WRITING & PUBLISHINGWORKSHOPSESSION 1Nicola McDonald, Program Facilitator
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
THINK ABOUT IT: What do you write? Or What kind of writing have you been working on, if any?
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.)
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.)
THINGS TO HELP YOU GET PREPARED ACTION CREATIVITY SETTING CHARACTERS
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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