Different Stages of a Writer: Writing, Revising, Critiquing, Living, Educating, Motivating, and Celebrating
Your writing stage and your revising stage could take more a week, a month, a year, or even longer.
During Week 4 – All the weeks you’re not focusing on your submission, take time to live, read, educate, motivate, and celebrate the creative muse within you. Here are a few choices:
- Write a pitch for the new story you have in mind to write. I’ve discovered it’s a lot easier to write a winning pitch for a story before you write it than it is when it’s finished.
- Decide which genre, and who the audience will be.
- Write the story, novel, poem, or article.
- hook (pitch)
- universal theme
- magnetic characters that stick to the reader’s minds because of their situations, thoughts, feelings, words, and actions
(1) ordinary day,
(2) something bad happens,
(3) main character tries to reach goal of straightening out the situation, drops deeper in trouble.
(4) main character tries again to reach goal of straightening out the situation, and drops the deepest in the very worst that the situation could get.
(5) main character has an “aha” moment of how to solve the problem.
(6) main character does something to confront the villain (or villainous situation) and wins (or loses)
(7) tell what happens to everyone else in the story as a result of the win.
(8) everything is back to an ordinary day, but it’s a better day than when the story’s problem showed up.
Revising and Critiquing Stage
1. Revise at least 3 times yourself, then submit manuscript for critique to
(1) a professional editor or an author who has gotten at least 10 published articles or books in the same genre as yours.
(2) a critique group or critique partner – online or in person. They can focus on your first page, your first five pages, your query letter, cover letter, and/or your proposal,
(3). Revise again after each critique. To keep it your story, use only the comments in the critique that you agree with 100%.
2. Get your work in quality condition – get it critiqued from 1-3 times and take it through seven revisions before submitting to a publisher, agent, or entering it into a contest. Quality means your manuscript is the best you can write with the knowledge and skills you have a this moment in time.
Living, Educating, Motivating, and Celebrating Stages
Experience life, attend workshops, take courses.
- Bake cakes.
- Go on a tour of historic houses.
- Attend a weekend workshop.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter for children.
- Take a writing course at a community college or other learning institution.
- Take an online writing workshop at Muse Online Writers Conference or Write on Con (for children’s writers)
2. Read three books about the craft of writing.
- Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction
- Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel
- Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook
- James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel
- James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II
- James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Mystery
- James N. Frey The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth
- Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact
- Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
- Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages
- Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis
- Jordan E. Rosenfeld: Make a Scene
- Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
4. Read three best-selling books in your favorite genre.
5. Watch three movies in the genre you write.
6. Study the websites of three best-selling authors. Here is a list of many to choose from or search for your favorite online.
Best-Selling Authors for Children
- James Patterson http://www.jamespatterson.com/
- Rick Riordan http://www.rickriordan.com/
- Jeff Kinney http://www.wimpykid.com/
- Victoria Kann http://www.ilikeart.com/
- Jane O’Connor http://www.fancynancyworld.com/
- Suzanne Collins http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/
- J. K. Rowling http://www.jkrowling.com/
Best-Selling Authors for Adults
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See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more reasons to submit your work often: http://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/?s=pubsub3rdfri.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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