Write Naked: A Bestseller's Secrets to Writing Romance and Navigating the Path to Success

Write Naked: A Bestseller's Secrets to Writing Romance and Navigating the Path to Success


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Learn how to transform your passion for writing into a career. New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst reveals her pathway to success, from struggling as a new writer to signing a seven-figure deal. Write Naked intermingles personal essays on craft with down-to-earth advice on writing romance in the digital age. Probst will teach you how to:

  • Commit to your current work-in-progress, get focused, and complete it on schedule
  • Reveal raw emotions and thoughts on the page to hook your readers
  • Assemble a street team to promote and celebrate your books
  • Overcome writer's block with ease
  • Develop themes that tie together your books and series
  • Write the most difficult elements of romance—including sex scenes—with skill and style

Regardless of the genre, every novelist faces a difficult task. Creating authentic characters and an engaging plot are challenging enough. But attempting to break into the hotter-than-ever romance genre, which is constantly flooded with new titles and fresh faces? It can feel impossible. This is where Probst's Write Naked comes in. To survive—and thrive—you need the help and wisdom of an expert.

Written in Probst's unmistakable and honest voice, Write Naked is filled with the lessons and craft advice every writer needs in order to carve out a rewarding career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440347344
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 362,152
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Christina Lauren 1

Introduction 5

Part 1 Being an author

1 Beginnings 8

2 Write naked 17

3 Writers are crazy 22

4 Green with envy 27

5 The write path 35

6 The "real" writer 51

7 Commit to marriage: avoid the affairs 62

8 Trademarks of best-selling authors 66

9 The social media storm 85

10 Networking 96

11 The power of a street team 100

12 The indie revolution 104

13 Your big pay day 115

Part 2 The craft of writing

14 Writing is a muscle 121

15 Inspirations 128

16 The right to suck 134

17 The sewage and blockage of writing 137

18 The right hook and warm-up jabs 153

19 Building characters 161

20 Secondary characters that pop 179

21 Let's talk about sex 185

22 Theme 194

23 The sagging middle 200

24 Emotion 203

25 You don't have to love all your children equally 209

26 The hard stuff 213

27 Perfect, endings 220

Index 226

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