How to Write a Novel: http://howtowriteanovel.net Creative Writing Services -- (323) 570-4473 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:15:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5 Steps to Writing a Novel — 7 Steps http://howtowriteanovel.net/steps-to-writing-a-novel-7-steps/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/steps-to-writing-a-novel-7-steps/#comments Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:26:24 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=2216

Develop your novel in 7 easy steps!
Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t know exactly where to begin? Are you having trouble coming up with a good story idea? Don’t get frustrated. Writing a novel can seem like a daunting task, but the following steps will help you develop a story idea and get you writing faster than you can say,” bestseller!”  Each step was created to take you from thinking about writing to actually coming up with a solid concept and completing a novel. Are you ready to get started?

Step 1.

The fastest way to come up with a story idea is to sit down and write out some ideas. Don’t turn away any idea that comes to you. Write them all down, no matter how ridiculous they may sound. Make sure that you have a pen or a pencil with you at all times. Then you can write down ideas that come to you while you are driving in the car, waiting in line at the grocery story, or sitting in a doctor’s office. You can even write down the ideas that come to you in your dreams. Before you know it, you’ll have pages and pages of novel ideas to choose from. The hard part will be deciding which idea to go with!

Step 2.

Be as detailed as possible when you are writing down your story ideas. This includes the description of the setting, the physical attributes and personalities of the characters, and the basic outline of the plot. If one of your story ideas includes a man who wins the lottery and then loses all of the money in the end, describe the man. Is he old or young? What does he look like? What is his history? Does he have a gambling problem? Where does he buy the winning lottery ticket? Where is he when he finds out that he has won? What does he do with the money? All of these details will eventually help you formulate a working plot that can unfold from point A to point Z throughout the novel. It won’t help you to write down a general idea because when you go back to it you may forget what kind of character or setting you had in mind for the idea in the first place.

Step 3.

Make sure that you write your ideas down in a place that you can easily find. It might help if you get a notebook that you can keep in your office or on a shelf at home so that you always know where it is. Writing ideas down on random sheets of paper isn’t the best thing to do because you may end up losing the paper or accidentally throwing it out. Having a notebook of running novel ideas is the best way to keep track of your ideas. Organize your ideas by importance. For example, keep the ones you are most interested in towards the front of the notebook and write down the ones that are only so-so in the back. Sometimes you can combine ideas and make so-so ideas into great ones.

Step 4.

Start developing your ideas as soon as possible! You’ve spent a good amount of time coming up with the ideas and you don’t want them to go to waste. If an idea resonates with you, then that means you should start turning it into a novel right away. The longer you wait to get started, the harder it will be for you to become excited and motivated to write. Start by drafting an outline to form the foundation of your novel. Sketch out the characters to help bring them to life in your mind. Write a synopsis of the plot to determine exactly where you want the novel to go. If you begin the writing process when the idea is fresh in your mind, it will be easier to develop. Waiting only decreases and stifles excitement and creativity.

Step 5.

Once you have a solid idea or concept that you are excited about, start the brainstorming process. Brainstorming is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. A few techniques for good brainstorming involve writing down a word or a phrase that has to do with your idea. This could be something like “bank robbery” or “wedding.” Then expand on the word like “man dies in a bank robbery” or “a family disaster happens at a wedding.” One you have an expanded idea, take a sheet of paper into a secluded room and begin writing. You don’t want any needless interruptions to distract you from your creativity. Set the time and just start writing. See what comes out. You can start with the setting of the wedding or write the descriptions of the bride and groom. Just keep writing! You may eventually have enough written information and material that you can start writing the first chapter.

Step 6.

Once you have enough material and information (characters, setting, plot, outline, etc.), you can begin to organize it. You can even create a story chart that details the characters and how they are associated with one another, where they fit into the plot, and a working timeline on how the story will unfold.

Step 7.

After you have gone through steps 1 – 6, you can begin the actual writing process. Have fun with it. You now have all of the information and material you need to create an entire novel. Spend some time each day just working on and writing your novel. Don’t give yourself a time limit. This will only box you in. Write for as long or as little as you can, whether it’s an entire chapter or only a few sentences. You can’t force creativity. It has to flow out on its own.

If you ever reach a point where you can’t think of anything to write (writer’s block), revisit the steps mentioned above. They are uniquely designed to get creative ideas streaming out from your subconscious mind.

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10 Novel Writing Steps — Steps of Writing a Novel http://howtowriteanovel.net/10-novel-writing-steps-steps-of-writing-a-novel/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/10-novel-writing-steps-steps-of-writing-a-novel/#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2012 16:41:30 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=2212

How to write a novel

You’ve got your paper, you’ve got your pen, and you’ve even got an idea for the “next great American novel.” Now what? In the following article, you’ll learn how to put your imagination on paper and create a well-written novel.

Step 1. The first thing you need is time. Make time in your daily schedule to write, whether it’s only for a few minutes or for a few hours. Create a workable “writing space” where you can write without being interrupted by phone calls, family members or television programs. Try to write at the same time every day so that you can create a consistent writing schedule.

Step 2. Create a list of goals. Don’t start with “get published,” because that’s already a future goal. (Every writer wants to get published!) Start with goals that are easy to accomplished, like “finish chapter one.” You’ll be able to tackle these writing goals one by one and gain confidence along the way. It will also help to keep you from procrastinating or finding excuses not to write.

Step 3. Journal about anything that comes to mind and everything in between! You’d be surprised at the stories you can create just from watching everyday life. Carry a journal to take with you wherever you go and jot down everything you see, smell, hear and touch. You can take these journal entries and easily form them into realistic scenes and/or characters. You can also use your journal to write down certain words you may hear throughout the day. Everyone has a different vocabulary, so pay attention to what people are saying!

Step 4. Once you have the time, the setting, realistic goals and a journal full of material in place, you can begin writing your novel. At this point, you probably already have an idea for a story. If not, flip through your journal for inspiration. Once you figure out what you would like to write about, you can develop a storyline or plot. Make sure you create something that is all your own and don’t try to write what other writers have already written. For example, don’t try to be the next J.K. Rowling and write about a boy wizard who goes to a wizard high school. You want to also make sure that the subject of your novel is one that you have extensive knowledge about. Never write about something you know nothing about because it will be complete obvious to any reader.

