So you want to be a writer? Or maybe you’re already a writer, but can’t seem to get that novel written? Or you’ve written a few books, but the thrill is gone. Is there a trick, you wonder, to writing a great book, or even finishing a so-so book? Why, yes—there are three tricks, actually, that veteran writers like me keep top secret (shhhh!):
The list probably isn’t the romantic, idealistic answer you were hoping for, but I wrote this book with the idea of dispensing daily inspiration to get you to think about your story—and to write. Because I know from experience your motivation will give out before your imagination will. This book is structured to ease you through the life-cycle of creating a full-length novel, from broad stroke advice and self-evaluating questions, to more specific tips when you get to the planning and writing stages. I’ve also included pitfalls to avoid, lessons I’ve learned and techniques to help you manage your writing time.
If you like guarantees, writing isn’t for you. That said, if you write a novel and put it out into the universe, I guarantee you will:
And that’s cool. Ready? Let’s do this. ~
Italics are used for emphasis, so a little goes a long way. For example, flashback scenes are typically written in italics, which is one of the reasons readers find them tedious. Dream sequences are also typically written in italics—which tips off the reader it’s a dream and can lessen its effect—and, again, can be tedious. Other common applications for italics:
Words in dialogue and elsewhere that require emphasis:
“I told you it was going to blow!”
I opened my eyes and sighed. Today was my birthday. The big one.
Angie sat down hard in the chair. What do I want? She didn’t know.
My mind raced as I tried to remember what Jim had said about the night Sandy was killed. Sandy told me she was headed to the bar.
Note: If you’re writing a manuscript for submission to an editor, it’s proper form to underline the text versus italicizing; underlining is easier for the line editor and copyeditor to see, and to correct if they disagree.
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