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How Not to start a book

By on December 15, 2017
How Not to start a book

How Not to start a book

Opening with a Dream

How NOT to start a book, Never under any circumstances, open the story with an action than reveal that the character was dreaming. Do not end your story that everything that happened was a dream either. Agents or editors won’t be happy with that.

Waking up  

Same as dreaming, do not open your story with your MC waking up and doing the usual boring stuff. Like brushing his/her teeth, making coffee, eating breakfast etc. The story should start with an action or at least, before the action. However, some say you can start the story with your character waking up with a gun pointing in his/her head because that starts with the immediate action.

 

The Tour

The tour is when your character is sitting in her room i.e living room and starts to talk what’s in it and describing his/her stuff.

How Not to start a book

 

The Mirror

Another tip in How Not to start a book is, do not example write your  MC goes to the bathroom and starts to describe herself/himself by looking in the mirror. Big no.no. It is considered one of the biggest cliches in writing.  

 

Family Showcase.

This is where your MC is visiting her family and starts to describe her mother, father, and siblings. Keep in mind that the reader is starting to get to know your MC so, give your reader the chance to get acquainted with the MC first, then start to introduce your reader to other characters.   

Happy Writing xxx

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Basic methods of outlining a novel

By on November 11, 2017
Basic methods of outlining a novel

Basic methods of outlining a novel

 

 

 

Here are few tips on how to write an outline for your novel these are the basic methods of outlining a novel. 

 

 

 

 

Do I have to write an outline for your novel? No, there are writers who are pansters, I will write a post about that later one. You can sit down and write, however, outline works better for me. I’m not going to post a lot of examples to keep it as simple as possible as it can be overwhelming. Here a 2 basic steps of how you should outline:]]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1. You can write an outline for your novel by scribbling down a summary of the entire novel this is what I do and it’s my favorite method of outlining. Basically, you jot down all of your ideas. You’ll be surprised how inspired you become. Make sure, you know your ending before you write that masterpiece. You can use this method then add dialogue, a description so on.

 

Step 2. You can write an outline for your novel by doing a chapter by chapter summary, you write down a summary of each chapter how the story is going to evolve.

 

There is also the skeleton outline example:

Exposition

-The story will take place in England.

-We are introduced to Franklin he’s goth and musician.

-Madeline is a patient in a mental hospital.

Incident

-Franklin father dies.

-Madeline escapes the hospital.

Rising Action

-Franklin meets Madeline in a bar.

-Franklin escapes with her and starts to see how dangerous this woman is.

Climax

-Franklin tries to escape from Madeline wrath.

-Madeline stabs him.

-Franklin manages to escape and drives to a hospital with a knife on his back, he arrives in the hospital but faints.

Resolution

-Franklin is alive and well.

-Madeline was caught and committed to a maximum security ward in the hospital.

 

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The writing life: Top 5 things you should never say to a writer

By on May 27, 2017
5 things you should never say to a writer

The writing life: Top 5 things you should never say to a writer

A common question asked in every writer’s life about their writing life. Last week a friend asked me ‘what kind of job you would love to do?’

This for me was an easy answer but I was hesitant, few people know I write. I want to avoid answering the questions non-writers ask. Mostly they are stupid questions, so stupid and annoying that I’d be tempted to create a character based on them just for the satisfaction killing them off would bring. When I told my friend I would love to make money by writing books, then came the questions “what’s your book about?” “You are going to make a fortune” “so if your editor says yes, you will be able to publish it?”

If only it were that easy. I don’t think I’m alone here; we writers are asked a lot of questions and we’re not taken seriously. For most people, writing is not a real job and they assume that writing a book is so easy. The answer is writing a book is the hardest of crafts. It takes years to write, years to enhance your writing and let’s not forget the criticism. What’s my book about and how am going to summarise a 90k word thriller novel in just a few sentences? I need to get working on this but I want to stay in this cocoon of a comfort zone for a while longer. Meanwhile here are The writing life: Top 5 things you should never say to a writer

  1. “Oh, you wrote a book? So, your book is the next Harry Potter or Fifty Shades of Grey or Twilight?”

