Tips On Writing A Book For The First Time – Beginner’s Advice

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I’m Mette Ivy Harrison. I’m the best-selling author of the Bishop’s Wife series and I’m gonna be sharing my five best tips of how to write a novel. Tip number one is you need to have an interesting character who needs or want something desperately. This is so that you can have a character who is propelling the plot forward. Passive characters are not super interesting. They need to do something. You want to have a character who’s not just reacting to events but rather is causing events to happen and interacting with other characters in the world that they’re […]

Short Story Structure & Planning

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Once upon a time there was a …. a … yeah! So you have to write a short story but you don’t know what to do, where do you start. Well, the simplest place to start for a short story would be understanding its structure. Think of it as something a little bit like this. From start to end, you’re always rising until you come to your conclusion. The way your short story should start is with your exposition. This is when you’re introducing your story. Then your rising action. As the tension rises, so does your action, until you […]

How To Sell A Script To Hollywood – Producer’s Perspective

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Let’s cut to the chase – as long as movies are made, producers will need fresh original stories. You’ve got an idea for a movie. In this video I’m going to explain exactly what you need to do to sell it. Since we rarely ever see the screenwriter, or read the scripts of the movies we watch, there tends to be this unnecessary mystery surrounding that aspect of the film industry. Where movie ideas come from, or how screenplays are chosen, or how to get your idea through the door and it’s led to a lot of confusion and misunderstanding […]

How To Start Writing A Book For Beginners – Ideas For Writing A Book

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Hello and welcome back to my channel. If you don’t know who I am, I’m Britt Poe. I am an author and a writing a business coach for creative writers and authors alike. Today I’m gonna be talking about how to outline your novel using my absolute favorite method, the snowflake method. So before I get into the how-to, I wanted to share a little bit of background. In the writing world there are two sort of sides when it comes to planning a novel. There are plotters, the ones who plan everything and set them out before they start […]

How To Begin Writing A Book The Right Way

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Hi everyone – Alexa Donne here and today I am talking all about starting your novel in the right place. Now this is kind of a buzzy phrase that you may have heard, especially if anyone has ever told you, if you’ve heard people tell other writers ‘hmm I think you’re starting your book in the wrong place’. You hear this because it’s really critical to start your book in the right place. Ideally you want to start with a scene that illustrates character, conflict, world and ideally also stakes. Now this is a tall order. There’s a lot to […]

Writing A Novel Outline – A Winning Strategy

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I’ve always wanted to be a writer but when I was younger I thought that a true genius didn’t need to study how to write. In fact, I had this crazy idea that that would be cheating and it didn’t seem like I needed it because I always had ideas for stories. When I was at the university during finals week, when I was supposed to be taking my final, instead I was inspired with this awesome idea for a novel. I wrote it in this white-hot passion of inspiration. It was so awesome. I finished the entire book you […]

Book Ideas For Teenage Writers

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Today we’re going to be talking about creating your very first fictional book. We’re not going to be talking about nonfiction as much as fiction today but you can still use some of the key plot points and some of the key ideas in a non-fiction writing. Let’s hop straight into it with step number one. Step number one it’s simply having an idea. If you don’t have an idea, you don’t have a story. An idea can be as simple as a little boy trying to make ends meet by getting money and having to live in this house […]

How To Sell Your Screenplay Without An Agent

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Do you have a completed and polished Hollywood screenplay but no idea how to get it into the right hands? Let’s talk about all the different ways that you can market your screenplay. So the first way is kind of not really in vogue anymore. This is kind of the old days and that is a query letter or a query email. This is where you would solicit a production company, or an agent or manager, and basically just ask them to read your screenplay. You need to learn how to sell your screenplay without an agent – don’t make […]

How To Write A Good Script For A Movie

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Any fool can write a movie script, and I’m sure that the great screenplay writers out there will laugh, but also tend to agree with me. How to write a good script for a movie, there’s the rub. It’s not even twice, or three times as difficult. Think of it like comparing your house with a skyscraper – not only is it going to take much more time to build, but you also have to know how to do it. Once you get the script format down pat (and it’s not that hard) you need to know what makes a […]

How To Publish A Novel – Traditional Publishing Vs Self-Publishing

How To Publish A Novel – Traditional Publishing Vs Self-Publishing

OK, Your book is finished at last! The manuscript has been edited by a pro (or at least expertly self-edited with the help of beta readers) and is the best it can possibly be. So what happens now? You need to know how to publish a novel, and the very first step is to explore the different options available to an author. The video below does just that, from a point of view of a hybrid author. A hybrid author is someone who uses traditional publishing methods, but also self-publishes online. There are, of course, pros and cons for each  […]