#MTW Live Event with Susan May

Live #MTW Event with author Susan May

Hosted by: The Mystery Thriller Week

Facebook link to group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1333307913355544/

Twitter link to group: https://twitter.com/@MTW_2017

Facebook link to live broadcast: https://www.facebook.com/susan.randazzo1/videos/o.1838566649716335/10210042652477621/?type=2&theater

Writing a book in 28 days

Here are some of the tips from author Susan May’s chat on how to write a book in 28 days:

  1. What is your fear?  What is holding you back from writing?

  2. Procrastination is a response to fear.

  3. Set a daily goal and stick with it – eg.  I will write 300 words a day until the novel is finished.

  4. This then becomes a habit.

  5. As the habit progresses, you will write more and more.  300 words become 600, which becomes 1000 and so on.

  6. Don’t edit as you go.  Get the first draft done. This draft is you learning about your characters, who they are, where they are, what they do, how they speak.

  7. You cannot judge the first draft – it is just the process of getting the story out of your head and onto paper.

  8. Use the edits to flesh out the story – add in scene descriptions or characters.  You may even want to change aspects of the plot after the first draft.

  9. Stop dithering – draft the bones of the story.

  10. Do the first edit to flesh out what you have and then give it to a trusted reader / editor for their opinion and comments.

Tips if you get stuck:

  1. Write around your problem eg. If people are not where they need to be, leave the chapter empty and move onto the next one.  When the draft is done, go back to that place and write in the missing bit.  You will be amazed at how differently you see the problem when the story is complete.

  2. Write the scene from a different point of view – you may or may not include it in your story, but seeing it in a different way helps free the problem.

  3. Trick yourself into not caring about what others think of your work.

  4. Trust your muse – it will not steer you wrong.

Finish it even if you think it’s rubbish, if you think it has holes in the plot or is just bad. Don’t worry, because you can write another.  Each novel you write adds to your knowledge of the craft and hones your skills.

Don’t put pressure on yourself about writing.  It’s an art, it something you do that fills your heart.  Do it for the satisfaction you get.  You don’t have to write a best seller – you just have to finish the book.  Write every day – it must be a habit.  The satisfaction you get from accomplishing you goal is immeasurable.

Visit www.susanmaywriter.net

And don’t forget to watch the full video on Facebook using the link above.


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