Survival Kit for Writers Who Don't Write Right

Survival Kit for Writers Who Don't Write Right

by Patricia McLinn

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Overview

Just Write It

Can you survive in genre fiction publishing if you don’t outline, if you go AWOL from character interviews, if you go cross-eyed at color-keyed plot charts, if you would rather clean a sewer than write a synopsis?

Whether you’re indie, traditional or hybrid, the answer is yes. A veteran bestselling author shares how she’s survived and thrived through 50 books and 30 years in publishing.

USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn, who has taught writing from Australia to Washington, D.C., presents practical, proven and hard-won tips and tools for those who don’t write “right.”

"An excellent book for writers. Great ideas that you can take away... or leave at the table. Patricia McLinn lets the reader know what has worked -- and not worked -- for her. And that every book can be different." -- 5-star review

Also by Patricia McLinn

Word Watch: A Writer's Guide to the Slippery, Sneaky and Otherwise Tricky.

Word Watch does for the common man or woman what Theodore Bernstein's The Careful Writer does for the scholarly intellectual. Far more extensive than Bernstein, having been created over the course of years, it's a valuable reference and a good read rolled into one.” – 5-star review

“Keep it handy on your desk. Take it along for casual browsing … Read four or five entries a day to give your brain a good workout -- and your spirit a good laugh.” – 5-star review

"A Fun Frolic Through the English Language" – review headline

About the Author

Kentucky-based Patricia McLinn is the author of more than 50 published books, including Word Watch. Her fiction titles include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women’s fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards. She also is host of the Authors Love Readers podcast.

McLinn received a BA in English Composition from Northwestern University, adding a master’s in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in her fourth year. She became a sportswriter at a time when women doing that were rare, starting at the Rockford (Ill.) Register-Star and becoming assistant sports editor at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer before moving on a 20-year career at The Washington Post.

A past president of the indie authors’ group Novelists Inc.,McLinn has taught writing courses and spoken about writing and the publishing business from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944126506
Publisher: 564 Craig
Publication date: 04/08/2019
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 668,110
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn is the author of more than 50 published books, including Word Watch: A Writer's Guide to the Slippery, Sneaky and Otherwise Tricky. Her fiction titles include mysteries, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, historical romance and women's fiction. They have topped bestseller lists and won numerous awards. McLinn also is host of the Authors Love Readers podcast.
McLinn wanted to be a novelist not long after she learned to read. She received a BA in English Composition from Northwestern University, adding a master's in journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in her fourth year.
McLinn became a sportswriter at a time when women doing that were rare, starting at the Rockford (Ill.) Register-Star and becoming assistant sports editor at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer before moving on a 20-year career at The Washington Post.
A past president of the indie authors' group Novelists Inc., she has taught writing courses and spoken about writing and the publishing business from Melbourne, Australia, to Washington, D.C., including being a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution.
Now living in northern Kentucky, McLinn loves to hear from readers through her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Table of Contents

PART I: Why Writers Who Don’t Write Right Need a Survival Kit

Good? Bad? Definitely Old Days

Beginning of a Quest

PART II: First Item in Your Survival Kit: A Teeter-Totter

Pressure to Write Right

Plotting Math

Stupidly Stubborn vs. Profligately Pliable

(Cautiously) Experiment With Outlining

Tips on Experimenting

Not Outlining Is Not Irrational

The Catch — You Knew There Had to Be One

What I Used to Say & a Slight Update

PART III: What’s in the Survival Kit: The Big Picture

COURAGE: Learn your process

ADVENTUROUSNESS: Keep honing your process.

RESPECT: Trust your process.

PART IV: Filling Your Survival Kit

Plotting

What Comes to Me and How

Scenes and Parts of Scenes

Elements of a Theme or Thread

Layers

Miscellaneous Chunks

Retroactive Plotting

Moving Around

Finding Stuff

Finding Your Own Structure

The Structure-Seeker’s Journey

Brainstorming

Characters

What About Character Charts?

Organizing as You Go

Organizing Files for Every Book

Organizing Files for Some Books

Binging vs. Chipping Away

Ways to Get Yourself to Write

Mind Games

GUILT

One Last Tool

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Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Survival Kit for Writers Who Don't Write Right by Patricia McLinn An excellent book for writers. Especially if you are more of a pantser. Great ideas that you can take away...or leave at the table. Patricia McLinn lets the reader know what has worked...and not worked...for her. And that every book can be different as far as the tips or tools you use.