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Writing 21st Century Fiction

Writing 21st Century Fiction Author Donald Maass
ISBN-10 1599634007
Release 2012-10-16
Pages 224
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Capture the minds, hearts, and imaginations of 21st century readers! Whether you're a commercial storyteller or a literary novelist, whether your goal is to write a best-selling novel or captivate readers with a satisfying, beautifully written story, the key to success is the same: high-impact fiction. Writing 21st Century Fiction will help you write a novel for today's readers and market, filled with rich characters, compelling plots, and resonant themes. Author and literary agent Donald Maass shows you how to: Create fiction that transcends genre, conjures characters who look and feel more "real" than real people, and shows readers the work around them in new ways. Infuse every page with an electric current of emotional appeal and micro-tension. Harness the power of parallels, symbols, metaphors, and more to illuminate your novel in a lasting way. Develop a personalized method of writing that works for you. With an arsenal of thought-provoking prompts and questions, plus plenty of examples from best-selling titles, Writing 21st Century Fiction will strip away your preconceived notions about writing in today's world and give you the essential tools you need to create fiction that will leave both readers and critics in awe.



Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing

Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing Author David Morrell
ISBN-10 1582972702
Release 2003-09-01
Pages 243
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The best-selling novelist provides an insider's glimpse of the art of writing that traces the diverse steps in the process of creating a novel or story, from initial idea, through the research process, to the finished product, and offers helpful advice on how to get published, the business of writing, and more. Original. 10,000 first printing.



Story Genius

Story Genius Author Lisa Cron
ISBN-10 9781607748908
Release 2016-08-09
Pages 288
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Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft. From the Trade Paperback edition.



The Scene Book

The Scene Book Author Sandra Jean Scofield
ISBN-10 0143038265
Release 2007
Pages 247
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In this treasure-trove of wisdom from an award-winning author and teacher, both the beginner and the seasoned writer learn how to build better scenes, the underpinning of any good narrative.



Wired for Story

Wired for Story Author Lisa Cron
ISBN-10 9781607742456
Release 2012
Pages 262
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"This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain's hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers' minds through each plot element"--Provided by publisher.



Techniques of the Selling Writer

Techniques of the Selling Writer Author Dwight V. Swain
ISBN-10 9780806186672
Release 2012-09-06
Pages 344
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Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.



Story Engineering

Story Engineering Author Larry Brooks
ISBN-10 1582979987
Release 2011-02-24
Pages 288
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What makes a good story or a screenplay great? The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin. Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story--and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts. You'll learn to wrap your head around the big pictures of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine these six core competencies which include: Four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot) Two executional competencies of scene construction and writing voice The true magic of storytelling happens when these six core competencies work together in perfect harmony. And the best part? Anyone can do it!



Broken Together

Broken Together Author K.L. Gilchrist
ISBN-10 9781543902365
Release 2017-07-07
Pages 342
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Tracey Jones life is picture-perfect––she's crazy in love with her attractive doctor husband and her only job is raising two healthy children in their stunning suburban home. But looks can be deceiving. When Tracey discovers her husband's involvement with a young nurse at his private practice, it becomes a challenge to hold together a household falling apart. As the full extent of Dr. Jones secrets come to light, a series of events leads Tracey to do the unthinkable. But in order to heal and start over, Tracey must face a painful past that forces her to offer grace and empathy to someone who may need it even more than she does.



The Fantasy Fiction Formula

The Fantasy Fiction Formula Author Deborah Chester
ISBN-10 9781784996055
Release 2016-01-01
Pages
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There's more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing new magic. How exactly is a plot put together? How do you know if your idea will support an entire novel? How do you grab reader attention and keep it? How do you create dynamic, multi-dimensional characters? What is viewpoint and do you handle it differently in urban fantasy than in traditional epics? What should you do if you're lost in the middle? How do you make your plot end up where you intend it to go? From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the handling of emotions, let award-winning fantasy author Deborah Chester guide you through the process of putting a book together. Convinced there's no need to shroud the writing process under a veil of mystery, Chester supplies tips that are both practical and proven. They are exactly what she uses in writing her own novels and what she teaches in her writing courses at the University of Oklahoma. Along with explaining story construction step-by-step, Chester illustrates each technique with examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy. The technique chapters include exercises to assist novices in mastering the craft of writing fantasy as well as suggestions for avoiding or solving plot problems. More experienced writers will find tips for taking their work to the next level. With an introduction by author Jim Butcher, The fantasy fiction formula provides the information you need to gain skill and proficiency in writing fantasy like a pro.



