Week 4: Educate and Motivate the Creative Muse (PubSub3rdFri)


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“Week 4: Educate and Motivate the Creative Muse” by Joan Y. Edwards

During Week 4 you can spend time to educate and motivate the creative muse within you. Here are a few choices:

1. Experience Life, attend workshops, take courses.

a. Bake cakes.
b. Go on a tour of an Historic house.
c. Attend a weekend workshop.
d. Volunteer at a homeless shelter for children.
e. Take a writing course at a community college or other learning institution.

2. Read three books about the craft of writing.

a. Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis
b. Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction
c. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel
d. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook
e. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel
f. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II
g. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Mystery
h. James N. Frey The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth
i. Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact
j. Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
k. Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages
l. Jordan E. RosenfeldMake a Scene
m. Katharine Sands: Making the Perfect Pitch
n. Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

3. Read three best-selling books in your favorite genre.

4. Watch three movies in the genre you write.

5. 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

John Grisham http://www.jgrisham.com/

George R. R. Martin http://georgerrmartin.com/

Catherine Coulter http://www.catherinecoulter.com/

Janet Evanovich http://www.evanovich.com/

6. Study and find three matching three publishers and agents for your manuscripts:

a. Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman http://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents/dp/1402243375/

b. Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers’ Market Guide http://stuartmarket.com/default.aspx

c. Children’s Writer’s And Illustrator’s Market, Writer’s Digest Books.http://www.amazon.com/2012-Childrens-Writers-Illustrators-Market/dp/1599632314

d. Writer’s Market by Writer’s Digest Books http://www.amazon.com/2012-Writers-Market-Robert-Brewer/dp/1599632268

c. Visit the Preditors & Editors website to check out the editors and agents you’ve chosen. It’ll tell you if they are legitimate or warn you about them. http://pred-ed.com/

f. Check the submission guidelines of the websites of the publishers and agents of three of your favorite books.

7. Write.

I hope you find the right experiences to educate and motivate the creative muse in you.

Become a Pub Subber.

You’re a Pub Subber when you submit one or more of your quality works on the third Friday of the month (or any other day of the month) to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests.  You believe that submitting work often leads to publication.

If you’d like your name listed on the Pub Subbers page, leave a comment or send an email to me at the email address in the left-hand column with your name, the title of your manuscript and where you sent it. Include your webpage or blog, if you like.

Surround yourself with other Pub Subbers.  Great minds wander in the same plane.

I invite you to join the Pub Subbers Yahoo group to post successes, receive encouragement when you receive a no, ask for advice or help, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission. Join by sending an email to pubsubbers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more reasons to submit your work often: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/?s=pubsub3rdfri.

Thank you for reading my blog.  Leave a comment, please. I love reading your stories and opinions.

Celebrate Yourself
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011-2012 Joan Y. Edwards

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