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by Karen S. Wiesner

ePub First Draft in 30 Days download
Author:
Karen S. Wiesner
ISBN13:
978-1582972961
ISBN:
1582972966
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Publisher:
Writer's Digest Books (March 5, 2005)
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Writing Research & Publishing Guides
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In reading this book, it's obvious that Karen Wiesner knows her craft. I've only just started using First Draft in 30 Days. I did the "Brainstorming" stage today. I've been working on my novel series for years ever since the idea first came to me in 1991.

In reading this book, it's obvious that Karen Wiesner knows her craft. I wrote the first draft in 1995, yet since I was only just starting out as a writer and hadn't developed my style yet, I scrapped the first draft.

Award-winning author Karen S. Wiesner's 30-day method shows you how to create an outline so detailed and complete that it actually doubles as your first draft. Flexible and customizable, this revolutionary system can be modified to fit any writer's approach and style

Award-winning author Karen S. Flexible and customizable, this revolutionary system can be modified to fit any writer's approach and style. Plus, comprehensive and interactive worksheets make the process seem less like work and more like a game.

I tried reading Karen S. Wiesner's "First Draft in 30 Days" one chapter at a time. If you've ever had trouble plotting a book, then First Draft in 30 Days will definitely give you the boost you need. I implemented her schedule and worksheets for a story I've been working on sporadically for nearly 10 years now (to no avail).

In the introduction of First Draft in 30 Days, author Karen Wiesner states, "My .

In the introduction of First Draft in 30 Days, author Karen Wiesner states, "My 30-day method for outlining a novel eliminates many of the problems that plague fiction writers. Wiesner's game plan and comprehensive, interactive worksheets make the writing process much more enjoyable. After finishing it, you'll have the makings of an entire book that you'll be excited to continue working on. "Because you've revised so thoroughly, it will read with all the completeness and excitement of a finished novel," says Wiesner.

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No more wasted time or endless overhauls and revisions. The clearer your vision of the story before you start actually writing it, the more fleshed out your story will be once it makes it to paper.

Wiesner's book is not designed to help writers quickly finish a first draft. Following her method step-by-step will only produce a healthy outline

Wiesner's book is not designed to help writers quickly finish a first draft. Following her method step-by-step will only produce a healthy outline. Wiesner insists that a finished outline is as good as a rough draft, but they are not the same thing. FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS is a misnomer. Wiesner’s book is not designed to help writers quickly finish a first draft.

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I'm from Houston originally. Karen S. Wiesner's First Draft in 30 Days was pointed out to me by my friend Telophase. There are a couple things to know about Wiesner's book (or at least, the half of it I've skimmed through)

I'm from Houston originally. There are a couple things to know about Wiesner's book (or at least, the half of it I've skimmed through). First, she's very focused on contemporary genres despite the inclusion of a couple sf/f examples (. Most of her worksheets for putting together the outline (included in appendices) probably need to be changed/adapted if you're going to use them for sf/f rather than mystery, thriller, or romance, etc. Admittedly, changing things like the assumption that characters are human isn't actually difficult.

Write Your Novel in 30 Days

Say goodbye to writing and rewriting with no results. Starting—and finishing—your novel has never been easier!

First Draft in 30 Days provides you with a sure-fire system to reduce time-intensive rewrites and avoid writing detours. Award-winning author Karen S. Wiesner's 30-day method shows you how to create an outline so detailed and complete that it actually doubles as your first draft. Flexible and customizable, this revolutionary system can be modified to fit any writer's approach and style. Plus, comprehensive and interactive worksheets make the process seem less like work and more like a game. This invaluable resource also includes:

Itemized and flexible schedules to keep you focused each and every dayDozens of detailed worksheets to guide you through the outlining processCompleted sample worksheets inspired by best-selling novelsTips for outlining projects already in developmentBrainstorming techniques to keep you motivatedGoal sheets for getting—and keeping—your career on track

Many aspiring and experienced novelists toss out hundreds of pages (and waste valuable time) before they have a workable first draft of a novel. You don't have to fall into this category anymore. With First Draft in 30 Days, you'll have all the tools you need to write your masterpiece!

  • In reading this book, it's obvious that Karen Wiesner knows her craft.

    I've only just started using First Draft in 30 Days. I did the "Brainstorming" stage today.

    I've been working on my novel series for years ever since the idea first came to me in 1991. I wrote the first draft in 1995, yet since I was only just starting out as a writer and hadn't developed my style yet, I scrapped the first draft. I started researching and brainstorming for and writing the current version of my story in 2003 when I was inspired by the song "Apocalypse Please" by Muse. Yet, I kept hitting walls when it came to plot development. Once every few years I would get inspired and start working on this story again. Yet, I kept hitting those walls. So, I decided to give this a try.

