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The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel

Author : Hallie Ephron
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For an aspiring novelist, nothing is more intimidating than a blank page or computer screen. This step-by-step guide helps you get past that hurdle, start writing, and cross the finish line to first draft in only twenty-six weeks! This guide covers the entire novel-writing process--from polishing an idea to finding an agent and submitting to publishers. This practical guide takes you through the ins and outs of writing and publishing your first book, including how to: Create authentic characters, engaging plotlines, and believable settings Edit for tone, structure, and pacing Find the right agent Market and sell your work to publishers Build a career as a novelist Complete with writing exercises, inspiring examples, and expert advice from bestselling novelists, this book is an excellent starting place for anyone interested in the art, craft, and business of writing fiction.

Writing Your First Novel

Author : John Reynolds
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Writing Your First Novel is written for aspiring writers of fiction. As a practical guide it succinctly covers key points including: characters, dialogue, descriptive passages, love and sex, grammar and punctuation, and promotion and marketing. Examples to illustrate the key points are drawn from Reynolds' two novels (Uncommon Enemy and Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess) and from a wide variety of other writers from a range of countries and backgrounds. This practical book is one that writers will want to return to again and again as they develop their own writing ability.

How to Write and Self Publish Your First Novel

Author : Paul Dorset
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Writing and publishing your first novel is tough. It usually takes a long time. Years for most people. It can be soul destroying too. You finally complete your manuscript; you send off samples to agents and publishers, and anxiously watch the mail for the responses. Then they come in, one at a time, rejection after rejection. How do I know this? I've been there. Does this mean I was a bad writer? No, but I could have used some help in those early days. Sure, I had purchased a few books on writing and I had tried to pay attention to the advice they gave, but there were so many of them and sometimes advice seemed to conflict other advice. It was way too much to take in. But I persevered with my writing and now I have been writing for several years and I have completed several novels and other books, and my writing is a lot better. My early novels could still do with some major re-editing (which they will be finally getting this summer), but my later works, oh wow I can spot the differences! So, a few months ago I decided I would go the self-publishing route to getting my books out there in the big world. Things are changing in the book markets and so many people now have Kindles and Nooks and iPads and other electronic book readers. I thought to myself, why not do it myself? I know I can write; I have that confidence. Enough complete strangers have told me they like what I write, so why shouldn't I join that list of published authors? And why should I have to wait for some agent or publisher to take a chance on an unknown author before I get published? So I did it, and now I have the story to tell and the method you can use to generate your own success. This ebook is a series of essays solely concerned with improving your writing skills and getting your first novel successfully self-published. It is written in a way that you can keep dipping into it, and keep coming back to parts of it, time and time again. It is concise and to the point and it is written from experience; thousands of hours of experience. Every essay in this book is relevant and has a purpose. Every essay will give you pause for thought. Can I turn you into a bestselling author? No - only you can do that. But I can set you on a path to success. I can give you clear guidelines about what not to do, and how to do things better. And I can tell you exactly how to self-publish that novel. This ebook takes your novel from the beginning and leads you along a path of self-discovery. When you have finished reading you will be Writing for Success and be someone who has a better chance than most every other wannabe author out there of becoming the next Tom Clancy, JK Rowling, Stephen King, or whoever else is your writing hero. Good luck! ESSAYS: 1. Don't Start the Story at the Beginning 2. Become a Successful Writer in 2,000 Hours 3. Poems and Short Stories 4. Creating a Good Plot 5. How Long Should a First Novel Be? 6. Writing in the First Person 7. Writing in the Third Person 8. Dialog Versus Narrative - Show Versus Tell 9. Writing Your First Novel: Words & Routine 10. Conflict and Its Importance 11. Plot Pace 12. Creating Believable and Well Rounded Characters 13. Writing Dialog - Or 'He Said, She Said' 14. Creating a Page Turner 15. Letting the Book 'Cook' 16. Self-Editing Your Novel 17. The Process of Pre-Reads 18. Creating a World of Fantasy 19. How to Write & Self-Publish a Novel: The End-To-End Process Checklist 20. Creating a Writing Environment without Interruptions 21. Reading to Write 22. Encouraging All Would Be Authors 23. The Self-Publishing Process: The Complete A-Z Instructions 24. Marketing Your Novel - The Relevance of Social Media, ARCs and Book Bloggers

