Finishing your First Draft - Day Ten
I’m going to be honest with you, I’m a little sad. I’m sad because this is the last day we have together (at least for now).
You’ve come a long way through this week and a half, and I hope you’ve learned a lot. I hope you’ll continue learning–as long as it’s not an excuse to avoid writing.
I don’t have a lesson for you today, but I wanted to provide you with a collection of resources to help your author journey.
So, without further ado, here are resources you should be checking out:
- Let’s Write a Book: A Dabble Guide to Story Craft should be hanging out somewhere in your inbox if you haven’t downloaded it already. It really dives deep into everything we covered in this class.
- DabbleU is our ever-growing online learning destination for writers, covering everything from components of a story to publishing. Check it out here: https://www.dabblewriter.com/dabble-u
- The Story Craft Café is an online community of writers of all stripes–from those writing their first book to authors who have written dozens. Join a writing group, chat with like-minded people, participate in writing sprints, join live workshops from industry leaders, and so much more. Grab your favorite drink and head over to the Café here: https://www.storycraft.cafe/
- We also have The Story Craft Café Podcast, hosted by my friend and colleague, Hank Garner. Hank chats with the biggest names in writing to help you with your own craft. Check it out in the Café or find it on your favorite platform here: https://storycraftcafe.podbean.com/
- Dabble is the ultimate novel writing platform, and you still have free access to all the Premium features with your trial. Use the powerful Plot Grid, house all your character and story notes, set and reach your goals, work with co-authors, and so much more with the best writing tool out there.
That’s a lot of stuff available to you through Dabble!
And honestly, that’s all I have for you today. You have all the tools you need to write your first draft. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Doug from Dabble
Book marketing. Those two innocuous words instill fear and loathing into the hearts of so many writers. You just want to write your books and have them sell themselves. Why do you have to tell people about it? Well, Susan, because you do. I know you want to write, but if your goal is to write, publish, and make money from your books, then you’re going to have to find a way to make them visible. Thousands of new titles are uploaded to Amazon every single day. Millions of books are being published every year, and no matter how good your story is, without marketing, there’s not much chance very many people will find it.
What kind of writer are you? Are you the sort who writes a meticulous outline that tips into the five digits or the type who sits down in front of a blank sheet of paper and lets the words pour out of you like a runaway train? Did you know there are specific terms for this kind of writing? Writers will come up with words for anything, I swear. Plotters are the first type of writer. They like to have detailed outlines that tell them exactly where their story is going. Pantsers are the other type of writer, which is kind of a weird name, but the term was coined by Stephen King (a famous pantser) to describe writing by the seat of your pants. Cute, eh? There is no right or wrong way to write your book, and I’m going to repeat this so many times. The right way is the way that works for you.
Dystopian fiction is one of the darker subgenres of science fiction and fantasy. It takes us into dark, foreboding worlds, where oppression and bleak landscapes are the norm. Books like 1984 by George Orwell, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley have become classics that shine a light on political corruption, environmental disaster, and societal collapse.Why do we love these stories? Maybe it's because dystopian fiction allows us to explore worst-case scenarios, to grapple with the idea that the world we know and love could be lost forever. It's a way for us to confront our fears and anxieties about the future, to see what could happen if we continue down a certain path.