Welcome to day twenty-three of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! Today’s book is Novel Shortcuts: Ten Techniques that Ensure a Great First Draft by Laura Whitcomb.
Novel Shortcuts gives you a unique take on “speed depth in fiction writing,” showing you how to write a fast first draft that’s also rich and engrossing (it’s really possible!). With examples from published works and detailed instruction, this helpful guide addresses everything from premise development to scene building to tone and much, much more.
Laura Whitcomb is the co-author of Your First Novel (September 2006, Writer’s Digest Books) and two YA novels: The Fetch and the award-winning A Certain Slant of Light (September 2005, Houghton Mifflin). The movie rights have been sold to Warner Brothers. She lives in West Linn, Oregon.
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Today’s question is…
Let’s talk about the first draft. Are you able to include a lot of speed and depth in your writing in the first draft? Or are you more slow and methodical when you write? Do you know any tricks for getting the censor out of the way so you can let the first draft rip? Do tell!
Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please.
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