• Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing 21st Century Fiction

High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
Author: Donald Maass
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599634005
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 224
View: 1720
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.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Novel Voices


Author: Jennifer Levasseur,Kevin Rabalais
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582972459
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 266
View: 8356
This volume contains a host of informative, how-to sidebars on improving prose and breaking into publishing, as well as tips and inspiration to finish novels and short stories. Interviews with 15 contemporary authors provides a glimpse into the writing lives of award-winning writers.

    • Reference

The Fire in Fiction

Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great
Author: Donald Maass
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582975061
Category: Reference
Page: 272
View: 8042
Discover the Difference Between a So-So Manuscript and a Novel Readers Can't Forget We've all read them: novels by our favorite authors that disappoint. Uninspired and lifeless, we wonder what happened. Was the author in a hurry? Did she have a bad year? Has he lost interest altogether? Something similar is true of a great many unpublished manuscripts. They are okay stories that never take flight. They don't grip the imagination, let alone the heart. They merit only a shrug and a polite dismissal by agents and editors. It doesn't have to be that way. In The Fire in Fiction, successful literary agent and author Donald Maass shows you not only how to infuse your story with deep conviction and fiery passion, but how to do it over and over again. The book features: Techniques for capturing a special time and place, creating characters whose lives matter, nailing multiple-impact plot turns, making the supernatural real, infusing issues into fiction, and more. Story-enriching exercises at the end of every chapter to show you how to apply the practical tools just covered to your own work. Rich examples drawn from contemporary novels as diverse as The Lake House, Water for Elephants, and Jennifer Government to illustrate how various techniques work in actual stories. Plus, Maass introduces an original technique that any novelist can use any time, in any scene, in any novel, even on the most uninspired day...to take the most powerful experiences from your personal life and turn those experiences directly into powerful fiction. Tap into The Fire in Fiction, and supercharge your story with originality and spark!

    • Reference

Structuring Your Novel


Author: Robert C. Meredith
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006273170X
Category: Reference
Page: 240
View: 3682
Here's the bestselling guide that teaches aspiring novelists how to employ the 14 structural elements common to all novels.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook


Author: Donald Maass
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582972633
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
View: 6143
Make Your Novel Stand Out from the Crowd! Noted literary agent and author Donald Maass has done it again! His previous book, Writing the Breakout Novel, offered novelists of all skill levels and genres insider advice on how to make their books rise above the competition and succeed in a crowded marketplace. Now, building on the success of its predecessor, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook calls that advice into action! This powerful book presents the patented techniques and writing exercises from Maass's popular writing workshops to offer novelists first-class instruction and practical guidance. You'll learn to develop and strengthen aspects of your prose with sections on: Building plot layers Creating inner conflict Strengthening voice and point of view Discovering and heightening larger-than-life character qualities Strengthening theme And much more! Maass also carefully dissects examples from real-life breakout novels so you'll lean how to read and analyze fiction like a writer. With authoritative instruction and hands-on workbook exercises, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook is one of the most accessible novel-writing guides available. Set your work-in progress apart from the competition and write your own breakout novel today!

    • Reference

Dramatica (R) for Screenwriters: How to Get the Most Out of Dramatica (R) Pro & Write Great Scripts


Author: Armando Salda A-Mora
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780918973030
Category: Reference
Page: 274
View: 4866
Dramatica for Screenwriters by Armando Saldana Mora is a must for any writer who wishes to get the most out of the Dramatica(r) Pro story development software. Written by a working screenwriter, this book gives real world, practical applications for using Dramatica to develop and write Screenplays. Book topics include: * What Dramatica offers the screenwriter * Dramatica in thirty seconds * Characters: Beyond the archetypes * Character Relationships as subplots * Note and sketch story development * How to get a complete plot * Four Dramatica Acts, Three Classical Acts * Narrative flow & writing the screenplay * And many more...

