Today’s writers have to juggle a lot of tasks. Probably more than they have ever had to.
Oh sure, writing was always a challenge. Writers always had to come up with a good idea for a novel, then create a plot, a cast of characters, a decent setting and a subplot or two. (Then they had to embark upon the long and often soul-destroying task of finding a publisher.)
Today, it’s different. In some ways it’s better: we have a lot more options open to us when it comes to seeing our work in print; we could be reading it as a paperback, or viewing it on an e-reader.
But… there’s more. A LOT more.
If you take on publishing your own book, you have to start thinking about formatting it, and getting covers created, AND (here’s the kicker) doing the lion’s share of publicity and promotion.
I could go on, but you get the idea. Luckily, there’s a not-so-secret weapon that helps writers to cope with all this. It’s an essential tool in the writer’s little box of tricks.
It’s his or her collection of checklists.
The humble checklist can save a writer hours of time and frustration. Armed with a checklist to test your initial story idea, you can ensure that you have enough conflict and tension and challenges to keep readers turning the pages. (That’s much better than getting halfway through writing it only to find that your lovely bright shiny idea won’t hold up!)
With a plotting checklist at your elbow, you can run through the list of ‘essentials’ to apply to your novel – like character motivation and plausibility and crisis points, to name just a few of the things you have to consider.
These are just some of the handy checklists you will find in The Busy Writer’s Book of Checklists:
## Six Foundation Checklists: Getting Ideas, Plotting, Characters, Viewpoint, Dialogue, and Scenes.
## Three checklists for Setting and Subplots
## Four Checklists on Getting Organized: Your time, your work space, your files and your projects
## Three checklists for starting and running writer’s groups – including a feedback checklist
## Four checklists for social networking and websites (Setting up a website or blog, Facebook, Twitter and establishing your writer’s network)
## Three checklists on getting published (researching publishers, writing a synopsis, and publishing on Kindle)
Altogether there are 23 super-useful checklists – and as a special bonus, writers who buy this book are eligible for a full set of printable checklists that they can use again and again!