AUTHOR IN PROGRESS is officially releasing TODAY , and we’re so excited for you to meet our book — filled with NEW essays on the journey every writer takes to produce a novel. That’s not just the journey of the not-yet-published author either; it’s also the journey of the published author. The end of one book is never the end of the journey for an author in progress.
AUTHOR IN PROGRESS is divided into 7 sections, with drill-it-down tips to help you move through all the phases of story creation.
1. We’ll help you to PREPARE for writing a book, with:
- Why Write? Understanding Your Deepest Motivations, by Barbara O’Neal
- Setting Realistic Goals: Gain Power by Sidestepping the One-Size-Fits-All Mindset, by Erika Liodice
- Stocking Up on Literary Gatorade: How an Early Dose of Reality Can Help You Succeed, by Margaret Dilloway
- Your Unique Story: Become Your Novel’s Secret Ingredient, by Robin LaFevers
- Being Unboxed: How Faithful, Confident, Boundary-Pushing Writers Rise Above the Noise, by Donald Maass
- Put a Ring on It: How to Know if Your Story Is “The One,” by Erika Robuck
- DEBATABLE pro and con articles on Do You Need an MFA by Jael McHenry and Catherine McKenzie
- Mining for Diamonds: Strike it Rich with Research–Without Getting Buried Alive, by David Corbett
- Go Public: Why Creating the Story Behind the Story Begins Now, by Dan Blank
2. We’ll help you get into the right headspace to WRITE, and keep writing, with:
- This is a Test: Why You Should Allow Yourself to Explore in the First Draft, by Greer Macallister
- Story First, Plot Second: Develop Your Protagonist’s Story-Specific Past, by Lisa Cron
- DEBATABLE writing process articles by Anne Greenwood Brown (Plot It), Ray Rhamey (Pants It) and Anna Elliott (Write ‘Fat’ or ‘Lean’)
- Write Like You Mean It: How to Maximize Your Minutes, by Barbara O’Neal
- Find the Muse Within the Story: How to Recognize and Search Beyond Ordinary Inspirations, by Dave King
- Composing Humans on the Page: How to Mine, Visualize, and Empathize Your Way to Authentic Characters, by Julianna Baggott
- Write True: Bring Authenticity to Your Work with Details from the Natural World, by Juliet Marillier
- Writer’s Block: How to UnClog the Well, by Kim Bullock
- Light It Up–Don’t Burn It Down: What to Do When You Think You Can’t Write Another Word, by Gwen Hernandez
- Say My Name: How to Empower Yourself with One Simple Word (Writer), by Jo Eberhardt
3. We’ll help you INVITE criticism of your work in the best possible way, and understand why it’s crucial, with:
- The Psychology of Critique: Resist the Natural Impulse to Shut Down, by Therese Walsh
- The Art of the Invitation: How Asking the Right Questions Can Better Shape Your Critique Experience, by Annie Neugebauer
- Reading the Tea Leaves of Critique: How to Draw Meaning from Murky Feedback, by Jael McHenry
- Creating Conversations with Story Evolutionists: How Beta Readers of All Kinds Can Help Your Story Evolve, by Brunonia Barry
- Illuminations of Theme: How Critique Can Teach Us What Our Work Is Trying to Say, by Jeanne Kisacky
- Skin Like an Elephant: How Critiques Affect the Stories of Professional Writers, by Sarah McCoy
- Giving Back: How Helping Someone Else Write a Better Book Turns into a Win-Win-Win, by Keith Cronin
4. We’ll help you to IMPROVE your work–and your mindset–as you write, with:
- How Much Craft Do You Need? When to Learn and When to Just Write, by Donald Maass
- A Drop of Imitation: How to Learn From the Masters, by Kathryn Craft
- Where Writers Gather: How to Promote Your Interests at Conferences and Workshops Without Wasting Your Time or Money, by Tracy Hahn-Burkett
- Reading People (and Writing Them, too): How to Dig Up Humanity in the Details, by Lancelot Schaubert
- Driven to Digital Distraction: Why You Need to Deal with the Publishing Business, by Porter Anderson
5. We’ll help you change gears when it’s time to REWRITE, with:
- Power Down: How (and Why) to Begin Reworking Your Novel Away from the Computer, by Kathleen McCleary
- Writing by Ear: How Tuning Into the Sound of Language Can Elevate Your Story, by Tom Bentley
- Leveling Up: Harnessing Revision to Make the Good Even Better, by Heather Webb
- Letting Go of the Reins: When a Complete Rewrite is the Right Choice, by Steven James
- A Mechanic’s Guide to Revision: Consider Story Change as Skillful Overhaul, by Cathy Yardley
- Do You Need a Professional Editor–a DEBATABLE topic, weighing the pros and cons, by Jane Friedman
6. We’ll help you to PERSEVERE, with:
- Resignation Letters: Coming to Terms with the Psychology of Resistance, by Sarah Callender
- Envy: How to Tame the Green-Eyed Monster, by Kristan Hoffman
- The Health and Maintenance of Writers: What You Need to Know to Stay You For as Long as You Are Able, by Jan O’Hara
- Fueling Your Mind: How External Stimulation Can Fuel Your Creative Life, by Liz Michalski
- Tired Writer, Take Care: How Vulnerability Can Increase Over Time, by Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware
- On Quitting: When Moving On May Be the Right Choice, by Sharon Bially
- Community Comfort: Why You Need a Writing Tribe, Even If You Think You Don’t, by Vaughn Roycroft
- Battling Doubt: How to Push Beyond Your Final Barriers and Finish Your Book, by John Vorhaus
- The Tortuous Waiting: How Waiting Becomes a Part of Writing, by Julia Munroe Martin
- Surviving ‘Nearly There’: How to Thrive When You’re This Close to Publication, by Robin LaFevers
7. And last, but never least, we’ll help you to RELEASE your work when it’s truly finished, with:
- Letting Go: How to Cope with Empty Writer’s Next, by Allie Larkin
- Great Expectations: What to Do When Dreams and Reality Collide, by M.J. Rose
- Writer as Phoenix: When It’s Important to Remember Your True-and-Always Freedom, by Sophie Masson
- Write On: Why the End of the Book Is Not the End of the Journey, by Therese Walsh
If you’ve been counting, you’ll see AUTHOR IN PROGRESS contains over 50 essayists–every single WU contributor and a couple of esteemed guests to boot over 340 pages. Our own ironical Bill Ferris provides comic relief throughout with a parade of boxes featuring tips for ‘How to Get In Your Own Way.’ There are also quite a few cameo appearances, from Jane Green to Karen White to the singular Chuck Wendig.
In one of our book’s most unboxed features, you’ll see conversations following some of our essays, with voices you’ll recognize if you regularly read comments here on Writer Unboxed–and you should; that’s where some of the best observations are made! Cooler still, you can actually join those conversations by using a QR code you’ll find in the book, and hopping onto mirror articles and expanded conversations found in hidden essays here on WU.
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It’s because of you that AUTHOR IN PROGRESS exists at all, which is why it was written to help you. We hope it’s something you lean on time and again as you create your best work. And then your next best work, and your next.
Write on–and happy reading!