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing the Breakout Novel


Author: Donald Maass
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582971827
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 256
View: 3058
Take your fiction to the next level! Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists. Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share - regardless of genre - then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace. You'll learn to: establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place weave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing story create larger-than-life characters that step right off the page explore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readers sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish develop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competition Then, using examples from the recent works of several best-selling authors - including novelist Anne Perry - Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing. You'll capture the eye of an agent, generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising career.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Plotting the Character-Driven Novel


Author: Linda Rodriguez
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780979129155
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 122
View: 1880
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.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Editor-Proof Your Writing

21 Steps to the Clear Prose Publishers and Agents Crave
Author: Don McNair
Publisher: Linden Publishing
ISBN: 1610351991
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 230
View: 2130
Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writing--writing that's full of extra, misused, and overused words--in this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales. McNair explains the common mistakes made by most writers and shows how eliminating unnecessary words strengthens action, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with life. Containing 21 simple, straightforward principles, "Editor-Proof Your Writing" teaches how to edit weak verb forms, strip away author intrusions, ban redundancies, eliminate foggy phrases, correct passive-voice sentences, slash misused and overused words, and fix other writing mistakes. A superb addition to any writer's toolkit, this book will not only make writing clearer and more grammatical, it will also make it more concise, entertaining, and appealing to publishers.

    • Reference

The Breakout Novelist

Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers
Author: Donald Maass
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582979908
Category: Reference
Page: 352
View: 2021
The all-inclusive guide for novel writers If you're serious about making your fiction vibrant, engaging, and marketable, you've found the right book. The Breakout Novelist gives you the craft and business know-how you need to make your book stand out. Inside, veteran agent Donald Maass brings together the most innovative and practical information from his workshops and previous books to lead you through every aspect of setting your novel apart from the rest. Maass shares examples from contemporary writers across all genres to equip you with the strategies great writers use to craft great fiction - from core fiction-writing elements like character, setting, description, and plot, to more advanced techniques including point of view, voice, and suspense. Plus, you'll find over 70 practical exercises to help you move your writing from blah to breakout. You'll also learn from Maass' experiences over more than three decades in the publishing industry. Get straight talk from an insider about agents, contracts, how the industry is changing, and how to be the kind of author who builds a successful career book after book. Get the best of Maass' expertise and instruction in one easy-to-use reference.

    • Reference

Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing


Author: Constance Hale
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393084264
Category: Reference
Page: 224
View: 5167
A writing handbook that celebrates the infinite pizzazz of verbs. Writers know it instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. Grammar gurus agree: Drama in writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb). Constance Hale, the best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zooms in on the colorful world of verbs. Synthesizing the pedagogical and the popular, the scholarly and the scandalous, Hale combines the wit of Bill Bryson with the practical wisdom of William Zinsser. She marches through linguistic history to paint a layered picture of our language—from before it really existed to the quirky usages we see online today. She warns about habits to avoid and inspires with samples of brilliant writing. A veteran teacher, Hale gives writing prompts along the way, helping readers “try, do, write, play.” Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch guides us to more powerful writing by demonstrating how to use great verbs with style.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Story Trumps Structure

Break the Rules of Writing Fiction to Create Stand-Out Stories
Author: Steven James
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599636511
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
View: 1482
"Most fiction-writing books offer a cliched and paint-by-number approach to plot and structure, rehash overused mythic archetypes, or give theoretical advice that doesn't offer fiction writers the practical step-by-step advice they need. Story Trumps Structure shows writers how to create a compelling, believable story that can only come from jettisoning pre-ordained outlines in lieu of trusting the narrative process and telling the story. By demystifying narrative, teaching writers the core ingredients to every story, and illustrating the ways that master storytellers engage readers, Story Trumps Structure provides a fresh approach to helping all fiction writers better shape their craft."--Publisher's website.

    • Reference

Will Write for Shoes

How to Write a Chick Lit Novel
Author: Cathy Yardley
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1466850205
Category: Reference
Page: 224
View: 5870
* What is Chick Lit exactly? * How do I write a Chick Lit novel? * What are the steps I need to take to get published? Once dismissed as a fad by the popular press and literary community, the women's fiction genre called Chick Lit is now one of the hottest growing markets for new writers. In Will Write for Shoes, veteran Chick Lit and romance author Cathy Yardley addresses the common questions (and misconceptions) about the genre. Based on years of teaching about commercial women's fiction, this definitive guide provides invaluable tips and step-by-step methods for writing and selling a successful Chick Lit novel. Features include: * The history of Chick Lit * A blueprint for writing a Chick Lit novel * New trends in the genre * Tips and tools for breaking into the market * FAQs and miscellanea A directory of agents and publishers who acquire Chick Lit, sample submission materials, and online resources make this fun and comprehensive manual a must-have for all women who want to write a Chick Lit novel.

