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162 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing  Tags: writing fiction writing tips fabjob 
fabjob.com — Get Paid to Write Imagine … seeing a book you've written on display at a local bookstore … flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine to find an article written by you … reading your poetry in a respected publication … noticing your name in the credits of a movie or television show … watching a performance of a play you've written … or finding your personal essay in a popular book. About a Career as a Published Writer While a fortunate few writers can become bestselling authors earning millions of dollars a year from their writing, it is possible to enjoy success as a published writer in many other ways. You may dream of reading glowing reviews of your writing, signing books for readers eager to meet you, having your family and friends see your work in print, depositing checks you've earned for your writing, or enjoying some of the other perks that come with being a published writer. As long as you have the desire, you can become a published writer – no matter how young or old you are. Guide to Become a Published Writer If you would like to be paid to write, the FabJob Guide to Become a Published Writer is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get published. Whether you are a novice, or have already been paid for your writing, this guide will give you valuable information to make publishing your writing both easier and more profitable. See a free sample of Become a Published Writer The guide was written and compiled by Sheila Seifert, who has over 1,000 sales as a freelance writer (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.) As a university instructor, she has taught creative writing, composition, and magazine writing, and is a sought-after speaker for writers' conferences. In this guide she shares with you her own experiences as well as insider tips and expert advice from hundreds of successful writers, writing teachers, and editors. This guide does not go into detail about the mechanics of selling your writing, because it includes links to excellent resources on manuscript formats, proposal examples, etc. Instead, this guide focuses on helping you develop the skills and traits needed to become a successful published writer, through professional advice and practical exercises. The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to achieve greater success as a published writer, including: Getting Ready Motivating yourself to write Overcoming writer's block Techniques for getting ideas Developing your creativity Writing a first draft Finding your voice Developing Your Skills in Different Genres Poetry An introduction to writing poetry Expressing emotions Images in poetry Rhythm and meter Revision techniques Fiction Creating characters Developing plots Conflict, tension, and suspense Point of view Storytelling techniques Writing dialogue Nonfiction and Other Genres Magazine articles Business writing True-to-life or as-told-to stories Personal essays Screenwriting Playwriting Advice for All Genres Doing research Using humor Choosing a title Interviewing subjects Collaborating (co-authoring or ghostwriting) Editing your manuscript Writing as a Business Finding your niche Working with editors and agents The publishing industry What to include in a proposal or synopsis Overcoming rejection Marketing yourself Plus much more!   How to Get the Published Writer Guide   Also see:   BECOME A BOOK EDITOR BECOME A BOOK PUBLISHER BECOME A BOOKSTORE OWNER BECOME A CARTOONIST BECOME A CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR BECOME A FREELANCE WRITER BECOME A MYSTERY WRITER BECOME A PUBLISHED WRITER BECOME A ROMANCE WRITER BECOME A SCREENWRITER BECOME A SONGWRITER BECOME A TRAVEL WRITER
721 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing  Tags: writing fundamentals lisa cron craft of story lynda.com 
socialpolitan.org — Dig into the craft of writing a compelling story, with practical how-to advice and before-and-after writing samples.   In this course, author Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples. Discover how to craft a first page, zero in on your story's point, create empathy, find a character's secret goals and inner issues, translate generics into specifics, write for suspense, create cause-and-effect connections, build momentum and tension, and deftly implement setups, payoffs, flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing. Topics include: What is a story? Hooking your reader Feeling what the protagonist feels Being specific Creating suspense and conflict Writing flashbacks and subplots
ocw.mit.edu — Introduction to Fiction As taught in: Fall 2003 Instructors: Dr. Wyn Kelley MIT Course Number: 21L.003 Level: Undergraduate Course Description This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative styles--traditional and innovative, western and nonwestern--and raises questions about the pleasures and meanings of verbal texts in different cultures, times, and forms. Toward the end of the term, we will be particularly concerned with the relationship between art and war in a diverse selection of works. Course Home Syllabus Calendar Readings Assignments   Kelley, Wyn. 21L.003 Introduction to Fiction,Fall 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 01 Feb, 2013). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
1895 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing  Tags: orson scott card essays on writing writing class. 
