How To Write A Novel Step By Step

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For a new author, writing a novel is similar to climbing a mountain. It’s worthwhile asking yourself how you might do that, if you had to? Like all large projects, it needs to be done in a structured way, if the project is to be completed. Novel writing is a step by step process, and although formulae exist, there is sufficient flexibility to cater for an author’s particular tastes and way of working. Some authors are ‘Pantsers’, so called because they like to fly by the seat of their pants, using the flow of consciousness to create the story. This can (and does!) work, but for most of use a step by step novel writing template or guide is absolutely invaluable. The two videos below show that professional authors rely heavily on structure and planning, but that doesn’t mean that the step by step approach is a straight-jacket to creativity. Each author adapts the way that they outline a novel to suit their own needs and working style. Step By Step Guide To Writing A Novel – Melanie Anne Phillips How To Write A Novel Step By Step PDF Melanie Phillips Video Transcript: Hi I’m Melanie Anne Phillips, author of ‘Write Your Novel Step by Step‘ and this video series is intended as a companion piece to the book, so that step by step we’re a little more conversational, bring in a little more contextual information and help you get from concept to completion of your novel. So step one describes what’s different about this system. Now what’s different is that instead of looking at with the story needs, it looks at what you the author need. In other words, what is motivating you to write in the first place? What interests you in the story? Why did you decide you wanted to write a novel. Maybe it’s just a piece of dialogue that you will have running around in your head. Maybe it’s a setting or a genre that you’ve always liked to to read and wanted to write in. Maybe it’s a character that you’ve developed that you’d really like to see what they were doing in certain situations. Whatever the reason that you’re wanting to write your novel, we focus on what’s motivating you and that becomes step one, inspiration. So inspiration in the first stage is what are all the ideas that you have bopping around […]

Online Script Writing Course

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Okay, week one introduction to screenwriting. Hello my name is Jane Pugh and I will be your tutor for the online script writing unit study block – I really hope you enjoy the course. Our first week’s work is threefold. In part one we will discuss what is script writing, what does the script writers do, and how do they do it. Finding ideas and choosing your subject. Research and where inspiration comes from. In part two of this week’s session you will begin to write and develop a portfolio of ideas. In part three we will look at the major theorists and the Guru’s who claim they can help you write your script, plus useful websites and inspiring information. For this session you will need a notepad and pen. There are a total of four exercises I would like you to complete. One is ongoing . You can either listen to the lecture in full and then completely exercises, or pause the lecture to complete the exercises as you as you go along. https://youtu.be/Vmak0TZzs-sVideo can’t be loaded: Week 1: Screenwriting – Introduction to Screenwriting (https://youtu.be/Vmak0TZzs-s) Online Script Writing Course – Screenplay Mastery So let’s begin at the beginning with the idea. We have a voracious appetite for stories in all forms because we aren’t, we are trying to understand ourselves and the world around us. Writers and their stories help us on that journey. So what does a scriptwriter do? The script writer writes feature film scripts and scripts for television drama. As well as online content, the script writer must generate generate ideas that are fit for the marketplace. They want interest a producer or a broadcaster in the first instance and will capture the imagination of the audience in the second. The ability to generate ideas is akin to the nonfiction industry, where ideas are considered first and only when the idea is accepted and commissioned does the actual script writing begin. So a script writer generates ideas. It is therefore well worth keeping abreast of current trends, spotting gaps in the market and creating new areas of interest. This applies to all types of screenwriter, whether they are generating original work or writing for an existing television drama series. It is important for you as a screenwriter to know the business side of the film and television industry, so I want to spend a short time […]

