Ideas For Writing A Book – Author’s Inspiration

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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 […]

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 […]

How To Write A Novel Step By Step

Step by step novel writing guide

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 […]

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 in. Tip number two is that you need to have an interesting world for your interesting character to be in. You can have a fantasy world. You can have a science-fiction world or it can be a contemporary world, but it needs to have a kind of set of rules that you as the author know but you gradually reveal as the character interacts with the world. If you have a contemporary world, you need to make sure that the world is different then that regular world that your readers are used to. The character then has to decide whether they’re gonna follow the rules or not follow the rules. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vht1BykH-EVideo can’t be loaded: How to Write a Novel: Top 5 Tips (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vht1BykH-E) Youtube Channel Tip number three is that you need to have a limited time frame in which the events happen. While you can write books that have 20 years over which the books take place, I highly recommend against doing that because it takes away the urgency of the events happening. Your readers won’t feel like they need desperately to pick up the book and find out what happens next, so I recommend often choosing like a 24 to 48 hour period maybe a week, maybe even a month but short time frame. You want to choose the best frame of time in which these things can happen the most, where all the most exciting things happen. Think about Star Wars. You think about George Lucas choosing what part of Star Wars he wanted to tell first. He told the story of Luke Skywalker first because that was a very compressed time frame. Some of the other stories take place over lots of different worlds and lots of different characters. It’s harder to get into the series, […]

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 Write A Story With Dialogue The Right Way

Welcome back to this study on fiction. I’m Kenny noble, an instructor here at Indiana Bible College and today we’re going to be looking at the elements of dialogue. We’ll be looking at some of the important features of dialogue and hopefully give you some pointers to improve your dialogue. First, let me say that contrary to what many think, dialogue and fiction is not the way people talk. Rather, dialogue is the way that we want to think that people talk. I’ve taken my pen and paper and set down in a restaurant, in a coffee shop and listen to people talk and if I put that conversation exactly the way it happened it would be very dull and boring. There wouldn’t be much impact to it, so dialogue is not really the way people talk. It’s the way we want to think people talk. Dialogue and fiction is much more condensed. It’s much more to the point and actually dialogue must accomplish several things at one time. Each word must carry it’s full load. Each word must do two or three things and by that I mean in dialogue, you want to communicate the message that the character is saying, but also you want to communicate their mood. https://youtu.be/aUAD-7zR3q8Video can’t be loaded: Dialogue for Your Fiction Story (https://youtu.be/aUAD-7zR3q8) You want to sometimes imply things and you always want to move the story forward toward the end. First, let’s get the mechanics of dialogue out of the way. It’s pretty simple and straightforward but it does take some particular attention. Some of the problems students have are the comma and the period. Notice that the comma always goes before the end quotation mark. OIf course, all of your dialogue will be enclosed with quotation marks. If there’s a period at the end of the sentence, then the period will go inside the closing quote. If there’s a comma at the end the comma will go inside the closing quote. Many times dialogue will have an attribution. Attribution is the ‘he said’, ‘she said’ that goes at the end of the sentence and notice how it’s done in this example. There’s a comma, a closing quote the words ‘he said’ or ‘she said’, and then a period. So in that case the period goes at the end. If there’s a question mark, there’ll be a closing quote afterwards but notice […]

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 writing, and then there are Pantsers, those who sort of just take their idea and go with it with really no structured plan on where they’re going. In my writing practice, I’ve literally been all over the board with my writing and my planning techniques. I’ve tried so hard just to find something that really clicked with my creative process and ended up really uninspired with a lot of different methods to outlining, which then left my manuscript suffering because I was just uninspired and an uninspired writer is probably not the best kind of writer. So when I heard about the snowflake method, I decided to give it a go and I am just loving the amazingness of the snowflake method. It works so well with my finger in my creative process and it really helps me get an outline down and completed, so that I can actually start writing that first draft. So what is the snowflake method? The snowflake method is an approach to writing developed by a guy named Randy Inger Mason. I will link to his website below where he really goes into tons of detail about the snowflake method himself but in all this method is composed of ten steps. The goal is to have an extensive outline filled with everything that you need for your plot and for your characters in order to write your novel. Something about the way that this method is structured just really jives with me and my process. So now I’m gonna tell you how you guys can do it yourself. Step one of the ten steps of the snowflake method is to write a one sentence summary of your novel. This is the hardest part for me because something about having to fit all of the ideas […]

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 Write A Scene In A Novel

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The famous Snowflake Method of writing a novel focuses on expansion of seed ideas and continuously writing more and more sentences around events that occur in a novel. Moving up from the well-crafted sentence and paragraph level, we have scenes or chapters. Knowing how to write a scene in a novel is fundamental to the craft of fiction writing. Each scene represents a mini-story, intended to build the plot and create a coherent story. Scenes help to control the flow of a novel, sometimes fast and exciting, other times slower, which serves to balance the narrative. Of course, the word ‘scene’ immediately brings to mind film or theatre plays, and you won’t be surprised to learn that exactly the same principles apply to both styles of writing. Scenes are very flexible – they can can contain dialogue or not, be of various lengths and serve many purposes. How To Write A Scene In A Book – One Author’s Perspective     https://youtu.be/gT5xXBiBTpo Video Transcript: Scenes are the building blocks of stories. Every scene in a novel contributes to the story in some way, whether through characterization, atmosphere, or plot progression. In examining the anatomy of a scene, we’re going to start with the big-picture skeleton, then dive into the essential organs, and end with the skin—the outward appearance of the writing itself. Although scenes can take an infinite number of forms, the underlying skeleton largely remains the same: The character has a goal, but they encounter an obstacle, so they respond by formulating a new plan of action or experiencing a moment of change. This has been called the ABT formula—and, but, therefore. Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park, has explained this technique in detail: “Every story can be reduced to this single structure. I can tell you the story of a little girl living on a farm in Kansas AND her life is boring, BUT one day a tornado sweeps her away to the land of Oz, THEREFORE she must undertake a journey to find her way home.” That example describes the larger plot set-up, but this formula can be used on a micro scale as well, such as in the scene where Dorothy finally meets the Wizard. Dorothy’s goal at this point is to ask the Wizard to grant their wishes. BUT the Wizard says that, in order to grant their wishes, they must bring him the Witch […]