Organize Your Story Writing

Hello Everyone,

Gosh logged into my blog only to realize it had been a year since I lasted posted anything. This gave me pause to reflect on the past year and all the things that had occurred and look forward to many things in this coming year.

I recently read a blog from science fiction author Veronica Sicoe (http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/). As a published author, she too had to find her way when it comes to writing and she shares several ideas of how she goes about creating her stories on her site. There were a couple I found interesting to me personally, that I am going to try, one of them being how she uses Excel spreadsheets to organize her writing (http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/?s=organize+your+writing). She uses spreadsheets to give her a high level view of her writing progress and to also drill down on areas she needs to focus her attention to be productive and to keep the process moving forward. Perhaps the best part in addition to her information, is the free templates to use yourself (http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Writing-Project-Template.xlsx).

I got a real sense that she, like all of use, struggle with the writing process, but she kept at it and found a way that works for her. So give it a go; read her post and see if anything resonates with you; if so try it.

That’s all for now,

SB

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Michael Crichton’s Method of Plotting A Story

We are 10 days into the new year. So I thought my first post of the new year should be about beginnings. Story plots is how we begin story development.

Ever wonder how published author’s develop plot’s for their novel’s? I have on numerous occasions. I found this post from the blog: Writers Helping Writers, written by Dorothy Cora Moore. She talks about author Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park, and the television show ER, to name a few, developed plots for his stories. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he would use 3 x 5 index-cards to jot down ideas as they came to him, then later he would put those index cards with his ideas in order which became the bases of his story. He would supplement his income during those days by writing under a pseudonym

This is a great idea. If you’re having difficulty coming up with a tight plot, give this a read and try it. Post your thought and result and let me know how it goes.

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/05/michael-crichtons-method-plotting-story/

Until next time,

SB

Writing and Still Holding a Regular Full-Time Job

It’s been nearly a full year (February 2014 to be exact) since I obtained my current full-time job. The year has been filled with lots of training and learning new skills. I must admit that I didn’t read as much as I wanted (not for pleasure anyway), but did find brief opportunities; the same can be said for my writing.

So when I came across a tweet from @KMWeiland “How to Write a Book (and Work a Day Job), I was more than intrigued. So I click on the link http://t.co/zcrOryM5Qg (by WriteHack) and read the article. As newbie authors just starting out, most of us have to find time to read and write between our day job hours. Add to that all the things that life throws at us each day, finding time to write is hard.

Anyway, give the article a read and see if it might help 2015 be the year you reach your writing goals.

Until Next Time.

SB

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Novella’s

How many of you had such a terrific story idea, with great characters. You probably can envision the setting. So you sit down and start to write, and you write and write until there is no more story to tell. When you finish, you look down at the word counter (don’t worry we all do it) and you see you have something in the ballpark of 6,000 words (give or take). It’s not long enough for a full on novel, but too long for a short. What is an author to do? Consider it a novella.

In a post from https://twitter.com/KMWeiland twitter account, author Anne R. Allen (http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-novellas-are-hot-and-how-to-write.html) interview award-winning novella author Paul Alan Fahey how he crafts his novella. The author contends that novella’s are growing in popularity and differently growing segment of the e-publish phenomenon.

Give it a read, see if it doesn’t spark so energy and interest in the writer in you.

Until next time,

SB