Preface

Point of view is the most critical style element in writing. It is also important in reading this book. I've been making a living writing for well over a decade and with each year and every new manuscript come new lessons learned. Over that time period I've also taught writing novels and getting published at various workshops and for numerous organizations. I've seen numerous ideas, stories and manuscripts in the course of teaching, helping other writers, and judging contests. I've been...

Rejections

Why a whole chapter devoted to rejections And right after the chapter on submissions Because guess what's coming shortly after you start sending out your queries Rejection is a fact of life in the writing business and something you will face. I have approximately eighty rejections for each of my first two novels. Every publisher my agent sent it to soundly rejected my fourth manuscript. This despite both having an agent representing me and having my first novel out in hardcover. I am currently...

Appendix Example Synopsis The Line

What if a secret military organization has been covertly manipulating our government's policies for the past fifty years and now appears to be planning a coup In 1995 Boomer Watson is a member of the elite Delta Force on a classified mission into the Ukraine when everything goes wrong the target, instead of radical Ukrainian politicians, turns out to be NATO nuclear inspectors. Returning from the apparently botched mission, Boomer is relieved of his command and sent to Hawaii to get him out of...

Series of progressive complications ever rising risks

I heard an interesting story one time that goes as follows There once was a very poor man who lived in a kingdom. All he had was his son and six beautiful horses. One day the king came riding by and saw the horses. The king offered to buy the horses for a very large sum of money. The man refused. His neighbors told him he was crazy not to take the money because the king's offer was a very good thing. He replied I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing. It just is. Two days after the...

The Five Biggest Problems

After looking at manuscripts and concepts for years, I made a list of what I considered the top five problems. Initially, the first several years, I focused on perspective as the major problem. As time went on though, and I learned more about writing, I changed that opinion. If a manuscript's major problem is perspective, then at least the writer got out of the starting gate. To my dismay I have found that many writers never make it out of the starting gate. I then decided that not having a...

What Genre Books Does Stephen King Write

Decide where your book fits if it does fit . No one likes hearing it, but there are certain guidelines to follow when writing in specific fields. If you are writing an action suspense novel, then your primary emphasis is on action. That's not to say that you shouldn't have good characterization, but you should not emphasize the characters at the expense of slowing down the action. Remember the perspective of the reader when they bought your book, or picked it up to read, why did they do that...

Book Dissection

You've got your original idea and you've done your research. Now, before you begin to write your book, you should find a novel similar to what you plan to write that is already published. Then you should sit down with your razor sharp brain and cut it apart to see all the pieces. Then put them together again to see how they all fit. You have to ask yourself a number of questions 1. What was the original idea the author started with How close is it to mine 2. How did the author translate that...

Appendix Sample Cover Letter

Presidio Press 29 April 2000 31 Pamaron Way Novato, CA 94949 Dear Ms. What if a secret organization of West Point Graduates has been covertly manipulating our government's policies for the past fifty years and now appears to be planning a coup against the President THE LINE is the story of Boomer Watson, an officer in the Army's elite Delta Force and Major Benita Trace, assigned to a headquarters in Hawaii where the President will be arriving in one week to give a speech at the 56th anniversary...

Appendix Sample Chapter Outline Chapter

Nashville 9 Nov 11 PM 0400 Zulu -Kelly Reynolds gets tape and letter in mail from a male reporter friend as she comes home late at night. -she listens to tape intercepted radio conversation between AF jet pilot participating in Red Flag US vs. Soviet simulation fight out of Nellis AFB getting caught by tower Dreamland Nellis AFB call sign for violating restricted air space over Area 51. Pilot reports being forced down by strange object, then goes off air suddenly. Male friend says he is going...

Third person deep insight shifting point of view

We start in Joe's point of view, and then shift when it is necessary. Joe looked up from his cup of coffee and saw John and Ted walk into the courtyard. Joe could see that they were arguing and he knew they were still probably upset about their earlier confrontation over Madeline's boyfriend. In the courtyard, John could see Joe watching them but he could care less. John was still uneasy about their earlier confrontation over Madeline's boyfriend. I still don't accept it, Ted...