    • Fiction

The Winter of the Witch


Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey Books
ISBN: 9781101885994
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 3753
Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen. Reviewers called Katherine Arden's novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower "lyrical," "emotionally stirring," and "utterly bewitching." The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers--and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

    • Young Adult Fiction

Nyxia Unleashed


Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399556850
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 400
View: 835
"A thrilling space adventure with an incredibly diverse cast. I couldn't put this sequel down!" --TOMI ADEYEMI, New York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone Discover book two in the sci-fi space trilogy that Bustle described as "The 100 meets Illuminae" and Marie Lu called, "a high-octane thriller." Emmett Atwater thought Babel's game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn't take long for him to learn that Babel's competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one. Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis spaceship survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population. But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces-Babel and the Adamites-with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it's too late? Praise for Book 1 in The Nyxia Triad: "A high-octane thriller . . . Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go." -Marie Lu,#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Young Elites series "Brilliant concept meets stellar execution in this fast-paced deep space adventure. I was hooked from page one." -Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author "File this book under A for Amazing." -Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling author

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing the Breakout Novel Collection Bundle


Author: Donald Maass
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599631875
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 496
View: 1603
SPECIAL SHRINKWRAPPED BUNDLE! Break out of a crowded marketplace with the Breakout Novel Collection. Legendary agent and author Donald Maass shows you the elements that successful novels share and how you can translate these aspects into your own work with Writing the Breakout Novel. Put these techniques into action with Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. Whether you're a beginning writer itching to get published or a published author stuck in midlist hell, these two practical guides will help your work stand out above the rest!

    • Reference

Seven Steps on the Writer's Path

The Journey from Frustration to Fulfillment
Author: Nancy Pickard,Lynn Lott
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307416623
Category: Reference
Page: 256
View: 8382
The blank page, the impossible deadline, the rush of inspiration: There is no profession more maddening or more rewarding than being a writer. Yet surprisingly, all writers pass through the same sequence of stages in the course of their careers. It was this remarkable insight that inspired veteran authors Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott to write one of the wisest and liveliest guides to the literary life ever penned— a volume of astonishing revelation, warm reassurance, brilliant encouragement, and welcome humor. No matter what you write or how much recognition you’ve received, you are bound to pass through the seven steps on the writer’s path: Unhappiness, Wanting, Commitment, Wavering, Letting Go, Immersion, and Fulfillment. Whether you’re a wannabe writer or a published literary veteran, you’re bound to find this book a source of true delight, vital wisdom, and lasting inspiration. From the Trade Paperback edition.

    • Literary Criticism

Roth Unbound

A Writer and His Books
Author: Claudia Roth Pierpont
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374710449
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 368
View: 632
A critical evaluation of Philip Roth—the first of its kind—that takes on the man, the myth, and the work Philip Roth is one of the most renowned writers of our time. From his debut, Goodbye, Columbus, which won the National Book Award in 1960, and the explosion of Portnoy's Complaint in 1969 to his haunting reimagining of Anne Frank's story in The Ghost Writer ten years later and the series of masterworks starting in the mid-eighties—The Counterlife, Patrimony, Operation Shylock, Sabbath's Theater, American Pastoral, The Human Stain—Roth has produced some of the great American literature of the modern era. And yet there has been no major critical work about him until now. Here, at last, is the story of Roth's creative life. Roth Unbound is not a biography—though it contains a wealth of previously undisclosed biographical details and unpublished material—but something ultimately more rewarding: the exploration of a great writer through his art. Claudia Roth Pierpont, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has known Roth for nearly a decade. Her carefully researched and gracefully written account is filled with remarks from Roth himself, drawn from their ongoing conversations. Here are insights and anecdotes that will change the way many readers perceive this most controversial and galvanizing writer: a young and unhappily married Roth struggling to write; a wildly successful Roth, after the uproar over Portnoy, working to help writers from Eastern Europe and to get their books known in the West; Roth responding to the early, Jewish—and the later, feminist—attacks on his work. Here are Roth's family, his inspirations, his critics, the full range of his fiction, and his friendships with such figures as Saul Bellow and John Updike. Here is Roth at work and at play. Roth Unbound is a major achievement—a highly readable story that helps us make sense of one of the most vital literary careers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

    • Education

Women and Gaming

The Sims and 21st Century Learning
Author: J. Gee,Elisabeth R. Hayes
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230106730
Category: Education
Page: 208
View: 6775
The authors argue that women gamers, too often ignored as gamers, are in many respects leading the way in this trend towards design, cultural production, new learning communities, and the combination of technical proficiency with emotional and social intelligence.