Posts Tagged With: how to write a book

Create the Perfect Villain: a 6-Step Master Plan

Create the Perfect Villain: a 6-Step Master Plan

Mu-ha-ha-ha!

In my last article on Fiction University, I laid out 6 Ways to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters.

If you’re writing a story or novel, pay attention. Because now I’m going to flip all of those techniques upside down.

I’ll show you how to use the opposite of those exact same methods to create a villain that your readers will love to hate.

How? Find out on Fiction University.

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How do I get inspired to write?

It Happened One Doomsday at Barnes & Noble

Hey, read any good books lately?

Everyone has a unique way of getting inspired. I spark ideas by doing tons of research. The world we live in is so weird, it’s impossible not to get inspired.

Before I wrote about the crystal magic in IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY, I went to plenty of lapidaries (rock shops), which are all over the place in Colorado.

I also attended quite a few gem and mineral shows, and visited metaphysical shops to talk to people who really believe in crystal healing. It was an eye-opening experience. I took some of those ideas and expanded them to a super-powered level to create the unique magic system in this book.

I also drew on my own experience working in an antiquarian bookstore, where we had boxes full of ancient books that were strangely worthless, because no one wanted to buy them. Some of them were centuries old, some of them in Latin, some even handwritten. Those inspired the magical books Dru studies.

Plus, I used to be a professional test driver. I tested dozens of prototype and experimental vehicles, sometimes in hairy conditions, so I had some real-life experience to draw on when writing the car chase scenes.

Somehow, all of that came together in this book. It was so much fun to write, and I’m deeply moved that so many people are enjoying reading it!

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How to Create the Perfect Writing Soundtrack

writing soundtrack

Read more on Patricia Stoltey’s website

Before I became a full-time writer, I thought music was too distracting to play while I was writing.

I thought I needed absolute silence.

Then I got a job as a staff writer, and suddenly I couldn’t hear myself think.

Stuck in the middle of a bustling open-plan office, I quickly discovered that if I wanted to focus and meet my tight writing deadlines, I needed music.

But not just any music. If it’s too slow, your mind can wander. Too fast, and you can’t concentrate. Too personally meaningful, and you’ll experience the emotion in the music instead of putting it down on the page.

The right writing playlist takes a little planning.

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Functional Nerds podcast: now featuring Yours Truly

Functional Nerds podcast Laurence MacNaughton _ It Happened One DoomsdaySF Signal will be missed.

But the science fiction/fantasy world has always been chock-full of innovation.

The vacuum left by SF Signal creates more room in the spotlight for fresh, entertaining podcasts like Functional Nerds.

Listen in for free as I chat with the ever-entertaining and informative John Anealio and Patrick Hester about:

Functional Nerds podcast

“Wait, wait, JJ Abrams said WHAT?!”

• Fantastic new movies (and possibly some bad ones) including 10 Cloverfield Lane…

• The free & easy mind-mapping software that you absolutely need right now…

• The new Neil Gaiman book you can’t miss…

• Why you need to check out Humble Bundles right now…

• A secret look behind the scenes in my new book…

And oh, so much more.
Check it out on Functional Nerds now. >

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Don’t forget to join my author newsletter for bonus free stuff, including the new short story MAGIC CARPET RIDE, a prequel to my new book! >

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The #1 Secret to Fantasy World Building

Literary EscapismEvery fantasy author struggles with a tough challenge:

How do you create a unique world that’s as believable as it is exciting?

It’s called world building, and every writer does it a little differently.

My secret is to start with research. The world we live in is so weird, it’s impossible not to get inspired.

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“The end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!” –Qwillery

MoonCheck out this fabulous review from The Qwillery:

“It Happened One Doomsday is a delight! It’s a fabulous blend of humor, Urban Fantasy and biblical prophecy with a touch of romance. The end of the world shouldn’t be this much fun!”

But there’s more! They also interviewed Yours Truly. I talked frankly about:

– What inspired me to write It Happened One Doomsday

– How I talked to dozens of best-selling authors and put together the lessons I learned from them

– The most challenging thing about writing

– Why I like to write funny books

– What I’m working on next

And a whole lot more! Read the entire interview >

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Deepest secrets revealed on RMFW podcast

RMFW PodcastOK, so maybe not my “deepest secrets.” But this is possibly the most interesting interview I’ve ever done.

When the unstoppable Mark Stevens from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers invited me onto the RMFW podcast, I had no idea he’d ask me such thought-provoking questions.

A few of the many, many things we talked about:

• the nuts and bolts of working with a literary agent (Kristin Nelson, in fact) and a team of New York editors

• what it’s like to get your book featured on the front table display at Barnes & Noble

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6 Easy Steps to Planning Out Your Novel

Fiction University Janice Hardy

Useful advice for writers, brought to by Fiction University.

Attention writers:

Even if you hate the idea of writing an outline or synopsis, you can still figure out a plan to help you finish your novel fast, avoid major revisions, and beat writer’s block forever.

It’s surprisingly easy. And I’ll show you how.

Click here to read the free article on Fiction University.

 

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Podcast: making The Leap to full-time writer

Listen to my interview on The Leap podcast, where we talk about making major life changes, being creative, conquering fear, and striving for the life you really want to live.

Here’s an excerpt:

THE LEAP: Laurence, what can you tell people about making the leap themselves? What should they look out for? What should they avoid?

LM: I would say the number one thing is to trust yourself. Have faith that you know what you need to do.

I would also say: go ahead and break some rules. Go outside the box. Do things that people think are not necessarily the way you should do them.

Do something a little bit crazy. But not so crazy that you expose yourself or others to great harm.

In other words, don’t go all in. Don’t say, ‘Oh, I’m going to write this book, or do whatever, and if this fails, I’m done.’

Go in knowing that you’re going to learn the skills that you may not have today. Don’t be afraid to fail.

Emphasize to yourself that you need to go and learn how to succeed. And then go out there and put massive effort into it.

And when you start having success, give something back. Start telling other people how to do it. Just like we’re doing on this podcast today.

It’s important to connect with other people who are trying to do the same things you’re trying to do, and be positive about it.

Listen to the interview here. >

 

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Free for writers: Instant Plot workshop tomorrow

Instant Plot: Planning Your Novel the Easy Way

Tired of struggling with outlining your book? Find out how to do it the easy way.

Writing a book? Live in the Denver metro area?

Join me tomorrow evening for a fun, free workshop that explains exactly how to outline any novel or story in just minutes.

Find out how to take charge of your plot, avoid the three dumbest plotting mistakes, spot the warning signs of a dead-end story, and master the core principles of dramatic structure.

Through classroom exercises, you’ll map out the spine of your story and walk out with a solid plan to get your novel finished.

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