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Writer's Block by Bob Mayer

Bob Mayer
Bob Mayer

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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Writers Block &
Re-writing:
Moving Forward and Making it
Better
What Is Writer’s Block?
•Most of the time: Laziness.
•Could be right brain/left brain conflict.
•Subconscious telling you to stop
because you’re screwing up.
How To Overcome The Block.
•Bum glue.
•You write pretty much the same regardless
of emotions.
•Be open-minded.
•Do more research.
How To Overcome
The Block
• Multi-task.
• Work on Promotion.
• Outlining future books.
• Editing old books.
• Teach.
• Learn.
• Do something physical.
The Danger of
Perfectionism
• “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for
perfection is demoralizing.” Harriet Braiker.
• You could edit out subconscious seeds.
• Might end up cutting perfectly edited work that you now
have wasted time on.
• Avoiding moving forward.
• Nothing is ever done: sometimes you just have to stop.
• The next book will be better.
How To Overcome
The Block.
•Don’t over-edit.
•Re-read what you’ve written for
subconscious seeds.
•The three ways you will write:

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Writer's Block by Bob Mayer

  • 1. Writers Block & Re-writing: Moving Forward and Making it Better
  • 2. What Is Writer’s Block? •Most of the time: Laziness. •Could be right brain/left brain conflict. •Subconscious telling you to stop because you’re screwing up.
  • 3. How To Overcome The Block. •Bum glue. •You write pretty much the same regardless of emotions. •Be open-minded. •Do more research.
  • 4. How To Overcome The Block • Multi-task. • Work on Promotion. • Outlining future books. • Editing old books. • Teach. • Learn. • Do something physical.
  • 5. The Danger of Perfectionism • “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” Harriet Braiker. • You could edit out subconscious seeds. • Might end up cutting perfectly edited work that you now have wasted time on. • Avoiding moving forward. • Nothing is ever done: sometimes you just have to stop. • The next book will be better.
  • 6. How To Overcome The Block. •Don’t over-edit. •Re-read what you’ve written for subconscious seeds. •The three ways you will write:
  • 7. The Lords of Discipline •Protagonist is in a bind. •Must discover who the Ten are. •Earlier in the book is a scene where he is in his room-mate’s father’s den. •He later learns the father was one of the Ten.
  • 8. Three Ways To Write: • Protagonist decides to break into the den to read the father’s journals to find out who the current Ten are. 1. Pat Conroy knew from the very beginning this was the solution and had it outlined this way. 2. Pat Conroy ended up in the same bind as his protagonist, re-read what he wrote, and used the den scene in another way. 3. There were no journals in the den and Pat Conroy went back and re-wrote, putting them in there.
  • 9. Re-Writing •You re-write many times while writing the first 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.
  • 10. Re-Writing • Rewrite for main story arc. • Rewrite for character arcs. • Rewrite to make sure all subplots close out and are supported. • Rewrite for symbol and motif consistency. • Rewrite to copy edit and make it as clean as possible. • Rewrite to tighten down the plot. • Rewrite to cut un-necessary material. • Look for conflict in every scene. • Fix anything that doesn’t “feel right”.
  • 11. Getting Feedback • Writers groups. • Beta readers. • Book doctors. • Agent feedback. • Editorial feedback. • Readers can point out problems, rarely provide solutions. • No explaining allowed.
  • 12. Story Editing: Questions • Why now? Does the initiating event make sense? • Does the story open with the protagonist in conflict with the 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 for your character AND turn the story in a new direction? • Does the conflict escalate for BOTH protagonist and antagonist?
  • 13. Story Editing: Questions • Is the moment of crisis a fight or flee situation where the choice is not obvious? • Have you closed out all your subplots before the climactic scene, in reverse order that they were introduced? • Is the climactic scene your protagonist and antagonist on stage in conflict until one is utterly defeated? • Does your resolution give an emotional pay-off to the reader. • Is your book as good as you can make it?
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Editor's Notes

  1. 1. Already outlined and follow it. 2. Re-read and find subconscious seeds you planted and use them. 3. Rewrite and add.
  2. Not doing here but should do when book done
  3. DO