Join Lisa Cron for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story.
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And there you have it, what we are wired to expect in every story and the tools to make sure your story meets those expectations every time. So, what are the next steps? First, write every single day, even if it's just a little. The more you get into the habit, the easier it will become. Second, join a local writers group. Just having a deadline can be incredibly motivating. The thing you want to keep in mind is that writing is a process, one that takes time.
And while finishing your first draft will be thrilling, exhilarating, utterly fabulous, that's also when the work really begins. When you get to that stage, hire a professional editorial consultant. Look for someone who's been an agent, an editor, or a writing instructor at a reputable institution. You want an objective pro who can help guide you through the revision process. But that doesn't mean you didn't get it right. If there's one thing every successful writers process includes, it's rewriting.
Talent aside, in my experience what really separates the writers who make it from those who don't is perseverance along with a wholehearted desired to zero in on what isn't working and fix it. The good news is that the writing community is supportive, caring, and friendly. To help you get acquainted with it, I've put together a list of resources, websites, and books that you might find helpful. You'll find this list in your exercise files. Here is my parting advice, be kind to yourself when you write and be mean to yourself when you don't.
Here's hoping our paths cross again soon, 'til then, onward and upward my friends.
- What is a story?
- Hooking your reader
- Feeling what the protagonist feels
- Being specific
- Creating suspense and conflict
- Writing flashbacks and subplots