Are you tired of making the same New Year resolutions every year and losing interest after only a few weeks? Lose the pounds gained over the holidays, spend more time in the gym, write a novel. Oh, wait, that last one, write a novel, back up a second.
Agile Writers’ creator Greg Smith has devised a method to enable a motivated scribbler to pen a first draft novel in six months. The group applies the techniques used in agile software design to enable the next James Patterson to build a story outline and, collaborating with other writers, to create the first draft of their very own great American novel. Using this new and novel (pun intended) approach, the Agile Writers group has nine completed first drafts and five novels on their way to publication by March 2012. Those are some pretty impressive results.
Agile Writers focuses on setting writing goals and producing genre fiction. To assure creative integrity, the group is structured to nurture its writers with weekly and monthly workshops on writing craft, critique, publishing, and marketing.
If you have a story which you believe would make an entertaining read, attend the introductory Agile Writers Seminar. See the website for time and place for the next one. The seminar is free, costing only your time. It explains what the program promises to deliver and the level of effort required by the wordsmith, should you decide to become an Agile Writer.
Got a yearn to yarn but can never seem to get past the blinking courser? Contact the Agile Writer’s group and start writing in the new year.
If you want to go it alone, Mr. Smith offers a list of excellent resources for creating story outlines, formatting, and background on why people write.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Sid Field
Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge
The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker
Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them by Scott T. Allison