Monday, January 1, 2007

WRITE THIS WAY TABLE OF CONTENTS AND OUTLINE


TABLE OF CONTENTS


PART ONE – BEFORE YOU START WRITING
Chapter One – Evaluate and Outline
Chapter Two – Review Dialogue
Chapter Three – Review Punctuation
Chapter Four – Review Comma Rules
Chapter Five – Review Point of View
Chapter Six – Show Instead of Tell

PART TWO – WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT
Chapter Seven – Writing Chapter One
Chapter Eight – Start Chapter One With…
Chapter Nine – Don’t Start Chapter One With…
Chapter Ten – While You Write

PART FOUR – LEARN FROM OTHERS
Chapter Eleven – Join a Critique Group
Chapter Twelve – Read Books on the Craft of Writing
           
PART THREE – REVISE, REVISE, REVISE
INITIAL CHECKLIST

REVISION ONE: GRAMMAR ISSUES
Chapter Thirteen – Uses of “Was”
Chapter Fourteen – Participial Phrases
Chapter Fifteen – Filtering
Chapter Sixteen – Weak Words
Chapter Seventeen – Weasel Words/Phrases
              
REVISION TWO: STRUCTURAL ISSUES
Chapter Eighteen – Evaluate Where the Story Should Start
Chapter Nineteen – Make Sure Every Scene Has a Purpose
Chapter Twenty– Details, Details, Details
Chapter Twenty-One – Does Your Middle Sag?
           
REVISION THREE: FINAL CONSIDERATIONS
Chapter Twenty-Two – Check Your Goals, Motivation, and Conflict
Chapter Twenty-Three – Final Polishing
           
COMPLETE CHECKLIST


OUTLINE/
EXTENDED TABLE OF CONTENTS


PART ONE – BEFORE YOU START WRITING

CHAPTER ONE – EVALUATE AND OUTLINE
            1) Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes
            2) Know What Type of Writer You Are
            3) Use Some Type of Outline
            4) Do a Brain-Dump

CHAPTER TWO - Dialogue
            1) Dialogue Formatting
            2) Dialogue Punctuation

CHAPTER THREE - Punctuation
            1) Ending Marks
            2) Ways to Mark a Pause

CHAPTER FOUR – Comma Rules
            1) Comma Usage When Joining Independent Clauses
            2) Use Commas in a Series
            3) Comma Usage with Dates and States
            4) Comma, Semi-Colon, or Period
            5) Use Commas to Set Off Introductory Dependent Clauses
            6) Use Commas to Set Off Introductory Prepositional Phrases
            7) Use Commas to Set Off Participial Phrases
            8) Use Commas to Set Off Interrupting Elements
            9) Use Commas to Set Off Non-Restrictive Clauses

CHAPTER FIVE - Point of View
            1) Types of Point of View
            2) Stay in the Character’s POV
            3) Don’t Head-Hop

CHAPTER SIX – Show Instead of Tell
            1) Motivation/Reaction Units
            2) Let the Characters Interact with Something
            3) Integrate Action into Character Descriptions
            4) Integrate Action into Setting Descriptions
            5) Show Emotions with Action
            6) Show Physical Features with Action
            7) Resist the Urge to Tell

 
PART TWO – LEARN FROM OTHERS

CHAPTER SEVEN – Join a Critique Group
            1) Be Willing to Learn
            2) You Will Learn More from Honest Feedback that Feel-Good Fluff
            3) A Sample Method for Getting the Most out of Your Critique Group

CHAPTER EIGHT– Read Books on the Craft of Writing


PART THREE – WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT

CHAPTER NINE – Writing Chapter One
            1) Chapter One Is Extremely Important
            2) Don’t Try to Write the Perfect Chapter One in the Draft

CHAPTER TEN – Start Chapter One With…
            1) The POV of a Protagonist
            2) The Inciting Incident
            3) Something Exciting

CHAPTER ELEVEN – Don’t Start Chapter One With…
            1) An Infodump
            2) A Backstory Dump
            3) A Description

CHAPTER TWELVE – While You Write
            1) Do Your Research
            2) Give Your Characters Weaknesses
            3) Be Mean to Your Characters
            4) Wrap Up All Loose Ends


PART FOUR – REVISE, REVISE, REVISE

INITIAL CHECKLIST

REVISION ONE: Grammar Issues
CHAPTER THIRTEEN – USES OF “WAS”
            1) Passive Voice
            2) Progressive Tenses
            3) Other Uses of “Was”

CHAPTER FOURTEEN – Participial Phrases

CHAPTER FIFTEEN – Filtering
            1) Filtering a Character’s Senses
            2) Filtering a Character’s Thoughts

CHAPTER SIXTEEN – Weak Words
            1) Wimpy Verbs
            2) Adverbs

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – Weasel Words/Phrases
            1) There is/There was
            2) Stood there/Sat there
            3) That
            4) Two Prepositions in a Row
            5) Repetitions
            6) Legalese
            7) Qualifiers
            8) Small Movements
            9) Dialogue Tags

REVISION TWO: Structural Issues
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN – Evaluate Where the Story Should Start
            1) Consider Your First Three Chapters Disposable
            2) Starting Too Soon
            3) Starting Too Late

CHAPTER NINETEEN – Make Sure Every Scene Has a Purpose

CHAPTER TWENTY – Details, Details, Details
            1) Are Your Descriptions Detailed Enough?
            2) Are Your Action Scenes Detailed Enough?
            3) Have You Included all of the Senses?
            4) Do You Have Action Beat in Your Dialogue?
            5) Have You Layered in the Emotions?

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE – Is Your Middle Sagging?
            1) Add a Subplot
            2) Add Additional Obstacles
            3) Intensify the Tension and Conflict

REVISION THREE: Final Considerations
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO – Check Your Goals, Motivation, and Conflict
            1) Check Your Characters’ Goals
            2) Check Your Characters’ Motivations
            3) Check the Level Conflict and Tension

CHAPTER TWENTY- THREE – Final Polishing
            1) Revisit Your Hook
            2) Do a Final Read-Through

COMPLETE CHECKLIST

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