Short fiction: 4, words or less. Deadline October 16th, NO FEE!
The story revolves around a clock, is time sensitive, or has something about a specific time. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence. The John Steinbeck Award. Up to 5, words. International entries are most welcome. Other money prizes.
Deadline November 15, Both lists compiled by the good folks at Authors Publish magazine. Anne writes funny mysteries and how-to-books for writers. She also writes poetry and short stories on occasion.
Oh, yes, and she blogs. Wrong, but always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way. A search for images at images.
Weiland says. You likely had a teacher who showed you how to write down the central idea and then create balloons as offshoots to brainstorm ideas for flushing out, illustrating, or refuting the central idea. Avoid falling too deeply into one aspect, as doing so may deflect you from creating the broader strokes. Other money prizes. When you make clear your intentions, your brain is ripe for the sort of brainstorming that results in plot, characters, theme, structure, setting, and whatever else you need to contemplate to get this story on paper. The stronger the hook, the better the chance of selling the novel.
New image searches can inspire every step of the creation process. Enter different keywords, see what comes up, jot down the ideas, and crank out new keywords. Great idea! So many people are visual, and that would certainly trigger their creativity. Janice, Just great! Thanks for breaking down the brainstorming process into such clear, practical steps. I find Scapple by the makers of Scrivener indispensable for this part of the process.
Thanks, Janice — you know your stuff! My pleasure. We keep so much in our heads as writers at least I do! I find it much easier to answer questions than come up with things randomly.
This is a must-read for all Na-No-Writes to get the creative juices going. Great tips on boosting brainstorming and getting clarity before and during writing. Love the link, Ruth! Wonder if they allow gift certificates? I can think of several hermit writer pals who should go crazy over this. Thanks all! Your advice was valuable, Janice, even before you went on to have us start our lists. That drove it home.
Thanks Janice! Focus on ending the scene that will keep the audience guessing. A perfect climax and a high note end will shift your novel from entertaining to unforgettable. In summary, when writing a thriller, you must scare the audience. You need to make your reader almost sick with tension and desperate to know what will happen. Use the element of suspense and avoid apparent steps where the reader can predict the next move.
Related Posts. Jennifer Hillier Biography. Upon return, she founded Literary Cottage, a literary consulting firm based in Boston, through which she edits and coaches other writers in pursuit of happiness through publishing. It all goes well for a while, then I start writing! PS — mind maps are great for brainstorming. XMind free or Scapple paid from the Scrivener people. Hello good day, i will like to meet you in person, am miss Anna, am from France and am leaving in London, please contact me on my email id at annh1brown hotmail.
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