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AN INTRODUCTION, A CHALLENGE, AND A WARNING
OUTLINING TECHNIQUES & SCENE-WRITING BASICS
THE “STRUCTURE-PLUS” OUTLINE
THE SIGNPOST OUTLINE
THE NOTE-CARD TECHNIQUE
THE SPREADSHEET APPROACH
THE FLOWCHART
SCENE STRUCTURE
SCENE VARIETY
BRAINSTORM, CHART, AND OUTLINE
The First Three Weeks: DAYS 1–21
DAY 1: Ready, Set, Go (With What You Know)
DAY 2: Writing With Your Senses
DAY 3: Letting Your Old Ladies Scream
DAY 4: Plot Happens
DAY 5: Setting the Setting
DAY 6: The Heart of the Heart of Your Novel
DAY 7: Say What?! Some Tips on Dialogue
DAY 8: Choosing Your Eyeballs
DAY 9: POV&V (Point of View and Voice)
DAY 10: Packing Enough Baggage
DAY 11: The Art of Confict
DAY 12: Making the Most of Minor Characters
DAY 13: Scene or Summary, or, Taking the Dull Parts Out
DAY 14: Act One: The First Cluster of Scenes
DAY 15: Act Two: The Second Cluster of Scenes
DAY 16: Act Three: The Final Cluster of Scenes
DAY 18: Don’t Be Tone-Deaf
DAYS 20 AND 21: Ladies and Gentlemen ... the OUTLINE!
FIRST ASSESSMENTS
WEEK 4, ASSIGNMENT 1: Assessing Scene Worth
WEEK 4, ASSIGNMENT 2: Assessing Scene Variety
WEEK 4, ASSIGNMENT 3: Assessing the Narrative Arc
WHAT A CHARACTER
Week Five: DAYS 29–35
WEEK 5, ASSIGNMENT 1: You Are How You Look
WEEK 5, ASSIGNMENT 3: Conducting Background Checks
WEEK 5, ASSIGNMENT 4: Becoming a Mind Reader
WEEK 5, ASSIGNMENT 5: Eyeballing It
WEEK 6, ASSIGNMENT 1: The First Lines
WEEK 6, ASSIGNMENT 2: Scene One, Take One
WEEK 6, ASSIGNMENT 3: In the Middle of the Beginning
WELCOME TO THE MIDDLE
Week Seven: DAYS 43–49
WEEK 7, ASSIGNMENT 1: Attention: Minors Served Here
WEEK 7, ASSIGNMENT 2: Set the Mood Lighting
WEEK 7, ASSIGNMENT 3: I Second That Emotion
WEEK 7 ASSIGNMENT 4: A Meditation on Theme
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU
Week Eight: DAYS 50—56
WEEK 8, ASSIGNMENT 1: Lights, Camera, Action!
WEEK 8, ASSIGNMENT 3: The Scene Before the Scene
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF A BRIDGE TOO FAR
Week Nine: DAYS 57–63
WEEK 9, ASSIGNMENT 1: Mountaintop Messages
WEEK 9, ASSIGNMENT 2: Adjusting the Picture
SO LONG, FAREWELL
Week Ten: DAYS 64–70
WEEK 10, ASSIGNMENT 1: Bump, Set, Spike … Then What?
MIND THE GAPS
Week Eleven: DAYS 71–77
WEEK 11, ASSIGNMENT 1: Outline to Novel to Outline
WEEK 11, ASSIGNMENT 2: Between the Scene
QUICK STARTS, GRAND FINALES, AND UNIVERSAL MESSAGES
Week Twelve: DAYS 78–84
WEEK 12, ASSIGNMENT 1: In the Beginning (Again)
WEEK 12, ASSIGNMENT 2: The Riveting Refective Finale
WEEK 12, ASSIGNMENT 3: Theme Me Up, Scotty
CLEANING UP YOUR ACTS
The Homestretch: DAYS 85–90
THE FINAL ASSIGNMENT
DAY 91 AND BEYOND
DEMYSTIFYING THE ROLE OF AGENT AND EDITOR
QUERY, MY DEARIE
REVISE REPRISE
AND THEN SUBMIT
THIS IS THE END
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
INDEX
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90 Days to Your Novel; A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book

90 Days to Your Novel; A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book

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Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With The 90-Day Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within The 90-Day Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides:Instruction that distills the elements of the novel—from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.
Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With The 90-Day Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within The 90-Day Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides:Instruction that distills the elements of the novel—from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.

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