Step 5. Select a title for your novel. When you have working title, it helps to give the novel project substance. By naming the forthcoming book, you are injecting a bit of confidence into your writing and can have something substantial to work towards. It’s better to tell people, I’m working on “such and such” rather than, I’m working on a “novel.” The title will offer some intrigue and, more often than not, people will ask you what the novel is about simply because of its title.

Step 6. Determine your characters. This can be a fun and imaginative process if you let it. Create different dynamics between the most unlikely of people. Experiment with numerous personality types and character roles. But always make sure that there is a protagonist and an antagonist of some sort. These are a must have because they involve the central characters of any story.

Step 7. Knowing the ending helps. Once you have the ending figured out, everything else will fall into place. Never start writing a novel if you don’t know how it is going to end because you will end up getting lost in the story with no real conclusion in place. Your novel will be all over the place.

Step 8. Continue developing the plot. While the premise of the novel will most likely stay the same, the plot can involve many twists and turns that you never initially thought of. Play around with a few different scenarios and be open to new and exciting plot twists. This makes writing the novel fresh and new every time you sit down to write.

Step 9. Read through and edit your work as often as possible. Many writers look over their manuscripts at least a hundred times before they let anyone else see it. You’ll want to fine-tune the manuscript as if it were an instrument. Get it as perfect as possible.

Step 10. After you have proofread your work, and have let another pair of eyes proofread it as well, you can begin the process of submitting the novel to agents and/or publishers. Do the research of each individual publisher or agent before you submit your manuscript so that you know you are targeting the right person for the subject of your novel. Then, say a little prayer and hope for the best!

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7 Novel Writing Tips — Writing a Novel http://howtowriteanovel.net/7-novel-writing-tips-writing-a-novel/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/7-novel-writing-tips-writing-a-novel/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:39:48 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=2209

7 essential tips for writing a novel

Are you ready to get started on writing the “next New York Times bestseller?” Here are seven key tips to help get you started.

1. Create an outline.

Some exceptional writers can just write from the top of their head without any structure at all. These writers are rare. Most writers need an outline to help keep them on track, otherwise the novel runs amok. The outline does not have to include every aspect of your novel, but just the key factors. Use an outline more as a guide so that you know what you want to write and where your story is headed. Remember — you don’t have to stick to the outline like glue. It helps to be flexible because, more often than not, your story will undergo changes as you go along. Simply use the outline as a working foundation of the novel.

2. P.O.V.

P.O.V. stands for “point of view.” Before you start writing, decide whether you are going to write in first person or third person, past or present tense and if you are going to be writing the story as a flashback or in present time. These are essential decisions that you need to make before you even write the first word. You shouldn’t switch back and forth between tenses because it will only confuse the reader. If you are going to be writing the story as a flashback, do your research on the most effective way to do so. Flashbacks only work with certain plots and storylines. Don’t try to be “cute” and play around with flashbacks unless you know exactly what you are doing.

3. Writing dialogue.

Dialogue is one of the most difficult things to master in novel writing. When you are including conversations within your novel, make sure that they add to the plot and do not deter from it instead. Also, it is important to read your dialogue out loud because if it sounds unrealistic and forced, it probably is. Dialogue is a central piece to any novel. It is the glue that holds the plot together.

4. Have a concrete concept.

The concept of your novel is what will make it marketable. If your concept is flawed, your novel will be flawed as well. You can tell if you have a marketable concept if you are able to condense it into two or three sentences. This is often used as the promotional blurb or pitch on the back cover of the book.

5. Develop a realistic conflict

If the conflict your protagonists faces is absolutely ridiculous, you need to reevaluate the concept of your novel. An intense and realistic conflict, which your protagonist overcomes, will allow for character development — a key component to any successful bestseller. 

6. Show vs. Tell

Descriptive language that helps set the scene will help to pull the reader in. You want the reader to see, feel, hear, smell and taste the setting of your story. Don’t just say, “Jim sat in a coffee shop.” Describe the coffee shop. What is the ambiance? Are their other customers there? Is Jim sitting by the window or on a couch in the lounge area? Does the coffee shop smell like coffee? These are all descriptive agents that can only help improve your story. Readers like to “disappear” within novels. Give them the opportunity to do so or else your book won’t be able to hold their attention.

7. Avoid making simple mistakes.

Most aspiring novelists end up making the same mistakes, simply because they lack experience. This is why you should always let someone else read and proofread your manuscript before you even think about submitting it to a publisher or an agent. No matter what “novel writing” computer program you use, the writing is what will standout. Have a professional editor read your work and give you feedback on the novel as a whole. They can offer you an opportunity to improve your work and grow as a novelist by making certain changes in your manuscript.

I hope that these 7 essential tips will help you as you embark on the journey of novel writing. Good luck and I’ll see you on the New York Times Bestseller List soon enough!

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How to Ruin a Novel From the Start — How Not to Start a Novel http://howtowriteanovel.net/how-to-ruin-a-novel-from-the-start-how-not-to-start-a-novel/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/how-to-ruin-a-novel-from-the-start-how-not-to-start-a-novel/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:39:25 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=2207

7 ways to ruin a novel right from the start

You have an idea for an excellent novel. Now all you have to do is write it. You may aspire to follow in the footsteps of the great American classics such as Gone with the Wind or a Tale of Two Cities. But before you try to imitate Charles Dickens or Margaret Mitchell, keep the following information in mind. These are important tips on what not to do when starting a novel. They could mean the difference between a good novel and a complete disaster — so pay attention!

1. Dialogue

You want to pull the reader in right from the first sentence and sometimes using dialogue can be an excellent way to hook your audience. But a sentence or two is all you need because then you can interject some information about what is happening after the fact. If you stretch the conversation for pages and pages without explaining who is talking and why, then the reader will easily become disinterested and toss the book aside.

