The Fire In Fiction

Author: Donald Maass
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582975061
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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 Something similar is true of a great many unpublished manuscripts.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!

Novel Voices

Author: Jennifer Levasseur
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582972459
Size: 80.95 MB
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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.

Dramatica R For Screenwriters How To Get The Most Out Of Dramatica R Pro Write Great Scripts

Author: Armando Salda A-Mora
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780918973030
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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...

Editor Proof Your Writing

Author: Don McNair
Publisher: Linden Publishing
ISBN: 1610351991
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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.

Find Out Who S Normal And Who S Not

Author: David J. Lieberman
Publisher: David Lieberman
ISBN: 0978631323
Size: 50.26 MB
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The legendary leader in human behavior, Dr. David J. Lieberman, shows you how to protect yourself and your loved ones, emotionally, financially, and physically from unstable individuals who will inevitably pass through your life. --

Kicking In The Wall

Author: Barbara Abercrombie
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1608681564
Size: 49.38 MB
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"Barbara Abercrombie, an author and creative writing instructor at UCLA Extension, offers 365 days' worth of guidance for writers seeking to warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle"--Provided by publisher.

The Man In The High Castle And Philosophy

Author: Bruce Krajewski
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
ISBN: 0812699688
Size: 67.98 MB
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The Man in the High Castle is an Amazon TV show, based on the Philip K. Dick novel, about an “alternate present” (beginning in the 1960s) in which Germany and Japan won World War II, with the former Western US occupied by Japan, the former Eastern US occupied by Nazi Germany, and a small “neutral zone” between them. A theme of the story is that in this alternative world there is eager speculation, fueled by the illicit newsreel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, about how the world would have been different if America had won the war. In The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy, twenty-two professional thinkers look at philosophical issues raised by this ongoing enterprise in “alternative history.” One question is whether it really made a profound difference that the Allies won the war, and exactly what differences in everyday life we may expect to arise from an apparent historical turning point. Could it be that some dramatic historical events have only superficial consequences, while some unnoticed occurrences lead to catastrophic results? Another topic is the quest for truth in a world of government misinformation, and how dissenting organizations can make headway.

The Last Draft

Author: Sandra Scofield
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 152470508X
Size: 49.70 MB
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The definitive handbook for the novelist who is ready to revise This wise and friendly guide shows writers how to turn first-draft manuscripts into the novels of their dreams. A critic, longtime teacher, and award-winning novelist, Sandra Scofield illustrates how to reread a work of fiction with a view of its subject and vision, and how to take it apart and put it back together again, stronger and deeper. Scofield builds her explanations around helpful concepts like narrative structure, character agency, and core scenes, using models from classic and contemporary writers. The detailed, step-by-step plan laid out in The Last Draft offers invaluable advice to both novice and experienced writers alike. In Scofield, they will find a seasoned, encouraging mentor to steer them through this emotional and intellectual journey.

Careers For Your Characters

Author: Raymond Obstfeld
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582970837
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Create characters whose professional lives resonate with realistic details and insider insights.