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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing


Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work Get advice from the best in the business on every stage of the novel-writing and publishing process! In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, you'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally,...   [click here for more]
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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing

The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing


How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms Prime Your Freelance Writing Career for Success! So you want to be a freelance writer. Great! But now you're faced with a laundry list of questions: Should I freelance full time or part time? Should I write for magazines, newspapers, or online markets? How do I dream up the perfect article idea, and how do I pitch...   [click here for more]
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The Fire in Fiction

The Fire in Fiction


Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great 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...   [click here for more]
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The First 50 Pages

The First 50 Pages


Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success First impressions are vital and the opening scenes of a novel are crucial if the reader is going to stick around until the story's end. What writers do in these opening pages, and how they do it, is a matter that cannot be left to chance. Whether a writer wants to craft a strong beginning right from the start or they have...   [click here for more]
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The Irresistible Novel

The Irresistible Novel


How to Craft an Extraordinary Story That Engages Readers from Start to Finish Discover Your Voice and Enthrall Readers! The craft of writing is filled with various debates: Should I include a prologue? Should I delete all adverbs from my manuscript? Just how much backstory--if any--can I include in my story? These questions--and their often-contradictory answers--can...   [click here for more]
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The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience

The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience


The journey to become a successful writer is long, fraught with peril, and filled with difficult questions: How do i write dialogue? How do I build suspense? What should I know about query letters? Where do I start? The best way to answer these questions is to ditch your uncertainty and transform yourself into a KICK-ASS writer. Chuck Wendig will show you how with an explosive broadside of gritty...   [click here for more]
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The Little Red Writing Book

The Little Red Writing Book


For Writers from All Walks of Life! There's no need to fear the big, bad world of writing with The Little Red Writing Book in hand. Brimming with clever advice, this book offers writers, students, and business professionals a concise guide to penning strong and effective work for all occasions. The Little Red Writing Book is designed for visual appeal and ease of use. Elegant yet practical,...   [click here for more]
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The Secrets of Story

The Secrets of Story


Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers You've just boarded a plane. You've loaded your phone with your favorite podcasts, but before you can pop in your earbuds, disaster strikes: The guy in the next seat starts telling you all about something crazy that happened to him--in great detail. This is the unwelcome storyteller, trying to convince a reluctant audience to care...   [click here for more]
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The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy


Craft an otherworldly experience for your readers! Do you dream of writing tales that pull readers into extraordinary realms? The Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy gives you everything you need to build a fantastic world, inhabit it with original and believable characters, and create an authentic and enthralling story. Two complete books in one, this comprehensive guide...   [click here for more]
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The Writer's Guide to Weapons

The Writer's Guide to Weapons


A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction When it comes to writing weapons, most authors shoot from the hip--and miss. The Writer's Guide to Weapons will help you hit your target every time. Firearms and knives have starring roles in a wide range of genres--crime, thriller, war, mystery, Western, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of...   [click here for more]
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The Writer's Idea Book - 10th Anniversary Edition

The Writer's Idea Book - 10th Anniversary Edition


How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays Where do you get your ideas? It’s a question that plagues every writer. And once you’ve got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pleasant thoughts. So how do you come up with those ideas, and how do you turn them into writing that will engage your reader? The...   [click here for more]
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The Writer's Idea Thesaurus

The Writer's Idea Thesaurus


An Interactive Guide for Developing Ideas for Novels and Short Stories Endless ideas at your fingertips, and at the turn of a page... Need an idea for a short story or novel? Look no further than The Writer's Idea Thesaurus. It's far more than a collection of simple writing prompts. You'll find a vast treasury of story ideas inside, organized by subject, theme, and situation categories,...   [click here for more]
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The Writer's Little Helper

The Writer's Little Helper


Big Fiction Advice from a Little Book There is nothing little about the dynamic fiction-writing advice inside The Writer's Little Helper. With big ideas, time-saving tips, and revision-made-easy charts, James V. Smith, Jr. offers effective guidance in short, easily checklists, Q&As, and practical tools. This book gives you everything you need to: Create great characters Maintain...   [click here for more]
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The Writer's Portable Therapist

The Writer's Portable Therapist


25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure They say every writer needs a therapist. Now, thanks to The Writer's Portable Therapist, you can have your therapy (less the hourly charge)--and write the Great American Novel, too. In this inspiring, instructive little volume, noted therapist, author, and perfect muse Rachel Ballon, Ph.D., sits on your shoulder whispering just the right thing at...   [click here for more]
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The Writer's Workout

The Writer's Workout


366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach The inspiration, stamina, and power to take charge of your writing life—every day. Get the daily jolt of energy your writing life needs from The Writer's Workout. Inside you'll find manageable, no-nonsense techniques for every aspect of your writing career from getting organized to connecting with your...   [click here for more]
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The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide

