Want to learn more about creative writing? Do you enjoy the insights and the posts on this blog, and want to go deeper?
Then mark you calendars for July 31, 2013: release day of Victoria’s writer’s handbook entitled, Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction.
The purpose of Writing for You is not only to explore the mechanics of writing (though it does do that.) It’s also meant to provide emotional support and camaraderie, giving you techniques to triumph over those periods of doubt.
When writing gets tough, that inner editor’s got you down, and you feel like giving up, the most helpful thing in the world is knowing that dips in confidence are normal, we all experience them, and they are in no way a statement of fact concerning your potential.
At over 60,000 words, Writing for You book groups information from the blog in new and thought-provoking ways, expands upon the information to be found here, and even includes some brand new information, as well as links to other resources to help any writer, whether a beginner or a seasoned pro.
It also contains personal examples of how one writer developed her writing process over the course of five novels, to warn, guide, and reassure aspiring writers as they walk their own path toward finishing a novel.
Here’s a peek at the Table of Contents, and what you can expect to find inside:
- PREFACE: Who I am, what I do, and what qualifications I have to be writing this book. Basically, why should you care what advice I have about writing? (Including a brief description of every novel I’ve written.)
- INTRODUCTION: Why anyone should do this crazy thing called writing a novel. What are the reasons for writing that will set you up for success?
- CHAPTER ONE: What to know before you write
- CHAPTER TWO: The cardinal rules of writing
- CHAPTER THREE: Making and managing time to write
- CHAPTER FOUR: On outlines
- CHAPTER FIVE: On character development
- CHAPTER SIX: On first drafts
- CHAPTER SEVEN: On dialogue
- CHAPTER EIGHT: On point of view
- CHAPTER NINE: On editing
- CHAPTER TEN: On style: writing tics
- CHAPTER ELVEN: On style: Hemingway or Faulkner?
- CHAPTER ELEVEN: On independent publishing
- CHAPTER TWELVE: On social media marketing
- SPECIAL ADDITION: The first chapter of Book I of Victoria’s Herezoth trilogy, The Crimson League