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Notes For Tonight's Lecture


What follows are my rough notes for tonight's lecture. I'm still in the process of revision:


Writing Fiction for Publication
Harbaugh-Thomas Library Community Education Room
Tuesday, April 17, 2012


The key word for all effective writers is “tenacity.”

te•nac•i•ty. n. doggedness: persistent determination.

Steps in writing for publication:

  1. Write
  2. Revise
  3. Submit
  4. Market
  5. Write more.
Intuitive vs. concrete writing. How you work this out is up to you. There are no hard rules.

  • Set up a schedule for writing.
  • Writers are readers. Read!
  • Deal with the Inner Critic.
  • Fall in love with words, grammar, books, and storytelling.
  • Your opening must introduce a character, a conflict, a setting and a hook
  • Do not show unfinished work to anybody.
  • Put the finished work aside for a week or more so you have a better perspective when you dig it back out for revision.
  • Read your work out loud.
  • Let your work be reviewed by an unrelated third-party.
  • Find a list of suitable markets and send it out. And again, and again, and again, and again.
  • Once you make your sale, market, market, and market some more.
  • Work on your next piece while marketing.
  • The Law of 10,000 Hours (AKA The Goal of One Million Words)
Books that have helped me:

  • First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill (time management)
  • Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity by Ray Bradbury (On writing)
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Strong language warning!)
  • The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
  • Guerrilla Marketing for Writers: 100 No-Cost, Low-Cost Weapons for Selling Your Work, by Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, Michael Larsen and David L. Hancock
Self-publishing vs. agents vs. self-submission.

Look for markets at http://www.duotrope.com or http://www.ralan.com (Sites may temporarily not be work- or family-safe depending on the sites they may be promoting. Caveat emptor. Surf responsibly.)

NEVER PAY MONEY TO GET PUBLISHED!


Your tools: The local library, the Internet, your schedule, your mind.

Craig “Alan” Loewen has over 20 publishing credits and is an avid collector of rejection slips. You can laugh at his writing misadventures by visiting him at literary-equine.livejournal.com

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