Andrew Stanton: The Clues To a Great Story

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Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

 

 

 

 

 

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How a Newbie Writer Navigates Completing a Novel Without a Compass

 

 

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“HOW A NEWBIE WRITER NAVIGATES COMPLETING A NOVEL WITHOUT A COMPASS”

 

As a veteran, I learned early in my career that you need to plan to succeed, or you’ll fail from the lack of planning. But I didn’t adhere to this mantra when it came to writing. To me writing starts with an idea, a nugget of inspiration, or a pearl of wisdom. Actually, for me it started with the knowledge my cousin had written a story. It was a cozy murder-mystery set in the California wine country. But alas, he left it, unfinished, never to see the light of day. I mentioned to my wife that writing should end with the story being released to the masses. I decided I would write my own story, which I took on as a form of therapy from my day job, oddly enough, as a technical writer.

With my wife’s encouragement, I dove into the deep end. With a snippet of guidance from an online blurb on ‘writing your first novel,’ I started at the end, the dramatic finish. I soon realized I had no idea how to begin, having just created my ending. So, staring at the blank page of MS Word, I started to type what floated about between my ears. Soon, I realized, I had lost my way. My trouble lay before in not keeping track of characters, locations, scenes, and most importantly, time.

But, each evening, I would sit at my laptop, headphones in place putting a string of words together. After receiving feedback from fellow writers, I realized my passion had become a monster, and I had pantsed my way to nearly 113,000 words. After a moment of soul searching (and a few drams of Scotch), I pared my story in half. With each passing verse from ABBA to ZZ Top, I soon found myself reaching that first chapter I had written, the dramatic finish. After five and a half months, and over seventy-five-thousand words, I was finally able to type ’THE END’ to my first novel “The Irishman’s Deception.” Along the way I also took some of the fallen pieces and created a second novel, “Suspicious by Design.”

Over this time, I learned there is a 3-Part Act, there are emotional needs and inciting events, all parts of the story that should be included. Though I didn’t follow the ‘rules’ which so many others cite in their own terminology, I did learn that even though I enjoy the thrill of spewing forth words unencumbered on my laptop, it pays to have a few cheat sheets.

I now use a single sentence to establish my scenes, a sheet listing my characters and their relationships, and several shelves burdened with references. And thankfully, the ever-present hot key linking me to the internet, which allows me to view a myriad of information that the famous writers of yesteryear could only dream of.

Even though I’ve grown and continue to learn about the craft of writing, for me, the pleasure still remains in the act of writing what I’ve dreamed of, what inspires and intrigues me. And to think, it all started with an idea.

 

By Anthony J. Harrison

 

 

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Can You Structure If You’re a Pantser?

Common Pantser Writing Challenges

 

 

 

 

From Author To Screenwriter: Tips For Taking your Books To Hollywood With Huss McClain

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Benjamin Thomas

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Mark Dawson’s Book Lab Part 2 with Helena

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Booklab 2 featuring Helena

 

 

 

 

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The Power of Collaboration with Mark Dawson

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Benjamin Thomas

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Strangers to Superfans. Book Marketing With David Gaughran

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Strangers to Superfans. Book Marketing With David Gaughran

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the author of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible, this book will change how you think about marketing. Strangers to Superfans puts you in the shoes of your Ideal Readers, and forces you to view your marketing from their perspective.

*Learn the five stages in the Readers’ Journey.
*Identify where your blockages are and how to fix them.
*Optimize each stage to increase conversion.
*Boost sales by making the process more frictionless.
*Build an army of passionate readers who do the selling for you.

It’s not enough to know who your Ideal Readers are, you also need to imagine how they feel when a recommendation email arrives containing your cover. You must figure out why they hesitated before clicking the Buy button. And it’s crucial to determine why they liked your book enough to finish it… but not sufficiently to recommend it to their friends.

The Reader Journey is a new marketing paradigm that maps out the journey your Ideal Readers take in their transformation from strangers to superfans.

 

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What did you take away from this interview? Tell us in the comments!

 

Benjamin Thomas

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Joanna Penn and Jeff Haden Discuss Writing & the Motivation Myth

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The Motivation Myth. How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up To Win With Jeff Haden

 

 

 

 

 

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Benjamin Thomas

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How to Shift from Hobby Writer to Pro Writer with Honoree Corder

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How to Shift from Hobby Writer to Pro Writer with Honoree Corder

 

 

 

 

Do you have an accountability writing partner to help you achieve your dreams?

 

 

Benjamin Thomas

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The Business Of Being A Writer With Jane Friedman

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The Business Of Being A Writer With Jane Friedman

 

 

 

 

You’re missing out if you haven’t picked up this book yet!

 

 

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Benjamin Thomas

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How Play Can Help You Deal With Anxiety And Become More Creative With Charlie Hoehn

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How Play Can Help You Deal With Anxiety And Become More Creative With Charlie Hoehn

 

 

 

 

 

How do you deal with anxiety? What activities help spur your creativity?

 

 

Benjamin Thomas

@thewritingtrain

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Splendid Q&A with Author Fiona Cummins

Audiobook Blog Tour: Scared to Death