Making Shapely Fiction

Making Shapely Fiction Author Jerome Stern
ISBN-10 9780393077698
Release 2011-04-11
Pages 288
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A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction—what makes it work and what can make it fail. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page—whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered. A special section features an Alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, Point of View, Irony, and Transitions.



The Art and Craft of Novel Writing

The Art and Craft of Novel Writing Author Oakley M. Hall
ISBN-10 1884910025
Release 1994
Pages 219
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Like a muse for the writer, Oakley Hall thoughtfully leads us past the sinkholes of cliches, flat prose, and self-conscious writing and guides us toward the magic of vivid and original storytelling. ...An essential resource for any writer -- beginning, published, or just plain stuck. -- Amy TanOakley Hall cites the works and methods of such great novelists as John Steinbeck, Joyce Carol Oates, Leo Tolstoy, Agatha Christie and Milan Kundera to show readers what works in the novel, and why. This book features advice on taking a novel through each of its stages, from the beginning of an idea to The End, and guides writers through the process of writing a novel.



Self Editing for Fiction Writers

Self Editing for Fiction Writers Author Renni Browne
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032481460
Release 1993
Pages 226
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Covers characterization, exposition, point of view, dialogue, proportion, and voice



Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel Author Donald Maass
ISBN-10 0898799953
Release 2001-05-10
Pages 256
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Describes the elements that all "breakout novels" share and details writing techniques to make a book stand out and succeed.



Plotting the Character Driven Novel

Plotting the Character Driven Novel Author Linda Rodriguez
ISBN-10 097912915X
Release 2016-11-30
Pages 122
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In Plotting the Character-driven Novel, Linda Rodriguez turns her sought-after writing course on using depth of character as a springboard to a strong plot into a book designed to help the aspiring writer who wants to tell a story made compelling by the truth and complexity of its characters. She provides examples of actual documents she has used in creating her own award-winning books to demonstrate the methods she teaches. Great plot springs from character and the motivations each character has for taking or not taking action. How do you use character as the springboard to a strong plot that draws its complexity from the motivations of its characters? What are the hidden fears and desires of each major character, what happens when these are frustrated, and how do they intersect and conflict with one another? What are the secrets this character is hiding even from him/herself? What will this character tell you about her/himself if given the chance? Through asking these kinds of questions of your characters, you will learn to create an exciting and complex plot, building from the integrity of the characters you create.



Your Story

Your Story Author Joanne Fedler
ISBN-10 9781401954321
Release 2017-07-25
Pages 264
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We either think our lives are so special that everyone should be interested in what’s happened to us, or so ordinary that we can’t imagine anyone would care. The truth lies somewhere in between: yes, we are all special, and no, people will not care —unless we write with them in mind. Joanne Fedler, a beloved writing teacher and mentor, has written Your Story to help all people, even those who don’t necessarily identify as “writers,” value their life stories and write them in such a way that they transcend the personal and speak into a universal story. She shows how to write from your life, but for the benefit of others. Filled with practical wisdom and tools, this book tackles: • mind-set issues that prevent us from writing • ways to develop trust (in yourself, the process, the mystery) • triggers or prompts to elicit our own stories • Joanne’s original techniques for “lifewriting,” developed over a decade of teaching and mentoring • and much more “Joanne understands the writer’s loneliness,” says one such writer whose life she’s touched, the award-winning author Nava Semel. “In this book she has created a menu of encouraging possibilities on how to overcome our fears and dig deep into our souls, so that our true voice can emerge.”



The Secrets of Story

The Secrets of Story Author Matt Bird
ISBN-10 1440348235
Release 2016-10-28
Pages 368
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Includes a checklist to help you improve every aspect of your fiction writing.



The Writer s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction

The Writer s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction Author Michael Noll
ISBN-10 0998518417
Release 2018-02-27
Pages 306
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"THE WRITER'S FIELD GUIDE TO THE CRAFT OF FICTION offers a refreshing approach to the craft of fiction writing. It takes a single page from forty contemporary novels and short stories, identifies techniques used by the writers, and presents approachable exercises and prompts that allow anyone to put those techniques to immediate use in their own work. Encompassing everything from micro (how to "write pretty" and "move between action and interiority") to macro (how to "create characters" and "drive plot forward"), and even how to put it all together on page one, this is a field guide for anyone who wants to start writing now (or get some shiny new gear for their fiction toolbox.)" -- Publisher's description