First one in The writing life: Top 5 things you should never tell a writer. Okay, you don’t know what my book is about why so you’re assuming it’s about BDSM, wizards or vampires? I don’t want to know. We’re in it for the passion we love to create stories. We’re artists in our own right and if you think you are going to write a book for the fame and fortune, you are going to be disappointed.

  1. Can you a write a book for me?”

No! I have my own ideas I want to write. No, I will not write a book based on your life story, here is a thought; why don’t sit your butt on the chair and write it yourself?

“Can you give me a free copy of your book?”

No, you cheap son of a bitch I won’t! Pardon my French. Do you work for free? You realize I have to eat, right?

  1. “Is your book any good?”

Another in The writing life: Top 5 things you should never say to a writer, This question is so stupid on so many levels. Writers doubt themselves and they might be thinking no it’s rubbish. Any writer with half a brain is going to say yes because they want you to buy the book.

  1. “Can I be in your book?”

Of Course, you can… (Can you hear my sarcasm?) These people come in two different breeds; some want their name in the book (but imagine if they have a name that’s not so great.) The second breed wants a whole character based on them “so my character, she has to be beautiful of course, you know a crossover between Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez. She has to be smart, successful, compassionate, caring, and wears designer brands.”

I think you have it covered you don’t need me.

  1. ‘I would write a book if I had the time.”

Last not least in. The writing life: Top 5 things you should never say to a writer

Not a question, but when I told people I write, I got this all the time.  I sit down and do nothing all day. Writing a book takes a lot of discipline and time. It took you an hour to compose that email and you‘re saying you could write a book if you had the time?

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What’s a pantser?

By on May 20, 2017
What is a pantser? Who are the famous panster authors? 

 

What is a pantser? Who are the famous pantser authors?

 

What is a pantser? Who are the famous panster authors? 

A panster is a writer who doesn’t plot when writing their novels, I wrote a blog post about outlines, link over here: basic-outlines-methods I have tried both methods to experiment; I wrote my thriller novel by outlining, where I wrote a basic summary of how the story will progress, including the ending. I didn’t write a ridiculous 100-page outline, that’s half my book or, maybe I’m lazy and want to get started right away. My outline was a modest 2 pages.

The thing that annoyed me was if I got a new idea, I had to add it to my outline. Some say it prevents the famous writer’s block. I still got writer’s block, but it wasn’t because I couldn’t write, but because I didn’t know how to write court scenes in my novel. I wanted those scenes to be as real as possible. I had to do my research by watching movies, Google, and asking around.

 

What is a pantser? Who are the famous panster authors? 

What is a pantser?

 

I wrote the rest of the pile of manuscripts that are gathering dust by pantsing. When I started writing, which was sixteen years ago, I didn’t know what an outline was. This method is making stuff as you along. I don’t believe this though, because the story is already plotted in your head, it’s just not put on to pen and paper. The downside to this is the possibility you’ll leave something out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most famous pantsers are Stephen King this what he had to say about plotting;

 

What is a pantser?

 

 

 

“Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters’ theses.”

 

 

 

 

Another famous Panster is Margret Atwood, she wrote the dystopian masterpiece “The Handmaids Tale.”

 

What is a pantser?

 

“When I’m writing a novel, what comes first is an image, scene, or voice. Something fairly small. Sometimes that seed is contained in a poem I’ve already written. The structure or design gets worked out in the course of the writing. I couldn’t write the other way round, with structure first. It would be too much like paint-by-numbers.”

 

 

 

There is no right or wrong. Some writers swear by plotting and encourages writers to outline every inch of their lives. I think writers especially those who are just getting started, should see what works for them.

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Keep in mind, not of all readers are writers and the book goes in so many revisions before it’s published (this applies for self-published authors too) not even writers would tell how the first draft was made. I would never have guessed Margaret Atwood nor Stephen King pants their books. Its a matter of growing as a writer.

 

Happy Writing xx

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