Archive | November, 2010

Writing Fiction For Dummies Kindle Special

Writing Fiction For Dummies book by Randy Ingermanson.
Amazon US is offering an outrageously great deal this week on the Kindle version of my book Writing Fiction for Dummies.

From November 15 to 19, 2010, Amazon is offering Writing Fiction For Dummies Kindle edition as a FREE download.

This is a special collaboration between Amazon US and my publisher (John Wiley).

Why are they running this special? Very simple: To create word of mouth publicity for the book. Free Kindle-edition campaigns are a proven way to generate enormous word of mouth for books.

My publisher believes strongly in Writing Fiction for Dummies, and they’re getting behind it in a big way. To my knowledge, this is the very first book in the Dummies line to have a free Kindle-edition campaign. I’m honored and thrilled to be part of that.

Please note that this free Kindle-edition campaign is for Amazon US only. There is no similar campaign running on Amazon UK or Amazon Canada. I wish there were, but there isn’t. As I’m sure you know, free Kindle-edition campaigns are determined by the publisher and Amazon; authors have no control over these decisions. NOTE ADDED: I’m informed by my fans outside the US that the download is NOT free to folks outside the US. I’m sure there’s some reason for this, so I emailed my marketing director to ask what it is. It might be Amazon policy; it might be some legal thing. Grrrrrrr. :(

What if you don’t have a Kindle?

Amazon has free software that lets you read Kindle-edition books directly on your Mac or PC. Likewise, there are free Kindle apps that run on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. You can find a link to any of these software products on this Amazon page.

So you don’t have to own a Kindle in order to take advantage of this free offer. You just need Kindle software running on your computer or mobile device.

Also note that if you ever buy a Kindle in the future, you can download to it any Kindle e-books that you bought in the past. So if you think you might ever want to buy a Kindle in the future, now is a good time to get the Writing Fiction for Dummies Kindle edition.

Snowflake Pro software that makes Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake method fast, easy, and fun.
This offer is especially juicy because anyone who owns a copy of Writing Fiction for Dummies is entitled to a 50% discount on my software, Snowflake Pro, which makes it fast, easy, and fun to work through my widely used Snowflake method for designing a novel.

So go for it, Loyal Blog Readers! Grab a free copy of Writing Fiction for Dummies Kindle edition by Friday, November 19, 2010. Then get your 50% discount on Snowflake Pro.

Getting Motivated To Finish Your Novel

What if you can’t seem to finish writing your novel? What if you’re afraid that you’ll just have to rewrite it?

Michelle posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page:

I’m only 14, but I’ve wanted to be a writer since first grade. I used to just write random mini-stories whenever I felt like it (which was pretty much every other day), and I only just started getting serious about writing a novel. But I have a problem finishing stories. I come up with an idea, I do my best to develope it, and I start writing… but something happens and either I’m too lazy or I get frustrated or the story isn’t developed… I don’t know what to do to actually finish it. I think my biggest fear is that there will be too many things wrong with the first draft, and I have heard ‘Writing is rewriting’ but I think I’m scared. How can I get over it? I’m never going to finish a novel if I don’t get over this.

Randy sez: A lot of published novelists started writing in first grade and got serious about their writing when they were in their teens. So Michelle, you’re in good company.

As for how to get over the fear of having to rewrite, there are several solutions:

  • Quit writing. If you do that, then you’ll never have to rewrite. But if writing is in your blood, this isn’t an option.
  • Write it right the first time. I know a number of writers who get the book right the first time and never do any major rewriting — at least not until their editor gives them their revision letter. Some of these writers are best-selling authors; others are award-winning authors; I suspect some of them are both. But I’m pretty sure all of them do a lot of preparation up front — either they write outlines or they work through my Snowflake method or they do some sort of story development before they start writing.
  • Grit your teeth and just do it. This is the Nike solution, and if the other options aren’t for you, then you’re going to need to learn to do this. Michelle, you’re only 14, so you have plenty of time to develop good strong teeth-gritting muscles. Don’t beat yourself up about this. Focus on the fun of writing. If writing isn’t fun, then it seems to me to be hardly worth doing. And if it is fun, then it’s worth doing well.

What do my Loyal Blog Readers think? Do you prefer writing the first draft or rewriting? Leave a comment here and let us know your opinion! Personally, the first draft is my favorite part of writing and editing comes in a distant second. So I belong to the “do it right the first time” school of thought.

If you’ve got a question you’d like me to answer in public on this blog, hop on over to my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page and submit your question. I’ll answer them in the order they come in.