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tutorjb1 wrote at 2013-03-15 15:08:42
Hello Victor. I thought I'd just add that while you're in college, try to take every writing course offered and be sure to save your notes, term papers, etc. from every class whether or not it's specifically a writing class. Instead of partying your spare time away, try writing and save every bit. You can expand and combine it later so have at least one book written by the time you graduate. There's a new book from WD titled _Book In A Month_ that explains how to write a novel in a month that'd be worth buying, See http://www.writersdigest.com. I asked him and Larry Block says a month is a reasonable time in which to complete a novel. It will take you longer in college with all your classes, but the principles in BIAM still apply.

Yours,

JB  


Jefferson Bales - tutorjb1 wrote at 2013-07-05 18:18:31
Hello Victor. If you want to be an author, or just havea good tart toward becoming published after you graduate colleg, the best thing by far to do is begin establishing a writing routine now and carry it with you throughpit college. Before starting college, establish a habit of getting up an hour early to write while your mind is clear and your dreams are fresh. After you start college, either continue the practice you establish now or write when you can and devote your weekends to studting your school work while the friends you'll make are out drinking or wasting time in some other way. Your time will be very short and your school studies difficult. Add writing to that and you'll need a routine to be successful at all you encounter. Best of Luck to you. You need to make your own "luck!"


Jefferson Bales - tutorjb1 wrote at 2013-12-19 02:35:07
The books/movies that VLS draws her examples from. _Casablanca_ and _Dracula_ aren't good.



You'd do much better to read _One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest_ by Kem Kesey and watch _The Quick and the Dead_, starring Sam Elliot. Kate Capshaw and Tom Conti and keep them in mind as you read BIAM. There's also a companion Yahoo! group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vBIAM to keep those following BIAM encouraged and enthusiastic, but it's not really necessary, though it may help.


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Hello Friends: My qualifications and experience are enumerated in detail in my Writing Books Category. I would have preferred to begin in this Creative Writing Category so that questioners would not be too intimidated to ask me for help writing short stories, journaling or any type of fiction or creative writing in addition to novels. I love to help writers develop their stories. I can answer any general or specific question relating to contemporary fiction technique and direct writers to helpful and authoritative Web sites as well as recommend books from my large collection. I am a working writer with a B.A. in English from UNC,Chapel Hill,N.C. where I later attended Advertising Journalism Grad school. I also participated in the Georgetown University Writers Conference and studied design in the Architecture program at UNC,Charlotte,N.C. I helped found Humdingerzine.com and contributed non-fiction about writing technique and flash fiction to its first edition. After participating in only the final 3 years of AskMe.com's free Q&A service, I rose to #1 in the Fiction category, 5 Music categories and Disabilities despite having to deal with others' cheating. I will do my best to answer any question I'm asked and also tell you how I arrived at my answers to enable you to help yourself in the future. I prefer general, story-development questions(particularly dealing with humorous fiction), but am able to handle most technical questions in any genre and put people together who happen to be dealing with similar problems. Please do not hesitate to ask me any question you may have. I will admit if your question is so far beyond my expertise that my answer is an educated guess. I prefer not to deal with Poetry though I can handle some. I'll reluctantly deal with Romance fiction. I find it formulaic and boring so haven't read much even though I do know working Romance authors and publishers, so if it interests you I'll do my best to assist you. Sincerely, tutorjb1

Experience

Completed the four year English program at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC in only three years. I also did library research and graduate collation work using the first American and first two English editions leading to publication of the first approved edition of Fenimore Cooper's _The Pathfinder_. I made very good grades in every writing course I took at Carolina, Creative Writing I and II and Grad. courses in Writing for T.V. while still an undergrad. Following graduation, I read every issue of Writers Digest from cover to cover for 15 years, joined WD's book clubs and am a fan of and correspond with Larry Block, the great author and writing teacher who wrote WD's Fiction column those 15 years while WD was a monthly. I still read WD when I notice something of particular interest to me and do the same with The Writer magazine. I helped Chris(its Publisher and Editor in Chief) found Humdingerzine.com and contributed non-fiction and flash fiction to its first edition. Worked as a writer and consultant in every department of an NBC affiliate. Just completed a humorous short story(in the style of O.Henry) about the mysterious Bull Hole in central N.C. that will be published as a short story to publicize the novel that I am adapting it to become the first chapter of. I founded The Oblong Table of writers that includes DustiiArt and Lillie Ammann(http://www.lillieammann.com) and is still open to new writers seeking to publish. Read "Writer Beware" at http://www.sfwa.org and only deal with recommended publishers, editors and agents at Preditors and Editors. It was at www.pred-ed.com, but moves so Google it. I assisted a novelist in getting out of Publish America's unfair contract. Never deal with PA and avoid "sponsored" links/ sites no matter where you encounter them, even those on this Web site. My nearly constant research in the undergrad. and Grad.libraries at UNC made it easy for me to quickly become an expert at Web searches and I love doing them. Your friend, JB :)

Organizations
Founder of The Oblong Table of writers to which DustiiArt and Lillie Ammann(http://www.lillieammann.com) belong. Member of UNC-Chapel Hill's Alumni Association and The Association of Space Alien Abductees. I founded and own the open Yahoo! groups at tutorjb and bookdoctorsandeditors. I've been putting every valuable resource I've found for writers in the Messages at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bookdoctorsandeditors so they won't be lost the next time my computer dies for whatever reason. The Messages in Yahoo! groups are also alphabetized and searchable, which I find much easier than peering down a list of Favorites that reaches to the center of the Earth. A very good and the easiest-to-remember English Etymology(word-origin) site is at http://www.etymonline.com

Publications
http://www.humdingerzine.com, NBC television, I wrote and would have published the guide to learning to play bass guitar in less than a day I wrote if the editor had known what a fret or the neck was or known enough to ask me, instead of just telling me that I was wrong without even doing as I suggested and simply looking at a bass in a music store. Editors aren't always right, no matter what you may have heard. No matter how hard one tries, they can't all be accommodated, though most can. I can always rewrite it and publish it in Playboy's Christmas issue.

Education/Credentials
B.A. English from UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C. Never took a 'crip" course at UNC. Instead took Grad. courses open to undergrads by permission of the instructor. Successfully completed UNC's four-year English program in three years after taking All music classes my first semester and All business classes my second semester. Did well enough to attend UNC's graduate Advertising Journalism school and study design in the Architecture school at UNC-Charlotte. Later participated in Georgetown University's Writers Conference. I treated my time at AskMe.com as a three-year open-book test, helping as many people as possible, even handling personal problems

Awards and Honors
Award for irritating my alien abductors so much that they returned me in disgust with only my saxophone. I'm glad to be back. It was a surprise to be abducted from the deck of that Mississippi riverboat docked at my birthplace of Hannibal, MO. It was those pesky aliens from the past that supposedly seeded the Earth with life, but I caught the little buggers just returning at night to unplug every plug from the sockets of homes they could enter. Beware! Lock your doors at night and keep laughing. Also earned the #1 rank in Fiction, Disabilities and five Music categories in only AskMe.com's final three years(I acquired my first broken-down PC and only found AskMe.com when it had three years left). I've got a much better computer system now,but still don't have all the puter junk I need. JB ;-)

Past/Present Clients
Chris,Founding Publisher and Original Editor in Chief of http://www.Humdingerzine.com.(Chris is now in Journalism Grad. school at T.U. on the way to becoming a magazine editor so has let the highly-successful Zine go. WXII-TV(the Winston-Salem,N.C. NBC affiliate).

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