"5 Keys to Becoming a Better Writer" with Liz Curtis Higgs

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"5 Keys to Becoming a Better Writer" with Liz Curtis Higgs

  1. 1. 5 Keys to Becoming a Better Writer Fiction or Nonfiction A WebinarwithLIZ CURTIS HIGGS
  2. 2. Key ONE:Tap into Your Best Resource: Your Readers
  3. 3. 1. Printed Newsletters Still Have Value
  4. 4. 1. Printed Newsletters Still Have Value• Surveys for information
  5. 5. 1. Printed Newsletters Still Have Value• Surveys for information• Stories for illustration
  6. 6. 2. Email Newsletters Are a Better Value
  7. 7. 2. Email Newsletters Are a Better Value• Contests with a purpose
  8. 8. 2. Email Newsletters Are a Better Value• Contests with a purpose• Content for application
  9. 9. 3. Reach Out to Friends, Neighbors, Groups
  10. 10. 3. Reach Out to Friends, Neighbors, Groups• Bookmarks to pose your question
  11. 11. 3. Reach Out to Friends, Neighbors, Groups• Bookmarks to pose your question• Business cards to invite connection
  12. 12. 4. Facebook Is Faster
  13. 13. 4. Facebook Is Faster• Connect with the world
  14. 14. 4. Facebook Is Faster• Connect with the world• Collect content in an instant
  15. 15. 5. Blogs Go Deeper
  16. 16. 5. Blogs Go Deeper• Try out new topics
  17. 17. 5. Blogs Go Deeper• Try out new topics• Mine the comments
  18. 18. Key TWO: Create a Story Arcthat Speaks to the Heart
  19. 19. 1. Tell TRUE Stories
  20. 20. 2. Tell ORIGINAL Stories
  21. 21. 3. Use the Big W toStructure Your Story
  22. 22. • Trouble Starts
  23. 23. • Trouble Starts• Change of Plans
  24. 24. • Trouble Starts• Change of Plans• Point of No Return
  25. 25. • Trouble Starts• Change of Plans• Point of No Return• Major Setback
  26. 26. • Trouble Starts• Change of Plans• Point of No Return• Major Setback• Redemption
  27. 27. Key THREE:Invest Time in Research that Goes Deep
  28. 28. 1. Why Research Matters
  29. 29. 2. Do On-Site Research
  30. 30. 2. Do On-Site Research• Maps
  31. 31. 2. Do On-Site Research• Maps• Small digital recorder
  32. 32. 2. Do On-Site Research• Maps• Small digital recorder• List books already own
  33. 33. 2. Do On-Site Research• Maps• Small digital recorder• List books already own• Computer, iPad, notebook
  34. 34. 2. Do On-Site Research• Maps• Small digital recorder• List books already own• Computer, iPad, notebook• List questions
  35. 35. 3. Have a Strategic Plan
  36. 36. 3. Have a Strategic Plan• Front desk of your inn, B&B
  37. 37. 3. Have a Strategic Plan• Front desk of your inn, B&B• Public library
  38. 38. 3. Have a Strategic Plan• Front desk of your inn, B&B• Public library• Local book store
  39. 39. 3. Have a Strategic Plan• Front desk of your inn, B&B• Public library• Local book store• Museums / historic sites
  40. 40. 3. Have a Strategic Plan• Front desk of your inn, B&B• Public library• Local book store• Museums / historic sites• Churches
  41. 41. 4. Talk to Anyone, Everyone, Always
  42. 42. Key FOUR:Train Your Voice to Sing in Tune
  43. 43. 1. In Fiction, Characters Need Their Own Voice
  44. 44. 2. In Nonfiction, We Want to Hear Your Voice
  45. 45. 3. Keep Writing UntilYou Find That Voice
  46. 46. 4. Be True to Who You Are
  47. 47. 5. Keep Your Tone Consistent
  48. 48. Key FIVE:Edit Your Work Like a Pro
  49. 49. 1. Endings Matter Even More than Beginnings
  50. 50. 2. Tension Keeps Pages Turning
  51. 51. 3. Avoid 10-cent Wordsand Avoid 1-cent Words
  52. 52. 4. Get Out of Your Headand Into Your Reader’s Heart
  53. 53. 5. Get Help fromPeople You Trust
  54. 54. 5 Keys to Becoming a Better Writer Questions for Liz?

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