…And you don’t even have to email and ask them. Mr. Bransford has done what all of us with writerly websites should be doing: He’s made a complete index of the info you can get from his terrific site, blog.nathanbransford.com.Here’s a sample of the index of goodies:
Before You Start
- An overview of how to write a novel
- How to format your manuscript
- How to choose an idea for a novel
- You Tell Me responses: What are your favorite books on writing?
The Writing Process
- How to get started writing a novel
- How to find a writing style that works for you
- The limits of verisimilitude
- What is pacing?
- What is voice? How do you craft a great voice?
- Seven keys to writing good dialogue
- Is your dialogue stilted?
- How to craft a dynamic relationship between characters
- Editing as you go
- Comprehensive revision checklist
- How to deal with revision fatigue
- How to incorporate feedback when you receive a manuscript critique/editorial letter
Genres and Classification
- The difference between young adult and adult fiction
- The difference between mysteries, suspense, and thrillers
- Sports novels need to have something more.
- When in doubt, go with the section of a bookstore your book would be categorized in
Staying sane during the writing/publishing process
- Writing and loneliness
- When should you give up?
- The perils of overconfidence
- It’s not you, it’s the odds
- Living on the edge of confidence and self-doubt
- How to keep writing when the s*** hits the fan
- There is no such thing as an overnight success story
The complete index with much, much more is HERE.
Go forth and enjoy!
P.S. Yeah, we know that Nathan’s book is about writing a novel – but between us, the problems inherent in writing, and being a writer, are the same no matter what kind of fiction you write.