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Novel Shortcuts : Ten Techniques That Ensure a Great First Draft - Laura Whitcomb

Novel Shortcuts

Ten Techniques That Ensure a Great First Draft

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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!

Chapter 1: Finding the Core of Your Novel
Chapter 2: Deciding How to Tell Your Story
Chapter 3: Crosshairs Moments
Chapter 4: Shortcuts to the Scene
Chapter 5: Balancing Scene, Summary and Reflection
Chapter 6: Planning Your Plot
Chapter 7: Stealing Tricks From the Best
Chapter 8: Fast Track to the Deeper Emotion
Chapter 9: What To Do When It Stinks
Chapter 10: Goals and Miracles

ISBN: 9781582975672
ISBN-10: 1582975671
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st April 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.372