I Want To Write A Book: Tip To Get You Started


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Offers information and resources to help beginning writers get started on their writing projects. Topics covered includes audience focus, finding time to write, and more.

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I Want To Write A Book: Tip To Get You Started

  1. 1. WRITING & PUBLISHINGWORKSHOPSESSION 1Nicola McDonald, Program Facilitator
  2. 2. I WANT TO WRITE A BOOK: HELPFULRESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTEDIn this workshop we will discuss various writingtechniques & provide resources to help writers getstarted on their story.Quick Agenda Overview:  Writing basics  Observations in writing  Finding time to write  List of Resources – books, websites, magazines
  3. 3. THINK ABOUT IT:  What do you write?  Or  What kind of writing have you been working on, if any?
  4. 4. TYPES OF WRITING : Fiction - made up story Non-fiction - based on real events/circumstances Autobiography - self experiences Genres of interest (sci-fi, realistic fiction, mystery, horror, romance, paranormal, etc.)
  5. 5. MORE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:  Audience  Children → babies, elementary schoolers, pre-teens  YA → early teens, older teens, general  Adults → adults, seniors   Specific expertise (cooking, playing sports, photography, etc.)
  7. 7. BE A READER! Read books in & out of the genre you want to write!  Get ideas on how to execute different writing techniques  Decipher what works well in each particular story and why  Begin to understand why a technique may work in one story but not in another  See how each character fit & relate to the overall story
  8. 8. OPPORTUNITY IS EVERYWHERE!  Take note of body movements in conversations going on around you.  Observe the way people speak, paying close attention to gestures and tones that may fit your characters (or may become your characters)  Look at places and listen to sounds around you – these should help with setting.  Research! Research! Research!  Keep a notebook at ALL times.
  9. 9. PLOTTING Some writers plot out their whole story line before they start writing. Other writers don’t. But it’s important to at least have a general basis in mind of what the story is about and where it’s meant to go. Analyze movies to determine and differentiate the use and purpose of plot lines Write down ideas as they come to you
  10. 10. WRITE WHEN? WRITE NOW! On your commute (train, bus, etc. but not while driving ) During your lunch period! While waiting to be called at the doctor’s office A dedicated time in the morning or at night before bed Join a writing group (meet-ups, local groups, etc) During a scenic walk you can use a recorder Every single chance you get to do so!
  11. 11. BOOKS: Writer’s Market  Useful for a variety of things like finding publishers, agents, writing contests, Merchants of culture : the publishing business in the twenty-first century / John B. Thompson. Easy writing skills step-by-step : master high-frequency skills for writing proficiency---fast! / Ann Longknife and K.D. Sullivan This year you write your novel / Walter Mosley 90 days to your novel : a day-by-day plan for outlining & writing your book / Sarah Domet 102 ways to write a novel : indispensable tips for the writer of fiction / Alex Quick.
  12. 12. MORE BOOKS: Breathing life into your characters : [how to give your characters emotional and psychological depth] / Rachel Ballon. The complete idiots guide to writing a novel / by Tom Monteleone How to write and sell your first novel / by Oscar Collier with Frances Spatz Leighton. The artful edit : on the practice of editing yourself / Susan Bell. Editing made easy : simple rules for effective writing / Bruce Kaplan.
  13. 13. MAGAZINES: Writer’s digest Poets & Writers Publisher’s Weekly * Literary market place Jeff Hermans guide to book publishers, editors, & literary agents The Writer Guide to literary agents
  14. 14. WEBSITES: Writer’s Digest - http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writing- competitions Fan Story - http://www.fanstory.com/page/writing_contest/writing_cont est.jsp WritersViews.com - http://writersviews.com/writing- contests.php Writercafe.org - http://www.writerscafe.org/ Mibba - http://www.mibba.com/ Blogs:  Wordress.com  Blogger.com
  15. 15. SUMMARY Have a focus of your audience Know the overall gist of your story Use every opportunity to writing Always have a writing tool handy Have fun at it!
  16. 16. HAPPY WRITING! Thanks for attending this writing and publishing workshop! The next workshop will be: I Wrote A Book, Now What? The Query Letter & More