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SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BEGIN
SIMPLIFYING THE WRITING PROCESS
THE LEARNING PROCESS
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MAP AND THE 7-STAGE PROCESS
BECOMING A WRITER
DO YOU WANT TO WRITE OR JUST TALK ABOUT WRITING?
CREATING THE STORY MAP
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING WITHOUT A MAP?
MAPPING THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD STORYTELLING
BRAINSTORMING AND MAPPING YOUR STORY
WHEN TO RESEARCH
GOOD-VERSUS-EVIL STRUCTURE
CREATING THE PICTURE MAP
WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM?
CAPTURING IDEAS—GETTING YOUR HANDS AROUND THEM
METHODS OF BRAINSTORMING
CREATING OBSTACLES
TOOLS TO DEVELOP YOUR WRITING SKILLS
MAPPING THE STORY
STAGE 2—BUILDING A STRONG STRUCTURE
WHO IS THE AUDIENCE FOR YOUR STORY?
CHARACTER OR PLOT-DRIVEN STORIES
POINT OF VIEW (POV)
SHOWING THE STORY VERSUS TELLING THE STORY
DOES YOUR STORY HAVE A CONCEIT?
HOW TO “HOOK” THE READER
DEUS EX MACHINA
LOOKING AT CAUSE AND EFFECT
SURPRISES, TWISTS, AND UNEXPECTED OR WRONG TURNS
USING HISTORICAL EVENTS TO DEVELOP YOUR STORY
SUBPLOT OR “B” STORY
TOOLS FOR STAGE 2
STAGE 3—CREATING VIBRANT CHARACTERS
DO YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS?
CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY PROFILE
CHARACTER TIME LINE
TOOLS FOR STAGE 3
STAGE 4—STRUCTURING SCENES, SEQUENCES, AND TRANSITIONS
SHAPING THE STORY
CHECKING FACTS
ARE THE SCENES ACTIVE AND RELEVANT?
WHAT’S WORKING AND NOT WORKING?
HOW DO I BREAK DOWN THE STORY TO MAKE IT STRONGER?
TOOLS FOR STAGE 4
STAGE 5—INCREASING TENSION AND ADJUSTING PACING
BUILDING THE SCENE VERSUS THE ROLLER-COASTER APPROACH
IS MORE LESS OR MORE?
USING DIALOGUE TO INCREASE TENSION
TYING UP LOOSE ENDS
IS THIS THE RIGHT ENDING FOR THIS STORY?
TOOLS FOR STAGE 5
STAGE 6—ENRICHING LANGUAGE AND DIALOGUE
WHAT MAKES THE PAGES COME ALIVE?
ENRICHING THE LANGUAGE
TOOLS FOR STAGE 6
STAGE 7—EDITING THE HARD COPY, SUBMITTING
HOW MANY DRAFTS DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH A STORY?
WHEN DO I KNOW WHETHER I’VE EDITED ENOUGH?
WHAT’S LEFT?
MARKETING—MAPPING A SUBMISSION PLAN
MAPPING YOUR LIFE AS A WRITER
NINE QUALITIES OF SUCCESSFUL WRITERS
ENTERING WRITING COMPETITIONS
SETTING GOALS THAT MAKE SENSE
INDEX
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The Writer's Compass; From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages

The Writer's Compass; From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages

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MAP OUT YOUR IDEA AND FINISH YOUR STORY IN 7 STAGES!How do you tell the story you want to tell and capture your audience’s heart? Regardlessof genre or format, to tell your story effectively you must fi rst sort through all the ideas you’ve been toying with—organize them, whip them into shape, and turn theminto great writing.The Writer’s Compass is here to show you the way. This guide to better writing teaches youto visualize your story’s progress by creating a story map that helps you see all the different components of your story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what key components are missing.You’ll learn to:• develop your ideas into a fi nished story by working through your writing in 7 thoughtful stages• evaluate and improve your work by mapping out your story’s progress and structure• assess your story’s strengths and weaknesses so you can write the story you want to tellWhether you’re writing a novel, a short story, a play, or a screenplay, the 7 stage approachof The Writers Compass allows you to focus on one aspect of your story at a time—includingforming and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, andstructuring scenes and transitions.The path of a writer isn’t always easy. Let The Writer’s Compass be your north star by simplifying a wealth of writing advice into easily applicable concepts that will help you improve your craft.
MAP OUT YOUR IDEA AND FINISH YOUR STORY IN 7 STAGES!How do you tell the story you want to tell and capture your audience’s heart? Regardlessof genre or format, to tell your story effectively you must fi rst sort through all the ideas you’ve been toying with—organize them, whip them into shape, and turn theminto great writing.The Writer’s Compass is here to show you the way. This guide to better writing teaches youto visualize your story’s progress by creating a story map that helps you see all the different components of your story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what key components are missing.You’ll learn to:• develop your ideas into a fi nished story by working through your writing in 7 thoughtful stages• evaluate and improve your work by mapping out your story’s progress and structure• assess your story’s strengths and weaknesses so you can write the story you want to tellWhether you’re writing a novel, a short story, a play, or a screenplay, the 7 stage approachof The Writers Compass allows you to focus on one aspect of your story at a time—includingforming and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, andstructuring scenes and transitions.The path of a writer isn’t always easy. Let The Writer’s Compass be your north star by simplifying a wealth of writing advice into easily applicable concepts that will help you improve your craft.

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