    So, today I created a music playlist of songs that are inspiring this story and did conceptual drawings of characters and settings. In just the first day I've come up with all of the major plot lines for the first 3 novels in the series as well as the major plot lines for the final book in the series (of which there will be a total of seven). Merely by listening to my music and looking at my conceptual drawings I keep having those "A-Ha!" moments and everything just keeps coming to me. I'll start with the rest of this process tomorrow. I can't wait to see where this journey leads me. I'm tempted to just start banging my novels out. I think I'll give more of this new strategy a try before I actually start writing the meat and potatoes of my manuscript. I'll update this review as I outline and write the rest of my series.

    I've shared my ideas with a few trusted confidants and they're all in awe. I've already heard, "OMG! That's amazing," and "This is awesome!"

    I'm very excited and feel very energized to keep on writing. Those creative floodgates have opened and ideas full of win and awesome just keep pouring out.

    The tile might be a little misleading. This process will help you outline your story and once you have the outline fleshed out the First Draft should...the operative word here is should...come out naturally and quickly.

    *Note: I'm writing an Urban Fantasy / Adventure series.

  • This books is definitely not for those who need to write by the seat of their pants. It is for those who enjoy plotting and those who are serious about the organizational flow and skills needed to plot a novel of ANY genre. If you don't enjoy plotting, this book is not for you. Being a part of a group with over 2000+ writers, it is pretty much a given that those who dislike plotting will not be converted, nor should they be.

    If you are a plotter, however, then this book has some very valid and excellent points. As I learned with my first completed manuscript, revising and going back and not only editing but changing large sections of the prose because I hadn't outlined fully and things didn't work is a PITA. I would much rather make changes to a 100 page outline then a 360 page novel. This is one of Karen's main points.

    After reading and implementing techniques from this book, I had the pleasure to take a workshop from Karen, based on this book. She explained this approach, answered all our questions and reinforced that her worksheets do not need to be completed her way. Every writer has to find their way. As stated in the book, if you'd rather plot using paragraph summaries or free-flow writing, as opposed to the worksheets, then use them. Most writers (semi-new to experienced) probably already know this--at least if they've spent any time writing and learning with others and not just themselves.

    I enjoyed this book and seeing how meaningful it is to have a fully detailed outline I highly recommend it to those who love to plot.

  • Karen Weisner has a deceptively simple system that she has used to get published and stay published as an author. Lucky me, she has chosen to format that system into something the rest of us can use and adapt to our own work.

    Karen gives us easy to use worksheets for each step in forming a detailed picture of the work we want to create. Personally, I have been one of those make-it-up-as-I-go-along writers my entire life, and while I could come up with some decent ideas for stories and even entire sections of them, I would inevitably stall and abandon project after project. Not a very good way to get published.

    This method is so much better. Far from the staid, rigid outlines of English Class term papers, this system lets you create a fluid, adaptable outline that is easily translated into the story you want to write. You're not limited to writing in sequence, though the suggestion is to get as far along with outlining your chapters in order as you can. If you get stuck part way through, you can work on writing the already outlined chapters, or writing scenes for later chapters, for example. This is great for me, because I often get scene ideas in my head long before I'm ready for them to occur in the story. Now I can create them, and work them in as I'm ready for them.

    I find it very simple to create my own worksheets, and once you have them set up you can adapt them into your own templates. Some of the details Karen needs may not be what I need or you need, and that's the beauty of it. Karen isn't telling anyone to write exactly like she writes; she encourages writers to make the system personal and adapt it to fit their own projects. While some people may think "Well, what do I need her book for, then? I could just make up my own sheets." I say this: I always vaguely knew I needed some kind of outlining system even while I struggled with the unstructured way, but again, I didn't know where to begin. This book gives you that beginning. It gives you the bones of a good, easy to use method and lets YOU take it where you need it to go.

    I was fortunate enough to participate in an online workshop with Karen Weisner on this method and receive personal answers to my questions, in conjunction to delving into the book. She is very generous with both her time and advice, and the tone of her book reflects that about her. As soon as I began Karen's system, I found myself invigorated and refreshed with respect to my writing, and new ideas seemed to pop up every day. I'm currently working on my novel using the "First Draft" method, and I feel confident for the first time ever that I will have a completed manuscript done and ready to try and publish within a reasonable time.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fresh approach to writing.