Your First Novel Revised and Expanded Edition

Author : Ann Rittenberg
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Your Expert Guide to Writing and Publishing a Novel In this revised and expanded edition of Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb, seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg, and her knowledgeable assistant, Camille Goldin, team up to provide you with the essential skills needed to craft the best novel you can--and the savvy business know-how to get it published. Complete with updated references, analysis of new best-selling novels, and the same detailed instruction, Whitcomb will show you how to: • Practice the craft of writing, using both your right- and left-brain • Develop a flexible card system for organizing and outlining plot • Create dynamic characters that readers love--and love to hate • Study classic novels and story structure to adapt with your ideas Featuring two new chapters on choosing your path as an author and understanding the world of self-publishing, Rittenberg and Goldin dive into the business side of publishing, including: • What agents can--and should--do for your future • Who you should target as an agent for your burgeoning career • How the mysterious auction for novels actually goes down • Why you should learn to work with your agent through thick and thin Guiding your first novel from early words to a spot on the bookshelf can be an exciting and terrifying journey, but you're not alone. Alongside the advice of industry veterans, Your First Novel Revised and Expanded also includes plenty of firsthand accounts from published authors on their journeys, including Dennis Lehane, C.J. Box, Kathleen McCleary, David Kazzie, and more.

How To Write Your First Novel A Guide For Aspiring Fiction Authors

Author : M.K. Williams
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So often, when I introduce myself to a new person and they learn that I am an author, they reply back that they plan to write a book one day. I’m always so excited to learn more about their idea and see how I can help. More often than not, they reply that they haven’t written a single word. They ask me, “how do you write a novel? How do you get started?” Over the years I’ve written multiple novels and I have condensed my best tips and practices into How To Write Your First Novel: A Guide For Aspiring Fiction Authors. No matter your plan for publishing your novel, you first need to write the book! I’ve broken down the critical elements to success in two parts: your writing habits and your writing craft. You’ll be able to come back and reference this advice throughout your drafting process and as you look to write additional books. Are you ready to go from aspiring author to author? Are you ready to take your idea and turn it into a book? Let’s get started today!

Your First Novel

Author : Ann Rittenberg
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In Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg team up to provide you with the skills you need to write your dream novel and the savvy business know-how to get it published. In this all-in-one resource, you'll discover essential novel-writing techniques, such as: • How to best structure your research so that you can save time later • How to card your story before you start writing • What to consider when developing your cast of characters • How to adapt classic story structures to fit your own ideas …and insider information on what it takes to get published, including: • What agents do at those three-hour power lunches—and how it affects you • What makes an agent instantly reject a manuscript • How to correctly translate submission guidelines • What happens if you get multiple offers—or no offers at all Plus, learn about the publishing process from the firsthand accounts of such noted authors as Dennis Lehane, Kathryn Harrison, Jim Fusilli, Kathleen George, and others!

Writing Your First Novel

Author : Shelley Weiner
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Setting about writing a novel is like starting to climb a mountain with its top lost in the clouds. You can imagine the view from the summit, but how do you identify the best ascent? Novel writing requires planning, commitment, perseverance and the belief that you can reach the peak… even if you don’t yet know all the steps along the way. ‘Writing Your First Novel’ is the companion that will tell you what you need to know in order to begin your journey. Full of insight and wit, it combines expertise on how to successfully bring your story to the page with advice on the practicalities of how to get started in the first place… and how to keep on going until the end. ‘Writing Your First Novel’ covers: + Creating Believable Characters + Making Your Characters Talk + The Importance of Setting + Finding the Plot + Who Tells the Story and How? + Settling Down and Making It Happen + Sustaining Your Momentum 60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.

