Novel Shortcuts: Ten Techniques that Ensure a Great First Draft

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Writer's Digest Books, Apr 1, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 261 pages
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Proven techniques for writing a high-quality first draft fast!

Novel Shortcuts shows you how to quickly write a first draft that's also rich and engrossing. (It's really possible!) Through detailed instruction and valuable exercises, award-winning novelist Laura Whitcomb addresses everything from premise development to foreshadowing to tone and beyond. You'll uncover shortcut strategies and tools like:

  • A four-step approach for crafting stronger scenes
  • Plot-planning devices, including plot webs, timelines, and plot menus
  • Guidelines for building your story around essential crosshair moments
  • Comprehensive checklists featuring quick fixes to common story gaffes relating to plot, character, voice and style, setting, description, and more
Plus, learn how to stay committed to and enthusiastic about your project as you develop it from a new idea to a complex and realistic story. Novel Shortcuts is your roadmap to a smooth and expedient writing process!

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
FINDING THE CORE OF YOUR NOVEL
3
DECIDING HOW TO TELL YOUR STORY
42
CROSSHAIRS MOMENTS
74
SHORTCUT TO THE SCENE
97
BALANCING SCENE SUMMARY AND REFLECTION
126
PLANNING YOUR PLOT
149
STEALING TRICKS FROM THE BEST
163
FAST TRACK TO THE DEEPER EMOTION
194
WHAT TO DO WHEN IT STINKS
205
GOALS AND MIRACLES
242
INDEX
258
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Laura Whitcomb is the award-winning author of the novels A Certain Slant of Light and The Fetch. Her previous writing book, Your First Novel, was co-authored by literary agent Ann Rittenberg.

www.laurawhitecomb.com

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