This is why you registered for Crossroads

This is why you registered for Crossroads

You come for the classes and the comraderie. If you’re a returning Crossroader, you already expect to have a good time, learn a bunch and leave inspired to write more. Well, here’s a run-down with (almost all) our workshops coming up this weekend. We dare you not to be excited!     List of 2013 Crossroads Workshops   25 Steps to Being A Traditionally Published Author, Even Lazier Edition Delilah Dawson Instead of reading my 7,000-word guide to getting a traditional publishing deal, come listen to me talk about it–and answer the questions you’re afraid to ask. From finishing your first draft to getting an agent to what happens after your book is on the shelf, it’s possible to sell a book without having an MFA, a friend in publishing, or a reality TV show. Hint: it involves a lot of hard work.   Anatomy of a Book Emilie P. Bush Whether you plan to self publish or enter a deal with a commercial publisher, knowing your gutter from your half title page is important. Topics include publishing terms, an up-close and personal look at what a book interior SHOULD look like and the basic “rules” of layout.   Digital Storytelling Tim Regan-Porter Should you write differently for digital media? If so, how? What tools are best for telling a compelling story? This panel will address a variety of issues in writing for the web, tablets, and mobile.   Fiction Writing Tips Cate Noble Deconstructing story: the elements of compelling fiction, with tips for nurturing your writer’s soul.   Freelancing is Out; Entrepreurism is In Kristin Luna At one...
Review: 90 Days to Your Novel

Review: 90 Days to Your Novel

90 Days to Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book By Sarah Domet Writer’s Digest Books, ISBN-13: 978-1582979977 Fiction writers are divided on the topic of outlining a novel. Some believe the process is vital to producing a great story – “couldn’t write otherwise.” Others dismiss it as stifling to creativity – “shoot me now.” Sarah Domet’s book, 90 Days to Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book, will please believers while giving non-outliners a number of reasons to reconsider. So, why ninety days? “It’s difficult to write without a deadline,” Domet explains. More importantly, a finite time period requires a daily commitment – one of the book’s chief tenets. Domet suggests two to three hours per day. 90 Days to Your Novel embraces four key philosophies: “1. If you do not write on a daily basis, or a near-daily basis, you are not a writer. 2. Outlining is an essential component of novel writing. 3. Novels are written scene by scene, not character by character or action by action. 4. It’s possible to write a book in months, not years.” The book has two sections. Part One is relatively short, about 35 pages, and dissects the pros and cons of several outlining techniques. Domet then presents a mini-class on scene structure and type. Part One is meant to be read before the challenge starts. Part Two is where the actual work begins. The first three weeks have daily assignments for brainstorming and outlining as Domet reviews the components of a novel – plot, character, setting, conflict, point of view, and...