Novel Week 1b

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Novel Writing:

Novel Writing The Writing Loft Welcome! Helpful Instructions: Listen to the lecture as often as you like. Take notes as you listen. Use the arrows below to navigate pages. Email or call when you have questions. Submit all assignments to Literary Terms

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The Writing Loft This week we will discuss: Motivation for Writing Novel Structure Focus Statement Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. - Ralph Waldo Emerson Novel Writing 1 Week 1

Getting Started:

Getting Started Every novel has at its core a message. This message is expressed in the characters , the plot , and the storylines. Think carefully about why you decided to write this particular story. Why are you writing your story? What is important about your story? Why do you want others to read it? What do you hope readers will learn from it? The Writing Loft We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to. - W. Somerset Maugham

Focus Statement:

Focus Statement Deciding the focus of your novel Your focus statement provides a clear idea of the parameters for your story and will keep your writing on track. Tips for your Focus Statement: Write only one sentence. Use only strong verbs and strong nouns. Avoid using conjunctions like and . Try to use seven words or less. The Writing Loft I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means, what I want and what I fear. - Joan Didion “I am writing to prove that___________________.” Focus Statement Examples

Character-Driven or Plot-Driven?:

Character-Driven or Plot-Driven? Decide if your story is plot-driven or character -driven . A plot-driven story focuses on events, but the character’s basic nature remains the same throughout. In a character-driven story the protagonist develops or changes throughout. Events are used to illustrate how the character’s personality changes. Ex., Charles Dickens ’ “A Christmas Carol” The Writing Loft

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Assignment Week 1 Write one short paragraph describing the idea you have for your novel. In one paragraph, explain if your novel is plot-driven or character- driven and why. Write your focus sentence starting with “I am writing this book to prove that…” Watch To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation for next week’s assignment . The Writing Loft

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