Pro Writer Helps
Designed for Newbies on the path to Publication
Next Work in Progress ~ Discovering Your Characters
The many types of characters that a novel needs as well as methods for development.
Discovering Your Novel
- Foundation Charts
- Visioning Charts
- Analysis Charts
- Big Push the 1st
- Big Push the 2nd
- Archetypal Story Pattern
- Harvest Charts
- Raison d’Etre
Archetypes / Symbols: a few of the blogs in the year-long series / available now
- the first blog about 7 Questions to Start the Ordinary World, the first stage in the Archetypal Story Pattern, based on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and Christopher Vogler’s subsequent work called The Writer’s Journey. 7 Questions to start
- the last blog for the Archetypal Story Pattern, Return with the Elixir
- symbolic numbers
- symbolic colors
Information about Discovering Your Characters will become Book 5 in the Think like a Pro Writer series. Coming Summer 2019.
MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING :: 7 + 10 things you need to know
This blog for the newbie gives a little guidance for the scary process of publishing your own work.
Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers
Infographics (available now) give a taste of the chapter information in Think like a Pro. Here’s the blog list for the infographics:
- Deadline on a Dream
- Plan the Work / Work the Plan
- Understanding Plot
- 4 of 5 Basic Plot Methods
- Best Plot Method that I Know
- Aristotle’s 5 + 5 Essentials for Writers
- Overcoming Writer’s Block: Refusal
- Overcoming Writer’s Block: Procrastination
- Overcoming Writer’s Block: Stagnation
- Sparking Creativity
A little more about the Raison d’Etre of the book and the planner. 7 lessons (maintaining deadlines, keeping bum in chair, developing plot AND characters, overcoming writer’s block, sparking creativity, and being professional) give answers that newbies always ask.
- The book Think like a Pro, in two cover choices
To keep you on track with your writing, W.Ink Books has a Think/Pro companion planner: undated, project-focused, two-page weekly layout with daily word counts and progress meters. Monthly and seasonal reviews and previews along with additional trackers to help you maintain your writing goals. And the planners match the books!
Blogs about the Follies of Trusting the Grammar/Spelling Checker
- Grammar Phobia vs. Grammar Snobbery , including the 13 points for communication
- Use the Machine Grammar Checker Wisely
- Use it, Don’t Abuse It
- Vial Trolls, Take That!
- Also, check out the page for Home School Helps, which has slews of blogs on grammar.
Current Books for Writers
Another Writers’ Guidebook: Old Geeky Greeks, available now.