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should i use the term "witch" in my series?

Started by Wanderingsage aka chris. Last reply by Sia Timmons Jan 16. 5 Replies

Is your book published on Amazon.com?

Started by Alex Sumner. Last reply by Gary Val Tenuta Jan 13. 21 Replies

Wannabe author in need of help - outlines?

Started by Zu ~Dayglo Nirvana~. Last reply by Sia Timmons Jan 13. 8 Replies

What kinds of topics does everyone like to write about?

Started by Golden Lily. Last reply by Green Dragon Oct 5, 2015. 3 Replies

new project on wordpress

Started by libramoon Sep 29, 2014. 0 Replies

new project on wordpress

Started by libramoon Sep 29, 2014. 0 Replies

Flash fiction?

Started by Zu ~Dayglo Nirvana~. Last reply by Athetyr Jul 3, 2014. 2 Replies

Looking for a writing group

Started by Raven Noire Dec 19, 2013. 0 Replies

reformatting?

Started by libramoon Sep 17, 2013. 0 Replies

What Are People's Favorite Authors?

Started by Dylan Cook. Last reply by Lady Eva Michenet Mar 30, 2013. 40 Replies

A Call For Submissions!

Started by Starrfire Price Aug 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Write Like Your Parents Are Dead

Started by Crystiannia Vanirdottir. Last reply by Gary Val Tenuta Dec 19, 2011. 4 Replies

What Inspires You?

Started by Susabelle. Last reply by SilverClaw Oct 28, 2011. 14 Replies

To Blog, or Not to Blog

Started by Myst Dancer. Last reply by Katharine Aug 31, 2011. 6 Replies

Erotic Vampire stories wanted

Started by Mel J. Fleming II, Ph.D. Last reply by Mel J. Fleming II, Ph.D Aug 21, 2011. 2 Replies

Call For Submissions

Started by Rebecca L. Brown Aug 17, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by Oriel on January 30, 2016 at 12:52am

Thank you :)

Comment by Tegwedd ShadowDancer on January 29, 2016 at 9:36pm

You start be taking notes.  Write down everything you know about mystics, bad as well as good.  If you like, write a preliminary outline.  This is NOT to limit you in what you can write.  This is just to give your thoughts a structured framework.  Many nonfiction authors like index cards.  Index cards are your friends.  You can buy them at dollar stores.  Whenever you have a thought about a mystic, jot it down.  Explore the literature for stories about mystics.  You  want to see what else is out there in this field, not only so your work is not a duplicate of books already out there, but also to give you insights on how to proceed.  Good luck.

Comment by Oriel on January 29, 2016 at 7:39am

I've been wanting to write a book on mystics for sooo long now! How does one get started?

Comment by Gary Val Tenuta on January 23, 2016 at 2:21am

ShadowDancer - Ha ha! No, not related to the Love Goddess! At least not directly. Would love to meet her, though. 

Comment by Vercetti on January 22, 2016 at 7:22pm

I have heard about how many start but few finish. I will stick with it. I have written short stories for fun in the past and I very much enjoy it. I believe my enjoyment of it and passion to do it will help me to stick with it.

Comment by Tegwedd ShadowDancer on January 22, 2016 at 7:21pm

As a fellow pantser, I have to agree with Mr. Tenuta.  Are you any relation to Judy Tenuta, my favorite comedienne, the Goddess?  When I try to outline, my muses start nagging me to write already, bitch!  So that might be a good way o get my juices flowing again.  Thanks for the tip.

Comment by Gary Val Tenuta on January 22, 2016 at 9:14am

Vercetti - Great! Many start but few finish. I really hope you stick with it. It's a long, tough (but enjoyable) job but what an amazing feeling of accomplishment when it's finally done. 

Comment by Vercetti on January 21, 2016 at 5:33pm

Thank you Gary Val Tenuta, for more advice and book suggestions. I believe an outline would be good for me to help keep me straight and organized. As well as the same with keeping info on my characters. I know I am going to enjoy writing. :) I am very excited to start. I am going to JUST DO IT, and start immediately.  

Comment by Gary Val Tenuta on January 20, 2016 at 10:38pm

Hi Vercetti - You might want to investigate the possibility of outlining your novel. Personally, I'm not an outliner. I'm more of what we call a "panster", meaning I get a pretty good idea in my mind of what the story will be and then I just start writing to see where it goes. In other words, writing by the seat of my pants. :-) What I've found, however, is that at a certain point, usually well into the story, I do resort to outlining from that point onward. That's because, at some point in the writing, not only have the characters become more complex, but there are more of them to keep track of. Not only more characters but also the number of events has increased. So, at that point, I find it necessary to at least loosely outline where I want the story to go, who's going to what, how they're going to do it, and so on. Also, I would suggest keeping notes about each of the characters (things that have happened to them, their personality traits, what other characters they interacted with, etc.). That helps to avoid having your characters do something or say something later that doesn't jive with what they've said or done (or not said and done) earlier in the story.

Two books I'd highly recommend, one for technical help and one for good advice and inspiration:

(1) Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
by Renni Browne et al.
Link: http://amzn.com/B003JBI2YI

(2) On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King
Link: http://amzn.com/B000FC0SIM

The Self-Editing book isn't as dry and boring as it might sound by the title. The authors have done a really good job of giving it a casual, almost conversational tone and the information it provides is crucial to ending up with a well crafted book. It's a great reference book to keep by your side as you're working on your novel.

The other book is a quick read and I found the experience of reading it to be a bit like being in Stephen King's living room as we're sitting around a cozy fire while he tells about his experience as a writer and about the craft of writing in general. I read it twice and found it to be a good source of advice and inspiration.

And hey, when you get to the point where you need a cover for your book, look me up. I'm a professional book cover designer as well as the author of two novels and five novelettes. BookCoversAndVideos.webs.com

Now go forth and write that novel! Not sure where to start? My advice? JUST START! You know, sort of like the Nike slogan, JUST DO IT!

Comment by Vercetti on January 20, 2016 at 9:43pm

Thank you for the welcome, and the advice. I will think about the answers to those questions you put. Good questions for brainstorming.

 

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