Tips For Writing A Book For Beginners – The Essentials

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Hi, it’s Peter here again from Writer’s Life and coming up today – essential book writing tips for beginner writers. If you’ve never even come close to attempting to write a book before, even the idea of doing so can seem utterly overwhelming. It may be that you have some writing experience, have written some sorts of pieces for pleasure now and again, or have just been struck with a brilliant idea for a book or an urge to do it, but have no writing experience at all. Whatever stage you are at and how ever used to writing you are, actually making that move to start writing a novel is a huge commitment and often people can be at a loss not knowing where to start. However, writing a novel, though hard work, doesn’t have to be an overwhelmingly complicated process. Follow these straightforward tips and not only will you find yourself clear on how to get started but also armed with the know how to finish it too. Here are some essential book writing tips for beginner writers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ufKpQuPVLEVideo can’t be loaded: Essential Book Writing Tips for Beginners – WritersLife.org (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ufKpQuPVLE) First, what is your book about? Our books need to be about something. What’s yours about?Have a clear idea of your story, who your characters are, what’s going to happen in your book before you begin. Just a single idea won’t get you very far, so you need to sit down and work out the details before you start writing. If you don’t you might find your great idea doesn’t go anywhere. Next, writing the chapter outlines. Once you have a clear idea of your story, write chapter outlines to give yourself a firm idea of what you are going to write. Chapter outlines will provide you with the confidence to know that your story has enough meat to turn it into a book. Next, create deadlines. You need to set yourself realistic and achievable deadlines for writing your book. Break them down. It’s a manageable bite-size choice, to help make them feel less impossible. Figure out a rough workout total for your book. Sixty to eighty thousand words is about right for a first fiction novel, and then set a weekly word count goal that you know you can stick to. Next, create a writing schedule. Once you know your deadlines, create a writing schedule that […]

What Is The Setting Of A Book – How Important Is It?

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Plants everywhere will die, and the animals that depend on them will starve, and the animals that eat those will starve.   Winter will come early, and hard, and it will last a long, long time. It will end, of course, like every winter does, and then the world will return to its old self. Eventually.   The people of the Stillness live in a perpetual state of disaster preparedness. They’ve built walls and dug wells and put away food, and they can easily last five, ten, even twenty-five years in a world without sun.   Eventually, meaning in this case in a few thousand years. Look, the ash clouds are spreading already. https://youtu.be/evNccOFk760Video can’t be loaded: The Importance of Setting in Storytelling (https://youtu.be/evNccOFk760) Audio Only: Diane Callahan Youtube Channel This is from the prologue of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. In this universe, the planet undergoes apocalyptic seasons every few centuries and the sky is dotted with mysterious obelisks, “massive crystalline shards that hover amid the clouds, rotating slowly and drifting along incomprehensible flight paths.” Orogenes, people with the power to move the earth, are persecuted in this world. You can see how all the elements of the story connect back to one key feature: setting. We have the backdrop: a world that faces constant earthquakes. From that springs the plot, of a society trying to survive environmental catastrophe. Then we have main characters that face discrimination because of their unique ability to control these earthquakes. A well-chosen setting adds to the story in some way. Let’s explore how various authors, in both genre and realistic fiction, have enhanced their work by emphasizing the characters’ larger surroundings. We’ll examine setting in terms of survival stories, time period, different cultures, common tropes, and characterization. Like in The Fifth Season, many survival stories feature settings integral to the plot, with the natural environment serving as an antagonist. In The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, harsh blizzards in Dakota Territory cut off a town from food and supplies, and the characters must save their family from starvation. Writing survival stories like this can be exciting because epidemics and natural disasters immediately put the characters in danger. The setting throws people out of their comfort zones and strips humanity down to its core qualities. This type of narrative conflict is often […]

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

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Without a doubt, the beginning of any complex task is the hardest to accomplish. For beginners, how to start writing a book requires more than learning the technical aspects of beginning to get the novel down on paper. It’s generally agreed among authors, editors and publishers that those first pages are absolutely crucial to your book’s success. The two videos transcribed below look at this from the viewpoint of and editor and an author. As you will find, they agree one hundred percent. The whole craft and point of writing anything is to get those readers turning the page. If the first pages don’t intrigue and enthral, the novel won’t be read and months of work will be for nothing. How To Get Started Writing A Book (with Ellen Rock) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idb6OIJ1Pv4Video can’t be loaded: How to Write Your Novel’s First Page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idb6OIJ1Pv4) Video Transcript: Hi guys. It’s Ellen Rock, freelance editor. I know I haven’t made a video in a long time – I’ve been really busy, but you guys have sent me a lot of really great requests, and I really do want to get to all of them. It’s just going to take me a while because I have a lot on my plate right now. I’ve gotten comments and emails from a lot of people saying that they missed the novel boot camp event that I held on my blog. I guess I didn’t really do a great job promoting it. Part of it was, I wasn’t sure how big it would get and I didn’t want things get too out of hand. Because this is the first year that I’ve done it, but it turned out really well. There was a lot of participation, probably about as much as I could handle this year. I am hoping to make it bigger next year. I’m not exactly sure how I will execute it, but I’ll make sure to let everybody know in advance and make sure that it’s really clear when it’s happening and how you can participate. I know a lot of people don’t have a lot of time and maybe it’s easier to watch a video than it is to read a long blog post. So the first thing I covered during novel boot camp was how to write a great first page. I talked about it in terms of the first page promise, because […]

