From First Draft To Finished Novel: A Writer's Guide To Cohesive Story Building
Build a fully developed, multi-layered story from the ground up!
Writing a story is not that much different than building a house. Both require some brainstorming (to provide a clear vision), a blueprint or outline (to lay a solid foundation upon which that vision can be built), building or drafting (to make the vision a reality), and decorating or revising (to polish the masterpiece and make it presentable to the public).
In From First Draft to Finished Novel, novelist Karen S. Wiesner carefully explores each of these stages, showing you how to:
Create a quick outline to help organize and expand your original idea
Develop a detailed Story Plan Checklist to solidify your story's details
Combine and effectively use tools like your outline and story checklist to weave together a cohesive draft
Put together a strong query letter and submission package
This book also features exclusive worksheets, checklists, and detailed examples designed to help you:
Improve your outlining techniques through the use of character, plot, and setting sketches
Write a strong Story Plan Checklist that ensures your characters evolve and your plot progresses
Develop your editing skills using revision and "punch" checklists
Whether you're working on a new story or a project in development, From First Draft to Finished Novel is your blueprint to a story readers won't be able to resist.
Great resource for writers
By Armchair Interviews - October 13, 2008
Karen Wiesner is a prolific author! She's written 56 fiction and nonfiction books in the past ten years and has eleven more titles in the works. She's been nominated for or won sixty-eight awards. Her book, First Draft in 30 Days, is a bestseller.
From that first idea to the finished product, Karen Wiesner helps writers write the novel they've always wanted to write. Wiesner believes writing a novel is much like building a house and uses the analogy to help the reader visualize the process.
Wiesner will help the reader/writer:
* brainstorm the novel idea * with the research process * create a solid working outline for the story * create a story checklist that will help you remember those necessary details * write a cohesive first draft of the novel * with the revisions * finish the final editing and polishing of the novel
Wiesner delves into the workings of writing the novel and also helps with the necessary and... read more
Great! Great! Great! Perfect to use with First Draft in 30 Days
By Cat Lover in AZ - October 7, 2008
I read this book and 'First Draft in 30 Days'. They're not set up to require you to buy both, but they compliment each other very well. I got just as much helpful info from each book, not repeats like I've found from other 'series'.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I can now figure out where my issues are in each MS, prop up the middles and get them cohesive. While I may have been able to eventually get published with out the help of these books, I don't think it would have happened any time soon.
At first glance, her method looks a bit complicated. But after reading the book all the way through, and starting at the beginning, It is rather very simple.
There are some things I use (99%) while I discard the items that don't work for me.
As for typing in the worksheets into Word myself, It took me about a half an hour. I typed them up once(customized to my tastes), as master copies, and now I'll be able to use them for any... read more
Where has this book been?
By Elizabeth - June 25, 2011
I was stuck in a major rut. I did some of the creative writing exercises, knew my plot, had a vague idea of characters, etc., but I still could not get past the blah, blah, blah of most writing books. This book does not go into all of that. It gives you very practical advice to PLAN FOR YOUR WRITING SUCCESS.
It does not take a rocket scientist. I never thought that checklists and organization tips could be so inspiring, but the more information I compile in my writing notebook, the more tangible result I can see. It's absolutely infectious enthusiasm which has already carried me through more than 5,000 words. Plus, by the time I get done reading a portion of this book, I am ready to depart on some totally relaxed writing exercises.
If you are looking for a book to tell you about characters or plot, then look elsewhere. This book guides you to an acquaintance with intimate details of your character which you didn't know existed. It may not make your writing... read more
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