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Things are chugging along on the editing front, but I thought I’d take a moment to share the Table of Contents of the book, so that you’d all know what I’ve been working on lately. It is a labour of love, I assure you.
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Writing Fiction: A Handbook for Pre-Teen Writers
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What do I need to be a writer?
Habits and Goals
Choosing Your Goal
Writing Every Day
Don’t Miss a Word
Write with a Friend or Two
Pantser or Plotter: Which are you?
Where do I get ideas for stories?
Write What You Know
Pick 4 Words
Basic Rule of Plotting
Plotting with the Hero’s Journey
How do I start my story?
Who should tell the story?
Point of View: First Person
Point of View: Second Person
Point of View: Third Person
How do I describe my characters?
Show Don’t Tell
Change Is Good
How do I describe the setting?
Think about how much you really have to describe.
Get the Senses Involved
Draw a Map or Use Photos
How do I write dialogue?
How do I end my story?
How do I make my writing better?
Revising and Editing
What do I do when a story gets stuck?
2. Forget about making the first draft perfect.
3. Write more than one story at a time.
4. Put the story away.
6. Ask “What if?”
7. Don’t worry.