Have you ever sat down to write, and found that everything you wrote seemed terrible?
Every writer has felt that way, at one time or another.
Here’s the uncomfortable truth about those critical thoughts: they can actually help you become a better writer.
But only if you know how to recognize those thoughts for what they are, and then train yourself to have them at the right time.
There are two sides to your creative process.
The creative side of your writing process helps you get the rough draft down on paper.
The critical side, on the other hand, helps you revise and polish the final draft.
In order to be write, you actually need both of these very different thought patterns in your head. You just can’t have them at exactly the same time. Continue reading
When you create great characters, they walk onto the page and make your story unforgettable. They can bring every scene to life.
But creating characters takes tons of time and effort, doesn’t it?
I’m here to show you how you can create an impressively good character in 60 seconds or less.
Here’s the secret.
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Ever wish you could write a novel in just a matter of weeks . . . and then sell it for good money?
Lester Dent did exactly that. In fact, he wrote his first novel in just thirteen days.
You read that right. Thirteen days.
Over the course of his career, he wrote nearly 200 novel-length stories. He often wrote a book-length story every month, using a “master plot” formula of his own devising.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your hands on that top-secret recipe for success? You bet it would.
So here it is. Lester Dent’s entire master plot formula.
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James Persichetti, Developmental Editor at Lost Hat Editorial Services
For every brilliant manuscript that grows into a best-selling novel, untold thousands of others get dumped into the recycle bin. What’s the crucial difference between them?
Over the years, James Persichetti has seen more unpublished manuscripts cross his desk than most people could read in a lifetime. He started out at the incomparable Nelson Literary Agency (Bird Box, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, etc.).
Now, he’s launched Lost Hat Editorial Services, a boutique editing business that helps writers like you succeed. Here he is, in his own words, to tell you how to find the right editor, polish your book to perfection, and avoid the biggest mistakes aspiring writers make. Continue reading
Did you resolve to finish your novel this year?
I salute you. The bad news is that 80% of those who set New Year’s resolutions give up by the second week of February, according to U.S. News.
So, right about . . . now.
Need a little help staying inspired to write your novel? Here are the best books to keep you going.
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Do you know someone on your “Nice” list who would like to receive an autographed Dru Jasper book as a gift? I’m signing and sending out one of each book, and you can help me pick the winners!
Just contact me and tell me the name of the person you’d like to give a book to, and which book they might like:
#1: It Happened One Doomsday,
#2: A Kiss Before Doomsday, or
#3: No Sleep till Doomsday.
No matter what you celebrate this season, I’m wishing you peace, joy, and the warmest of holiday greetings! Ho ho ho! : )
Need a gift idea for the writer in your life? Or yourself?
Here’s a roundup of the absolute best how-to books for writers.
These books hold the storytelling secrets you need to to structure your novel, create better characters, and get your book finished.
Check it out on Fiction University.
When it comes to publishing a novel, the actual writing is only half the battle. In order to get the attention of a publisher, you have to know how to “sell” your book.
I think we can all agree that most writers are not natural-born sales professionals. So it’s easy to understand why the idea of sitting down across the desk from an editor and pitching your novel might make you break out in a cold sweat.
No worries. There are basically eight big pitfalls you have to avoid — all you have to do is navigate around them, and let your story shine through.
I’ve explained how to do it here, on Fiction University.