How do you win as a writer? by Beth Barany
It may not be what you think. It’s not about comparing yourself to other writers. It’s not about being miserable and too busy.
It is about setting aside time to work on your writing and then sitting down and putting your attention on it.
Do you set aside to write?
What happens when you sit down to write? Do you sink below the surface of reality into your story?
One of my students reminded me that we’re channeling when we write.
Whether or not you believe in channeling, our creativity comes from somewhere.
I think our creativity comes from the Great Mystery and we craft them into being with our work.
Do you know where your ideas come from?
Wherever my ideas come from, I find writing a magical process.
Wherever your ideas come from, your job is to show up for this process and put words to page, or take words out/change words — if you’re editing.
Even if you’re marketing, it’s all about the words, the ones you chose, the ones you don’t.
What are your thoughts on how to win as an author?
Post in the comments below.
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The 10 Key Scenes That Frame Up Your Novel: This course, built on her highly touted Layer Your Novel book, lays out the time-tested basic story structure that most novels, plays, and movies follow.
The 4 Foundational Pillars of Novel Structure: Before you can write a novel, you need to know how to build strong pillars. Drawn from her book The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction, this mini course walks you through the four essential corner pillars that support every great story: Protagonist with a Goal, Concept with a Kicker, Conflict with High Stakes, and Theme with a Heart. Nail these corner pillars before you go any further in plotting your novel!
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10 Easy but Essential Self-Editing Tips: This short course is packed full of great tips on how to self-edit. Writers need to learn to be brutal self-editors in order to write concisely and clearly. These ten tips are easy but will make a huge difference in your writing if you apply them!
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July 22-26, 2019: I’ll be teaching my Plan Your Novel material in an intensive workshop in Damman, Saudi Arabia at the world-renowned Ithra center. https://www.ithra.com/en/eventshub/events/201907/writing-novels-201907
Sunday, August 18, 6-8pm: I’ll do a workshop on my Writing with the 21 Senses: Enhance Your Characters and Your Reader’s Experiences at at East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Avenue, Oaklandto the kid lit and YA authors for SCBWI. Open to all: SCWBI members and non-members. For more information and to register online to get discount pricing, go here: https://sfnortheastbay.scbwi.org/events/sun-aug-18-writing-with-the-21-senses/
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7-9pm: I’ll present to the Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club. More details to come.
September 26, 2019, 1-7pm: I’ll be presenting at the mini-conference “Getting Known as an Authority in Your Field: Writing Your Book” on how to “Use Fiction Tools to Jazz Up Your Nonfiction Book” for Women in Consulting. Location: College of San Mateo. (Link opens to Google maps.) Registration is now open. More information here.
October 1-31, 2019: Ezra and I run the Plan Your Novel Like a Pro course to help you get ready for NaNoWriMo.
More information and course registration here: https://school.bethbarany.com/p/plan-your-novel-30-day-challenge-oct-2019
Early Bird enrollment is on now and the course is 50% off now until the end of July. Be sure to use the coupon VENTE2019 to get 50% off.
Saturday, October 4: I’ll be doing a 3-hour workshop for the Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club. More details to come.
Saturday, October 12, 2019: I’ll present “Branding for Authors,” a morning talk and an afternoon hands-on workshop to Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA). More details to come.
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