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A Novel in One Year – Infographic…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

From The Novel Factory Site:

How to Write a Novel Step by Step

The Roadmap is a complete step-by-step process for writing a novel.

It works by starting with a basic story idea and expanding and layering it until you have a complete manuscript.

It uses a carefully structured approach to build all the critical elements in a practical, relational way – allowing characters, plot, situation, opponents and disaster to all influence each other and evolve together as the novel is planned, drafted and edited.

Each step contains an achievable task which builds on the last, and includes introductions and explanations of the common features of fiction writing that sells, with examples for clarification.

Each article assumes minimum prior knowledge, so it’s perfect for beginners, and if you’re already familiar with some or most of the principles of creative writing, you can just skip ahead.

So, without further ado –…

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50 Things A Writer Notices Whilst Procrastinating #SundayBlogShare #AmWriting

Very enjoyable post and horrifyingly realistic.
Just one query from a male reader … what is an underwear drawer ? 😉



The writer state of procrastinating is an interesting one and worthy of a blog post.

When a writer wants towrite they crawl away into their cave and are not seen for hours, days and sometimes even months. The only things they notice are typos, adverbs and their word count.

When a writer is procrastinating they wander out of their cave and almost immediately become very productive. There are so many things a writer will notice when they are doing their best to avoid writing.

Here is a list of 50 things a writer notices whilst procrastinating:

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My Advice for New Writers by John W. Howell

This is very sensible advice … especially about writing something every day. Thanks John. 😉

Mystery Thriller Week

Your book

I was at a book signing the other day, and a person asked me a question that caused me to have to think a little before blurting out an answer. The question was, “What should every new writer know?” My answer at the time seemed to satisfy the person asking but after giving it a little more thought I decided that my reply was at best adequate and at worst incomplete. Now thanks to the Mystery Thriller Week I have been given another opportunity to adequately express what I have no come to call My Advice for New Writers that Every New Writer Should Know Before Deciding to Become a Writer. I think you can tell from my title that the thought process has grown from my initial response at the book signing. Also, if you have decided to become a writer no matter what anyone tells you, I would…

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You know you’re a writer when:

Kawanee's Korner


I’m totally guilty of this… it’s insane!

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A new chapter …

1951 Club

A new chapter …




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Ray’s World!

Here is a post from my friend Colin about his wonderful dog Ray. Ray has a love of routine and … a routine of love. 


A Dog's Life? (Stories of me and him)

Ray’s world here is, ideally, a very stable world in the sense that nothing should ever change! Nothing! Literally nothing! Is that stressed enough?

Ray’s routines have been mentioned in a number of Posts but, thinking about them today, there are so many aspects of his routines that have surprised me.

We know from the Post yesterday that he has a pretty good sense of time, and so he knows approximately when to expect me to start moving around in the morning; what my early morning routine is, and ultimately what time he will get his breakfast.

We know from a Post some time ago now that his breakfast consists of a bowl of food, followed by some rutabaga; followed by a biscuit. Give him his food and his biscuit and he will follow you around for the rest of the day waiting for his rutabaga!

After Ray has had…

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Rejection Wednesday #2

This is a wonderful post. Never ever give up. 😊

The Daily Rejection (A Writer's Woe)

I recently counted up the number of rejections I received on one novel. It’s called THE SOUL ACCORD, and it’s an action-packed, Young Adult supernatural thriller with a killer twist and guess what? It’s been rejected 37 times.

Thirty. Seven. Rejections. And that was only from the most recent round of queries.

I had shopped the novel around a few years ago, added a good 60-some rejections to the ol’ collection, and shelved it for two years after receiving my infamous THISCLOSE rejection.

Whelp, with a new determination, I rewrote the sucker. We’re talking a 70% overhaul. Key scene shakeups, the removal of whole plot elements and the addition of others, all while changing main character names and the story title. And what do I have to show for all my hard work?

Thirty. Seven. More. Rejections.

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