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How Not To Write A Novel

Author : Howard Mittelmark
ISBN : 9780061862892
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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"What do you think of my fiction book writing?" the aspiring novelist extorted. "Darn," the editor hectored, in turn. "I can not publish your novel! It is full of what we in the business call 'really awful writing.'" "But how shall I absolve this dilemma? I have already read every tome available on how to write well and get published!" The writer tossed his head about, wildly. "It might help," opined the blonde editor, helpfully, "to ponder how NOT to write a novel, so you might avoid the very thing!" Many writing books offer sound advice on how to write well. This is not one of those books. On the contrary, this is a collection of terrible, awkward, and laughably unreadable excerpts that will teach you what to avoid—at all costs—if you ever want your novel published. In How Not to Write a Novel, authors Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman distill their 30 years combined experience in teaching, editing, writing, and reviewing fiction to bring you real advice from the other side of the query letter. Rather than telling you how or what to write, they identify the 200 most common mistakes unconsciously made by writers and teach you to recognize, avoid, and amend them. With hilarious "mis-examples" to demonstrate each manuscript-mangling error, they'll help you troubleshoot your beginnings and endings, bad guys, love interests, style, jokes, perspective, voice, and more. As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Five Analogies For Fiction Writing

Author : Sam North
ISBN : 9781780240060
Genre : Fiction
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This book is aimed at writers seeking to move beyond the initial stages of writing to the completion of stories and novels. It includes 18 writing exercises suitable for all styles of writing and for all levels of experience.
Category: Fiction

Nine Day Novel Writing Faster

Author : Steve Windsor
ISBN : 1507742193
Genre : Reference
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Are you ready to become an author yet? If you're new to fiction writing, this book's for you! (updated version!) Are you tired of waiting for the novel in your head to magically appear? Tired of being told to "write a little bit a day every day?" How's that advice working for you? It's not ... is it? If it was, your novel would be done. But I hear you. When I first learned how to write a novel, that "helpful" information ... wasn't. I went slowly, writing a little each day like all the authors told me to. Then I'd get disinterested or distracted and my novel would get DEStructed! You've listened to the podcasts, taken the writing workshops, read how to write a novel guides, but your novel still isn't written. Are you still waiting for that "1 hour a day" conventional wisdom to pay off? Let's face it, it's a new ballgame for indie authors! A numbers game. The number of books you publish, reviews you get, and downloads you can expect are all partly a function of how much you write-how many books you publish. Conventional "wisdom" is getting us indie authors nowhere. It's time to take a different approach! Wouldn't it be great to have something to show for all your hard work? Forget next year! What about sitting down to proofread your first draft next week? That's what I want to show you how to do, because I've been there. In this step-by-step writing workshop-feels more like adrenaline boot camp-Steve Windsor walks you through how he writes novels in 9 "days." With concrete examples of how to apply story structure, outlining, and plotting, you learn to drive your hero through his or her story. You can write a novel in less time than it takes you to need your next haircut. Steve shows you how blockbuster novels and movies use a formula that's as old as Aristotle to produce hits. Packed with examples! Using examples from his own novels, best selling books... He even makes up a story right before your eyes! Steve is a hands on hardcore writer who will show you just how "easy" it is. Make no mistake, the Nine Day Novel series isn't for everyone. Some people like pacing themselves on their way to the death of their dreams of becoming an author. Then again, you aren't them. In this motivational writer's retreat disguised as a fast-paced writing workshop, you'll learn: How story structure can help you write faster. Through mainstream examples and Steve's own brand of "Darth Vader" humor, Nine Day Novel will keep you pumped up to write. And the FREE resources? Inside the Nine Day Novel, you'll get access to a starter file for one of the most popular writing software packages out there-Scrivener. Rather than spending hours or even days learning and creating a story structure outline, Steve did it for you. There's not one, but three FREE writing tools to download inside! So whether you are a yet to be discovered bestselling author or a grizzled, coffee-addicted veteran like Steve who is continually sharpening his writing sword, Nine Day Novel-Writing Faster will give you a sharp new edge on your writer's blade. Don't let your novel die in your mind because you think you lack the time. I'll show you how much time you really have. And I'll give you real advice on how to use that time to write your novel faster than you ever thought possible. Take action, read this book, and faster than your next vacation is over, you will be showing off your brand new novel. Don't waste another minute, scroll up and click "BUY NOW"!
Category: Reference

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The Complete Idiot S Guide To Writing A Novel 2nd Edition

