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By Stewart Ferris

A author is a person who writes. It sounds noticeable, yet many of us who name themselves writers do not produce adequate phrases in a 12 months to fill a postcard. different writers churn out hundreds of thousands of phrases yet by no means promote their paintings. This publication tackles either difficulties: it will get you writing, simply and painlessly guiding you thru the scary "writer's block," and it divulges secrets and techniques that can assist you to elevate the standard of your paintings to a pro point. Writing is a enterprise like all different. profitable writers recognize the principles and conventions that make their paintings stand proud of the remainder of the "slush pile"—rules Stewart Ferris now finds in find out how to be a author that may aid release your writing profession.

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Draft 2 A tightening of the structure This is your opportunity to think about how to fill those holes in the plot. Have you introduced something that needs to be set up earlier on? Let’s say a grandmother character queuing inside a bank suddenly demonstrates pinpoint throwing abilities when a bank robber runs past with the bag of loot. She gets him clean on the back of the head with an apple from her handbag. Sounds – 45 – HOW TO BE A WRITER incredible? It is. And your reader or viewer won’t fall for it.

Decide on the toss of a coin if necessary (I’m not saying this is a good way to construct a story but it’s better to do this than to spend so many days worrying about it and not writing that in the end you lose enthusiasm and momentum and give up). Make your choice and run with it. Don’t fret about a character’s name or the kind of car they drive. Don’t panic if there’s a hole or inconsistency in the plot. Great chunks of this draft will subsequently be deleted, but much of it will make it through to later drafts.

Hardly seems worth it when you think of it like that. But 500 words can be written in less than an hour if you’re feeling inspired, and shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours at worst, and at the end of the first week you’ll have 2,500 words under your belt. That’s about half a chapter. At the end of the first month you’ll have 10,000 words. Print that out and fan through it. Feels pretty satisfying, right? Twenty pages of text printed single-spaced equates to about forty pages of printed novel.

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