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Writing Should be Fun

I am pleased with the great response I’ve received with the release of my two newest books, How to Write Serial Fiction & 10K a Day The Secret of Quality Speed Writing. The overwhelming support from my friends and fellow writers has meant the world to me, and I thank you.

Writing should be fun, not a chore. When I wrote these books, I wanted to simplify fifteen years of learning into a concrete  step-by-step guide that even a beginning writer could use and become successful. The benefits of speed and “freeze framing” will prove themselves invaluable to the serious writer.

As a full-time writer, I find my writing time divided between current writing projects, completed projects–awaiting edits, and marketing. That, of course, doesn’t take into account speaking engagements, signings, conferences, and workshops.  There is never enough time.

Speed writing and “freeze framing” address the “time” issue specifically with workable solutions. Would you rather write two books a year or ten?  (without sacrificing either word count or quality) I think we’d all like to increase our productivity. I know, I would.

The 10K a Day Plan I have in place, took me years to develop and perfect. Did I set out to develop a writing plan? No, absolutely not. I just wrote, and as time passed, I developed a routine, keeping elements which worked, and discarding those that didn’t, until I realized I’d inadvertently developed a plan of writing.

Did I always follow the plan? No. Not following the plan helped me realize the plan’s value in terms of writing speed and quality. Furthermore, I noted the marked difference  I experienced in  terms of writing enjoyment.

Writing came be a frustrating experience. Part of this frustration is due to the way we approach writing in regard to the way our brains absorb and process data as well as the method by which the brain seeks to express creativity. Adjusting our writing plan to capitalize on our brain’s natural rhythm eliminates frustration and returns the element of fun to the writing experience.

Have fun!  Write well–write often!

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How the 10K a Day Plan Landed Me a New York Agent

Does writing a novel seem to take forever?  Is writing a struggle for you—every word like trudging through quicksand? Do you seem to labor over every word?

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You may be working against your brain instead of making use of the mind’s natural processes.

You can change.
I did.

I began my writing career as a confirmed pantser.(writing by the seat of my pants) with only a vague idea of where I was going.

I found writing this way, exciting and spontaneous.  It was fun to envision a scene and let characters come and go as they pleased….taking the plot wherever it happened to go.

This worked out great until a publisher, liking one of my short stories, invited me to submit a novel. Not wanting to make him wait and possibly forget about me and my story, I told him I’d have my novel to him in a month. (I should mention I promised to submit a novel I hadn’t yet written.)

What could I have been thinking?

At this point I knew I had to come up with something fast, and that something had to be great. Could I afford to write the way I usually did–start with an idea and wander around until a book appeared?  No. I didn’t believe I could.

And that is how the 10K a Day Plan began.  I didn’t realize, at the time, what a difference the new plan would make in my writing or how much I would enjoy it.  I relaxed and left the ideas flow, not worrying about the details.  I envisioned the novel as a whole and worked through the steps I would later christen the 10K a Day Plan.

Twenty days later, Pocket Full of Die, had been written, edited, corrected, proofread, and mailed to the publisher. I had written faster, much faster than I’d ever written before.  At the time I attributed my speed to the pressure of the deadline.  I didn’t fully realize the value of the plan I’d concocted until later.

The publisher sent me a glowing review of the novel, but found it too mainstream for his noir imprint. He urged me to send it to New York. I debated on where to send it and wavered back and forth while the manuscript lay in a drawer and gathered dust.

In the meantime, I used and refined the 10K a Day Plan through the next few novels, liking it more each time I used it.  The more I practiced writing with the plan, the easier it became to implement the basic steps, and the faster my words flowed across the page.

A couple of months ago,  I had the opportunity to speak with a New York agent interested in noir mysteries.  I immediately thought of Pocket Full of Die and mentioned the manuscript.  She asked me to overnight her a copy of the mystery to take with her and read on vacation.  I did.

Two weeks later, she mailed me a contract.

So, how did the 10K a Day Plan Land me a New York agent?

