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Recommended writing resources – Part 1 -books

Recommended writing resources – Part 1 -books

The need for writing resources Unless you are one of those rare and perhaps non-existent people who can write perfectly without outside help, then this post is for you. My switch from non-fiction to fiction was a massive leap. I felt very alone and really had no idea what I was doing. But I’m a planner, so I planned and then wrote chapter by chapter of a first draft. In some ways the first draft was the easy bit. The…

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A ‘myth’ I believed about being an author

A ‘myth’ I believed about being an author

What was the ‘myth’ I believed about being an author? That it was a solitary task. In one sense it is – for large stretches of time BUT it is also a huge TEAM effort. Really that shouldn’t have been a surprise for isn’t that how God works? Through community. Over the last four years as I’ve practiced and worked towards producing a novel (very much like childbirth but much longer), God has brought person after person into the process….

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So you want to be published – be careful, there are sharks out there!

So you want to be published – be careful, there are sharks out there!

So you want to be published. So do many others and that huge demand means that ‘sharks’ gather too. What do I mean by ‘sharks?’ Sharks circle because they know that many new authors are innocent and unprepared and therefore they are easy prey. But before we get to the sharks – let me list the main, legitimate publishing options. 1. Traditional Publisher – large companies Traditional publishers cover the whole range from small publishers who only publish small numbers…

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Write a novel? What? Definitely not me!

Write a novel? What? Definitely not me!

I was a reluctant non-fiction writer so how was I ever going to write a novel? It was not something I ever thought about. One day in about 2006 or 2007, I was having a half day of prayer. While I was praying, two ideas for novels dropped in to my head. I was horrified. “Lord, the last thing I want to do is write novels. I don’t have time for such things. Writing non-fiction was hard enough but I…

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Planning your novel – an alternate method

Planning your novel – an alternate method

I have just read a brilliant (5 star) book. Next time I plan a novel I will be using Lisa Cron’s method from her new book ‘Story Genius’ Here are some of the points she made that I found so helpful. Story is not the same as plot. Plot is the external happenings but story is the internal journey that the characters make. Story is what the protagonist has to learn and to overcome (internally) to solve the external plot…

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Planning your novel – Part 2 of 2

Planning your novel – Part 2 of 2

This is the second part of a post on how I planned my novel using the “Snowflake Method” created by Randy Ingermanson. This continues with my comments in italics under the final five of his ten step method. Step 6)┬áBy now, you have a solid story and several story-threads, one for each character. Now take a week and expand the one-page plot synopsis of the novel to a four-page synopsis. Basically, you will again be expanding each paragraph from step…

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Planning your novel – Part 1 of 2

Planning your novel – Part 1 of 2

I am a planner by nature but writing a novel was something totally new. I went looking for something that made sense to me and settled on what is known as the “Snowflake Method.” I will let the original article explain each section and then make some of my own comments in italics. Some people don’t do up front design and planning. They just start writing. That is not me. The creator of this method, Randy Ingermanson, uses 10 steps….

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Practice makes perfect?

Practice makes perfect?

When we read the work of writers, we read the successes. We usually do not know the whole story. The reality is that many writers have written far more than what they publish. Like learning to practice a musical instrument, there will be years of practice involved. My non-fiction writing journey started well before the publication of 1-2-1 Discipleship. Looking back now I can see I was honing my writing with the discipline of weekly letter writing (age 5 until…

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What is your motivation for writing?

What is your motivation for writing?

Possible motivations:- You’ve always wanted to be a famous author You want to make money writing You want to prove someone wrong who said, “You can’t do it!” You can’t help writing You want to promote a point of view or share something you’ve learned You don’t care about any of the above, you’d write whether anyone read it or not There might be many reasons for writing but should there be different motivations for Christians? In other words, does…

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Learning to write – early training

Learning to write – early training

Many years ago I remember hearing the advice that there is no substitute for simply writing. The advice suggested that aspiring writers write a daily diary. I didn’t intend to be a writer but I did end up doing a lot of writing. From the age of five I was in boarding school and we had to write a weekly letter. These started in Grade 1 with simply copying a sentence or two from the board. By Grade 4 we…

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