The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide


Trying to Finish Your Book? There's Strength in Numbers Whether you're trying to revise your novel or polish up an article to pitch to magazines, it pays to have a few sets of eyes look over your work. But, how can you be sure you're getting an unbiased and objective opinion? A writing critique group may be the answer you're looking for, and this book arms you with everything you need to...   [click here for more]
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Thinking Write

Thinking Write


The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind Writer's block. Creative freeze. Artistic burnout.   In this book, professional counselor Kelly L. Stone teaches you how to use the power of the subconscious mind to capitalize on your writing sessions. Proven techniques for accessing this hidden tool are revealed with a mix of anecdotes, exercises, and guided meditations. You will hear...   [click here for more]
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This Is Not a Writing Manual

This Is Not a Writing Manual


Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World Real-world writing advice, minus all the lectures. You're an aspiring writer. Maybe you've just discovered your love of words and dream of being a novelist someday. Maybe you've been filling notebooks with science-fiction stories since middle school. Maybe you're contemplating a liberal arts degree, but you don't know what the...   [click here for more]
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Troubleshooting Your Novel

Troubleshooting Your Novel


Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems Take your story to the next level of excellence! You've completed the first draft of your novel--now what? Chances are, it's not perfect...at least not yet. In order to increase your chances of getting a literary agent, selling your manuscript to a publisher, or garnering an audience for your self-published work, you need targeted,...   [click here for more]
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Word Painting

Word Painting


A Guide to Writing More Descriptively Let Rebecca McClanahan guide you through an inspiring examination of description in its many forms. With her thoughtful instruction and engaging exercises, you'll learn to develop your senses and powers of observation to uncover the rich, evocative words that accurately portray your mind's images. McClanahan includes dozens of descriptive passages written...   [click here for more]
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Word Painting (Revised Edition): The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively

Word Painting (Revised Edition): The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively


Paint Masterful Descriptions on the Page! Writing strong descriptions is an art form, one that you need to carefully develop and practice. The words you choose to describe your characters, scenes, settings, and ideas--in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction--need to precisely illustrate the vision you want to convey. Word Painting Revised Edition shows you how to color your canvas with descriptions...   [click here for more]
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Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint

Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint


Create Complex Characters How do you create a main character readers won't forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character's past into a story? Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of these...   [click here for more]
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Write Great Fiction - Description & Setting

Write Great Fiction - Description & Setting


For a story to be successful, it must come alive on the page. With Description & Setting, you will learn how to make every detail count as you create believable people, places and events. This valuable reference: Shows you how to master the challenging - and often overlooked - subjects of description and setting Offers hands-on action-and-results excercises that allow you to...   [click here for more]
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Write Great Fiction - Dialogue

Write Great Fiction - Dialogue


Readers will learn how to create dialogue that sizzles, with tips on creating dialogue for specific genres; bringing characters to life with revealing dialogue; identifying and fixing common dialogue problems; and more. Includes examples of successful dialogue drawn from bestselling novels, and chapter-ending exercises. ...   [click here for more]
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Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure

Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure


Fiction writers can now learn to craft an engaging plot with this new book from the best-selling author and columnist.James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot including techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles and endings, with easy to understand plotting diagrams and charts. Bell also provides brainstorming techniques...   [click here for more]
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Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure

Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure


Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help...   [click here for more]
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Write Great Fiction - Revision And Self-Editing

Write Great Fiction - Revision And Self-Editing


Don't let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won't be able to forget. In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing...   [click here for more]
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Write Your Novel in a Month

Write Your Novel in a Month


How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel.... Everyone thinks about doing it, yet most people who do start a novel end up stalling after a few chapters. Where do these would-be novelists go wrong? Are the characters dull and cliched? Did the story arc collapse? Did they succumb to a dreaded bout of...   [click here for more]
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Write-A-Thon

Write-A-Thon


Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) Write-A-Thon is the first book to present an easy-to-use guide to writing a fiction or nonfiction book in a twenty-six day "marathon." The life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools presented in Write-A-Thon are based on scientifically validated research from positive psychology, inspiration from the world of marathon running,...   [click here for more]
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Writer with a Day Job

Writer with a Day Job


Inspiration & Exercises to Help You Craft a Writing Life Alongside Your Career Don't Let the Daily Grind Drain Your Creative Energy! You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can fi nally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don't wait. You can do both--and your writing will be the better for...   [click here for more]
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Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference

Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference


The Definitive Source for Clear and Concise Writing The Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference is the comprehensive resource on grammar and usage, a necessity for every writer's desk. It presents balanced instruction and real-world examples that will ensure professional and flawless work on every occasion. Writers Digest Books ...   [click here for more]
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Writer's Digest University

Writer's Digest University


Everything You need to Write and Sell Your Work This is the ultimate crash course in writing and publishing! Inside you'll find comprehensive instruction, up-to-date market listings, a CD featuring recorded live webinars with industry professionals, an all-access pass to WritersMarket.com, and more. Writer's Digest University is the perfect resource for you, no matter your experience...   [click here for more]
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Writer's Market (2012)