hatrack.com — Orson Scott Card's essays on writing.   Writing Lessons   • Formatting Outlines and Manuscripts - Mar 7, 2006 • Third-Person Characters - Sep 28, 2004 • Copyrights - Apr 1, 2004 • Chapter Length - Apr 1, 2004 • Parallel Storylines - Oct 14, 2003 • A Conversation on Character - Oct 14, 2003 • Stories with Soul - Oct 13, 2003 • Naming Characters - Mar 5, 2003 • More in Naming Characters - Mar 5, 2003 • Starting a Short Story - 05 Mar 2003 • Writer's Block - 23 Sep 2002 • Classroom Writing Activities - 10 Apr 2002 • Background - How Much is Too Much - 14 Jan 2002 • Thought vs. Action - 19 Apr 2001 • Distractions from Writing - 15 Mar 2001 • Writing Spec Scripts - 15 Mar 2001 • Inventing Aliens - 15 Mar 2001 • Hot and Cold Third-Person - 15 Mar 2001 • Themes - 2 Aug 2000 • Point of View - 2 Aug 2000 • Your Inner Editor - Aug, 2 2000 • Digital Books - Aug, 2 2000 • Novel Length - Aug 2, 2000 • Plotlines and Ideas - Apr 26, 2000 • The "Maguffin" - Apr 26, 2000 • On Plagiarism, Borrowing, Resemblance, and Influence - Dec 20, 1999 • When is Conflict Good? - Oct 05, 1999 • Inventing Stories - Jan 29, 1999 • Do I need an agent? - Jan 29, 1999 • OSC Critique - Nov 17, 1998 • Beginnings - Oct 29, 1998 • Discussion of Dialogue and Style - Aug 14, 1998 • Does a Writing Career Always Mean Novels? - Jul 16, 1998 • On Rhetoric and Style - May 12, 1998
2194 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing Fan Fiction  Tags: fan fiction fanfic writers fanfic readers 
fanfiction.net — FanFiction.Net - World's largest fanfiction archive and forum where fanfic writers and readers around the globe gather to share their passion.   FanFiction.Net is for fanfiction. To publish/read original stories and poetry please visit our sister site at FictionPress.com.
2197 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing  Tags: fiction writing wikipedia free encyclopedia 
en.wikipedia.org — Fiction writing From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about writing fiction prose. For fiction as a concept, see fiction.   Fiction writing is any kind of writing that is not factual. Fictional writing most often takes the form of a story meant to convey an author's point of view or simply to entertain. The result of this may be a short story, novel, novella, screenplay, or drama, which are all types (though not the only types) of fictional writing styles. Contents 1 Types of fiction prose 2 Elements of fiction 3 Character 4 Plot 5 Setting 6 Theme 7 Style 7.1 Components of style 7.2 Narrator 7.3 Point of View 7.4 Tone 7.5 Suspension of Disbelief 8 External links 9 See also 10 References Types of fiction prose Main article: Fiction#Categories of fiction Elements of fiction   Just as a painter uses color and line to create a painting, an author uses the elements of fiction to create a story:   The elements of fiction are: character, plot, setting, theme, and style. Of these five elements, character is the who, plot is the what, setting is the where and when, and style is the how of a story.   A character is any person, persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a fictional work or performance.   A plot, or storyline, is the rendering and ordering of the events and actions of a story, particularly towards the achievement of some particular artistic or emotional effect.   Setting is the time and location in which a story takes place.   Theme is the broad idea, message, or lesson of a story.   Style includes the multitude of choices fiction writers make, consciously or subconsciously, as they create a story. They encompass the big-picture, strategic choices such as point of view and narrator, but they also include the nitty-gritty, tactical choices of grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence and paragraph length and structure, tone, the use of imagery, chapter selection, titles, and on and on. In the process of writing a story, these choices meld to become the writer's voice, his or her own unique style. Character   Characterization is one of the five elements of fiction, along with plot, setting, theme, and writing style. A character is a participant in the story, and is usually a person, but may be any persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a fictional work or performance.   