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Fast Fiction: A Guide to Outlining and Writing a First-Draft Novel in Thirty Days [NOOK Book]

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Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of two subsequently published novels in that tight time frame. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. To ensure success, her program begins a month before the month of drafting. During this prep period writers ...
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Fast Fiction: A Guide to Outlining and Writing a First-Draft Novel in Thirty Days

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Overview

Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of two subsequently published novels in that tight time frame. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. To ensure success, her program begins a month before the month of drafting. During this prep period writers think through plot, theme, characters, setting, etc. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. After writers “race to the finish,” they are not left high and dry. Jaden's “After the Draft” revision tips allow writers to determine if a draft is not just workable but compelling, so that they don't waste months or years developing it. Her camaraderie and skill allow Jaden to both instruct and inspire.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This book is a must-have for writers of all levels.”
Eileen Cook, author of The Almost Truth

“Practical and down-to-earth, Denise Jaden’s Fast Fiction makes a one-month draft seem doable, even for beginners, any month of the year.”
Jennifer Echols, author of Endless Summer and Playing Dirty

“I know I’ll be using Fast Fiction over and over again. Highly recommended!”
Janet Gurtler, author of RITA Award finalist I’m Not Her

Fast Fiction is full of strategies and insights that will inspire and motivate writers of every experience level.”
Mindi Scott, author of Freefall

“If you’re out to get your novel done, period, Jaden’s Fast Fiction will be the kick in the butt that gets you there, from story plan to ‘The End’. . . and beyond.”
Judith Graves, author of the Skinned series

Fast Fiction is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox — I’ve got it in mine!”
Catherine Knutsson, author of Shadows Cast by Stars

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608682553
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 1/15/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 181,841
  • File size: 533 KB

Meet the Author

Denise Jaden has been fast-drafting since 2007, when she wrote the first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith, in twenty-one days during the NaNoWriMo writing challenge. She has participated (and won) the NaNoWriMo challenge each year since, and she now runs a secondary fast-drafting challenge on her blog each March at denisejaden.blogspot.com. Her second novel from Simon & Schuster, Never Enough, was released in 2012, and a group of companion stories, Never Enough Stories, is available for free at Smashwords.com. Writing with a Heavy Heart: Using Grief and Loss to Stretch Your Fiction was her first nonfiction work for writers. She loves teaching groups of writers of all ages and infusing them with confidence to attempt their own fast drafts.

Denise lives just outside Vancouver, Canada, with her personal-trainer husband and her ten-year-old fast-drafting son. Find out more about Denise and her writing online at denisejaden.com or on Twitter: @denisejaden.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction

Part One: Before the Draft

1. The Story Idea
2. Plot and the Three-Act Structure
3. The Characters
4. Theme
5. Setting
6. Symbols, Images, and Icons
7. List of Scenes
8. Story Plan
9. How to Write a Fast Draft

Part Two: During the Draft

Days 1–7: Launching In
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

Days 8–14: A New Direction
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14

Days 15–22: Deepen the Plot
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21
Day 22

Days 23–30: Race to the Finish
Day 23
Day 24
Day 25
Day 26
Day 27
Day 28
Day 29
Day 30

The Basic Plan (Cheat Sheet)

Part Three: After the Draft

Revision Techniques

Additional Resources
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    I wanna be prolific

    Do we have to be ponderous writer who take months or years writing the rough draft of our next novel? No! answers Denise Jayden. The secret is, to draft fast you gotta do a lot of preliminary character and plot development beforehand. She provides very clear and succinct guidelines about how to do so, as well as prompts to look at daily as you are fast drafting (ala Nanowrimo). I didn't do every last thing she recommended (and the word anal-retentive does come to mind for those who would), but I feel more competent to move forward quickly anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    I read this book through in one sitting and LOVED it. I can't wa

    I read this book through in one sitting and LOVED it. I can't wait to start my next book and will definitely be using Jaden's guide. The techniques are easy to understand and doable for any writer, whether they are beginners or more advanced.
    Sara Hantz

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