The Write Focus
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

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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.

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2:55 / Envisioning A / Discovering Your Novel

2:55 / Envisioning A / Discovering Your Novel

July 7, 2021
All through June, our Focus has been the foundations to our novels. We've been working on the individual building blocks: character and conflict development, the Plot 7 over 2 weeks, and the essential basic documents that help us with this novel and future novels.

Now comes July.

Time to Envision the whole story we want to tell. We need true clarity in our crystal ball. What do we envision?

7/7 ~ Envision the Plot >> the whole story, not the 7 main scenes. Plot Category with elements; exercises for writing improvement

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2:54 / Foundations E / Discovering Your Novel

2:54 / Foundations E / Discovering Your Novel

June 30, 2021

Surprise! Our writing this week is not creative but totally essential.

For the last two weeks we have had hard, difficult, painful, angst-ridden scenes. Let’s take a creative break to get some writing business out of the way.

For some people, knowing these elements lurk ahead slows the writing and even stops it. Others dash past and forget something essential. Still others just need a creative break (that’s me).

What am I nattering on about?

  • Research on the MS format for paperback and ebook. They’re not the same documents.
  • Easy ways to use our writing software
  • Front & Back Matter ~ for now and in the future
  • The Masterbook

We're building the Foundations to our manuscript, so nothing stops us when we finish but finishing.

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2:53 / Foundations D / Discovering Your Novel

2:53 / Foundations D / Discovering Your Novel

June 23, 2021

Heaven. Hell. Tribulations—3 of them! No, it’s not a Bible story. It’s what we need to create next as we roughly shape our novel.

The highest high, the lowest low as well as 3 major trials for our protagonist—a defeat, a twist, a betrayal.

We’re building our novel’s Foundations with week D of Discovering Your Novel, our summer series for The Write Focus.

Show Notes and Resources for the Summer Series can be found at www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com. Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

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2:52 / Foundations C / Discovering Your Novel

2:52 / Foundations C / Discovering Your Novel

June 16, 2021

Summer Series on Writing Craft ::

Problem. Desire. Paradise. Hell. And a dark Abyss. What are these? Our first main scenes as we come to know the story we want to write ... and remember, we read as we write. 

We're in week 3, Stage C of the Foundations of our novel. Our focus is the first scenes of the Plot 7, out of order yet so important to our minds.

  • Beginning with its opening problem
  • Destruction of the Dearly Desired Goal
  • The glorious end that's the reward for our characters' surviving all the angst
  • Stressors for the Stress Point, physical & emotional & intellectual
  • The Nadir, the deepest and darkest point for our protagonist

We also have the 3 Rules for Writing, 3 Math Equations for Writers, and the skeletal notes for the work to come.

We're Discovering Our Novels all this summer.

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2:51 / Foundations B / Discovering Your Novel

2:51 / Foundations B / Discovering Your Novel

June 9, 2021

Picked your story? Picked your protagonist? And your antagonist? Picked your tagline or theme? It's time to write more as we are Discovering Your Novel.

This week's episode focuses on the Story Sketch, the basic outline or first vision of the story you want to write ~ and will be the first reader of!

We're firming up the details for our protagonists, antagonists, settings, and backgrounds ... all while we avoid Info Dump.

Then we cast our line into the future of our story by sketching the direction for our story to go. No, not west, but through the arc of the story.

Thanks for listening to The Write Focus' summer series on Writing Craft with Discovering Your Novel.

Show notes and links can be found at www.thewritefocus.blogspot.com. Write to us at winkbooks@aol.com.

Next week, we start writing the novel. Well, we've been writing all along, but we're putting all our ideas into a roughly-shaped draft.

2:50 / Foundations A / Discovering Your Novel

2:50 / Foundations A / Discovering Your Novel

June 2, 2021

We've started the Summer Series on the craft of Writing. In this episode, we have a week's worth of work to build the first row of the Foundation for *Discovering Your Novel*.

It's PICK week: pick your story / pick your genre / pick your protagonist / pick your antagonist / pick your tagline (or theme).

Everything else will build on these decisions. Be sure to pick what YOU want to write, not what others have tried to convince you to write. Remember, YOU'RE in control of YOUR writing. (Yes, I shouted. How many times have people said "but they say I should" instead of "I want to write this, even if it's not what they say I should write".)

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Content copyright is 2021, Writers Ink Books.

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2:49 / Discovering Your Novel / Introduction

2:49 / Discovering Your Novel / Introduction

June 1, 2021

All summer our focus is the craft and process of writing. M.A. Lee shares the various stages of Discovering Your Novel. We look at the Foundations, Visioning, Analysis, and Revision & Publishing stages that bring a novel into the world.

In this episode we have the often-asked question of "What makes writing successful?"

Our answer is the 5 Keys of Successful Writing.

Insert these five keys into your writing, and success with Discovering Your Novel will occur.

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2:48 / Writing Challenge Result / *To Curse the Wyre*

2:48 / Writing Challenge Result / *To Curse the Wyre*

May 26, 2021

In this episode:: an excerpt from To Curse the Wyre, published March of 2021.

CuWyre grew out of the ideas developed in the April Writing Challenge of 2019 -- which led to this year's daily podcast challenge in April -- and all that was in reaction to my desperate need to write a fantasy as well as develop more titles for this pen name back when I was deep into finishing a series of Regency mysteries.

During the Writing Challenge, To Wield the Wind was born, based on an escapist idea from a title that gave me so much trouble the summer before (for another pen name). I sketched out the bones of a story then set it aside when the other manuscript finally took off.

The ideas that developed during that writing challenge continued to evolve, resulting in To Charm the Wind and To Curse the Wyre, published this year in late January and early March ... and bundled together in early April as Spells of Air.

Now we have a continued celebration of the writing challenge: the audio files for the 1st chapters of each of those novellas. This week we have To Curse the Wyre, the concluding novella of the trilogy.

All three are available individually or as a bundled set called Spells of Air.

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