2. Jumping the gun

Always remember that a good novel builds from a starting point and finishes in a complete and concise manner. The plot is never revealed right from the start (that would make for a very short novel). You may be excited about your idea, but keep in mind that you have to let it flow through the novel at a healthy pace. Take time to build the setting, the characters, and especially the plot. Allow your characters to undergo some growth so that the reader can develop a connection with them and become invested in what happens to them. If there is no connection, why would they care about what happens and why would they continue reading? Trust me, they won’t.

3. Overusing clichés

“It was the worst of times, it was the best of times” has already been taken. Don’t try to rephrase it. Come up with your own beginning sentence and hook. One of the worst things you can do as an aspiring novelist is try to copy someone else. Create something that is original and that will set you apart. Don’t try too hard either by writing something that is shocking or explicit, either. You may end up turning the reader off completely. Be true to who you are when you are writing. Your uniqueness will shine through.

4. Too much detail

Make sure to include details that are important to the plot. If you are writing about Jim owning a summer cabin (because that is where the story is taking place) then you can describe the cabin and add a bit of history to it if needed. Don’t go off on a story about how Jim inherited the property from his great great great Grandpa Joe unless it’s central to the plot. The reader will quickly wonder what in the world this side story has to do with the book and become distracted.

5. The dreaded prologue

Prologues are only necessary for certain genres. Otherwise, they are needless and annoying. One way to get your manuscript tossed out in the garbage is to include a prologue. Publishers and agents can’t stand them because they are seen as a lazy way of developing a plot. Instead of letting the backstory unfold throughout the novel, you are offering all the information up at once. This is equally as annoying as providing too much information in the first chapter. Make the reader wants to read the whole novel — that is the main goal. You don’t want everything revealed in the first ten pages, because why would they want to continue reading?

6. Too much descriptive language

Descriptions are important because they can easily put the reader right smack in the middle of the novel, within the scene and setting. But too much description can be distracting. Overly-done descriptions to describe a room, the weather or even a character can take away from the novel instead of adding something to it. Too much descriptive language can be easily spotted by any professional editor, who will not see it as a display of great writing but as a characteristic of an amateur writer instead.

7. It was only a dream

This is a novel killer, hands-down. It’s been so overused it’s laughable. Never, ever start off with your character either lost in a dream or waking up from a dream. People want to read about real life, unless the book is science fiction. Your audience will be able to connect with the story and the characters more if they are under the assumption that what is happening isn’t just a dream or fantasy.

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Novel Outline http://howtowriteanovel.net/novel-outline/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/novel-outline/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:15:13 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=2129 The crux of any book can be found in its outline. This usually is the reason why a reader may be interested in reading a book. The reader

visualizes the entire book by simply reading the novel outline, which

shows the plan of how the novel will be presented. Outlines are especially important when utilizing novel ghostwriting services.

A professional novel ghostwriter should begin by writing a novel outline, that depicts the sequence of events as well as the inter relation between its subtopics. Writers may prefer a novel outline methods that arranges chapters and scenes in main subheadings. Our novel ghostwriting services include an outline.

One may adopt chronological presentation or use spatial format, depending on their specific novel. Nonetheless, outline writing should start by providing an overall structure upon which to base the novel. By creating a novel outline with our ghostwriting services, clients have more control over the final novel.

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Stephen King’s The Storm Of The Century http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-the-storm-of-the-century-2/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-the-storm-of-the-century-2/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2011 21:38:41 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=1848 The storm of the century is an American TV – 1999 Canadian Craig r. Baxley directed and written by Stephen King movie. Starring Colm Feore, Tim Daly, Debrah Farentino, Casey Siesmazcko, Jeffrey DeMunn in leading roles. Winner of several Emmy Awards 1999

Argument
Little Tall is an island located off the coast of Maine. A place with a long history and a past truly turbio, since each of the inhabitants of this village hide dark secrets that are, on balance, the raison d ‘ être of the why unleashes an air of fear in the people. All… from the Mayor, until the most insignificant beggar.

It all started one afternoon of harsh winter, where three facts occurred: forecasters have predicted a strong storm that azotará island and calling “the storm of the century” due to its large proportion. In parallel, an elderly woman is found fiercely murdered in their home and a horrible word is discovered in a boat engine: CROATON.

People of the island, however, discovers that the storm brings not only cold and frost, but also something that they never before have seen, something which paralyses them completely, something that brings barbarity and death. And it all started when they found that strange character who for some unknown reason knows life and secrets of each of the inhabitants and disturbs them with their presence and above all that request that consistently makes people from the village: “give me what I want and I marchare».

This character is called Linoge and captured by the police of the people not opposed any resistance almost seem that I would go to jail. Unfortunately on the island there are no jail only a small and weak cell at the local supermarket, upon entering the cell Linoge feels in a strange position in which we will see during a long time, has the heels on the cot, hands hanging and look for the knees slightly open.

As of then begin to happen very strange deaths and all are related to an element, the Linoge baston, this fearsome object with head Wolf somehow puts people who see it to Linoge orders and make this? Forces them to commit suicide of the more horrible ways or to kill those who are dear to them, happens many times and always in the bodies of victims we see the same sentence “give me what I want and I marchare”. Michael Anderson only local police have a question that is what you want this monster?

When the storm begins to take force the inhabitants of the island are summoned to the City Council to protect themselves and then occurs when something very important, Michael decided to leave the supermarket where this Linoge to go to the Town Hall and see if they need something, but what they most want is to see his wife Molly like this and his son Ralphie, then leaves the prisoner in charge of his friend Hatch and other men including the Mayor of the city. They decide to take care of the prisoner couples and when it is the turn of the Linoge Mayor begins to talk with the voice of his mother and to blame for letting it die alone, the Mayor despair and none of the others are given account that Linoge this pointing a gun Linoge rises and rises the cot, down this baston, lifts in air and light blue cover across the room, then is when see Linoge really is an old magician whose baston is his weapon magica more powerful, has a long white hair and when you open the eyes we realize that ahi no eyes, just are basins empty blackness, covered then cell falls and our prisoner escapes.