Writer's Market (2012)


Even More Markets - More Opportunities to Get Published The 2012 Writer's Market is the preeminent authority for writers to discover all of the valuable information necessary to improve their work, get published and get paid for their work. In this edition, more emphasis is placed on editorial matter than ever before, without a reduction in the number of listings. This book has an increased focus on...   [click here for more]
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Writer's Market (2013)

Writer's Market (2013)


The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published The 2013 Writer's Market details thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Look inside and you'll find page after page of all-new...   [click here for more]
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Writer's Market 2016

Writer's Market 2016


THE MOST TRUSTED GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHED Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2016 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get...   [click here for more]
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Writer's Market 2018

Writer's Market 2018


The most trusted guide to getting published! Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2018 guide you with thousands of publishing opportunities--including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings feature contact and submission information so you can get started right away. Beyond the listings,...   [click here for more]
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Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published

Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published


Write It Short, Sell It Now Short stories and personal essays have never been hotter--or more crucial for a successful writing career. Earning bylines in magazines and literary journals is a terrific way to get noticed and earn future opportunities in both short- and long-form writing. Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays capitalizes on the popularity of these genres...   [click here for more]
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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel


Solve the MYSTERY of how to write and sell a KILLER story! With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You'll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses. This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery...   [click here for more]
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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition


The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while...   [click here for more]
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Writing Blockbuster Plots

Writing Blockbuster Plots


A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure, and Scene Plotting a story filled with memorable, engaging scenes from beginning to end can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Having the right plan - and the tools to execute it - can make all the difference. Writing Blockbuster Plots pulls back the curtain on story structure with step-by-step strategies and visuals that turn plotting...   [click here for more]
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Writing Creative Nonfiction

Writing Creative Nonfiction


Experience the power and the promise of working in today' most exciting literary form: Creative Nonfiction Writing Creative Nonfiction presents more than thirty essays examining every key element of the craft, from researching ideas and structuring the story, to reportage and personal reflection. You'll learn from some of today's top creative nonfiction writers, including: Terry...   [click here for more]
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Writing Deep Scenes

Writing Deep Scenes


Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme Take a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your Writing Whether you're planning your first novel or have already written a first draft, you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly realize your story's potential. Writing Deep Scenes teaches you how to write strong, layered, and engaging scenes--the secret to memorable,...   [click here for more]
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Writing Fiction Step by Step

Writing Fiction Step by Step


Writing Fiction Step by Stepgives you more than 200 exercises that will sharpen your writing skills while helping you develop complete short stories, even novels. In this sequel to his very popular Fiction Writer's Workshop, Whiting Award-winning author Josip Novakovich shows you that writing fiction is about making connections&#150between character and plot, setting and conflict,...   [click here for more]
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Writing Irresistible Kidlit

Writing Irresistible Kidlit


The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers! Writing for young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) audiences isn't just "kid's stuff" anymore--it's kidlit! The YA and MG book markets are healthier and more robust than ever, and that means the competition is fiercer, too. In Writing...   [click here for more]
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Writing New Adult Fiction

Writing New Adult Fiction


Join the New Adult Fiction revolution! From Sylvia Day's Bared to You to Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, new adult fiction has arrived--and it's hotter than ever. But there's more to this category than its 18-to-26-year-old characters: The success of your story depends on authentically depicting the transition of your young protagonists from teenhood to adulthood....   [click here for more]
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Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel


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....   [click here for more]
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Writing the Fiction Series

Writing the Fiction Series


The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas What are the common pitfalls in a crafting a series, the best ways to get organized and plan it? The purpose of Writing the Fiction Series is to cover all things that need to be taken into consideration when writing a series and provide a one-stop resource for the who, what, where, when and why of this monumental endeavor. This helpful...   [click here for more]
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Writing the Intimate Character

Writing the Intimate Character


Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View Craft Vibrant Characters and an Intimate Reading Experience The key to excellent fiction lies in its characters: the unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters who populate the world of your story. Understanding and effectively using point of view allows you to write a powerful narrative that...   [click here for more]
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Writing the Paranormal Novel

Writing the Paranormal Novel


Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my! Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling plot, and surprising twists, not to mention great writing. This helpful guide gives...   [click here for more]
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Writing Thrillers: The Writer's Guide to Crafting Tales of Suspense

Writing Thrillers: The Writer's Guide to Crafting Tales of Suspense


In this invaluable guide, thriller master Michael Newton shows you how to develop compelling plots and intriguing characters that grab readers from page 1 and won't let them go. You'll learn how to craft heroes and villains that are both believable and original and ground them in situations that push them to the limits of physical, emotional, and mental endurance. You'll also find details that will...   [click here for more]
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