Writing a book about yourself
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni BrowneA superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.-- Library Journal
Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.
In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.
Writing: How To Turn Your Life Into A Novel
Can you help me? If we hear it often enough, we start to take it seriously. And five baskets does not a Kobe Bryant make. Do not pursue publishing. Read my posts about writing memoir. Here they are: Posts about Memoir. Begin immediately writing down your story.
So you want to write a book. Becoming an author can change your life—not to mention give you the ability to impact thousands, even millions, of people. However, writing a book is no cakewalk. You can do this—and more quickly than you might think, because these days you have access to more writing tools than ever. The key is to follow a proven, straightforward, step-by-step plan. Yes, I realize averaging over four books per year is more than you may have thought humanly possible.
#1 – Schedule Your Book Writing Time
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. In this article, I offer 10 steps for writing a book along with 10 bonus steps. Click here to download a free guide with all 20 steps. For years, I dreamed of being a professional writer. I believed I had important things to say that the world needed to hear.
Many people have a story to tell. If you are just writing for your family, that story might be different than if you were writing your story to be read by the general public. If your life was a harsh one you may not want to include the real names of the people involved. You may also want to consider whether your life story could be written as fiction. Write down everything you can think of that you want to include in your life story.
During my MA in Creative Writing 10 years ago, writing the story of your life was somewhat frowned upon. I could never marry the two strands of thinking. How are you supposed to write about what you know, but not be allowed to use your life as inspiration? In both novels I used my life as a mere reference to the time and subject matter of these two stories. So I started a series of posts, telling the story of my life, of how I met and married my English husband. You scream — a novel?