Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, is a fresh and innovative refocusing of your novel or novella. Through a few simple—and fun—steps, Zoe M. McCarthy helps writers take their not-ready-for-publication and/or rejected manuscripts to a spit-polish finish. This step-by-step reference guide leads you through the process of brainstorming, shaping, and revising your fiction manuscript. Writers learn how to examine their own work for stronger plot and characterization. Valuable tools are offered that enable the writer to develop a publishable, workable draft in only 30 days!
|Publisher:||Sonfire Media LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
When Zoe's first contemporary romance contracted, her research on publishing and marketing convinced her she needed to start a blog and post regularly. Because her analytical side gives Zoe a keen interest in the mechanics and methodologies of good writing, a how-to blog on writing appealed to her. In 2012 she began her blog.
After Zoe had published over one hundred fifty blog posts, an agent and a publishing house editor suggested she write a book based on her blog. The idea interested Zoe, and she attended a workshop on the dos and don'ts for turning blog posts into a book. She wanted to share more than the information she'd accumulated. She desired to help writers who had manuscripts but didn't know how to get them ready for publication, writers whose manuscripts received rejections, writers whose self-published novels received poor reviews, and writers who wanted to write the stories on their hearts but needed help to put them to paper. Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days was born.
Zoe still attends writing workshops at popular Christian writers' conferences, subscribes to Writer's Digest, and explores online writing articles to improve her writing and her blog posts. Zoe's weekly posts share what she's learned and often include examples of how she incorporated skills and techniques into her own writing.
In addition to her instructional blog, Zoe has taught workshops at libraries, writer groups, and the Virginia chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers' Conferences.
Her husband, John, partners with Zoe on the nonwriting tasks in her publishing career. They live on a hill in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. Zoe and John enjoy exploring mountains and valleys, canoeing the New River, or spending time at their cabin on a lake. They have two sons, two daughters-in-love, and six grandchildren.
Zoe writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. She is the author of Good Breaks, The Putting Green Whisperer, The Invisible Woman in a Red Dress, Gift of the Magpie, and Calculated Risk. Connect with Zoe at zoemmccarthy.com
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Send Your Characters on a Journey
Chapter 2 Will the Real Character Please Stand Out?
Round Out Flat Characters
Character’s Backstory and Prologues
Revise and Review
Chapter 3 Plant Your Character (and Reader) in a Setting
Elements of Setting
Ensuring the Setting Makes Sense
Chapter 4 Season Your Story with Voice, Pace, and Humor
Chapter 5 Make a Scene of Your Scene
A Scene’s Reasons to Exist
Types of Scenes
Cramming in Characters
Clichéd Scene Plots
Grounding the Reader
Suspension of Belief
Actions Trump Thoughts and Feelings in Showing the
Point-of-View Shifts (Head Hopping)
Chapter 6 Add Suspense to Your Scene—Scary or Otherwise
Suspense Techniques for Any Genre
Chapter 7 Lure Readers to Commit Identity Theft with
Intimacy Between Readers and Point-of-View Characters
If Your Hero Doesn’t Smell, You May Have a Senseless Story
Chapter 8 Where to Add Zing to Your Story
Conflict—Make the Tension Worse
Metaphors and Similes in Dialogue and Internal Dialogue
What Internal Dialogue Can Show Better than Dialogue
Internal Dialogue Tips
Chapter 9 Build Story with Words—the Right Ones
The Right Word
Overusing the Preposition Of
Chapter 10 Compose Palatable Paragraphs
Start a New Paragraph
Vary the First Words of Paragraphs
Add Specifics and Vary Sentence Structures
Show, Don’t Tell
Too Much: Reduce
Too Awkward: Change
Too Odd: Cut
Chapter 11 End Your Story Well to Sell
Tips for a Satisfying Ending
Chapter 12 Read, Review, and Revise—Edit Pages Beyond Your SAMPLE
Customize the Checklist According to Your Needs
Read, Review, and Revise the Remainder of Your Manuscript