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-Reblogged- 10 Steps to Finishing a Novel
February 22, 2017, 12:08 pm
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Sage advice.

Lara Willard

The great thing about blogging is that you can’t hear my maniacal laughter. Oh, I’ll give you ten steps all right. Just don’t think that those ten steps will be easy or even consecutive. Think of it more as a twisted game of Chutes and Ladders. You go up a few steps, slide back down to the bottom, go up a few more steps, slide back to the bottom again. You’re basically Sisyphus.

10 Steps to Finishing Your Novel | Write Lara Write

A nicer title for this article might be:

The Creative Process for Writing a Novel

except it also includes processes that are critical, not creative, so maybe:

The Ten-Step Program for Novelists

(Titles aren’t really my thing.)

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen a link I posted a while ago entitled “Madman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge: Unlocking Our Personas to Get Unstuck” from Ed Batista. In it, he quotes Betty Sue Flowers and her…

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Dig Those Tunes and Inspire Those Words

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I don’t think any writer could deny the impact music can have on his or her work.

The Romance with Music Begins…

In high school, I wrote a novel (don’t get excited–it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller), and I always had a certain type of music playing while I wrote it.

A sampling:

What can I say? It was the ’90s, and The Crow was the best movie of all time (and, arguably, still is). And the book I wrote involved devils, angels, romance, and hell. I may have been sixteen, but I was convinced I had the soul of a much older and wiser woman.

Oh, teenagers.

…And the Love for Music Continues…

In college, I wrote a semi-autobiographical story and incorporated music throughout the text. You’ll see what I mean best by reading the opening paragraph:

Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is screaming in my ears, and while Elton ponders raising children on Mars, I consider a more dire issue. I’m having an affair with my drug dealer. Or, more accurately, the drugs he provides.

Did I say it was autobiographical? Kidding. Totally kidding.

Anyway, here’s a sampling of the music featured in my never-seeing-the-light-of-day story:

…And My Affair with Music Obviously Continues…

Now, I have a ridiculous amount of music I turn to when I write, and it goes beyond The Crow soundtrack and Elton John.

Music Post Question

I’m so glad you asked.

Here are a few playlists I turn to when getting ready to face the dreaded blank Word document. I hope you find a few songs you love–and that get you writing.

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Tired of Talking Music?

Fine! Here’s some cool stuff I’ve come across over the past couple of weeks:

  • Someone has breathed fun into the dictionary and thesaurus with visuwords. Only visit if you’re ready to spend precious time playing around.
  • Writing the first draft is often the most difficult part of creating a finished work. Thankfully, Lara from write, edit, repeat has some tips on how to get it done like a boss.
  • “I love to read books, but I could never be a writer,” you say? WRONG! Daniel A. Roberts talks about the process of turning from reader into writer on A Writer’s Path.
  • The Kardashians threw a Great Gatsby-themed party. And they don’t seem to know why that’s silly. (I hope this is the only time I mention the word Kardashian on this blog.)
  • Having a hard time getting published? Buzzfeed has an informative guide on how to get your story or poem in a literary magazine. I’ll let you know if their advice works.
  • These major publishers are accepting unsolicited manuscripts (What what???).
  • Finally, check out “23 Ways to Uncover Your Inner Creative Badass” by Glory Begin. Good, good stuff.

Have any go-to artists or albums that you put on when it’s time to put pen to paper? Share them below–I’m always looking for killer music.




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