This is the first episode of a brand new podcast, A Writer’s Journey: From Blank Page to Published in which I talk with longtime friend and author, Terrance Zepke (please see her brief bio below), about nine ways to begin writing a book.
In this episode, the first of two parts, we discuss the various ways a writer can get started on transforming a book idea into a completed manuscript.
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Some of the methods mentioned are covered in more detail in these posts:
- A New Perspective on Outlining
- Favorite Writing Tips: #2 – Use Index Cards to Plan Your Story
- Favorite Writing Tips: #3 — How I Use Scrivener
- Snowflake Method
- Spreadsheet Method
- Half-hour Novel Outline
- Evernote (More options: Notepad++, Zen Writer, Dark Room, and Write Monkey)
- Three-Act Process (write sentence summarizing beginning, then write sentence summarizing ending, and then figure out how you want to get from A – Z).
Terrance is the award-winning author of two dozen books, including Pirates of the Carolinas, Lowcountry Voodoo: Tales, Spells & Boo Hags, which was a winner of the Southeastern Library Association Award, and The Encyclopedia of Cheap Travel which can tell you how to save up to 90% on lodging, flights, tours, cruises, and more. She has fifteen years experience in the writing and publishing industry and is in demand as a speaker, as well as having made numerous media appearances, such as Travel with Rick Steves, the Good Morning Show, NPR, Around the World, PBS, and The Travel Channel. She’s also written articles and been interviewed in many publications, such as The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly. You can visit her website at www.terrancezepke.com.