A lot of writers read 10K a Day with the goal of writing faster.  10K a Day teaches how to achieve that goal.  If the book did nothing else, it would be worth the price on the cover.  But the plan does more than that.  By practicing the pre-writing methods explained in the book, the writer begins to work with the brain’s natural rhythm, utilizing each side of the brain, in turn, as well as in tandem, to gain optimum efficiency.

The plot develops along designated plot points, avoiding the gaps and holes which often destroy a promising novel.  Characters grow as the story unfolds, revealing their strengths and weakness through the conflicts they encounter.

The 10K a Day Plan landed me a New York agent by giving me the structure I needed to write an intense, nail-biting suspense novel which included a complex, but well-connected plot, and real-life characters to live in the story.  The speed was a bonus.

The plan can do the same for you.

The 10K a Day plan is simple and concise.  The brain absorbs and stores information best when it is presented in small nuggets against a well-laid frame of reference.  Less is usually more.  Practice the plan and watch the quality and the speed of your writing improve.

Time is money.

How long can you afford to wait before you try the 10K a Day Plan?  Improve your writing today.

I wish you all the best,

Cat :)  aka  C. R. Myers

What some readers have to say:

C. R. Myers is a talented writer with superior expertise and a drive for excellent that is surpassed by no one. Cathy has advised, made suggestions, and offered ideas that have enhanced my writing and prepared them for publication. I have read her book, 10K a Day, and declare it is a jewel no writer should be without, but suggest it becomes a part of their daily reading. Her tips on settings, characters, formatting, plotting, and research are priceless. Surrounding your work area with cards that provide chapter outline will have you flying through your novel in no time. Having a friend like C.R. Myers is an honor and I am proud to recommend this book and suggest you make it a point to read it along with all her work and see what an expert and artist she is.

–Bobbie Shafer, Author http://www.amazon.com/Bobbie-Shafer/e/B007YKAUMW

*****

Write 10,000 words a day? This never occurred to me. Impossible—one might snicker and cough. But, C. R. Myers explains how it can be done with easy to understand and comprehend instructions. Even the doubters can get started after reading 10 K a Day—The Secret of Quality Speed Writing. The book includes lists of sites to further your desire to produce the next great novel. It would be amazing to know how many will achieve success from the guidance in this book.

–Linda Ellis http://www.lindanelsonellis.com

*****

“Amazing concept! Something a dyed-in-the-wool panster can buy into and become a major word producer. 10K a Day here I come!”

–Kassy Paris, co-author of The Lazy M Ranch series by Kasandra Elaine

*****

You’re a writer, but have you ever written ten thousand words in one day, and continued at that same rate until your book is finished? Cathy Myers, (aka C.R. Myers) tells you how you can do this in her book, 10K a Day: The Secret of Quality Speedwriting. In the electronic age, when more people are reading and writing faster, it only makes sense, Cathy says, to use these amazing tools to write more stories in order to reach a broader audience. Planning is very important, and Cathy, speaking from personal experience, advocates writing down your ideas when they occur along with some annotation indicating why and how you want to use the ideas. All the planning leads to an emotional involvement so the writer’s enthusiasm doesn’t wane, thus slowing down productivity. Finally, Cathy (C.R. Myers) gives the reader a bonus section of six pages of sites they can use for all aspects of writing, including marketing. But there is a catch, and you can learn what it is and how to overcome it by reading 10K a Day: The Secret of Quality Speedwriting.

–Patricia LaVigne http://www.patricialavigneauthor.com

*****

Before I came across 10K A Day, The Secret of Quality Speed Writing, I couldn’t imagine writing 10,000 words a day. Within the first few pages, I went from intrigued to excited as I began to see how the strategy to increase production provided by C. R. Myers really can work. I highly recommend it to any serious-minded writer that wishes to increase the quality of their work and decrease the time that it takes to write a best-seller!