Guardians returned to City Hall where the bad news give Michael, then somehow the people slowly is goes falling asleep and have the same dream, are all controlled by Linoge row, lanzandose sea with his child in her arms, when they wake up they realize that some of them are missing, then becomes one of the disappeared, the other dead are, she State with Linoge and this has given it a message, that night come and they will only once is what wants to tell.

Children have been playing in the basement and suddenly all piezan em while singing the same song “I am a teapot, here is my handle, here my lid…” their eyes have something abnormal, are empty and then we see that all stop to look at something on the other side of the room this Linoge baston. Children run towards the and when play you fall unconscious.

One hour more late throughout the island is gathered in a room, the children are on one side, inconcsientes all expect one thing, the arrival of Linoge, suddenly this enters through the door is young again takes his baston in hand, walk slowly havia Center room where everyone can see it and reads as follows “he lived thousands of years and I’m aging, in fact I am dying”, another time we see it as it really is, “is what I me preguntais” Michael realizes that what you want and is horrified, “I want one of the children, to make my apprentice and can teach you everything you’ve learned, if give you me this many years vivira and know much, if not give it me pass what I’ve shown in his dream and the island of Little Tall desparecera forever, regresare in half an hour and I give your response”.

Then leaves, all inhabitants of the island are agreed in saying that if it say they prefer living children that killed, however Michael this completely in disagreement and seeks to convince them that this man is a monster and not going to give his son, then his wife Molly says her if agrees that should give one of the children, the sights with a fury, Michael desesperacion, indescribable sadness and desaprobacion then sits and looking towards the ground.

Linoge returns and asks which was his decision, all less Michael say that if Linoge tells them that they took the correct although the police are currently treated otherwise convince decision, takes a sleeve and asked the parents of children who come, all except Michael do, explains that the sleeve is a stone for each child, all are less white one is black, the father that makes this will give your son or daughter to Linoge stone.

One by one will be extracting stones are all white, single end are Molly and Hatch, one of them is the black stone, the two open hands, one of which is the black stone, the two open eyes slows, Molly has the black stone, begins to cry and then performs that it was so wrong.

Linoge nears Ralphie, takes it in her arms, and it carries flying again takes the form of the horrible hechizero without eyes, with sharp teeth that is. Michael separates from Molly and will be forever on the island, nine more late this coming out of the supermarket when he sees that a child and an adult will be walking down the street, they sing a song “I am a teapot, here is my handle, here my lid…”.

Michael realizes that are Ralphie and Linoge, begins to run towards them and Ralphie, which already has about fifteen years, his eyes which seemed us beautiful makes a second no longer are, smiles with sharp teeth and then they disappear, Michael remembers the words of Lionoge “Algun dia came to love me, came to call me father”. Feel to cry, sometimes at night thought wrong without you Molly on the incident, but “In the light of day knows that it was not so”.

Curiosities
It is the first time that Stephen King writes a story like television script.
The leader end history gives rise to a possible continuation that never happened.

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Stephen King’s Glow http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-glow-2/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-glow-2/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2011 21:35:11 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=1846 Glow is a three-part television based on the novel of the same title written Stephen King mini-series. The story is about the events that happen while a family cares a great hotel in Colorado which is currently closed for out of season.

The series was adapted by director Mick Garris under the careful eye of King and went on the air for the first time in 1997. Actors and actresses of Hollywood that at that time were very known can be found in the cast.
Argument
Jack Torrance has been fighting his addiction to the alcoholic drinks since these almost destroyed his life. His alcoholism as his explosive temper led to losing her job as a teacher in Stovington, a prestigious school. The cause for his dismissal was caused by an incident with a student named George Hatfield, who clicked tires car Jack in revenge for being expelled from a discussion group. Discover, Jack attacked George. During one of their outbursts of anger, Jack injured Danny, his son, which almost caused the breakdown of the family.

Soon after, recovered from his addiction and working as a writer, Jack takes the position of keeper during the winter of a huge and luxurious hotel: the Overlook hotel, a huge colonial building is located in a beautiful valley of the Rocky Mountains. Jack happily accepts work because it will provide the source of much needed income and, in addition, you will have time to finish his promising first theatrical play.

Next to Jack are his wife, Wendy, and his son, Danny, who also seem to be thankful for this change in their routine life. Wendy has tightened up its character due to the past of Jack as alcoholic, while Danny appears to be extremely fragile taking into account the abuse both physical and emotional that was inadvertently exposed by his father. While Jack accepts work, Tony, a boy displayed Danny in visions, warns the child does not go to the hotel.

However, Torrance family goes to the Overlook, then arrival and know his Cook Chief, Dick Hallorann, Danny discovers that it possesses an unrivalled power. Hallorann tells Danny that “shines” (which gives the story title) and using this power to both share, can communicate telepathically. Of goodbye, Hallorann requests Danny to report if something bad happens in the hotel.

With the passage of time becomes increasingly evident that the ghosts of the hotel are more than a figurative way of talking and are malignant. Within the building there is an unknown force you intend to use Danny dark purposes and will turn on lights and issue spectral voices to un Ballo in Maschera belonging to the Overlook bloody past.

Danny is the first to recognize the sinister nature of the hotel, after receiving visions and prescient warnings of what he and his parents will face during the long, lonely winter.

Intending to achieve its goal, the hotel uses the person closest to Danny, his father, dearest it. Jack started drinking again and to see ghosts that convince you deliver them to your child.

When Jack is already totally crazy, Danny “shouts” mentally Dick, asking him to return to the hotel. This is to save Danny but Jack gives a blow to the head and leaves him unconscious. Jack catches Danny in a corridor but her conviction fainting and leaves him to escape. Danny, Dick and Wendy leave the hotel prior to the boiler explode, killing Jack.

The miniseries ends 10 years later, with Danny high school graduation. Dick and Wendy attending the ceremony and even appears the spirit of Jack.

