Getting My Learn On Pt. 12 – Writing

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So many tasks on the mental plate!

I’ve been taking classes on various points in the whole independent author process for most of 2020.  Now I am back to moving forward on the next books plus I have a handful of other projects rolling along too.   It’s moments like these when it sometimes helps to go back to the basics.  And what I mean by basics is the “how-to’s” on writing a book or story.

I’ve already mentioned Nick Stephenson’s videos on marketing, but he also did a set on novel writing and I thought, why not see what he has to say?  A new viewpoint can be useful and that’s how I found his 7 Phase Story Engine.  It has helped me flesh out a few holding points on Waltzing Matilda and also some structural changes to Black Matilda.

It did make me think I should check out other author’s thoughts on writing a complete story.  Luckily for me, (or it’s something that happens at the beginning of the year) another pair of authors I follow just released a 3 Part video series on writing a novel.  Autumn M. Birt and Jesper Schmidt put out their Ultimate Fantasy Writer’s Guide – Starter kit!

I immediately made use of their structure plans on a couple of ideas that have been bouncing around in my skull and it felt really good to have a much better plan in place for those!  Their concise plans on how to quickly set up a storyline with a fast look at who the main characters are and Bam!  I have two 2 story ideas with an actual plot!

Good stuff all around.  I feel invigorated and ready to slay some dragons!

But only bad dragons…

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Author: jongraylang

Novel Writer, Screenwriter, Filmmaker & occasionally an Actor. Handy with a Sword, Ukulele and Skis. Author of Nun With a Gun: The Town with No Name, The Matilda. and Twistin' Matilda. Writer of the upcoming Sci-Fi sequel, Black Matilda.

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