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  • AUTHOR’S QUALIFICATIONS: He has written more than 50 published novels that sold millions of copies. His seminars produced countless unpublished writers who then sold their first novel; often many novels.
  • OVERVIEW: While all stories have the same basic elements, it’s the author’s creative skill that makes every story different. Learn why an editor may only look at your first page before rejecting your novel.
  • CHARACTERS: The novel’s opening must make readers care about the main character, his situation, problem and goal. Unique characters make the story even more than the plot.
  • SUSPENSE NOVELS: This chapter offers proven guidelines on writing suspense novels which are consistently on the best seller lists.
  • CATEGORY ROMANCES: Such novels with their countless sub-categories have long been the best-selling of any genre. New writers can easily break into this field.
  • PLOTTING: How to plot your novel so it entertains and arouses readers’ emotions.
  • STRUCTURE: How to easily structure your novel for any genre so it has a distinct beginning, middle and ending with specific story elements under each part.
  • SCENES: Learn how to write scenes and sequels that create live action on a dead page.
  • MYSTERY / THRILLERS: This chapter shows how to write a mystery, the second most popular category behind romances. Mysteries are not the same as suspense novels.
  • YOUNG READERS: How to write novels for young readers in various age categories.
  • RESEARCHING: Learn guidelines on research and interviews for added authenticity to your fictional work.
  • CHECKLISTS / WORKSHOPS: These follow many chapters to keep our story sharply focused for success.
  • MARKETING: Today’s publishers expect authors to help market their novels. This chapter shows why writing and marketing are two sides of the same coin.
  • THE PUBLISHING REVOLUTION: New technologies are now exploding, so that print books no longer limit your ability to be a published novelist.
  • WRAP-UP AND CHALLENGE: This chapter will show you how to go on to publishing success.
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How to Write a Story

The writing principles and story elements in this book are the same for children and adults. The important difference for children naturally is because the story must be age-appropriate and slanted for young readers.

A step by step method that has worked for hundreds of parents, teachers and aspiring writers. The only book that teaches how to construct every part of a story or novel.

You'll wonder why no one has given this information before in such a helpful form.

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Lee Roddy is an Author/Speaker and a Member of the
Authors Guild of America

BRENDA WILBEE writes.... “I owe it all to you. And my grandchildren do love the books and my children are vying for ownership once I die! Ha!

Remember telling me that my first 100 words of Sweetbriar were very pretty but didn't say anything? You told me to cut them. I cut them, plus the first seven chapters until I got to your black hat and white hat in chapter 8. Chapter 8 became chapter 1 and was good enough, I guess, because I ended up writing five more for what became a six-book series of Seattle's earliest pioneers.

I have never made it a secret that it's you who gave me my start, and when I teach writing, I share your ideas and brag on you a little.

Glad to hear you're still churning out the stories. I will go to your sight and order some new reading for my little ones. Take care, Lee”

How to Write an Adult Story

What’s the difference between writing fiction for adults and writing for children?

My book, “How to Write a Story –An Instructional Guide for Understanding and Teaching Basic Story Writing” is slanted for teachers to instruct children – BUT this book will work well for adults wanting learn how to write publishable stories.

I have used all the teaching in this book in writing 50-plus novels for children and adults just by changing the slant and age appropriateness.

This book has the same writing principles that I taught adults all across the United States. Hundreds of my adult students have taken this instruction and sold their first novel or sometimes many novels

In simple, concise terms, it contains such guidelines as:

  • Beginning: What five elements must be in the beginning of a publishable story?
  • Structure: What are the three structural parts of a story, and what elements must be under each of those parts?
  • Ending: What story elements must be in the ending of a publishable story?

There’s much more, of course, such as plotting, creating characters, dialogue, scenes, -- needed in a solid story. If you’re an adult wanting to learn how to write a publishable story, take a good look at my book, “How to Write a Story.”

“I was ready to give up on my dream of writing a novel when Lee Roddy taught me the techniques I needed to shape and form my story. When I applied his techniques to my writing, I had my first book published within a year. I have applied his concepts ever since and now have nineteen books published. I truly owe my writing career to Lee.”

.....Lissa Halls Johnson

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