—Marlin Williams, Author http://www.amazon.com/Marlin-Williams/e/B0081S2PS8

 

 

 

 

How to Write Serial Fiction

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How to Write Serial Fiction

How to Write Serial Fiction & Be Ready to Publish In Less Than 24 Hours is now available in paperback and e-book

http://www.amazon.com/Write-Serial-Fiction-Publish-ebook/dp/B00DQGITIA

I had completed my first three novels before entering the world of the serial novel. 

Classically trained in literature I had read Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers, Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, as well as many other novels considered classic which began their life as serial novels, a fact that made little impression on me at the time. To me, serial novels were those light mysteries or equally light romances in the back of magazines I’d read growing up.

I rediscovered serial novels on the internet quite by accident. In the middle of researching facts for my third novel, I stumbled across a fanfiction site. Before then, I had never heard of fanfiction nor had any idea such sites existed. Curious, I delved right in, and before long, I had posted my own fanfiction episodes along with everyone else.

Why would a novelist, used to creating her own worlds, want to write fanfiction? First, I wanted to see what it was like. Once I did, and the comments started coming in, I was hooked. Second, I discovered, as I discuss in the book, that writing episodes online is a type of performance art. Writing before a built-in audience is exciting and satisfying.

I learned how to structure my episodes with a beginning punch to draw in my audience, and how to leave them wanting more, which is one of the primary goals in serial fiction. The downside of writing fanfic is that you are writing in someone else’s world, using characters and settings you do not own.

I decided it was time for a change and submitted an idea for a serial novel to several newspapers and magazines. One of the newspapers hired me to write a novel divided into weekly episodes. The novella was such a success the paper hired me to write three more. Following that, a newsprint magazine hired me to run the same four novellas.

Earlier this year I started writing The Hidden, a serial novel sold in episodes through Amazon. I have completed the first novella and am pleased with the response I’ve received.

So, why did I write this book?

Serial novels have recently experienced a comeback and more and more writers are experimenting with the format. This is good, but what I have discovered is that many writers wanting to write serial fiction have little understanding of the basic elements involved and how serial fiction differs from writing a completed novel. I was appalled to discover an author advertising that he would “cut up your novel to use as a serial.”

Serial fiction is not “cut up novels,” and episodes are not chapters. Also, different types of serial fiction require different criteria. I try to cover all of this in this book so that even the experienced writer might find something new and of value.

I should mention that besides giving valuable information on writing serial fiction, the e-book contains a bonus section devoted to MARKETING. This section contains over 500 clickable links for facebook sites and websites which post e-books.The section also contains twitter sites willing to post your books.

How to Write Serial Fiction goes through clearly and succinctly everything you need to publish your serial fiction on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other outlets. There is a wealth of information in this book and I wish it had been around when I first self-published my book series. There are a number of intricate steps to serial writing, and C. R. Myers takes you through everything you need to know to help your first serial be a resounding success. 
                                                                                                                        —Michael Ward
                                     Self-published author with 50 titles on Amazon and Barnes and Noble 
                               Amazon’s Michael Ward Page http:// www.amazon.com/-/ e/ B007A550QM 

How to Write Serial Fiction…is awesome. I really like it because the instructions are clear and concise. The only thing I’d change is the title. I’d call it, The Dummies Guide to Writing Serial Fiction. 
                                                                                                                   —Catherine Sellers 
                                                                                                http:// www.catherinesellers.com

Writing serial fiction is not as easy as it sounds. It’s not just writing a book and breaking it up by chapters. From hooking the reader with each episode , story arc , and consistent characterization to keeping the reader coming back for more, this is the resource I wish I’d had when I started writing serial fiction.
                                                                                                                          —Jean Lauzier 
                                                                                                        http:// www.jeanlauzier.com 

This is such great information. You get a step-by-step guideline on how to write a serial novel. Cat makes it look easy, and maybe if I had had the information in this book when I was writing The Cabin it would have made it easier. Thanks for all your work.

                                                                                                                    —Evelyn M. Byrne
                                                                                                  http:// www.evelynmbyrne.com