How to Write Your First Novel

Author : M.L. Ronn
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Are you still dreaming about writing that book? Learning how to write your first novel can be overwhelming. You have to master outlining, writing, revising, and so much more...and it can be scary if you've never done it before. While it seems daunting, writing your first novel is simple when you have someone experienced to help you through it. In this writer’s guide, prolific writer M.L. Ronn shares an easy step-by-step process of writing compelling fiction that he's perfected after writing 40+ books. Write your first novel with structured advice tailored for beginners: Learn the basic building blocks of every story and how to put them together Develop an effective outline (or learn how to write without one!) Discover winning formulas that mega-bestsellers use to write their novels Navigate your novel’s “murky middle” with 7 unorthodox strategies that will get you unstuck in no time Revise your story without fear Writing your first novel is life-changing. Download this writer’s guide, follow the step-by-step instructions, and you'll wake up one morning very soon with a finished manuscript waiting for you.

How To Write Your First Novel

Author : Sophie King
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Let best-selling novelist Sophie King guide you through the whole process of writing your first novel and getting it published. This revised edition takes aspiring novelists through the steps of writing a novel, from finding that initial idea, to keeping the plot going and crafting the perfect ending. With helpful exercises in each chapter you will learn how to: - Develop a brilliant idea for your first novel - Create characters that will make your novel come alive - Plot your novel so that your readers simply have to turn the page - Unravel the mysteries of viewpoint - Create realistic dialogue and settings so your readers feel they are there - Find your own voice. - Most importantly, the book includes tips and advice on how to get published. This new edition also includes a ten step guide to revision so that you can polish your novel to be the best it can be.

The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel

Author : Hallie Ephron
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Guides readers in writing and publishing a book, including creating authentic characters, editing, and finding an agent.

101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel

Author : Prudy Board
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"101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel takes you from the baby steps of getting organized to full-blown marketing with well-written, well-organized, information-packed pages that have even the 'greenest' of writers submitting a professional and polished manuscript for publication. Ms. Taylor's readers will be empowered with confidence, having the knowledge that all their bases are covered when submitting their first, and subsequent, novels for publication." -Ingrid Taylor, Small Press Review "As a novice writer, you must have a good grasp of the basics, and now it's here! Not only will 101 TIPS show you how to write, but once your book is ready, how to sell. Allow yourself to be one of the very small percentage of writers who approach agents, editors, and publishers, in a professional manner, with your work ready to be seen!" -Babs Lakey, Publisher, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, www.fmam.biz "For years I have been struggling with a novel in progress. Prudy Taylor Board's worksheet pages, calendars, making the characters alive and functioning, have all helped me see my novel as a living, moving, productive vehicle. Every writer should have this book and every workshop facilitator should use it as a textbook. It is the most complete "trip ticket" for writers I have come across in 40 years of writing." -Virginia B. Elliott, Naples, Florida

101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel

Author : Prudy Taylor Board
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"101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel takes you from the baby steps of getting organized to full-blown marketing with well-written, well-organized, information-packed pages that have even the 'greenest' of writers submitting a professional and polished manuscript for publication. Ms. Taylor's readers will be empowered with confidence, having the knowledge that all their bases are covered when submitting their first, and subsequent, novels for publication." -Ingrid Taylor, Small Press Review "As a novice writer, you must have a good grasp of the basics, and now it's here! Not only will 101 TIPS show you how to write, but once your book is ready, how to sell. Allow yourself to be one of the very small percentage of writers who approach agents, editors, and publishers, in a professional manner, with your work ready to be seen!" -Babs Lakey, Publisher, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, www.fmam.biz "For years I have been struggling with a novel in progress. Prudy Taylor Board's worksheet pages, calendars, making the characters alive and functioning, have all helped me see my novel as a living, moving, productive vehicle. Every writer should have this book and every workshop facilitator should use it as a textbook. It is the most complete "trip ticket" for writers I have come across in 40 years of writing." -Virginia B. Elliott, Naples, Florida

Is Life Like This A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months

Author : John Dufresne
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“[Dufresne’s] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.”—Brad Watson “Writing a novel,” says John Dufresne, “is not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But it’s also not as difficult as you imagined.” Dufresne’s smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps. His six-month program variously calls attention to the key elements of good fiction writing and offers exercises that are designed to sharpen writers’ command of novel-length storytelling. After six months of guided writing, the users of this book will finish what might have once seemed impossible—a rich and compelling first draft of a novel. Is Life Like This? may well be the most important addition to the aspiring writer’s library.

