Not everything you learned in school is wrong...except that "adverbs are bad verbs." 😂 The writing world is extremely different than the educational writing world, so in this episode, Serious Writer co-owners discuss the non-academic side of writing.
- Go to a writers conference. Now!
- Read in your genre and subgenre and learn the style of that genre.
- Get the resources you need from the beginning. Check out the emotions thesaurus & Story Trumps Structure)
- Your 1st book might not be published. Common fear: I won’t have another story after this one.
- Learn the rules first before you break them.
- Know how to structure a story. Modern story is based on the 3-act structure. Act 1 is short. Act 2 is rising action over the middle and it’s longer; character development. Climax. Act 3 is descending action. [Fantasy: Hero’s Journey of the 3-Act Structure.]
- Set a regular writing time period or a daily word count. Earnest Hemingway - wrote 500 words a day. Stephen King: 2000 Jack London - 1500. Mark Twain - 1400. Michael Crighton - 10,000 words - Jurassic Park. Suggestion - start lower until you’re consistent.
- Just write and don’t edit.
- Write in scene, not sequence.
- Know the word count for your genre.
- Write flash fiction.
Tools: Word Scrivener
SW Fiction Proposal
The Emotions Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman
Story Trumps Structure by Steven James
Write from the Middle by James Scott Bell