Author : Tom Monteleone
ISBN : 9781101198117
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 59.9 MB
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A completely updated guide for first-time novelists. Completely revised to include new interviews with best-selling authors; more detailed information on writing genre fiction from paranormal romance to cozy mysteries; and everything a writer needs to know about self-publishing and eBooks to get started. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing a Novel, Second Edition, is an indispensable reference on how to write and publish a first novel. ?Expert author with over thirty published novels ?Includes interviews with new best-selling novelists ?Features new material on writing genre fiction and self-publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

How To Write A Novel

Author : Nathan Bransford
ISBN : 0615925162
Genre : Creative writing
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The most important thing to know about writing a novel is this: You can do it. And if you've already written one, you can write an even better one. Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plots, fleshing out your first ideas, crafting compelling characters, and staying sane in the process. Read the guide that New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs called "The best how-to-write-a-novel book I've read." MORE PRAISE FOR 'HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL' "In his 47 brilliant rules, Nathan Bransford has nailed everything I've always wanted to tell people about writing a book but never knew how. Wonderfully thought out with lots of practical examples, this is a must-read for anyone brave enough to try their hand at a novel. It's also a great review for experienced writers. Highly recommended." - James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER "Nathan Bransford's primer is full of thoughtful, time-proven advice on how to write a novel. Nathan can sound both like a reassuring friend and a tough, no-nonsense coach. Whatever kind of novel you're writing, Nathan's insights will make you think about your process and help you find your own way to success." - Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of DOWNFALL "Nathan Bransford is sharp, thoughtful, and a must-read for all aspiring authors. His advice is not only funny and insightful, it's essential for writers at any stage in their careers." - Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of SHATTER ME "Nathan Bransford's book on how to write a novel is smart, generous and funny as hell. Read it. No matter where you are in your writing life, whether you're on your first book or are a grizzled, multi published veteran, you'll find practical advice to help you through the process -- and plenty of wisdom to inspire you along the journey." - Lisa Brackmann, author of ROCK PAPER TIGER "Equal parts encouraging and butt-kicking, hilarious and wise, Nathan Bransford's no-nonsense manifesto talks you through the process of getting the book of your dreams out of your head and onto the page. Whether you've been writing for five minutes or fifty years, this is the guide for you." - Sarah McCarry, author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS
Category: Creative writing

Better Critiquing For Better Writing

Author : Kelly Hart
ISBN : 0992343003
Genre : Authorship
File Size : 48.35 MB
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No Fluff, No Rambling. Just Valuable Book Writing Tips You Can Implement Today to Become a Better Writer (BONUS: Free Online Fiction Writing Course and Formatting Guide: See Below) Turn the fear of what others will think and say about your writing on its head and discover how to harness the power of critiquing and feedback to elevate your writing to the next level. Whether you're writing your first word or you're a first-time fiction author, Better Critiquing for Better Writing is the book that shows you how to implement one of the best-kept secrets to writing. Inside this ACTIONABLE guide you'll discover how to: Rapidly improve your fiction writing with the power of short critiques Harness the mechanics of critique to receive powerful writing feedback Find the right critiquing partner or group for you Give valuable feedback and have other writers and authors love you Find the best critique websites online - this book tells you what they are Take a bad critique and use it to improve as a writer This book is ideal for: Those who are writing fiction and want to leverage critiquing to elevate their writing skills quickly New writers who want better writing skills and critiquing experiences People who are writing a novel, novella or short story and want to know what to expect when getting feedback New writers who want to join a critiquing group Writers and authors who benefit from visual examples of what 'to do' and 'not to do' when identifying story structure flaws Writers who feel that their critiquing group is not as helpful as they expected. This book will show you why. BONUS: Free Online Fiction Writing Course and Formatting Guide Inside! From your initial idea to writing your first draft, this free step-by-step writing course will be the kick-start you need for better writing skills and to complete your manuscript.
Category: Authorship

How To Write A Novel In 90 Days

Author : Conrad Jones
ISBN : 9781783333363
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 67.67 MB
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This concise guide tells you how to write a novel by using a systematic approach to writing. This guide is written by an author not a 'guru'. A simple step by step breakdown of how to plan each day. No fillers and no theory, just the hard facts in a concise guide. There are many guides about writing novels on the market but how many of them are written by prolific published authors? The answer is ‘not many’. How can anyone write a guide unless they have been through the writing process many times before? The simple answer to this question is they can’t because they cannot feed on their own actual experiences to help another writer to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls. Most guides regurgitate information which they have picked up from creative writing books or sites. How can they give you advice when they have never sat down and focused on creating a novel which will sell, many times over? Writing a novel is the same as any other task we undertake as individuals. We have to learn how to do it in order to do it well. When you first learn to drive, you need lessons. No one walks into the kitchen and creates a gourmet dish on their first attempt. If you want a system to apply to writing a book, then you need to take advice from an ‘author’ who has taken years to develop the process via experience.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Become A Bestseller In 48 Hours Or Less

