Short essays by Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., the author of TING AND I: A Memoir of Love, Courage and Devotion, published in September 2011 by Outskirts Press (Parker, CO, USA), available from outskirtspress.com/tingandi, Barnes and Noble [bn.com], and Amazon [amazon.com], in paperback or ebook formats. Please visit us at tingandi.com for more information.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Write Your First Chapter in 7 Days, Talk by Jerry Jenkins
WRITE YOUR FIRST CHAPTER IN 7 DAYS
of Webinar Presented by Jerry Jenkins
EDT, 24 October 2018
Jenkins is a best-selling author of hundreds of titles,
millions of copies. First, he thanked his audience for attending.
What is holding you back?
-Writing at the wrong time of day? He’s a
morning person. Know yourself.
-Priorities out of whack? Important, but not as
important as your family. Make the time. Sacrifice. Even four hours a week can
Establish a writing routine. In a.m. he works
out, showers, gets to keyboard, turns off distractions.
-Writing, done right, is serious business.
-Determine what it is you are desperate to say,
but don’t be a fearful perfectionist,
leading to procrastination, the excuse for “writer’s block,” which is really writer’s fear. Do the work!
He faced his own fears, has overcome them.
First, break the project
into many manageable pieces. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. Write the front matter of the book,
header, title page, your name, Dedication (short), Acknowledgments, inspirational
quote or poem or song, Prologue/Introduction or just start without labeling. Next,
title and first paragraph of Chapter One. Print it out. A successful start.
Celebrate. Next day, do some more.
writers are readers and great writers are great readers. Be omnivorous. Fiction writers should imagine a scene
and then start from there; e.g., a bus arrives, and someone gets off…who, why?
Who meets them?
novel writers do, some don’t. “Pantsers” write by the seat of their pants, to
find out what happens! Experiment to see whether you are outliner or pantser.
What do you prefer? There is a classic story structure:
-lead is plunged into trouble
-hero rises Avoid clichéd situations as
well as verbal clichés. Make the reader care: details about the characters and their goals. First
chapter should have these six goals
-grab the reader
-describe the hero
-plunge him into trouble
-set the tone you will maintain
-establish the pace
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Even the most successful writers still cope with their fear, but the best writing is born from
overcoming this fear. Hard work is the key to success. “I want every book to be
better than the last.”
Voice: it is
hard to develop? Remember the coolest thing that happened to you and imagine
telling the most important person in your life about it, and that is your
all your writing decisions to be reader-first.