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I've been writing a fantasy novel for the last 6 years. When I started me and my collaborator were fairly young and a lot was writing for entertainment value. We were 14.

Since then I've have grown up and my taste are more refined and instead of a silly little fantasy novel for 12 year old's it's become much more of a serious epic.

Here the question. I'm not really a writer anymore. I work full time, I have so many things to do and the inspiration to do the physical writing hasn't been there for years.

The story has become so big and so grand. I know it'd be very successful. How do you put on paper, things that are so eloquent in your head? Should I consider a ghostwriter?

And how do I shift from writing the details of the story to actually writing the story?

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Well, Ashley, you're not alone.Most writers have day jobs that take up a lot of energy and time so that writing gets pushed to last on the list of things to do.  And if it just isn't a priority in your life anymore, it gets almost impossible to find time to write.

You have a double problem.  The shift from writing the details to actually writing the story will take some research.  Check Amazon for books on how to write fantasy.  Pick the best one and do what it says.

As for a ghostwriter, that's going to cost money.  Probably lots of it. You can find ghostwriters on the web.

Another possibility is to learn how to pitch your fantasy to a tv network or film studio.  You might sell the concept for a movie option and someone else writes the screenplay.  The possibility of this working out is slim to none.

I know I don't sound very encouraging.  But, most writers I know are so busy writing their own books that they don't want to write someone else's.  Your options ARE few and difficult.

Are you sure you can't finish it yourself?  That would really be the easiest, cheapest way to get the story done.

I wish you a ton of luck!

Liz Aleshire
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What is a book proposal and why do I need one? Do I need a book proposal for both nonfiction and fiction books? How do I write a book proposal? What are the required components of a book proposal? What is an overview? What is a synopsis? How do I find out what other books are available on my topic so I can make my book different? How do I pitch to an agent/publisher? What's a query letter? What's a 30-second commercial?

Experience

I am the author of four nonfiction books: Private Lives of Ministers' Wives (with Rev. Sherry Taylor,New Horizon Press, New Jersey, 1991)and currently working on a second edition; Bugs: Stingers, Suckers, Sweeties, Swingers (a FRanklin Watts Frist Book, Chicago, 1993); The Confident Collector Identification and Price Guid to Quilts (with Kathleen Barach, Avon Books, NY, 1992); and, Official Price Guide to Quilts 2nd edition(with Kathleen Barach, Random House, NY, 2003.) I've taught How to Write the Book Proposal for the past ten years at the week long International Women's Writing Guild annual summer conference, and, at the Manchester Community College Continuing Education program. I've taught in many local continuing education programs in central Connecticut. Five authors have sold books using my methods for writing the book proposal. I have spoken at the Big Apple Conference, an IWWG event held in NYC; both Connecticut chapters of the Romance Writer's of America other writing conferences

Organizations
Internation Women's Writing Guild, past associate member American Society of Journalists and Authors

Publications
Books for New Horizon Press. NJ; Franklin Watts (Now Scolastic)Danbury, CT; Avon Books, NYC; and, Random House, NYC

Education/Credentials
B.A in Economics from the University of Connecticut

Past/Present clients
Carren Strock, author Married Women Who Love Women; Doris Larson, travel writer, Ohio; MaryLou Streznewsi author Gifted Grownups.

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