Writing Fiction For Dummies
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Writing Fiction For Dummies

Randy Ingermanson, Peter Economy

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Writing Fiction For Dummies

Randy Ingermanson, Peter Economy

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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel

So you want to write a novel? Great! That's a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don't settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you'll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies:

  • Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers.
  • Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme.
  • Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue.
  • Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear.

Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.

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For Dummies
Part I
Getting Ready to Write Fiction
In this part . . .
We know you’re excited to start writing, but before you begin, you need to do some strategic thinking. In this part, we consider exactly what makes a great story and how to find the fiction category that works best for you and your reading audience. Next, we take a look at four common methods writers use to write a novel. Finally, we delve deeply into the important subject of managing your time — and yourself.
Chapter 1
Fiction Writing Basics
In This Chapter
Setting your sights on publication
Getting your head ready to write
Writing great fiction and editing your story
So you want to write a novel? Great! But is that all you want to do? After all, anybody can type a bunch of words and call it a novel. The trick is writing one that’s good enough to get published. This book is for fiction writers who want to write an excellent novel and get it published. That’s a tough, demanding goal, but it’s entirely doable if you tackle it intelligently.
If you’re going to write a novel, you need to get your head fully into the game. That means making a game plan that’s a proven winner and then executing your game plan. After you have a plan, you need writing (and rewriting) skills — lots of them. Writing fiction means developing a raft of technical skills, both strategic and tactical. None of these steps are hard, but they’re a lot easier to pick up when you have some guidance.
After you’ve written a great novel, whether you choose to get an agent or make the deal yourself, selling a strong story is about making the right connections with the right people at the right time.
Our goal in this book is to take you from being a writer to being an author. We have every confidence that you can do it, and this chapter explains how. It can happen — and it will happen — if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.
Setting Your Ultimate Goal As a Writer
If you’re writing a novel, don’t be modest about your goals. First of all, you want to write a really good novel, right? You aren’t in this game to write a piece of schlock. You have some talent, and you have a story, and you want to write it well.
Second, you want to get the darned thing published. Don’t hang your head and say, “I’ll be happy just to get it written.” Write to get published. Humility is a fine thing, but false humility can keep you from doing the one thing you really want to do.
Do this right now:
1. Take a piece of paper and write down these words:
“I’m going to write a novel and get it published. I’m going to do it because writing a novel is worthwhile and because I have the talent to do it. I’m going to do it because I have something important to say to the world. I refuse to let anything get in my way.”
2. Put today’s date at the top and your signature at the bottom.
Hang it where you can see it every day, and tell your family and friends about it.
As of this moment, you’re a writer. Don...