Writing Advice Wednesday



Wednesdays are for the writers! The art of writing is complicated, everyone has their own methods, and I can only hope that something you read here helps you on your journey. As a thank you for reading, there is a fun download at the end! So, what are we talking about today?


Starting points!


There are one million ways to begin your story, many of them can and will put you in a corner after chapter one without proper follow through. As a pantser by nature, finding a way to get passed the initial light bulb and rush of random inspiration is pretty much half the battle. After finishing my first book (that is currently being queried if I haven't chickened out), it became ABUNDANTLY CLEAR that if I wanted to write all the other ideas in my brain then I'd need a system. There was no way on this Earthly plane that I'd be able to have a writing career if it took me forever to write a book again. None. Gone are the days where an author could sit in their seaside cottage and pop out a book every five years.


So what did I do?


The Snowflake Method really came in handy! Step one is to start out with a one sentence summary of your book. Listen to me carefully and know that I say this with all the love in the world, your book is not too complicated to do this. The sentence does not need to be pretty, it just needs to summarize your book. I'm making this up on the fly so things will be extra rough, whew.


For example: A girl gets kidnapped by an enemy and finds out that her family has been secretly destroying the world for generation. See, a HORRENDOUS sentence but that gives you the gist of the book!


Step two is to plug it all into the basic query formula. PRINCESS was on her way to her coronation when VILLAIN SOLDIERS ATTACK and PRINCESS IS MADE AWARE OF THE ATROCITIES OF HER FAMILY. Now PRINCESS must MAKE THINGS RIGHT despite THIS MEANING SHE WILL GIVE UP HER CLAIM TO THE THRONE or else BE JUST AS TERRIBLE AS THE QUEENS BEFORE HER!


And step three to get you started is to do a five sentence summary using everything you did in steps one and two! See the graphic below for further notes!

You can find more of this in my Idea to First Draft Workbook that you can have FOR FREESIES by clicking below!

Idea to First Draft Workbook
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It's free, it's a workbook, and I sincerely hope it helps beginner writers and experts alike. Remember, I'm still figuring out my style, methods, and where my path is going. I'm not published but, gosh darn, I'm a writer and that's what matters here.


Until next time, writers!

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