All through April :: Writing Challenge

On The Write Focus, we’re posting a daily podcast from Write a Book in a Month, by Remi Black.

Daily check-ins include the project stage progressing word count as well as speculations on writing in general and the writing business in particular.

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Criteria for the Challenge ::

1] Daily Word Count

2] Length to Goal

3] Reason for the Goal

 

Each of the April episodes is running less than 10 minutes. Listen briefly every day or hoard up several episodes for when you fix a quick dinner, drive a short commute, or take a brisk walk.

Lessons for writing happen along the way!

Each episode in April will conclude with the two quotations from professional writers (Hemingway! Heinlein! Atwood! More!!!) that opened and closed her day’s writing sessions.

Episodes So Far ::

  • April 1 :: No Fooling
  • April 2 :: Change of Plans
  • April 3 :: Stick with the Plan
  • April 4 :: Nix Distractions
  • April 5 :: Watch for Warnings
  • April 6 :: Life Rolls
  • April 7 :: Win-Lose-Wind
  • April 8 :: Critical vs. Creative
  • April 9 :: Eat the Frog First
  • April 10 :: The Tax Man Cometh
  • April 11 :: Cocoons
  • April 12 :: Six Words Short
  • April 13 :: Wonders Never Cease
  • April 14 :: One Project, Two Project
  • April 15 :: Promotions
  • April 16 :: Covers
  • April 17 :: Frittery Jittery
  • April 18 :: Flipping Out
  • April 19 :: Input / Output
  • April 20 :: Looking Ahead

Coming Up to Finish the Challenge

  • April 21 :: Short Post
  • April 22 :: Biz Monday
  • April 23 :: Master Book
  • April 24 :: Expect the Unexpected
  • April 25 :: Carpe Diem as Writers
  • April 26 :: Nose to the Grindstone
  • April 27 :: Writers’ Groups
  • April 28 :: First Celebration
  • April 29 :: Writers Conferences
  • April 30 :: An End that’s Not an End and Lessons List
  •  May 5th :: Aprés-Draft Update

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Bookmark your favorite to come back daily.

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Resources as of April 20

Amazon links are given because it’s easy, and for no other reason.

Purchase Write a Book in a Month at Amazon here.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0848MWXGD

Also mentioned in the first 10 episodes (March 31 to April 5) ~

Patty Jansen’s Self Publishing Unboxed Amazon.com: Self-publishing Unboxed (The Three–year, No-bestseller Plan For Making a Sustainable Living From Your Fiction Book 1) eBook: Jansen, Patty: Kindle Store

Purchase Think/Pro at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Think-like-Pro-Advent-Writers/dp/1983248266/

The Think/Pro planner for writers can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Pro-Planner-M-Lee/dp/1983248673/

Dwight V. Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer https://www.amazon.com/Techniques-Selling-Writer-Dwight-Swain/dp/0806111917/  

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Gifts from the Sea https://www.amazon.com/Gift-50th-Anniversary-Anne-Morrow-Lindbergh/dp/0679732411/

Marie Kondo The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering-Organizing/dp/B00RC3ZGN4/

Celebrate! *Discovering Your Writing*

It’s the 1st anniversary of the bundled Discovering Your Writing”, the epic journey for writers.

cover by Deranged Doctor Design for Writers Ink Books

Designed for writers at any skill level, this four-book bundle of the acclaimed series is a resource-rich compendium of craft information.

4 Books

for Writers

Bundled together

Discovering Your Plot covers six types of plot structure and the necessities of genre expectations. In its detailed examination of the major sections of a novel, it offers clues to pacing, tension and suspense, and sequencing of events.

Discovering Characters guides writers to create individuals rather than cookie-cutter stereotypes. This guidebook is designed to reveal the public and private interiors of characters. Templates and interviews are merely a start when delving into the backstories and relationships of our characters.

To hook readers, savvy writers manipulate cover imagery, titles, and the back-cover market copy. With the right keys, explored in Discovering Your Author Brand, learn how to brand your books, your series, and yourself as writer. A supplementary section covers writing a book trailer—the best guidance for writing any market copy.

Improving your writing craft is simple with the lessons and examples provided in Discovering Sentence Craft. A writer needs much more than grammar and spelling. Figurative and interpretive elements are the first step in creating rich text. Structural elements like opposition, repetition, inversion, and sequencing offer additional methods to polish your words.

At 129,00-plus words, Discovering Your Writing is truly an epic undertaking, a heroic journey necessary for anyone wanting to grow as a writer.

Writer M.A. Lee worked as a journalist and copy writer before pursuing the challenge of teaching high school students the triumvirate of literature, composition, and grammar+. Those years of teaching meant that she continued learning herself, sticking fingers into the writing craft and twisting things around to understand them before conveying that knowledge to students. The Discovering guidebooks for writers are proof that her internal teacher keeps presenting lessons.

Since beginning her self-publishing journey in 2015, M.A. Lee (under her pen names) has published more than 30 works of fiction and nonfiction.

 

Write Focus is Bookcasting!

We’ve started a tour of the guidebook Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers, our first nonfiction books.

The podcasting episodes on Podbean start with the introduction at this link.  By the end of the year, we will have covered Deadlines (two parts) and Daily Writing.

In January, we cover Plot It, the foundational decision of all writing. So far, that’s two parts as well–although the first episode for Plot It, on Dec. 30, ran well over 20 minutes.

We try to keep the podcasts short: time to cook a quick dinner, drive a short commute, or take a brisk walk.

Join us at Podbean every Wednesday.

Think like a Pro Playlist Link

This link will take you to all 17 episodes on YouTube for Think like a Pro.

Listen on your favorite Podcast site:

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spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4fMwknmfJhkJxQvaaLQ3Gm?si=0GFku2PbShWXiDhRp7JaDQ

YouTube Channel Writers Ink Books – YouTube

Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers is copyright 2017, with the revised edition in 2018. Podcast copyright is 2021.

Resources

Purchase Think/Pro at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Think-like-Pro-Advent-Writers/dp/1983248266/

The Think/Pro planner for writers can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Pro-Planner-M-Lee/dp/1983248673/

Visit thewritefocus.blogspot.com for resources, links and a summary of this and other episodes.

1 : 8 What’s In a Name /Characters & Titles / part 3

How do we find names for our characters? What techniques can we use to discover the best titles for our books and our series?

We’re running a little long this time as we try to crowd everything in to part 3 of the Naming series.

Find any resources and links as well as a transcript at this link:

https://thewritefocus.blogspot.com/2020/11/whats-in-name-part-3.html

1 :: 6 What’s in a Name part 1

What’s in a Name? Does it matter how you pick a name–for your writing business, your writing self, your characters, your books and your series? Well, duh. Yes, it matters. While a rose by any other word would smell as sweet, Tybalt cared that Romeo was a Montague at a Capulet party. Names DO Matter.

Check the transcript here.

https://thewritefocus.blogspot.com/2020/11/whats-in-name-part-1.html