Author : Dan Covey
ISBN : 1508624666
Genre : Self-Help
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Become a Bestseller in 48 Hours or Less: How to Write, Market & Publish Your Book And Use it to Start and Grow a Successful and Credible Business Now you can write your own book and get it published and hit the bestseller status in 48 hours or less effortlessly. Whether you are a published author, a business owner or maybe just an individual who wants to start becoming a writer - becoming a bestseller in 48 hours or less has all the required and necessary tools you need to succeed in your endeavor. Download your copy now! Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. Tags: how to write a book, how to write, write a book, write books, writing a book, how to publish a book, self publishing, writing tips, writing workshop, writers workshop, how to start writing a book, how to start a book, how to become a writer, steps to writing a book, amazon self publishing, how to write a novel, write novel, writing a novel, how to write an ebook, how to write a childrens book, how to make a book, writing, books, creative writing, publishing, ghostwriter, how to get published, how to start a small business, start up business, business ideas, how to start your own business, small business ideas, starting a business, small business, how to start a business, entrepreneur ideas
Category: Self-Help

Fiction On The Fringe Novelistic Writing In The Post Classical Age

Author : Grammatiki Karla
ISBN : 9789047428916
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The present volume includes studies on texts that traditionally have been confined to the margins of the genre of the ancient novel, such as the Life of Aesop, the Life of Alexander the Great, and the Acts of the Christian Martyrs.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Everything Creative Writing Book

Author : Carol Whiteley
ISBN : 1580626475
Genre : Reference
File Size : 28.82 MB
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"The Everything Creative Writing Book" explains in simple terms how to express ideas correctly. This easy-to-follow reference teaches readers the basics of good writing and how to develop a writing style.
Category: Reference

About Writing

Author : Samuel R. Delany
ISBN : 9780819567161
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 76.45 MB
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Essential reading for the creative writer.
Category: Fiction

Invisible Writing And The Victorian Novel

Author : Patricia Ingham
ISBN : 0719052025
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book shows uniquely how the most powerful aspects of language in literary texts are those that the reader does not see. It makes these hidden features visible by a close read of six well-known Victorian novels including Bleak House and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The readings of the novels provide tools to illustrate how texts encode assumptions and social meaning. This has until now only been done for short pieces of writing.
Category: Literary Criticism

Elements Of Fiction Writing Beginnings Middles Ends

Author : Nancy Kress
ISBN : 1599632195
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Get Your Readers' Attention—And Keep It—From the First World to the Final Page Translating that initial flash of inspiration into a complete story requires careful crafting. So how do you keep your story from beginning slowly, floundering midway, and trailing off at the end? Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story—essential lessons for strong start-to-finish storytelling. Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs. Make and keep your story's implicit promise to the reader. Build drama and credibility by controlling your prose. Consider the price a writer pays for flashbacks. Reveal character effectively throughout your story. Get the tools you need to get your story off to an engaging start, keep the middle tight and compelling, and make your conclusion high impact. You'll also find dozens of exercises to help strengthen your short story or novel. Let this resource be your guide to successful stories—from the first word to the last.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Art Of War For Writers

Author : James Scott Bell
ISBN : 9781582975900
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Drawing inspiration from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, the author offers tactics and exercises on idea generation and development, character building, plotting, drafting, querying and submitting, dealing with rejection, coping with envy and unrealistic expectations and much more. Original.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Stein On Writing

Author : Sol Stein
ISBN : 9780312254216
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Professional secrets from a renowned editor, prize-winning author, and award-winning instructor make this book the #1 practical choice for fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels of experience.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Immediate Fiction

Author : Jerry Cleaver
ISBN : 0312302762
Genre : Reference
File Size : 47.37 MB
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The Only Writing Book You'll Ever Need From the legendary creator of the Writer's Loft in Chicago, comes a writing course for those who want to see results now. Immediate Fiction covers the entire process of writing including manuscript preparation, time management, finding an idea, getting words on the page, staying unblocked, and submitting to agents and publishers. With insightful tips and advice, Jerry Cleaver helps writers manage doubts, fears, blocks, and panic all while helping to develop their writing in minutes a day. A practical and accessible resource, this book has everything the aspiring writer needs to write and sell novels, short stories, screenplays, and stage plays.
Category: Reference


Author : Diane Mckinney-whetstone
ISBN : 9780684837246
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 44.86 MB
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In 1940s Philadelphia, a childless black couple, Herbie and Noon, are blessed with daughters when on two separate occasions children are left on their doorstep. A tale of a close-knit community where "brown faces laughed for real, not the mannered tee-hees of the workday, but booming laughs." A first novel.
Category: Fiction