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. ~
For this exercise, go to the nearest window and focus on the first object that catches your eye—a fly? A dying geranium? A mailbox? Figure out a way to incorporate the object into your story. I’ll use all three:
Let’s say I’m writing a mystery. I might have a single fly lead the detective to a dead body. Or a dying geranium next to three healthy ones might be a tip-off that poison was used and the killer ditched the rest of it on the plant as he fled. Or a mailbox in front of an abandoned home might be the perfect place for scheming criminals to exchange notes.
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