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How to Write A Novel a Year

Think you don’t have time to write? You’re probably right. Between a day job, a family and all of the obligations of modern life, the goal of finishing a novel is clearly impossible. Much less writing a novel every year. And yet, though common sense tells you no, the truth is that you can do it. Continue reading

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What Kind of Writer Are You? Find Out!

Writers generally fall into three camps: hobbyists, aspiring professionals and working pros. The difference is not so much about your writing skills or experience as it is about your goals.

A hobby writer just wants to have fun with writing. You know what I mean: get together with friends, talk about inspiration, maybe write a few pages and share them with other people. The main goal here is to have fun and play around with creative writing. There’s nothing wrong with that; in fact, I imagine all of the best authors started out as hobbyists.
An aspiring pro, on the other hand, is serious about getting something published and making money at it, possibly even someday turning it into a living. This person writes something with the intention of eventually getting it in front of a literary agent and then an editor who will buy it and publish it.
A professional writer, by definition, is someone who writes and gets paid for it. The goal here is to keep a writing career going and growing.
Where you run into trouble is trying to pitch your tent in the wrong camp. If you’re a hobby writer and you try to team up with an aspiring pro, you’re both going to end up frustrated. You’ll think she’s being too harsh and not supportive enough — while she thinks you’re not “serious” about your writing.
Does any of this sound familiar?
As you learn how to write a book, ask yourself: What are my goals here? Am I trying to get published? Or do I just want to play around with writing? There’s no wrong answer. You only have to be honest with yourself.  I love cars, for example, but I’d never want to be a professional race car driver. Tuning up my carburetor and driving down to Cruise Night at the local diner is just fine by me. And that’s cool. With my writing, on the other hand, I’m focused on growing my career.
How about you?
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Today’s Writing Prompt: Kill Your Character!

You’re not killing her, not really.  Just bear with me for a minute.  This is one of my crazy creative writing exercises.

First, write a short scene where a major character gets killed.  Show it from the perspective of another viewpoint character.  How it happens is up to you, but it should be directly connected to the main conflict of the story.  No random bus accidents here.

If your characters are pursuing a killer, have the killer strike.  If they’re climbing an unconquerable mountain, have one of your characters fall to his death.  Make it really happen.  Write it out. 

Here’s the important part: have the point-of-view character react to the death.  What do they feel?  Shock?  Disbelief?  Anger?  Guilt?  Put it in there.

Got it?  Good.

Now, go back and change the scene so that the character just barely survives.  Or have your point-of-view character realize that she misread what she saw.  Whatever you do, let the audience believe for just a moment that maybe the character really did die.  Then pull them back from that ledge and let the character live on.  But keep the emotion in there.

Now, for the follow up.  How does this event change your characters later?  Do they feel differently about each other after this brush with death?  They should.  At the least, they should realize what they really mean to one another.  Ideally, they should realize something new about themselves.

Happy writing!

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