Author: Editors of Writer's Digest Books
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Release Date: 2010-08-22
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Get advice from the best in the business on every part of the novel writing and publishing process! In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 2nd Edition, you'll learn from the invaluable advice of established writers. Discover new ways to generate ideas, implement intriguing techniques, and find the inspiration you need to finish your work. This fully-revised edition includes a revamped marketing section that covers the unique challenges of today's publishing market and the boundless opportunities of online promotion. Inside you'll find expert advice from dozens of bestselling authors and publishing professionals on how to: Master the elements of fiction, from plot and characters to dialogue and point of view Develop a unique voice and sensibility in your writing Manage the practical aspects of writing, from overcoming writer's block to revising your work Determine what elements your story needs to succeed in a particular genre - science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, inspirational, romance (mainstream and Christian), or historical fiction Find an agent, market your work, and get published - or self-publish - successfully You'll also find interviews with some of the world's finest writers, including Margaret Atwood, Tom Clancy, Brock Clarke, Cory Doctorow, Dave Eggers, Elizabeth George, Jerry Jenkins, Stephen King, Megan McCafferty, Audrey Niffenegger, Joyce Carol Oates, Chuck Palahniuk, James Patterson, Richard Russo, Anne Tyler, John Updike, and Kurt Vonnegut. Their words will provide you with the guidance and encouragement of your very own writing mentor. The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing is your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about the craft and business of creating a bestseller.
Author: Hallie Ephron
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-11-18
For an aspiring novelist, nothing is more intimidating than a blank page or computer screen. This step-by-step guide helps you get past that hurdle, start writing, and cross the finish line to first draft in only twenty-six weeks! This guide covers the entire novel-writing process--from polishing an idea to finding an agent and submitting to publishers. This practical guide takes you through the ins and outs of writing and publishing your first book, including how to: Create authentic characters, engaging plotlines, and believable settings Edit for tone, structure, and pacing Find the right agent Market and sell your work to publishers Build a career as a novelist Complete with writing exercises, inspiring examples, and expert advice from bestselling novelists, this book is an excellent starting place for anyone interested in the art, craft, and business of writing fiction.
Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft: Define and refine your characters. Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. Hone your story's point of view. Create a rich setting and backstory. Craft dialogue that rings true. Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story. Revise your story to perfection. Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career. Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.
"Populating your fiction with authentic, vivid characters is a surefire way to captivate your readers from the first sentence to the last. Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life"--Publisher.
Author: Elizabeth Sims
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Release Date: 2013-05-13
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Writing a book is fun and easy--yes, FUN AND EASY--but it may not always feel that way. How do you find the time to write? How do you keep momentum? How do you deal with the horror of showing anyone a single sentence of your work-in-progress? The answers remain fun and easy, and author Elizabeth Sims will take your hand, dispel your worries, and show you how it's done in this stress-free guide to accomplishing your dream of writing your book. In You've Got a Book in You, Elizabeth is that encouraging voice guiding you through the entire process, from finding the right time and place to gathering all of your creative tools to diving right in and getting it done--page by page, step by step. It's easier than you think, and it all starts right here, right now. "This guide is witty, warm, and wise--and wonderfully down-to-earth as well. Elizabeth Sims doesn't just tell you that you've got a book in you, she shows you how to pour it out using your own creative spirit, common sense, and persistence." ~Lori L. Lake, author of The Gun Series and The Public Eye Mystery Series "If you're searching for the spark of inspiration to get started writing a book, and the nourishment to sustain you to THE END, Elizabeth Sims's You've Got a Book in You will show you how to find it in yourself." ~Hallie Ephron, award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman "You won't find an easier-to-follow or more inspirational writing guide." ~L.J. Sellers, author of the bestselling Jackson mysteries "By focusing the high beams of her intelligence (and humor!) on the twisty trail of book-writing, in You've Got a Book in You, Elizabeth Sims proves herself a true writer's friend. As she guides you from the creation of a "working title" through her (brilliant!) "Making-It-Better Process," this well-established pro plays her most impressive cards--stacking the deck in favor of YOU!" ~Jamie Morris, Director, Woodstream Writers "Elizabeth Sims packs a twelve-week writing course into 280 pages. Inspirational and yet extremely hands-on, You've Got a Book In You will give newbies confidence to forge ahead and will remind veteran writers why they began writing in the first place--for the joy of it. I won't be surprised when the brilliant terms 'stormwriting' and 'heartbrain' become part of every writer's lexicon." ~Julie Compton, author of Tell No Lies and Keep No Secrets "The book is encouraging and inspiring, practical and witty. As a seasoned writer, I appreciate the reminders about the importance of putting yourself on a writing schedule. No more excuses. The many 'writing blasts' are very helpful and will get any writer out of the starting blocks. I especially enjoyed the section, 'Writing with the Masters.' What better way to get inspired, get a feel for different styles, and get jump-started on your writing? Excellent advice that I plan to incorporate in my future classes. I concur with Sims that 'writer's block' is greatly exaggerated. Is there any other profession that claims such a phenomenon? 'Excuse, me, but I have 'book-keeping block,' 'playing music block,' or 'painting block' today? I don't think so. Get yourself on a schedule, read some Sims, write with the masters, and you'll be on your way. You'll be glad you met this friend on your journey to becoming a successful writer." ~Gesa Kirsch, Ph.D., Professor of English, Director of Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences, Bentley University
