Day 24s simple task: Day 11 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks? http://wp.me/p5y43M-3z So today you’re going to need to wrap of that cliff hanger. Get your character motivated, but also make the problem intensify.  With this, you will also need to make us care about the characters again. Try exposing some more back story or a fear they have. Once…

Day 22s simple task: Day 9 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks? http://wp.me/p5y43M-3z Today we make sure your character’s motivations are as strong as yours. What will you do to celebrate writing a novel? Now what will your characters do when they succeed? Besides the fear factor, what are the goals of your main character? What about your supporting cast? Have…

Day 21s simple task: Day 8 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks? http://wp.me/p5y43M-3z Remember when I said we should save sub plots for later? Well now’s that time. Take some time t plot out the beginning, middle, and end of four or five sub plots. Then start putting them in. Don’t let them over take the plot but start adding conflicts…

Day 19s simple task: Day 6 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks? http://wp.me/p5y43M-3z You’ve gotten so far! Your story is well on it’s way to engaging readers and publishers everywhere. So let’s put in the last thing to hook them. Backstory is important but can overwhelm people if you have it too early on or all in one paragraph. That’s why…

Day 18s simple task: Day 5 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks? http://wp.me/p5y43M-3z Today we discuss buts.  If your character has a plan, put in a little uncertainty. For a romance, give the love interest a secret.  Give the reader something new to consider. Any new information that shifts our perspective of the events to occur will be a good thing…

Day 15s simple task: Day 2 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks? http://wp.me/p5y43M-3z Wonderful, you made it to day two! You would be surprised how few people actually get here. Many people start and never go back to their work. Try not to look at yesterday’s word. Today is a brand new day! Start today by making sure you have introduced…

Increasing writing productivity

It goes by many names, “some day syndrome”, “one day syndrome”, it is a disease that afflicts want-to-be-authors and yet-to-write-novelists. The symptoms include, but are not limited to, slow writing pace, low productivity, abandoned manuscripts, and lack of writing moral. The cause is simple, thinking that maybe, eventually, someday, you will write a novel, and…