Inspiration
The creation of this mini-series is attributed to the purported dislike that felt Stephen King for the adaptation of his novel Stanley Kubrick made in 1980. Rumors of the conflict between King and Kubrick apparently should to some changes in the argument and in the character development. However, so far, Stephen King nor in Stanley Kubrick’s family have issued any explanation thereon.

The Stanley HotelOutside of the motive behind its creation, the 1997 miniseries boasts an important element that helped inspire the novel: the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. King used the hotel that inspired him to write the book as a scenery for exterior and interior design. Even came to shoot some scenes for the hotel, while making certain amendments to increase the sensation of antiquity of the building.

Differences
An adaptation is very rarely completely faithful to the original work, therefore, there are parts that are frequently removed or be edited. Like any other adaptation, the shining suffered cuts and additions due to artistic license, contents and time issues. The version of the shining 1997 presents major differences from the film and, even, the book. Below lists a selection of differences, and notes describing them in detail.

Topiarios: the shape of animals, the film had been replaced by a maze, shrubs are recovered in the miniseries.
Horace Derwent: deleted completely in the 1980 film. (Although you can guess is its presence during a brief scene when Wendy notes the room with two men, one of whom wears a costume dog/bear.)
Room 217: in the film room 217 was replaced by 237 at the request of the administration of the Timberline Lodge (which was used as the Overlook on the adaptation of Kubrick’s) to avoid problems in that specific room reservations to generate. In the 1980 version, Jack enters the room 237 and sees a very attractive young woman bathing. Women out of the bathtub and starts kissing Jack passionately. When Jack looks at the mirror above his shoulder, sees that she has changed a horrible woman decomposing. In the 1997 version, Danny enters room 217 and sees the rotten corpse of a woman (Cinthia Garris) in the bathtub. Women rises from the bathtub, Danny chases and finally strikes.
Denver Croquet: replaced by an axe in the version of 1980, the miniseries retrieves the huge harness croquet Jack Torrance uses during the final confrontation.
Difference of dialogues: when Jack out head broken door, says “BU!” instead of the famous “here is JOHNNY!” (that had improvised Nicholson in the film).
Dick Hallorann: Unlike the 1980 film, and in line with the novel Dick is not killed by Jack.
The final epilogue: one of the most memorable scenes in the 1980 film is the image of Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) dead freezing in the maze of shrub. In the novel, Jack dies in the basement of the hotel when the boiler explodes. For the mini-series the problem of the caldera and the death of Jack were retrieved when it explodes. However, King expanded the originating end: instead of spending a summer camp next year history jumps after ten years. The epilogue presents what happened to the surviving characters: Danny is graduating in Stovington and Wendy opened an art gallery. Although not too specific on Dick, you can see that still leads his impeccable Cadillac Eldorado 1959. Here is revealed to be “Tony” actually Danny Torrance teenager, which emphasizes when during the ceremony is called by its full name: Daniel Anthony Torrance. The same scene contains a brief farewell between Danny and Jack, and suggested that Wendy might have a little “glow”.
The epilogue concludes in a windy area of the Rocky, the ruins of the Overlook Hotel rot after fire and are now covered with vegetation. However, there are about a poster that points out its imminent reconstruction. While the image dissolves, hotel floats on the ground as a ghost revival waiting anxious, and at the same time, the coup croquet ball and a last voice spectral saying “Buen tiro!” is heard

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Stephen King’s The Langoliers http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-the-langoliers/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-the-langoliers/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2011 21:31:13 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=1844 The Langoliers is a film for television in 1995 starring by David Morse, Dean Stockwell, Patricia Wettig Bronson Pinchot. It is based on one of Stephen King, The Langoliers, including Las Cuatro after midnight (Four Past Midnight) novel, written in 1990 short stories. It has 180 minutes (3 hours). The film premiered directly televised divided into two parts, with a duration of 90 minutes each.
Argument
The plot of the film narrates about the mystery case one night in a flight bound for Boston. The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar takes off with naturalness. Mysteriously and suddenly, ten passengers at that time were asleep, woke up to hear a blind girl who was on board, which was scared because I said there was no one on the plane. And really was right: realized that everyone had disappeared, including the service personnel and the pilots account. May this? How they can disappear all coup in mid-air? And why they were all, and they stayed on the plane? Confusion increases when looking for the Windows and do not see anything, only clouds and darkness.

Characters
During the flight to Boston, inexplicably whole crew disappeared, except for ten people, who at that time were asleep. When you awaken, nothing of what is happening are explained. How it can disappear whole crew of an aircraft, including the pilot and co-pilot, in flight?

Ten people who remain in the aircraft, and have the task of knowing which is what is happening to them, are:

Captain Bryan Engle (David Morse)
It is pilot aviation, divorced and childless. Traveling to Boston as passenger with urgency, already that night, after returning from a flight, received the news that his exmujer (lived in Boston) has passed away. It is a quiet and serene, but hides a sense of guilt due to a fatal error in the past.

Bob Jenkins (Dean Stockwell)
It is a writer of science fiction character meditator and quiet. Not mentioned in any moment why traveling to Boston.

Lauren Stevenson (Patricia Wettig)
It is a professor in the San Fernando Valley. Traveling to Boston, said she, vacation, because it took 8 years without leaving the city.

Craig Toomey (Bronson Pinchot)
It is a broker traumatized by the ill-treatment he suffered from his father’s small. Traveled to Boston to attend a Board of values very important. It is hysterical, nervous and depressive, someone that causes more than a fight among the survivors.

Nick Hopewell (Mark Lindsay Chapman)
It is a mercenary traveled to Boston to assassinate an important person. You have a cold and calculating, character that causes some fear among the other survivors.

Don Gaffney (Frankie Faison)
A black man mechanical repair company Hughes aircraft. Traveled to Boston to meet his first grandson. It is a quiet man and little hablador, and does not hesitate to lend a hand when needed.