How To Make An Outline For A Book – Planning & Structure

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Hi everyone, I’m Stephanie London. Welcome back to my channel. Today’s video is going to be a look at the process that I use when planning to write a book. Now I feel like there’s going to be a lot of information, so I’m probably going to switch this up into two videos. One is going to be looking at the difference between plotting and pantsing, or writing by the seat of your pants, and kind of where I fall between those two things. Also, how that has changed as I’ve written more and more books, and also how plotting and pantsing kind of fits in with me working with a publisher, and what I actually have to kind of give them upfront in order to contract a book. Then in the second video I’m actually gonna go through the document that I use to plan out a story and to tell you what I do plan, what I don’t plan and what level of detail I kind of go into through that process, and how I use that document. I think that’s how this is gonna go. When I wrote my first book, I wrote it or started writing it during NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that on this channel before but I didn’t decide that I was going to write that book until like day one of NaNoWriMo. Youtube Channel Creating An Outline For A Book – The Right Choice Video Transcript (cont’d) It was at my office on the 1st of November and I was having work eating, my lunch at my desk, answering emails, which I used to do a lot and I decided. I had this idea for awhile. I already joined a writers group but kind of scribbled a few things here and there. But I was like, ‘no, this is like the perfect opportunity. I just need to to go for it’ and I had an idea which was kind of a paragraph long. Just a bit of a concept, and literally, I went home that night, I sat down, I typed chapter one and I started writing. There was no planning, there was no kind of figuring anything out. I just sat down and I wrote that book until it was finished and there are a lot of writers who write like that. There’s absolutely nothing […]

How To Write A Story Plot

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Did you know that story and plot aren’t necessarily always the same thing? In casual conversation the words are more or less interchangeable but when you’re actually sitting down to write something, it’s important to understand that these two are independent factors that you must consider. It can be kind of difficult to understand the difference and why that difference is important, so stick with me for a second. To put it simply, plot is two people shooting at each other. Story is why they’re shooting at each other. The why here isn’t because the hero has to beat the bad guys so we can disable their big doomsday weapon. That’s still plot. The ‘why’ is what’s going on internally with the character. This is story – what the narrative that you’re crafting is about. At its core, story cuts to the heart of why the characters are doing the things that they’re doing and where they are. The plot is then the sequence of events that they go through that tie the novel or movie together. The plot is comprised of the things that they actually do, the events that move them from one scene to the next. If plot is what where when and how, then story is who and why. Youtube Channel Video Transcript (cont’d) How To Come Up With A Story Plot Notice that he didn’t say that he wanted to go blow up a space station or even to beat the Empire but that’s what happens at the end of the movie. Luke has a drive that is relevant to the physical quest that he goes on but doesn’t completely define that quest. His internal desire of the force stuff, the legacy stuff, wanting to be a hero – that’s the story. The plot is about stopping the bad guys. This is important to understand because any two given movies or books or TV shows or whatever could potentially have the same plot. For example, acquire a bunch of money illegally but the emotional context behind why the characters are doing the things that they’re doing could be vastly different. In the same vein the emotional context could be approximately the same but the events could be vastly different. Now this may sound like some high concept nonsense that only has a place in like a pretentious French art house theater or a college classroom […]

