The Write Focus
2:65 / Analysis E / Discovering Your Novel

2:65 / Analysis E / Discovering Your Novel

September 15, 2021

The Double D’s are this week's Write Focus. Double D’s are Designers and Deadlines (No, that’s not calenders or writing goals.)

Cover designers are essential when writers don’t also have degrees in graphic design. The first of this week’s episode covers what to expect with a professional designer.

Numbers rule publishing. Yes, words are essential, but the words are based on numbers, even for those in self-publishing.

We offer the standard word-count lengths for types of manuscripts (novels, short stories, etc.).

Then we list the standard word-count lengths for genres, the adult trade and children’s fiction markets.

We end with a reminder of the dual power of diligence for 1) daily writing set through 2) understanding manuscript lengths.

Our Summer Series is Discovering Your Novel. We focus on the craft and process of writing. Foundations, visioning, analysis, and revision & publishing stages, all to bring your novel into the world.

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2:64 / Analysis D / Discovering Your Novel

2:64 / Analysis D / Discovering Your Novel

September 8, 2021

In this episode of The Write Focus, it's the Space and Time Continuum for Writers

Space :: your writing space and essential tools

  • Efficiency methods for writing
  • Tools to save your eyes
  • Methods to save your health
  • Avoid distracters / Encourage concentration

Time :: your writing schedule

  • Setting a writing calendar that you can maintain
  • Commitments and obligations (including overcoming guilt)
  • Jobs pay the bills
  • What to avoid when Bum in Chair

Our Summer Series is Discovering Your Novel. We focus on the craft and process of writing. Foundations, visioning, analysis, and revision & publishing stages, all to bring your novel into the world.

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2:63 / Analysis C / Discovering Your Novel

2:63 / Analysis C / Discovering Your Novel

September 1, 2021

In this episode: Defining your Writing Business ~ Decisions now need to consider five years from now.

We have 2 key decisions that will affect your author brand.

Then 4 jobs must be completed this week, before publishing comes rapidly upon us.

Don’t skimp on these decisions :: These are crucial to your readers, to other writers, and to your view of your writing self.

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Write on!

2:62 / Analysis B / Discovering Your Novel

2:62 / Analysis B / Discovering Your Novel

August 25, 2021

In this episode ... Who are you as a writer? Method / Discipline / Story Sequence

How do you handle the challenging disruptions? They do happen. We can’t control the disruptions; only our actions and reactions.

Plan life to live life / Plan writing to live writing.

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As always, accept challenges and grow!

2:61 / Analysis A / Discovering Your Novel

2:61 / Analysis A / Discovering Your Novel

August 18, 2021

Time to check the entire manuscript through pacing with the best plot method around. It’s matching the Archetypal Story Pattern – ASP – to all scenes and their sequels.

Scenes match? Great. Scenes missing? Time to write the missing, melding in with all our other scenes. Scenes almost work? Tinker until they match.

When we finish this week, we’ll need more objective distance before we launch into the Harvest stage. That works—because we have more analysis to do.

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Our summer series is winding up, with Analysis, Harvest, and Publish-Plus. Don't jump in before it's time! ;) 

2:60 / Envisioning F / Discovering Your Novel

2:60 / Envisioning F / Discovering Your Novel

August 11, 2021

Now comes the hardest part of the novel to write. We have scenes with angst, scenes with conflict, scenes that deliver the great story we want to tell.

What's the hardest part of the novel to write? And is it the hardest?

2nd question first: it's the hardest because we must maintain interest for the reader as we work with both creative muse and critical editor.

1st question: the Bridges between scenes. That''s right, we're completing our manuscript draft with Scenes and Sequels.  

Also, we consider viewpoint selection and how to build a great opening for the novel. The first sentence & scene sells the book (while the last scene sells the next book.)

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2:59 / Envisioning E / Discovering Your Novel

2:59 / Envisioning E / Discovering Your Novel

August 4, 2021

Minions of Evil -- 10. Count 'em.

Love Interest.

Tricksters.

Walk-Ons and Cameos.

In this episode, we focus on the Tertiary Characters for the novel that you want to write and that you want people to read and love.

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2:58 / Envisioning D / Discovering Your Novel

2:58 / Envisioning D / Discovering Your Novel

July 28, 2021

Summer Series / Discovering Your Novel ... continues!

This episode focuses on the secondary characters who people our novels -- and often capture reader's interests.

We're looking at allies (BFFs and team members), foils, and blocking figures.

Our novel is building into the book we want to read.

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2:57 / Envisioning C / Discovering Your Novel

2:57 / Envisioning C / Discovering Your Novel

July 21, 2021

This week on The Write Focus: World Building 101.

No matter the genre, World Building is necessary. We create characters; we also need to create the world those characters live in ~ whether it's fantasy or science fiction, modern mystery or thriller, contemporary romance, or Jane Austen horror.

  • Reasons
  • How-To World Build
  • Basic Considerations
  • Society / Social Structures
  • Nature / Topography
  • Transportation
  • And a bit on Magic Systems

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus! We focus on the craft and process of writing. Foundations, visioning, analysis, and revision & publishing stages, all to bring your novel into the world.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  . 

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2:56 / Envisioning B / Discovering Your Novel

2:56 / Envisioning B / Discovering Your Novel

July 14, 2021

We are Seeing the World of our Work in Progress in these two weeks of the summer series Discovering Your Novel.

In this episode, we see the Basics of World Building:

  • Fictional vs. Real Locations
  • Setting = Time + Place + Culture (that last one is often omitted)
  • Stomping Grounds
  • Backstories for Locations

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus! We focus on the craft and process of writing. Foundations, visioning, analysis, and revision & publishing stages, all to bring your novel into the world.

For more links and resources, visit www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com  . 

Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

If you find value in this podcast, please let us know, either with a contact or a review.

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