The outline for my presentation at LTUE about Writing Your First Book
Where Do I Start?
How many of you are writers?
How many of you have a book published?
How many of you have written a full book?
How many have started writing a book?
How many of you have written something simply because you wanted to?
YOU ARE WRITERS! Because you choose to be!
Challenge: Tell someone during this conference that you’re a writer. Raise your hand if you commit to do that in the next two days.
How to Get from, “I want to write a book,” to “I’m writing a book.”
The Question was never, “Can You Do It?” You can. The real question is, will you?
Stop telling yourself you don’t have time
Give yourself a regular time to write.
How to Generate Ideas
Write what you know.
Write what you don’t know.
Trouble getting the first sentence or paragraph?
1. Skip it!
3. Don’t be Afraid to Write Badly
For Fiction Writers:
Crash course in:
Basic plot structure: Hollywood 3-act
Basics of word count
* Identify your genre
* These are a basic GUIDELINE right now. Focus mostly on writing.
* Adult: 80-90k with 10k leeway on each side
* Picture Books: 500-600 words
* Middle Grade: 25k-60k (depending on age)
* YA: 55k-70k
For Nonfiction Writers
The power of story (fiction AND nonfiction)
Google is Your Friend (but read multiple results)
Don’t submit immediately
Don’t show it off immediately
All First Drafts Stink
Things to consider in revision:
2. Character development/arc
5. Scene Structure
6. Anything boring, confusing, or unbelievable
7. Line edit (overused words, grammar, cliche’s)
8. Visual Balance