Write a Western in 30 Days

Write a Western in 30 Days : With Plenty of Bullet-Points!

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Nik Morton has been writing for over forty years, honing his craft. He writes genre fiction, whether that s science fiction, horror, crime, thriller, romance or westerns. To date he has 15 books under several pseudonyms. His westerns are usually written under the name Ross Morton. Within these pages you can discover how to write a western from the initial ideas, through the preparation and research, to those all-important character studies and plots. And you can do it in 30 days!show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 203 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 12mm | 249.47g
  • John Hunt Publishing
  • Compass Books
  • Ropley, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780995911
  • 9781780995915
  • 711,029

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Chuck Tyrell - While day work may interfere and I will probably have to take weekends off for church activities, I fully plan to write a 35,000 word (or slightly more) novel for Piccadilly Publishing in 30 working days. The blog of what happens can be found here: http://chucktyrell-outlawjournal.blogspot.jpshow more

About Nik Morton

Nik is a published author of 15 books of fiction, in several genres. He has sold hundreds of articles and 120 short stories. He is also editor in chief of Solstice Publishing, a US publisher. He lives in Spain.show more

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Nik Morton (author of more than 15 books, including this one, Write a Western in 30 Days) offers plenty of great tips to help write a Western (and promises you can do it in just 30 days -- if you promise to work hard!) His chapter on plot, "The Plot Thickens," outlines the various stages in plotting your story, from deciding on the emotions you want to arouse in your readers (do you want them to admire, love or fear your hero?) to choosing the theme that will run through your book and tie it all together (some he suggests are Justice Wins, Taming the Land, Death Isn't Particular). You must also make sure your central character's "major emotional trait is essential to the theme and the desired emotional effect." No point in building a serious mood for your story and then painting your hero as a selfish buffoon. And equally important is to "Give the protagonist a specific purpose -- one clearly arising from his major emotional trait; it must be of the utmost importance to him and must fit the theme." Every memorable tale involves conflict and clashes that test the resolve and courage of your character, so choose lots of different tests and dramatic high spots that push your hero to the limits. Finally, you must present the climactic Black Moment -- this is the last crisis, the one where you "... demonstrate how the protagonist resolves the situation, possibly at great personal cost." In a similar vein, this book explains how to create believable characters readers will care about, how to name your characters so they fit right into their setting. Likewise how to dress them, what they eat, drink and how they sound. All characters need to communicate, and there's a whole chapter on using dialogue not just to advance your story, but also to "foreshadow coming conflict, reveal character and indicate the setting." Then there's another chapter on a workable schedule to get your book written in 30 days! You'll find some genre-specific information about where and how to research the Wild West, places that publish Westerns, and how to send off an appropriate synopsis and query letter, but the rest of these tips apply to every genre of fiction, which makes this one of the best How-to books I've come across in a long time.show more
by Jennifer Stewart
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