Monday, May 25, 2015

You Can Write—Really! An Exclusive Excerpt

Hi everyone! 

This week, I'm sharing an exclusive excerpt from my 5-star rated writing book, along with a few reviews. Summer is the perfect time to start writing projects, so why not use this book to help you get on the right track?

Have you always wanted to write?
Are you looking for an extra boost of motivation?
Do you have a great story idea, but don’t know how to develop it?

Then THIS is the book for you!

You Can Write—Really! is an easy guide designed for beginner writers who need a boost of motivation and simple instructions on how to get started

Award-winning romance author Kelli A. Wilkins takes you step-by-step through the writing process, covering the basics of plotting, editing, revising, and submitting. She explores ways to get your creativity flowing, explains where authors get ideas, and shows you how to create interesting characters. Helpful tips and fun writing exercises get you started!

Here’s an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 9 - Plotting:

Tell Me a Story…

By now, you have an idea for your novel or short story, a setting, and you know all about your characters—it’s time to develop all that into a finished piece.

You might be wondering, “I have an idea, what more do I need? Isn’t my story just an idea written down?” Well, not really. Ideas are the seeds from which your writing sprouts and eventually grows to become a novel or a short story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

I’m sure you’ve heard small children beg, “Tell me a story.” (Nobody says, “Tell me an idea.”) They want to be entertained, enthralled, swept away into the story and wonder, “What happens next? Then what? How does it end?”

Adults are the same way. Tell your friend you saw a movie and he or she will ask, “What’s it about?” And that’s the question to ask yourself when you’re plotting. “What’s my story about?”
In this chapter, we’ll learn the basics of plot, talk about how to plot (or outline) a story, and we’ll explore what to do if you’re a plotter or a pantser—or both! (More on that later.)

In its simplest terms, plot is the sequence of events that gets the characters from Point A to Point B and moves them through the story. Plot is what happens, and trust me, stuff needs to happen. Nobody wants to read about flawless characters sitting around thinking about things all day—that’s not interesting. The people in your story need to get up and do something.

A good story thrives on conflict, and your job as a writer is to do anything possible to disturb the tranquil, everyday lives of the characters and shake up the reader with a few surprises (a.k.a. plot twists) they didn’t see coming.

From the moment your story begins, your main character must have a goal he or she needs to achieve and a series of problems to overcome. After you establish that, build in complications and pile on one disaster after another. (Basically, you want to get your characters in trouble and then write clever ways to get them out if it.) By keeping things tense, readers will be caught up in the plot, wondering how (or if) the characters will reach their goals and get out of their dilemmas.

Ready to write? Order your copy here:

You Can WriteReally! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction, has gotten several excellent Amazon reviews. Here are excerpts:

Cozie Corner says:
“I give "You Can Write—Really!" a 5 star rating The Author, Kelli A. Wilkins pens "You Can Write—Really!" in practical wording and easy to follow advice on how to write. I love how she broke down each section of the writing process and includes exercises on each topic she touches. Honestly I'm not a writer, but after reading this book I can see me giving it a try....  I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone who ever wanted to write their own books, as well as those who have written books before.”
The Book Junkie writes:
I give it a 5 star on well written, written in a way to easily help you write and help you achieve those goals of having a 5 star book yourself one day. I think this book gives you a lot of good tips of writing and how to get to where you are looking to go with your book. This book I think gives you exactly what you are looking for and more. It will help you to write the book you are aiming to write, the pointers you need to make it successful and more.”

The Literary Nymphs review:
“You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction has a lot of very practical advice that is easy to understand and follow. The author did a good job breaking up the various components of writing a book or short story, making you think you are in a creative writing class as opposed to an English class. Each section of the book was followed by exercises that used the principles she was trying to convey. I loved this book and the way it is so easy to understand and follow. The author did good job in organizing it. Whether you are someone just starting or someone with some publications, this is a good book for the bookshelf.”

Amazon Reviewer Nerdy Girl has this to say:
 You Can Write—Really! isn’t just for beginning writers, it has something for writers at every stage. With sections such as Meet the muse, Excuses, Ideas, Characters, Marketing, etc., whatever you're looking for, there's something here to learn from. This book breaks down the writing process and shares tips and tricks to help you to learn and grow. I highly recommend it as a reference and as a way to inspire and encourage you to move past writing blocks, and tap into your creativity.

Another Amazon Reviewer, Sally R., says:
I've read some of Kelli's short horror stories and really enjoyed the creativity behind them. When I saw that she published a beginner's guide to writing fiction, I was really excited to read it. I enjoy writing, but feel as though I could never really get my thoughts down on paper. I struggle with editing and had no idea how to submit to publishing houses. She explains everything step-by-step to avoid overwhelm and makes getting published completely attainable. I especially found the writing exercises to be useful to get my creative juices flowing! “

Look for the May/June issue of my newsletter next week!

Happy Reading,