Author: Martha Maeda
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
Release Date: 2015-02-06
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
The advent of Amazon s Kindle in 2007 allowed millions of writers to make the leap from paper to the electronic screen. Several eReader competitors recently joined the ring, introducing products such as the Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble Nook, the updated Sony Reader, and Samsung Papyrus. The publishing world is experiencing a revolution with these electronic readers and you can catch up to speed by learning the ins and outs of publishing with this low-cost, high-profit publisher. The Complete Guide to Writing & Publishing Your First eBook is a guide for anyone who s dreamt about becoming a published author and is intrigued by the profitable new prospect of ePublishing but didn t know where to start. EBook sales hovered around $500 million at the end of 2009, and are steadily climbing. If you re passionate about writing and using new technology to market yourself and your work, this book will explain how you can do what you love and increase your earning potential. Start off with understanding what an eBook is and the differences between traditional and digital publishing, and the benefits involved. You will identify and learn the details of more than 15 eReaders, including the three top-selling: Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. You will employ the basics of analyzing your audience, brainstorming, writing, editing, and marketing according to the type of eReader. You will learn the process of getting your book published, how to change or alter the format or style of your book to match the necessities of the eReader, and how to optimize the format of any text for e-reading. We spent dozens of hours interviewing writers who are experts in the art of digital publishing to provide a complete overview of everything you need to know about publishing your eBook. Not only will you learn how to upload your work through an eReader, you will also hone your writing skills with tips, writing exercises, and writing resources. You will learn how to target your book to the right demographic and what you can do to promote your book in online inventories. You will learn the basics of viral marketing promotion, SEO, and building a business with digital publications. You will learn how to work with your eReader to produce innovative content, and you will learn how to monitor for updates to the electronic publishing industry. No matter what your goals are, you can start publishing from your home with eReader technology
Author: Lee Gutkind
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: 2012-08-14
From rags-to-riches-to-rags tell-alls to personal health sagas to literary journalism everyone seems to want to try their hand at creative nonfiction. Now, Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, taps into one of the fastest-growing genres with this new writing guide. Frank and to-the-point, with depth and clarity, Gutkind describes and illustrates each and every aspect of the genre, from defining a concept and establishing a writing process to the final product. Offering new ways of understanding genre and invaluable tools for writers to learn and experiment with, You Can't Make This Stuff Up allows writers of all skill levels to thoroughly expand and stylize their work.
WRITING & EDITING GUIDES. Dynamic Dialogue provides the absolute best writing instruction that WD has to offer on dialogue. The essays and articles will help readers successfully approach and overcome issues such as: pacing, suspense, conflict, effectively using dialect and jargon, manipulating mood, developing themes, creating subtext, revealing background, and more. Each chapter builds on the last, providing as comprehensive an examination of the nuances and details of dialogue as possible.
Author: Steve May
Release Date: 2007-10-08
Are you beginning a creative writing course? Or thinking about taking one? Doing Creative Writing is the ideal guide to what you should expect, what will be expected of you and how you can get the most from your course. It clearly and concisely outlines: the contexts for creative writing courses, explaining where the subject has come from and why that matters the content, structure and delivery of the courses, helping you to understand how your course will be shaped, what you will be asked to do and why the skills you will develop, from self-discipline and time management through to the organization of ideas, 'reading as a writer' and editing possibilities beyond the course, showing how you continue to benefit from what you've learned. Drawing on years of teaching and writing experience, as well as interviews with a wide range of students, Steve May provides all the background, advice and encouragement you need to embark on a creative writing course with complete confidence and to get maximum benefit from every writing session.
Author: Caroline Webber
Publisher: DoctorZed Publishing
Release Date: 2010-11-16
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Sometimes when you go on a journey you know the route, other times you need a map, but on both occasions you know where you want to get to. You may have decisions to make at every crossroad, and you may make a detour (or two!) but you eventually arrive at your destination. It's just the same with writing and publishing. Putting Pen to Paper takes you on that journey. It gives you the tools and techniques to help you turn your aspirations into publications, in an accessible and supportive manner. It's perfect for anyone embarking on a career in writing and publishing. Caroline Webber has a doctorate from the University of Liverpool in Eighteenth-century English literature. She has spent the past two years working in the publishing industry in Sydney. Caroline wrote "Putting Pen to Paper" after running a series of publishing seminars around NSW."Putting Pen to Paper is a practical handbook, encouraging new writers to ask all the right questions about publication. With this book in hand, you will have a well-informed knowledge of the entire book production process as well as many tips for improving your writing - and improving your chances of being published." Patti Miller, author of "Writing your life" and "Whatever the Gods do.""Putting Pen to Paper is clear, practical and easy to understand. It's the perfect book to guide writers through the practicality of writing and publishing, and gives them the tools to start." Nellie Flannery, Shanahan Management