Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Plotting and Planning--a #Writing Manual, Just in Time for #NaNoWriMo! (#MFRWAuthor #free)

Hey there, aspiring authors! Ever wondered how an author plots and writes a book?

Wonder no more! Suzie deMello is here to tell you the secrets, or at least a few of them.

Plotting and Planning is Suzie’s second writing treatise, following the best-selling Write This, Not That! 

To celebrate the release of Plotting and Planning, Write This is available NOW for a short time FOR FREE at these outlets:

I'm sure Amazon will soon follow suit.

Here’s the blurb for Plotting and Planning: 

Another engaging, witty writing primer from Suz deMello, whose Write This, Not That! was an Amazon bestseller. Plotting, point of view, character creation, conflict and much more are examined in this brief but pithy writing manual.  A must for the serious writer who wants the basics without boredom.

Says bestselling author Kylie Brant: “Sue has written a concise manual that is valuable for both beginning and seasoned writers. Going to write a book? Read this first! 

Here’s an excerpt to pique your interest:

How does an author write a book?

Unfortunately for aspiring authors, this is not an easy question to answer. It's tantamount to asking, Where do authors get their ideas? which, believe me, is our least favorite question. I often tell people I get them at Sears—they're sold by the dozen in the basement between the barbecues and the bikes.

In reality, I get my ideas from almost anywhere. Maybe a magazine article about a place or event. Perhaps someone I meet or something a person says may trigger a train of thought that will eventually lead to a book. Maybe travel to someplace new ignites the creative spark that will inspire me.

Here's a better question: What are the building blocks of plot and story?

If you like what you read, here’s where you can buy the ebook:

Happy writing!

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  1. I definitely think learning to plot is a big plus when it comes to planning a book. I always have a storyboard when I start a book. I may have to update it as the book changes along the way, but it keeps me from running into a wall.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Patricia! Yes, for those books I've decided to plot, a visual guide does help keep a writer on track.

  2. Oh I so have to remember that - you get your ideas at Sears!!!

    1. LOLOL yes I really do tell people that :) And thanks for the tweet.

  3. Love the comment that you get your ideas from Sears. I'd say you've put out some really helpful writing guides, Suz. I'll have to check them out. Nice post.

    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I appreciate that. BTW I will be putting out both writing primers in one print volume for Chrsitmas gift-giving :)