100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Scott Edelstein

By Scott Edelstein

Author, editor, and literary agent Scott Edelstein has performed it all--and now this insider brings his precious secrets and techniques to either starting and proven writers. protecting every little thing from development writing abilities to facing editors to beginning a writing enterprise, this all-important advisor gets you began and element you within the correct path. With matter-of-fact recommendation and encouragement from knowledgeable, you will get the data, notion, and advice you must write your top and start a profitable writing profession.

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A highly condensed version of your piece, written as a single continuous narrative. (Here's an excerpt from one such outline: "Ellen comes home to find her husband gone and his wedding ring on the table. She calls her best friend, Tish, who says, 'Thank God he's gone. ") • A narrative description of what your piece will do or be. • A flow chart showing the movement of characters, events, topics, themes, images, and/or relationships from the beginning of your piece to the end. An outline is essentially a road map to follow as you write.

Do you prefer to dictate your first drafts, using voice recognition technology or a dictaphone? ) Food and drink. What kinds of food and drink will give you pleasure, inspiration, and energy while you work—without making you wired, cranky, sleepy, or fat? Inspiring images or objects. Some writers have posters, poems, prayers, pictures of their partners or families, art objects, flowers, and miniature Zen gardens near their desks. Other writers prefer an open window with an interesting or relaxing view.

Furniture. Is your chair comfortable and the right height? Does it provide enough back support? Is your desk big enough to spread out all your notes and drafts? Writing tools. Each writer has their own long list of preferences here. Do you prefer a computer, a typewriter, a cartridge pen, or the ballpoint you bought last summer with just the right thickness and heft? Do you like plain white copy paper, legal pads, spiral notebooks, or blank bound books? Do you prefer to dictate your first drafts, using voice recognition technology or a dictaphone?

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