Dinah Catherine Bellman (Kate Maberly)
It is a blind girl traveling to Boston that operate you in view, because it has 70% of partially recover, and 40% recover at all. Travelling with his aunt, that disappeared along with the rest of the crew. Plays an important role in the unwinding of the story.

Albert Kaussner (Christopher Collet)
It is a young man he studied at Berklee music school, and knows the violin. He traveled to Boston to study music. Although always shown very nervous and clumsy, is a very smart guy.

Bethany Simms (Kimber Riddle)
This girl traveling to Boston for from there, spend a few days with his aunt who lived in Worcester, Massachusetts. It has a fairly unstable personality since past drug and alcohol frequently consumed.

Rudy Warwick (Baxter Harris)
A man traveling to Boston, but never mentions that. It is very carefree, and is always thinking in eating and sleeping.

Dubbing tab
David Morse (Captain Bryan Engle): Chema Lara
Dean Stockwell (Bob Jenkins): Juan Fernández
Patricia Wettig (Lauren Stevenson): Ana Wagener
Bronson Pinchot (Craig Toomy): Paul Adam
Mark Lindsay Chapman (Nick Hopewell): Luis Pocar
Kate Maberly (Dinah Catherine Bellman): Cristina Yuste
Christopher Collet (Albert Kaussner): Ricardo Escobar
Kimber Riddle (Bethany Simms): sea Bordallo
Frankie Faison (Don Gaffney): Antonio Esquivias
Baxter Harris (Rudy Warwick): Félix isn’t
Curiosities
Stephen King´s: The Langoliers was issued in the United States in 1995 divided into two parts, of 90 minutes each in two days.
Spain premiered in Tele 5 in 1997 in prime time (to the 22 h), but issued two parts continuously, offering a 180-minute film.
Currently, this film has been edited in DVD in Spain, specifically on October 10, 2007, distributed by Paramount. The film on DVD is the same version that ran on Tele 5 (i.e., followed and without being split in two).
The director of the film, Tom Holland, conducted in 1988 a known terror film called El Muñeco Diabólico (Child´s Play)
The director of the film, Tom Holland, appears at the beginning of the film, playing the man that accompanies Nick Hopewell (Mark Lindsay Chapman), who maintains a small conversation of get out of the car to the airport.
The Stephen King himself makes a cameo in the film. We can see him in the scene where Craig Toomey (Bronson Pinchot) “meets” the Board of Directors of Boston in the auropuerto. Stephen King interprets the Toomy boss, who is the man who is at the bottom of the table of meetings, disguised with moustache and hairpieces teeth.
Actor David Morse later appeared in La Milla Verde (The Green Mile, 1999), another movie based on another story by Stephen King.
Airport scenes were actually shot in Bangor, Maine, international airport during the summer of 1995.
Bronson Pinchot actor was then known for portraying Balki Bartokomous in the popular series Prime away (Perfect Strangers, 1986 – 1993). Also made a Star appearance in Beverly Hills COP III Hollywood (Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994).

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Stephen King’s Apocalypse http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-apocalypse-2/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-apocalypse-2/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2011 21:27:37 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=1842 Apocalypse (known as The Stand) is a horror tv miniseries / fantasy directed by Mick Garris in 1994. The film is based on a novel by Stephen King written in 1978 with the title of The Stand, (in Spain the first edition was known as the dance of death and re-released in 1990 by adding a total of 400 pages (in either titled re-release as Apocalypse Spain).) Apocalypse is the fourth novel by Stephen King, is one of his most famous writings and United States novel sold the author. Adaptation was Mick Garris own King who did not want to see their popular demand by extensive novel brought cinema screens, so ideas to suit years decided to film became a Tv a 6-hour miniseries and divided into 4 parts of one hour and a half duration each (in several countries divided into two parts of three hours each in the DVD edition was reduced to four parts): (the plague / dreams / the betrayal / Apocalypse).
Sinopsis (Spanish)
Epic vision of apocalyptic future, in which the survivors of a terrible plague world have choose their place in the final battle of good against evil that will decide the fate of humanity. Followers of the evil Randall Flagg plan to rebuild the world in line with its dark image, while a courageous Quartet led by the old elderly Abigail Freemantle starts a heroic Mission against Flagg and his henchmen. Facing the most incredible dangers, upon more than just their lives in an attempt to resist a Curiosities
Initially, the director of the film would be George a. Romero, the project was deferred and both decided to pay tribute to the comic with Creepshow (1982)
The intention was that crucified, dead on roads that would represent all rows appeared which have gone on Randall Flagg (Glen Bateman which made reference in the book). The problem was that this was the movie too violent and very costly (be could censor), so only appears a crucified type.
In the film actors and directors of major films make cameos: Ed Harris, Kathy Bates, who agreed to speak (without leaving in credits); own Stephen King; Sam Raimi (director of the Evil Dead and Spider-man trilogy); Tom Holland (director of child’s play (diabolical doll) and Fright Night (night of fear)); John Landis (director of an American in London werewolf), Mick Garris (film director)… and even the famous basketball player that played in The Los Angeles Lakers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, makes a cameo appearance of a type that screams in the streets of New York: “draw their dead… now comes the monster”.
Among the options of Stephen King, Randall Flagg could have been portrayed by several actors (who worked on other projects): Sam Neill, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe… But finally chose to Jamey Sheridan and King liked his interpretation.
Differences from the novel
In the novel Nick Andros lost an eye when faced with the prisoner.
Nadine not suicide, in a burst of anger Randal Flagg throws it out the window by accident.
The first person who is Larry wasn’t Nadine but a millionaire woman ending committed suicide by overconsumption of pills.
Randal Flagg the original image appeared dressed with a habit of monk in the dreams of the survivors.
Abiggail mother faced some weasels that meant the manifestation of Randall Flagg.
In the novel, the boy character explains with greater rigour and has more since protagonism that owns foreign powers that make you know what will happen.
In the novel, Larry was with Nadine and “Joe” children’s film nor Nadine and Joe have relationship.
Frannie mother was alive and was angry with her was enbarazada.
Harold was obese type, and was not chasing Frannie but that she was a friend of his sister, although if it was in love with her.
In the miniseries to Nadine place change it with the rich woman who met Larry and Lucy given the role that Nadine in the book.
Awards and nominations
1994 – Casting Society of America (Artios)
Winner – Lynn Kressel (Casting for best finite series)
1994 – Emmy Awards
Winner – Mini – best special effects:
Steve Johnson, Bill Corso, David Dupuis, Joel Harlow, Camille Calvet
Winner – mini – A better sound:
Grand Maxwell, Michael Ruschak, Don Summer
Nominated-mini – best art direction:
Nelson Coates, Burton Rencher, Michael Perry, Susan Benjamin
Nominated-mini – best photography: Edward j. Pei
Nominated-mini – al the best miniseries of the year: Richard p. Rubinstein, Stephen King, Mitchell Galin, Peter r. McIntosh
Nominated-mini – Al award: W.G. Snuffy Walden
1995 – Awards of the Union of actors
Nominated – Gary Sinise best actor of the year for a miniseries.
Editions on DVD
In Spain apart from editions on VHS (all include 2 VHS of 3 hours each) have appeared so far 2 editions on DVD:

