Do You Love Writing Fiction?
It isn't as easy as you thought? Like me, maybe you've forgotten more about show v. tell, adverbs, commas and em dashes, than you ever wanted to know. Now you want to write the great American novel, and comes the news...'Thanks, but this isn't for us', is what you're hearing from agents and publishers. So you join a critique group, and your glaring errors humiliate you!
Like you, I wasn't to be deterred, and I took the first steps of an arduous journey to become a perfect craftsman (okay, craftswoman) of fine fiction.
How arduous, you might ask?
I own several bookshelves of 'How to Write Fiction' books. Bits and pieces of these were useful, such as Stephen King's 'On Writing', Anne Lamott's 'Bird by Bird'.
I have a closet full of canvas bookbags and tee shirts gained at many (costly) writing conferences, along with coffee cups, pens, brochures and credit card debt.
And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote. At a conference, I'd pitch to 2 or 3 agents only to be told that the subject was not currently popular. Not having a specific genre in mind, I'd switch to the latest fad book subject. Four novels later, I decided to write what I wanted to write.
What I gained most from these workshops, classes and instructors--their handouts, and my notes--piled up in folders and notebooks.
Should a wannabe writer suffer these years of picking and sorting the how's and way's to writing success? How could I save others on this same journey the cost and time that I spent?
I set out to design a helper that would encapsulate everything you need and I began teaching very successful workshops.
The evolution of this journey culminated in a journal. A Fiction Writer's 8 Step Journal. This is an 8 Step easy to follow concise study of the How-To's in writing fiction that will get you noticed by agents and publishers and applauded by readers. This is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide that allows you to journal what you have learned, from organizing your plot to building memorable characters, and from edit to writing a succinct query letter. New, innovative and one-of-a-kind methods that will have you and your muse producing reams of pages. I self-published this on www.lulu.com after designing the layout and cover. I was proud of my accomplishment until a kindly publisher pointed out the errors in proper publishing protocol. Oops.
Eight Things You Need To Know To Write a Novel, followed as a new improved version of the above.
Found in the pages of this website and through daily blog posts, I plan on helping every writer of fiction by answering questions, and explaining the industry regarding the craft of writing fine fiction!