Masterclass Notes: James Patterson – Part 3 – Plotting

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Lesson 4: Plot Story is about revealing character and causality (i.e., when one event leads to the next, which leads to the next and so on and so forth until the inevitable end).“Try to write every chapter as if it’s the first chapter of the book - try to write every chapter as if it’s …

Masterclass Notes: James Patterson – Part 2 – Ideation

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Part one of this series can be found here. It's important to note that the points below are a combination of what was viewed & the insights it stirred. Lesson 3: Raw Ideas Patterson doesn’t write realism, he writes whatever interests or excites him. His stories are usually the opposite of what you would expect. …

Masterclass Notes: James Patterson – Part 1 – Passion & Habit

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James Patterson is a bestselling author of more than 100 books. Though he follows a unique ‘business model’ where a lot of his books are co-authored (or ghostwritten), his original works seem to have been penned solely by him. His dual approach to authorship piqued my interest and so I thought I would take a …

12 Tips for Finishing Your Novel

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In honor of Preptober, below is a list of solutions to the major problems writers face while drafting: Choose one story. Working on one story cuts down on the time needed to refocus and makes it easier to achieve depth. To choose the right story, freefall write (i.e., stream of conscious) your thoughts on all …

Writing Life: Brandon Sanderson

Productivity Measure (Hours/Pages/Words) Minimum 2,000 words or 10 pages. Some days Sanderson would write for 4 - 5 hours, and some days it would be 14 - 16 hours. Morning Person/Night Owl Sanderson writes at night, though he's usually working on a story 24/7. Even if he's not physically writing, he will be thinking about …

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