Writer's Block by Bob Mayer


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Writing a novel and getting it published: That's your goal. And nothing will keep you from making it happen. Such a goal, of course, presents a number of challenges. Make sure you have the tools you need to overcome them and succeed.

In THE NOVEL WRITER'S TOOLKIT, NY Times Best-Selling author Bob Mayer shares a veteran writer's hard-won advice with a style that's straight from the hip. He lays out the nuts and bolts of novel writing, along with guidelines for starting, finishing and revising your work.

You'll learn how to:
Develop story-worthy ideas
Translate those ideas into a compelling plot
-- one that keeps readers mesmerized
Pace your story for maximum excitement
Create realistic, complicated characters
Submit attention-getting manuscripts

Self-contained chapters make it easy to focus on the just the elements you
need. Take in the advice, sharpen your skills, and hit the ground running.
Mayer provides all the reliable information and instruction you need to
make your dreams of publication come true.

What are you waiting for? THE NOVEL WRITER'S TOOLKIT ensures that you're properly equipped for success!

“A book to inspire, instruct and challenge the writer in everyone.”
#1 NY Times Best-Selling Author Susan Wiggs

"An invaluable resource for beginning and seasoned writers alike. Don't miss out."
#1 NY Times Best-Selling Author Terry Brooks

"Something for every writer, from neophyte to old hand. My hat is off to Bob." Best-Selling Myster Writer Elizabeth George

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  • Writer's Block by Bob Mayer

    1. 1. Writers Block & Re-writing:The Place and Words ofYour StoryThis presentation is brought by former Green Beret andNY Times bestselling author of Factual Fiction... BobMayerFor more Information:Please contact Bob Mayer at bobmayer@coolgus.comor Jen Talty at jentalty@coolgus.comWednesday, June 19, 13
    2. 2. “An invaluable resource forbeginning and seasonedwriters alike. Don’t missout.” Terry Brooks. #1NYT Bestseller.“Bob Mayer is a giftedwriter and generousteacher.” Susan Wiggs. #1NYT Bestseller.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    3. 3. What Is Writer’s Block?•Laziness.•Right brain/left brain conflict.•Subconscious telling you to stop.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    4. 4. How To Overcome The•Multi-task.•Work on Promotion.•Outlining future books.•Editing old books.•Teach.•Learn.•Do something physical.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    5. 5. The Danger of Perfectionism•“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving forperfection is demoralizing.” Harriet Braiker.•You could edit out subconscious seeds.•Might end up cutting perfectly edited work thatyou now have wasted time on.•Avoiding moving forward.•Nothing is ever done: sometimes you just have tostop.•The next book will be better.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    6. 6. How To Overcome TheBlock.•Don’t over-edit.•Re-read what you’ve written forsubconscious seeds.•The three ways you will write:Wednesday, June 19, 13
    7. 7. Three Ways To Write:•Protagonist decides to break into the den to read thefather’s journals to find out who the current Ten are.•1. Pat Conroy knew from the very beginning this wasthe solution and had it outlined this way.•2. Pat Conroy ended up in the same bind as hisprotagonist, re-read what he wrote, and used the denscene in another way.•3. There were no journals in the den and Pat Conroywent back and re-wrote, putting them in there.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    8. 8. Re-Writing•You re-write many times while writing thefirst draft.•Print out every fifty pages or so.•Start over from the beginning if:•Away from the manuscript for a while.•Something significant has changed.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    9. 9. Re-Writing•Rewrite for main story arc.•Rewrite for character arc.•Rewrite to make sure all subplots close outand are supported.•Rewrite for symbol and motif consistency.•Rewrite to copy edit and make it as cleanas possible.•Fix anything that doesn’t “feel right”.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    10. 10. Getting Feedback•Writers groups.•Beta readers.•Book doctors.•Agent feedback.•Editorial feedback.•Readers can point out problems, rarelyprovide solutions.•No explaining allowed.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    11. 11. Post-First Draft Feedback•Rewrite for character arcs.•Rewrite to tighten down the plot.•Rewrite for symbol consistency.•Rewrite to cut un-necessary material.•Look for conflict in every scene.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    12. 12. Story Editing: Questions•Why now? Does the initiating event make sense?•Does the story open with the protagonist in conflict withthe antagonist or someone linked to the antagonist?•Does your opening establish mood, tone, voice and setting?•Does the reader know what the problem to be solved is?•Does the reader know who your protagonist is?•Do your turning points strip away a layer of motivation foryour character AND turn the story in a new direction?•Does the conflict escalate for BOTH protagonist andantagonist?Wednesday, June 19, 13
    13. 13. Story Editing: Questions•Is the moment of crisis a fight or flee situation wherethe choice is not obvious?•Have you closed out all your subplots before theclimactic scene, in reverse order that they wereintroduced?•Is the climactic scene your protagonist and antagoniston state stage in conflict until one is utterly defeated?•Does your resolution give an emotional pay-off to thereader.•Is your book as good as you can make it?Wednesday, June 19, 13
    14. 14. When Is The Book•Sometimes you just have to stop.•Sometimes you put it aside.•Sometimes you have to kill it.•Trust your gut.Wednesday, June 19, 13
    15. 15. www.coolgus.comThe Complete Author PackageWednesday, June 19, 13