The first was released on 6 April 2004, distributed by Warner Home Video, editing included 2 dvd’s.
The second was released on October 10, 2007 and is distributed by Paramount Pictures, Edition includes 2 dvd’s.nd defeat the evil desperate.

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Stephen King’s The Mist http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-the-mist/ http://howtowriteanovel.net/stephen-kings-the-mist/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2011 21:23:24 +0000 admin http://howtowriteanovel.net/?p=1840 The Mist, also known as Stephen King’s The Mist (Mexico, the fog in Spain Sobre-Natural) It is a film American horror Novella 1983 the fog of Stephen King, which was published in the anthology Skeleton Crew-based. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who has previously adapted Stephen King’s work and was interested in adapting the fog to the big screen since the 1980s. With the cast of Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Sam Witwer, Toby Jones, and Andre Braugher, Darabont began filming the fog in Shreveport, Louisiana in February 2007. The director amended the end of the film to achieve more darkness in comparison with the novel, a change made in mutual agreement with King. Attempt to give a unique look to make a difference to the creatures of other films with monsters creatures. The fog was premiered at the United States and Canada on 21 November 2007.
Plot (Spoilers)
After a violent and noisy storm, a small village community becomes a fierce attack of creatures that roam in a thin and unnatural mist. Local rumors suggest that is caused by an experiment called “The Arrowhead Project” or “Project Punta de arrow” led at a nearby military base, but the responses to the origin of the deadly fog will background because it is important for the group to increase their chances of surviving. Retiring to a local market, survivors must face to achieve unite against an enemy that fail to see.

A commercial artist David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his wife Stephanie (Kelly Collins Lintz) come forward an unusual fog Lake which surrounds the property. Immediately after of completing cleaning caused by storm last night, David and his neighbour Brent Norton (Andre Braugher), along with 5 years of age (Nathan Gamble), Billy David son attend the local supermarket noting the entire local community absent from electricity. Arriving at the store they realize also increasing police activity in the streets, who also drew attention to buyers and the Manager, scene which culminates with Dan Miller (Jeffrey DeMunn) running to the store with a bleeding nasal for alarm in the mist approaching something dangerous. Watching how the fog is directed to the parking and hearing the screams of a man who fails to go to the supermarket, store managers following the order of Miller, communicate them sealed the doors so that nothing can enter to the supermarket, suddenly shaken by a violent earthquake. With zero visibility outward from the supermarket, and not knowing what happened to the man who stayed outside, begins to form a paranoia. Without power to convince her to stay in the store, a mother (Melissa McBride) who had left alone to his two sons at home, withdrew on its own deep fog.

Doubt attacks, and the very religious Madam Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) suspected that what happens is not nothing less than the revelation, while others try to find answers to the phenomenon that occurs. While David tries to get a blanket for your child, hears something knocking at the door of supermarket products download area. Unconvinced local mechanics, Myron (David Jensen) and Jim (William Sadler) of what David was witness, they and bag Norm (Chris Owen) then open the door (a door) area download without listening to David order to repair the auxiliary generator. Without any warning tentacles that seem not to this world, with peaks and long grip to Norm from outside the door, bringing him immediately to close the door again. Now warned of the impending threat of fog and its dangers that are inside of it that can harm people store, David and the Assistant Manager Ollie weeks (Toby Jones) try to convince to Norton and other skeptics not to go outside, but fail. Tying a rope around the waist, a man offers volunteer to bring a shotgun Cornell (Buck Taylor), located at few meters away from the supermarket, car in the parking lot. With this, the rest of the clients manage to convince that outside there is a danger since the body of the volunteer is rapidly brought by fog, and to pick up the rope to the supermarket meters, all manage to see how the lower body of man is torn, leaving only the bottom of his body (from the waist up feet).

Market customers make torches to defend yourself, since new creatures appear the fog at midnight; huge flying insects and pterodactyloids-, those approaching the Windows store, manage to break the glass so that more insects from entering. The attack killed two people and a man suffers burns caused by themselves lit torches. One of the insects flies direct to Mrs Carmody – religious-, lands and then away from her, without nailing his deadly sting. Seeing this proof of what she believes that it passes, Carmody quickly begins to gain followers since market customers begin to believe that is the end of the world and a human sacrifice is needed to save them from the wrath of God. Amanda Dumfries (Laurie Holden), who had sought to Billy, then discovers a friend, who had committed suicide in the supermarket. Then Billy asks his father to promise you creatures not will them. Warning of a possible leak that a group of the enclosed is trying to achieve, Carmody posesiona the rest to avoid it. To test whether it is possible to make a secure towards the car journey, David and a group of people offer volunteers to bring medicines pharmacy located next door, for the man who was burned, but are attacked by creatures demonstrated that demand life (removes it) of two people, although some returned unharmed. Seeing the failed expedition, faithful and devout followers of Carmody become more United and strong taking Jim as one of his most devoted followers due to trauma suffered seeing the horrible scene at the pharmacy.

