plot diagram, to first draft, to publication and I’m just gonna document the whole thing in these like vlogs. So I want to teach you how I’ve done it two times before and been really successful and if I can do this in middle school, in high school, honestly anybody can. So I’m gonna teach you my step by step way of doing this. To start off I just wanted to talk about the three things that you need to do before starting your novel. Now really there’s four main ones that I’ve done that I think are really critical but we’re gonna start with just three for this video. So the first thing is, it’s time to go back to basics and hand write your first draft of your story. Now here’s where I’m coming from – it’s way easier to write a first draft on the computer in the sense that it makes it a little […]

How To Edit A Book For Publishing – Self Editing Tips

the self-editing process for novels

This post is going to be in two parts and is all about how to edit a book for publishing. It’s easy to think that after finishing your first draft the hard work is done – I’m afraid not! The editing process takes up a large amount of time for a reason – without it, your manuscript has flaws you are not aware of! The first video takes a look at how to self-edit your manuscript before sending it to your beta readers, which is in itself a vital step. The viewpoint of an outsider is how you find those plot holes and nonsense chapters that just don’t flow. The second video is short and briefly explains the process a professional copy editor goes through when he or she receives a manuscript. Whether you self-edit you novel or pay for a pro, the process of editing cannot be avoided, and should be welcomed as the way in which you will get your book published. How To Edit A Book For Publishing PDF Video Transcript: Self Editing You Own Novel Manuscript – 5 Tips Hello everybody. My name is Natalia Lee and I’m the author of the young adult novels ‘Hi Board’ and ‘Wave Spears’. Today I’m going to be giving you my top five tips for editing your novel. Let’s get started. So if you are editing your novel, that means that you have already finished your manuscript. Not everybody edits in this way, but I certainly do. I have to wait until I have completely finished a manuscript before I start editing. It’s one thing to perhaps read back over the work that you wrote the day before and just clean it up a little bit, but I don’t consider that editing. How to edit a book for publishing Editing, for me, means that I am making large-scale changes to my novel in order to fill in plot holes, make it read better, and correct character inconsistencies. I certainly will look back at the work that I did a day or two before, and if I find a misspelling, or maybe something that reads a bit awkwardly, I will definitely clean that up, but again that is not what I consider to be editing. So if you are ready for editing, that probably means that you already have the first draft of your novel complete. And my five tips […]

How To Write A Novel Outline

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To outline or not outline, that is the question! We hear arguments for and against, and I’m assured that many prominent authors have had great success writing as a ‘Pantser’, that is, writing by the seat of their pants. It could be exciting, I suppose, writing as a stream of conscience, but from my own experience it’s quite easy to write yourself into a corner with no escape in sight. It would seem, for most people, a plan is a definite advantage to their writing. Knowing how to write a novel outline is the first step in creating a story. Did Shakespeare plan? Was Dickens a Pantser or a Plotter? Even if Charles Dickens didn’t plan as we do, he surely knew all about plot structure and how to keep a reader turning the pages, as he had his first successes writing ‘penny dreadfuls’ for the masses. It may be reasonable to assume that most new writers would benefit from some kind of novel structure planning, so the only question is – which method should you use? The following video explains how chapters can not only be used to plan a novel, but also used as a submission tool to agents and editors. https://youtu.be/CPcHo_JxItIVideo can’t be loaded: How to Outline Your Novel Manuscript (Part 1) (https://youtu.be/CPcHo_JxItI) Youtube Channel How To Create A Novel Outline Out Of Chapters Video Transcript: Media bistro on-demand presents: ‘How to outline your novel’ will show you how to structure, outline and begin writing your novel. So you have a great idea for a novel. You know basically what it will be about and who the characters will be. You’re ready to sit down and begin but where do you start? If you’re anything like me or most of my friends who have published books, you’ll start with an outline. You wouldn’t leave home for a cross-country drive without a map or at least a functioning GPS would you? It would be just as unwise to dive into a novel without having an idea of where you’re going, and how you plan to get there. Some writers write without outlines but even they generally have a basic idea of where they’re going. I just find it easier and much more efficient to have those ideas down on paper. The thing about an outline is that it’s not set in stone. Just like when you’re taking that […]

Novel Writing Tips For Beginners -The Novel Writing Process

novel writing tips for beginners

Most everyone writes according to a process, even if we sometimes don’t realise it! There are a few who seem to write by the seats of their pants (Pantsers), but most of us need a novel writing process to guide us long the way to a successful novel. Probably one of the most valuable novel writing tips for beginners is to follow a structure for outlining and writing. There are many out there, such as the Snowflake Method, and others that have been adapted by writers of all levels to suit their own particular needs and writing style. The first video presents a quite detailed plan for writing a structured novel or book, with useful tips for much-needed discipline. The second addresses the problem of motivation – something which affects us all. The presentation is refreshing because it offers various ideas for overcoming writer’s block and the dreaded feeling of ‘I am not a writer!’ A Working Novel Writing Process – Advice For Beginners Video Transcript: Heya, book nerds! I’m Meg LaTorre, and on this episode of iWriterly, I thought we’d do something a little different. A lot of you have been asking about the adult fantasy manuscript I’m currently querying and my writing process. So I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my brain’s hard-wiring. It’s also rather timely, as I’m about to launch into a new project. Keep in mind, every writer has their own unique process. This is just what I’ve found works for me. Step 1: The idea Usually an idea will crop up during everyday life, and I’ll mull it over in my mind for a few days or weeks and jot down notes as I think of them. Eventually, the idea either blossoms into a full-fledged story or withers and dies a painful death. … Not really. Step 2: The plot outline If a story makes it past the idea phase, I’ll then write a plot outline. I really like Vivien Reis’ outline video, which I’ve referenced before in my past videos. To learn more about plot outlining, be sure to check that out. I’ll leave a link in the description below. Step 3: The character outline I’ll usually write an outline for the main cast of characters, including their physical description, the desire(s) that drive them throughout the story, weaknesses or shortcomings of their characters, and their role in the plot. This […]

