1. Internal Characteristics of a Writer What personality traits does it take to be a writer?
2. Things You Might Need
Hardware, software and nifty tools for day to day work.
3. What To Write
Write what you know and know what you're writing.
4. The Original Idea
The seed that starts everything and keeps you on track.
Gathering the details that will drive the story.
Someone's already done it, let them help you.
7. 1 of N Does Not Equal N and Never Complain, Never Explain
Two tripwires to be aware of. II: How To Write A Novel
8. Idea Into Story
Putting muscles and flesh on the bones of the idea.
9. The Five Biggest Problems
Where most people go wrong.
The emotional punch of the novel.
The number one style problem for most writers.
It ain't like real life.
You need a place and a time.
14. Narrative Structure & Plot A way to organize your story.
15. Where Should My Novel Begin?
The most important pages of your novel.
16. The Pace of the Story
Put away the remote control and tell a story.
17. Where Should My Novel End?
The climax and the pay-off for the reader.
Many theories, one concept.
Tightening your storyline down.
20. Show Don't Tell & Symbolism You've heard it, what does it mean?
Where does your book fit and what does it mean to be literary?
22. The Reader
The one who pays your salary.
23. The Writing Cycle
A circular flow for the creative soul.
The nuts and bolts of the words on the page. III: Getting Your Novel Published
25. The Submission
The first step in the long road to getting published.
It's not as bad as getting betrayed.
27. The Agent
Who are these people and what do they do?
28. Book Doctors, Scams and Schools Caveat Emptor!
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