Billy implores him to his father that does not just stop it making him promise that they would remain together. After discovering two soldiers of the Arrowhead project that also committed suicide during the expedition, the remaining soldier, Wayne Jessup (Sam Witwer), reveals the origin of the fog should a multiverse, and he is stabbed several times in the stomach by followers of Carmody, who says that it must be sacrificed, and is then thrown out, but is quickly killed by a mantis-like creature. Ready to go, a group is intercepted by Mrs Carmody, who insists that Billy and Amanda have to be slaughtered. The crowd surrounds them, and Carmody, on the verge of taking a bottle of milk, is injured and killed by Ollie Weeks. The group then proceeds with the intended flight. Ollie, Myron, and Cornell are murdered in the escape and Bud Brown (Robert Treveiler) is saved to run back to the store in the middle of panic, but Amanda, David, Billy, Dan, and Irene (Frances Sternhagen) manage to save up the car.

Driving through the haze, David returns home to find his wife who was victim of creatures spiders. Heart broken, the leads the group to the South, seeing a giant creature with tentacles and six legs by fog. Finally run out of petrol to search for other survivors. When the little Billy falls asleep, four adults surrenders to his fatal fate and quietly announced that already cannot continue to be safe. With five persons in the car and four bullets in the gun David shoots Amanda, Dan, Irene, and his son, Billy, to save them from dying at the hands of creatures. Desperate, with the weapon without bullets, tries to shoot it and then decide to leave in search of creatures, to make it. However, before that this can happen, David listens to what appears to be a large creature that approaches the fog, but flips and sees a tank war, followed by a convoy of military and survivors, including the woman no one escorted out of the shop and some soldiers with flamethrowers clearing the fog and killing creatures with them: the military had managed to defeat creatures. David falls on his knees crying while watch you a couple of soldiers stare. Had been traveling all the time for help, and unnecessarily killed her son and other traveling companions.

Characters
Thomas Jane as David Drayton: A commercial artist who is captured in the supermarket with their son Billy, 5 years of age.
Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Carmody: A deeply disturbed religious woman who achieves the devotion of customers under psychological pressure.
Laurie Holden as Amanda Dumfries: A young schoolteacher who cares to Billy at the supermarket.
Sam Witwer as Private Jessup: A soldier caught in the market.
Toby Jones as Ollie Weeks: the Assistant Manager of the supermarket.
Andre Braugher as Brent Norton: David neighbour and a successful attorney whose skepticism makes it dare to go out of the supermarket.
William Sadler as Jim Grondin: A local mechanic that becomes follower of Mrs Carmody.
Jeffrey DeMunn as Dan Miller: A local citizen who plans, supports and helps to escape David supermarket.
Frances Sternhagen as Irene: A third grade of primary school teacher who is on the side of David.
Alexa Davalos as Sally: A supermarket, cashier love with Cape Jessup.
Nathan Gamble as Billy Drayton: son of 5 years of David Drayton.
Chris Owen as Norm: A bag.
Robert Treveiler as Bud Brown: the supermarket manager.
David Jensen as Myron LeFluer: A local mechanic makes David side and try to escape from the supermarket.
Production
Development
Director Frank Darabont first read the novel of the 80s of Stephen King’s The Mist in the Dark Forces, anthology and it was originally interested in directing the film adaptation for his debut in direction. Also filmed The Shawshank Redemption, also based on another novel by Stephen King. In October 1994, after concluding with The Shawshank Redemption, Darabont reiterated its interest in directing The Mist. Darabont not so carried out immediately, as it was the film adaptation of 1999 The Green Mile (corridor of death) by Stephen King novel.[6] Darabont eventually established a contract for the first book (dash) for The Mist with Paramount Pictures, having commissioned rights characteristic of the film by Stephen King. In December 2004, Darabont told that had begun writing a film adaptation, The Mist and in October 2006, the project became paramount for Dimension Films, with Darabont desired as a film director and actor Thomas Jane in negotiations to join the cast.

Screenplay
“History is not so much about monsters outside or inside, is about the people that these clogged, your friends and neighbors breaking under pressure.”

Alexandyr Kent, “The Times”
It was filmed in United States.

Music
Effects
Premiere
Cinemas
The Mist was screened at the festival films ShowEast on October 18, 2007, in which its director Frank Darabont was awarded Kodak Award for excellence in filmmaking for his previous work, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (the corridor of death) (1999). The film was commercially released in United States and Canada on 21 November 2007. During the weekend United States and Canada premiere, The Mist won $8,931,973. 2 May 2008, the film had won $25,593,755 United States and Canada 18.076.492 dollars in other territories, with a worldwide total of $43.670.247.

DVD
The fog was released on DVD on 25 March 2008. Editing a disk includes a commentary audio from writer/director Frank Darabont, 8 deleted scenes with optional commentary and a “conversation with Stephen King and Frank Darabont” as an extra. Two-disc Edition includes as exclusive Blanco-Negro film (as good as the color), and 5 exclusive Edition (“when darkness comes: como became The Mist”, “pointing or firing the beast: scene shot 35″, “the beast lurks us: A look at the creatures FX”, “all by”That”horror: Visual effects (FX) fog”, and “Drew Struzan: appraisal of an artist”).
Reception
On the website Rotten Tomatoes, The Mist received 70% approval rating, based on 123 reviews, with an approximate 6.4/10 rating. However, only received 57% 28 “cream and cream” reviews.

Curiosities
At the beginning of the film David Drayton is painting a picture of a gunman ahead of a silo and a rose, then when you are in the supermarket say that David is painter of film posters and because it is likely that the box was a reference to a possible adaptation to the big screen of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Also painted a box movie The thing 1985.

The reference to The Dark Tower also could be that the argument revolves around the Union of two parallel universes, recurring theme series.

The night attack when one refugee catches fire, achieved see how soil is launching a small shelf with books by Stephen King (writer of this story).

Apart from the poster for the gunman and The thing, also there is one of the Pan’s Labyrinth.

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