How To Write A Fiction Book – Mode Of Narration

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The next thing I’d like to talk with you about is mode of narration. Mode of narration constitutes an important decision that you’re going to have to make in your writing right up front. That’s basically how you’re going to tell your story, how it’s going to be constructed. Let’s look at mode of narration in detail. It’s composed of three components. The first is point of view or POV. This is basically who’s telling the story. The next is voice. That’s basically how they’re telling the story. And then there’s tense. That’s basically when did the story take place, past, present or future. Let’s dig into more detail by looking at point of view once again. You have three point of views to consider. First-person – typically the narrator is yourself. The word ‘I’ pops up an awful lot. You’re telling the story from your point of view. ‘I ran to catch the train.’ Second person is rarely used so we’re not going to spend a lot of time discussing it. It would be ‘you ran to catch the train’. Third person, which is also very common, is ‘he ran to catch the train’. Here you’re talking about another person. https://youtu.be/oFh2OFqxFhcVideo can’t be loaded: Write a Fiction Book: Mode of Narration – Writing with Point of View, Narrative Voice and Tense (https://youtu.be/oFh2OFqxFhc) Video Transcript (cont’d) Writing Fiction for Beginners Tips – Start Writing Fiction The Right Way Now third person is possibly one of the most common points of view in writing but first person can give you a very intimate feel and can get you very close to the narrator of the story. After all, the the narrator the story is yourself, whereas third person is more for gathering maybe large groups and stuff like that. Next let’s look at voice and this we’re going to look at in two pieces. First, what kind of voices can we use for first and second person? Well, actually first person, since we’re not considered second person. The first is an internal monologue, which is what I was just having. There a stream of consciousness, you might say or also know. This is the rattlings of the internals of the of the mind. Unless you’re a very advanced writer, I wouldn’t suggest this particular voice. It’s hard to keep the reader captivated with a stream of consciousness. More common, in fact […]

How To Write Dialogue Between Two Characters

How to write dialogue

On the face of it, dialogue is pretty easy. It’s just the way characters talk to each other in a novel or movie. Pop the text in between quote marks using the correct punctuation and you’re done! Actually, it’s much more complex than that. Learning how to write dialogue between two characters is absolutely crucial to the success of your book or screenplay. The author has the task of creating a conversation in fiction that seems to be realistic but isn’t at all like people communicate in real life. It gives the impression of effortlessly flowing and getting straight to the point, whereas in real life chats we ‘um’ and ‘ah’, repeat ourselves and often talk about nothing. In fact, a huge part of our conversations just reflect the conventions of our culture and time. The paradox is that it doesn’t look real on the written page. In normal life, dialogue performs the function of communication. In a novel, dialogue should drive the story forward, help describe characters and provide emotion. How To Write Dialogue Between Two Characters & Keep It Real! Video Transcript; Hello learning birds – this is Eric Buffington and this is our creative writing lesson on dialogue. We’re going to talk about what is dialogue, keeping a good balance of dialogue and action, and then making realistic dialogue. So dialogue. When I talk about dialogue I’m going to be talking about when characters are speaking or communicating with each other. When a new person speaks you need to begin a new paragraph and you need to indicate what they’re saying using quotation marks. So I’m going to show you a bit of dialogue from JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and you’ll be able to see this in action. Here’s the example of dialogue: I was coming over the mountains with a friend or two. “I can only see one and a little one at that,” said Bjorn. “Well, to tell you the truth, I did not like to bother you with a lot of us until I found out if you were busy. I will give a call if I may?” “Go on. Call away.” So you can see, with each time a person speaking, you get a new paragraph and that’s helpful. It helps us to keep it differentiated who’s speaking and then what they’re saying is inside of those quotation marks. When you are writing […]

How To Write Dialogue In A Story

How to write dialogue in a story

The are two things to learn about dialogue: How to format correctly and how to make it matter to the reader. Beginners need to learn how to write dialogue in a story taking both into account. The mechanics of formatting are quite easy, and there are many free resources available to help guide us navigate the various rules. Of course, there are differences between countries, but once these are taken into account, writing dialogue with punctuation in the right place quickly becomes second nature. How to write good dialogue which drives the story forward and pleases the reader is a tad more difficult. It has to sound (or read) naturally, but also provide information about other things, such as character attitude, mood,  motivation, and perhaps some explanation of setting and plot events. It’s a bit of a balancing act. We don’t write dialogue between two people like it’s spoken in everyday life. It would look ridiculous on the written page. The author has to create this authenticity while at the same time removing much of the meaningless garbage that passes for human communication. Learning How To Write Dialogue In A Story – Driving The Plot Video Transcript: Hi writers and welcome to my lesson on dialogue. So today I’m going to talk about how you can really make your characters come off the page and make them feel a lot more realistic just by doing a few simple things with your dialogue. I don’t really like rules generally but I’m going to start with some rules and you’ll see what my point is in a minute. Three rules of dialogue and they are ‘subtext, subtext, subtext’ – I think you get my point, but also conflict, but definitely subtext. Now I’m oversimplifying a bit but the point is that your dialogue should be doing more than one job. There are two things to think about. The dialogue really comes off the page when it’s complex, when the reader has to think about it a little bit, when it doesn’t feel like two people either telling each other things they already know or telling each other things that are very straightforward. It’s very easy to understand. They’re not hiding anything. Well that’s not how people speak. When I speak to you, when we speak to each other like often I won’t directly say what I want or what I think and […]