How To Outline Novel Elements

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Now I know some of you out there are saying ‘ha! … I don’t do outlines’ and you know what? Fair enough but I am a huge believer in outlines and I’m the type of writer that can’t function without one. Here’s what I’ve realised. There are so many different ways you can outline and just because something works for one book it doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s going to be your go-to for future books. Here are the five different methods that you can try when outlining your novel. Number one – the Snowflake Method Number two – the three-act structure Number three – the cork-board method Number four – the goals, stakes, and motivations method Number five – Freytag’s Pyramid How To Outline A Novel Plot Video transcript: Hi everyone, happy Saturday. So as some of you may know I have recently completed the outline for my brand new book project. Yay! and while I was going through the process I was reminded of just how hard it is to outline a book. It’s been a while since I’ve done one and I think I had forgotten just how overwhelming and frustrating the process can be. Now I know some of you out there are saying ‘ha! that’s why I don’t do outlines’ and you know what? Fair enough but I am a huge believer in outlines and I’m the type of writer that can’t function without one. Here’s what I’ve realised: There are so many different ways you can outline and just because something works for one book it doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s going to be your go-to for future books. So I really wanted to do a video about all the different types. I already have one video on how to outline which I will link to below, but I really wanted to give you guys an introduction on some of the other ways you can outline, and hopefully by adding these to your writing tool box it will prepare you for whatever your outlining needs may be. Now will this list include all the different ways outline? Well no, like I said, there are lots and we don’t want a 35 minute video now do we? But these are ones that are my favorites and the ones i think are the most useful and the most helpful. Here are the five different methods that […]

The 8 Point Story Arc Template

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The Eight point Story Arc Template For Planning Your Novel From a reader’s point of view, a good story grips and doesn’t let go. We follow the hero or heroine doggedly, if we can relate to them and like them. We care about what happens to them and how the story ends. that’s why we keep turning the pages. However, this doesn’t happen by chance. The best stories follow a plan called the 8 point story arc. Everything in the Universe has a balanced structure, whether it’s man-made or naturally occurring. Why should a fiction novel or short story be any different? In fact the 8 point story arc template is exactly what hundreds of writers use to craft their novels. So what is the story arc? The Story Arc Definition The video below gives a really interesting explanation on the eight point set up, with some story arc examples. It’s comforting to know that, basically, all stories are the same and that all readers want the same thing. However, mind-blowing or off-worldy our idea for a novel or story is, we can use the 8 point story arc as a firm foundation for plot, subplot and character building – whatever the setting or theme. Go underdog! Will Schoder 8 Point Story Arc PDF Video Transcript: Human society runs on stories they create. Our reality, the way we as individuals, see the world. They make us sad, they make us happy, they inspire us. It’s no surprise that Hollywood, TV, and books bring in hundreds of billions of dollars each year, and it’s no surprise that the entire nation except for Ohio was rooting for the Cubs. The eternal underdogs finally had their shot. It’s why day in and day out most people want to live the best story they can. We love good stories. At this point in human history it feels like there are infinite stories, and we’re told they’re all different, but what if I told you the basic structure of all of those stories is the same? I’m not talking about the stuff that ends up making them different, like style, just a basic structure for every story that’s ever been recognizable as a story. Well, many people have tried different formulas but perhaps no one has done it better than the widely respected philosopher and theologian Joseph Campbell. He developed the mono-myth, also known as […]

Writing A Book For The First Time

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When new authors consider writing a book for the first time there are a couple of options open to them. They can join that elite group of people known as Pantsers, who just dive in and get writing, or they can plan what they’re going to do before they start writing their masterpiece. Don’t get me wrong – Pantsers do exist. Among their ranks are authors like Frederick Forsyth, who wrote ‘Day Of The Jackal’ in just 35 days and pushed it into the all-time best-seller ranks for years to come. It’s rumoured that John Grisham wrote his first novel straight off, with minimal planning. It’s worth noting that both men were sharp-thinking professional men – one an international journalist and the other a lawyer. For the rest of us, outlining the structure of a first book really is the fast track to success. It just makes so much sense. You will know your setting and characters so well that the reader will be more readily pulled into your story. How To Start Writing a Book For The First Time – Good Advice From Brian Collins Hello there. My name is Brian Collins and I’m an author from Ireland. In this video post I’m going to explain to you how you can write a book for the first time and in particular I’m going to focus on how you can write a nonfiction book. But that said you can use the practical lessons from this pulse to write fiction too. So the first thing I say to you is to commit to write in your book. Writing a book is a big creative endeavour and you don’t have to spend many weeks months and even possibly years working on your book so before you set out to write one. Ask yourself – ‘is a book the best medium to express my ideas and do I have the mental energy and the creative energy and resources to do it?’ If you do, great, because the next thing you need to do is to know what you’re writing about and this is very important. It’s important that you know what you’re writing about because you’re going to spend a lot of time working with this particular idea. A great way to figure out what it is that you want to say is to spend an hour or two free writing about your […]