Your First Novel

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90 Days To Your Novel

Author : Sarah Domet
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Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With The 90-Day Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within The 90-Day Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides: Instruction that distills the elements of the novel—from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.

Write Your First Novel Now

Author : Robbie Kew
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This little book number 7 assumes that you have done all the necessary preparation. Now it is time to write the first draft of your work. First draft? Yes, no matter how good you are it will be the first. It will need editing and changing later. So because it is a draft, you should try to write it as fast as you can. Since it will need editing anyway, don't edit as you go. Don't worry too much about it, it doesn't have to be perfect right away. Getting the story down is what is important at this stage. Write it as quickly and as often as you can. This technique will unlock the creative part of your brain. You should be aware that writing is creative; editing is not. They use different parts of the brain. Trying to do both at once will stifle creativity. Write now! Edit later! Write fast!

The INFJ Author

Author : HowExpert
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This comprehensive guide on how to become an author with an INFJ personality will help you define your writing goals and give you step by step instructions on how to become a successful author, whether you attempt to do it through traditional publishing or by going indie. This guide will walk you through the following topics: • What it means to be an INFJ personality • How to write your first book • Whether to go traditional or indie • How to write your first query letter • How to find an agent • How to pursue a traditional writing contract • How to establish your own independent writing career • How to build your brand and generate an audience for your work • And finally, how to manage your career no matter what you choose With practical, proven, hands-on methods, you can learn how to pursue your writing career from the moment you put pen to paper through marketing and social media. Every chapter of this book will give you proven techniques, online resources to begin your own career, and personal examples of the best method to use when realizing your dream of becoming a published author. No other How-to book has such a comprehensive explanation of every step in the process. About the Expert M.L. Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 25 years; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel. That dream came true in 2010. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing. In 2015, ML Hamilton decided to go independent with her writing and has published more than 34 novels in multiple genres. In addition to teaching and writing, she is the co-manager for Authors Booth at the California State Fair and was a judge for the NCPA writing contest for two years. She also has her own editing business, helping writers find their voice and get their work published. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

Fiction Writing How to Write Your First Novel

Author : Karleene Morrow
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Write Your First Novel Now Book 1 Start in 6 Easy Steps

Author : Robbie Kew
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Most books are long and involved in a lot of theory. Procrastination is the enemy of the new writer. Beginners are daunted by books that say too much. Reading on writing can create even more fear. These are called little books and are kept small intentionally so that you can read and learn about a particular point of interest to you. This first book will teach you in six easy steps, how to start your book. Once you have the tools it provides, you will be able to continue until you finish your first book. Use the first to get you started and move on to the others when you can to find information on other aspects of writing a book.

101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel

Author : Prudy Board
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"101 Tips on Writing and Selling Your First Novel takes you from the baby steps of getting organized to full-blown marketing with well-written, well-organized, information-packed pages that have even the 'greenest' of writers submitting a professional and polished manuscript for publication. Ms. Taylor's readers will be empowered with confidence, having the knowledge that all their bases are covered when submitting their first, and subsequent, novels for publication." -Ingrid Taylor, Small Press Review "As a novice writer, you must have a good grasp of the basics, and now it's here! Not only will 101 TIPS show you how to write, but once your book is ready, how to sell. Allow yourself to be one of the very small percentage of writers who approach agents, editors, and publishers, in a professional manner, with your work ready to be seen!" -Babs Lakey, Publisher, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, www.fmam.biz "For years I have been struggling with a novel in progress. Prudy Taylor Board's worksheet pages, calendars, making the characters alive and functioning, have all helped me see my novel as a living, moving, productive vehicle. Every writer should have this book and every workshop facilitator should use it as a textbook. It is the most complete "trip ticket" for writers I have come across in 40 years of writing." -Virginia B. Elliott, Naples, Florida