Characters may be of several types: Point-of-view character: the character by whom the story is viewed. The point-of-view character may or may not also be the main character in the story. Protagonist: the main character of a story Antagonist: the character who stands in opposition to the protagonist Minor character: a character that interacts with the protagonist. They help the story move along. Foil character: a (minor) character who has traits in aversion to the main character Plot   The plot, or storyline, is the rendering and ordering of the events and actions of a story.   On a micro level, plot consists of action and reaction, also referred to as stimulus and response. On a macro level, plot has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Plot is often depicted as an arc with a zig-zag line to represent the rise and fall of action. *Freytag's Pyramid is also another way to represent action in a novel.   The climax of the novel consists of a single action-packed sentence in which the conflict (problem) of the novel is resolved. This sentence comes towards the end of the novel. The main part of the action should come before the climax.   Plot also has a mid-level structure: scene and sequel. A scene is a unit of drama—where the action occurs. Then, after a transition of some sort, comes the sequel—an emotional reaction and regrouping, an aftermath. Setting   Setting is the locale and time of a story. The setting is often a real place, but may be a fictitious city or country within our own world; a different planet; or an alternate universe, which may or may not have similarities with our own universe. Sometimes setting is referred to as milieu, to include a context (such as society) beyond the immediate surroundings of the story. Theme   Theme is what the author is trying to tell the reader. For example, the belief in the ultimate good in people, or that things are not always what they seem. The moral of the story, if you will. Style   Style includes the multitude of choices fiction writers make, consciously or not, in the process of writing a story. It encompasses not only the big-picture, strategic choices such as point of view and choice of narrator, but also tactical choices of grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence and paragraph length and structure, tone, the use of imagery, chapter selection, titles, etc. In the process of creating a story, these choices meld to become the writer's voice, his or her own unique style. Components of style   For each piece of fiction, the author makes many choices, consciously or subconsciously, which combine to form the writer's unique style. The components of style are numerous, but include point of view, choice of narrator, fiction-writing mode, person and tense, grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence length and structure, paragraph length and structure, tone, imagery, chapter usage, and title selection. Narrator   The narrator is the teller of the story, the orator, doing the mouthwork, or its in-print equivalent. Point of View   Point of view is from whose consciousness the reader hears, sees, and feels the story. Tone   Tone is the mood that the author establishes within the story. Suspension of Disbelief   Suspension of disbelief is the reader's temporary acceptance of story elements as believable, regardless of how implausible they may seem in real life. External links Top Notch Writing Advice From Famous Masters Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Author Ursula K. LeGuin's writing advice Official Website for National Novel Writing Month Look up fiction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. See also Author Creative writing Fan fiction Fiction Figure of speech Foreshadowing List of writers' conferences Literary criticism Literary festival Literary fiction Literary technique Literature Narratology Show, don't tell Writer Writer's block Writing style References ^ King, Stephen (2000). On Writing pp. 153–, –154.. Scribner. ISBN 0-684-85352-3. ^ Abbott, Jillian (Sep., 2005). "How to keep tabs on your novel’s progress". The Writer, p. 39. ^ Frey, James N. (1987). How to Write a Damn Good Novel p. 164.. St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-01044-3. ^ Monteleone, Tom (2004). The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel p. 51.. Scribner. ISBN 1-59257-172-7. ^ Leder, Meg, ed. (2002). The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing p. 324.. Writer’s Digest Books. ISBN 1-58297-160-9. ^ Stanek, Lou Willett. (1994). So You Want to Write a Novel p. 15. Avon Books. ISBN 0-380-77688-X. 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