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YOUR WRITE SPARK is a start-up guide for budding fiction writers that covers the fundamentals of igniting a story idea into a rough draft.

So you want to write a story?
Then you’ve come to the right place.
Your Write Spark covers all the fundamentals a writer needs to consider as they ignite their story idea into a draft that leaves them excited and hopeful and eager to learn more. Set your story in motion while you learn the basics of story structure, character development, point of view, and other major storytelling elements.

This start-up guide is just what you need if you have a story idea but you’re not sure what to do next. There’s even a daily planner that you can use to help you organize your ideas.

Writing a story is a long game, but there’s no need to struggle at minute one. The basic instruction inside will help you make decisions early on that will ultimately save you from a lot of hassle later. Plus, you’ll even get to learn how you can shape yourself as the writer you need to be so that you can COMPLETE your first draft in a time frame that’s right for you!

What you’ll learn in YOUR WRITE SPARK:
•How to nurture your creativity each day.
•How to trust the creative process.
•How to use the fundamentals of storytelling at the beginning stages.
•How to plan next steps for the writing process.
•How to handle writer’s block.
•Writing challenges to spark your creative journey.
and more!

Developmental editing is a critical step in the book creation process but often it feels like you’re two inches tall and you’re expected to set the dinner table for the Jolly Green Giant. How do you know if the foundation is solid? Did you do enough worldbuilding? Are your characters well-rounded and believable? What is the balance of exposition to scene?

This massive aspect of editing is so much more than just shifting passages around and cutting Little Darlings. You need to make sure this is the book you wanted to write and you need to dive deep to be sure you got it right. That means dealing with areas like concepts, events, images, characters, plot, and plausibility. That dinner table isn't going to set itself and you can’t set it until you understand how each major storytelling element plays out in your book, if that’s what you had intended, and whether or not they all work well together to create an engrossing read.

Writing coach and author Kate Johnston helps writers approach developmental editing through a clear systematic process so they can develop their story’s big-picture areas after they’ve written a complete early draft. Kate directs writers to assess each major storytelling element for plausibility, clarity, originality, and emotional impact.

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Story Mapping teaches you how to use the best of “pantsing” and the best of “plotting” to craft your novel from idea stage to audience-ready stage.
Writing process is as individual as the author, but it can be elusive and temperamental. When we know under what conditions we write best, we can design a writing process that helps us commit to our story ideas all the way through project completion. And enjoy ourselves to boot!
Writing coach and author Kate Johnston shares her signature strategy for story development and it is modifiable for any writer. This guide will teach you:
• the three-module framework to getting from idea to complete draft
• how to craft a logline and how to use it to keep track of your main plot
• eleven top questions to unveil the big picture
• the parts of three-act structure
• how to plug events into major turning points
• . . . and more!

Complementing each chapter is a mini journal of writing workouts designed to help writers put their natural writing forces to work for them so they can commit to and complete any writing project.

Passionate about story but savvy about process, Kate helps writers embrace their stories so they can write successfully with confidence, joy, and rumbling creativity. Her Story Mapping strategy will help clear the fog from idea stage so you can see the story threads within—and get excited to write.