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Troubleshooting Your Novel

Author : Steven James
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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, practical instruction on tackling the problem areas and weak spots in your story. You need Troubleshooting Your Novel. In this hand-on, easy-to-use guide, award-winning author Steven James provides helpful techniques and checklists, timesaving tricks of the trade, and hundreds of questions for manuscript analysis and revision. You'll learn how to: • ADJUST elements of story progression, from causality, tension, and setbacks to plot twists, climaxes, and endings. • DEVELOP authentic, riveting characters by exploring their attitudes, desires, beliefs, and more. • LEARN narrative techniques for elements such as dialogue, flashbacks, suspense, voice, subtext, and flow. • ENSURE reader engagement by aligning with their expectations, fulfilling promises, and instilling trust. • CHECK issues with context and continuity. You owe your book more than just a polish and a proofread. Strengthen your story, prepare it for the marketplace, and make it the best it can be with Troubleshooting Your Novel.

Your First Novel Revised and Expanded Edition

Author : Ann Rittenberg
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Your Expert Guide to Writing and Publishing a Novel In this revised and expanded edition of Your First Novel, novelist Laura Whitcomb, seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg, and her knowledgeable assistant, Camille Goldin, team up to provide you with the essential skills needed to craft the best novel you can--and the savvy business know-how to get it published. Complete with updated references, analysis of new best-selling novels, and the same detailed instruction, Whitcomb will show you how to: • Practice the craft of writing, using both your right- and left-brain • Develop a flexible card system for organizing and outlining plot • Create dynamic characters that readers love--and love to hate • Study classic novels and story structure to adapt with your ideas Featuring two new chapters on choosing your path as an author and understanding the world of self-publishing, Rittenberg and Goldin dive into the business side of publishing, including: • What agents can--and should--do for your future • Who you should target as an agent for your burgeoning career • How the mysterious auction for novels actually goes down • Why you should learn to work with your agent through thick and thin Guiding your first novel from early words to a spot on the bookshelf can be an exciting and terrifying journey, but you're not alone. Alongside the advice of industry veterans, Your First Novel Revised and Expanded also includes plenty of firsthand accounts from published authors on their journeys, including Dennis Lehane, C.J. Box, Kathleen McCleary, David Kazzie, and more.

Before You Write Your Novel

Author : James McCreet
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Previously available as "Before You Write a Word", Before You Write Your Novel sets out the essential techniques and approaches that lay the perfect foundation for writing your first novel. This concise and readable guide addresses the major stumbling blocks of fiction writing: the importance of planning and structure. This book covers the essential components of novel writing including narrative, story, plot, pace, chronology, character arc and engagement techniques, as well as research, story building, plotting and editing. Using an open and honest approach, feeding from his own experience as a published novelist and creative writing teacher, James McCreet offers a guide to the structural mechanisms of the novel, helping you plan a first draft through to a finished novel.

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing

Author : Writer's Digest Books
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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, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work. This fully revised edition includes an updated marketing section for navigating the unique challenges and possibilities of the evolving literary marketplace. Inside you'll find new essays from dozens of best-selling authors and publishing professionals detailing how to: • Master the elements of fiction, from plot and character 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 the key elements for success in every genre • 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 and most popular writers, including David Baldacci, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Khaled Hosseini, Hugh Howey, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, George R.R. Martin, Jojo Moyes, Anne Rice, Jane Smiley, and Garth Stein. Their insights on the craft and business of fiction will provide you with invaluable mentorship as you embark on your writing journey. The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing is your go-to guide for every aspect of creating a bestseller.

Complete Write a Novel Course

Author : Will Buckingham
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LEARN HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL WITH THIS COMPLETE, PRACTICAL COURSE. Designed to take you from the moment you first put pen to paper right through to the process of contacting publishers (or uploading an ebook file) and promoting your book, this is the most important book on writing that you'll ever read. It introduces you to the craft of fiction writing, the art of words and the way in which to use them. It gives you inspiration, ideas and practical advice. It gives you the background and the skills you'll need to succeed. Unlike other books on the market, however, it also helps you begin to critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best art you can. There are plenty of other essential writing tools in this book, as well, including techniques for overcoming writer's block; with nearly a quarter of the book focussing on how to get published, how to publish yourself, which courses you do - and don't - need, the nuts and bolts of competitions and festivals and the importance of social media, this really is the most comprehensive companion to the subject available. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

From Pitch to Publication

Author : Carole Blake
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From Pitch to Publication by Carole Blake is the insider's guide to getting published successfully. The secret to making money from your fiction writing is not only in the quality of your work but your approach to the publishing process: in this book an industry professional shows how to make the system work for you. Advice is here from almost the moment you pick up the pen – identifying the market for your work – to working constructively with your author or agent, safeguarding your rights, negotiating and understanding contracts, and understanding how your book will actually be sold. From Pitch to Publication is the complete guide to presenting yourself effectively to publishers, and navigating the periods before and after publication for continuing success.

Straight Talk on Writing

Author : Scott Francis
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This compelling book provides you with eighteen insightful interviews with bestselling authors, writing instructors, agents, award-winning writers and more. You'll learn how to create characters, plot more effectively, live the writer's life with purpose and abandon, and much more. Interviewees include Orson Scott Card, George Singleton, Donald Maass, Dinty Moore, Peter Selgin, James Alexander Thom, and many more. The interviews are casual, relaxed, revealing and instructive. Dig in!

Write A Book Now The Busy Writer s MegaPack

Author : M. R. McAlister
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“I am a great fan of Marg McAlister's work and have been for over 10 years. Everything she writes is simple to understand, and it works if you work it!” Grace Lee Patrick The Busy Writer’s MegaPack was compiled in response to many readers who asked for the entire Busy Writer library in one collection. You’ll find a ton of information here to get you well on the way to publication. To successfully write and publish a book, you need to have these things in place: # A step-by-step program to get you out of the gate and running: a take-no-prisoners Kickstart Program for writers. # A sound knowledge of the genre in which you want to publish. # Interesting, vibrant characters that readers will enjoy and want to get to know # A well-paced plot that keeps the reader turning pages, eager to find out what happens next # A comprehensive set of checklists to ensure that you’ve left nothing out (characters, plot, pacing, dialogue, and more) This full collection of Busy Writer books provides you with the tools for every item on the list above, plus a sound basis for popular genres with the addition of Writing for Children, Writing Romance, and Writing Mystery, Crime & Suspense. Many genres have some of those elements: characters are caught up in a romance or trying to solve a mystery. Writing for children can encompass anything from simple picture books right through to young adult books. With the Busy Writer’s MegaPack by your side, you’ll be up and running in no time!

The Busy Writer s Tips on Writing for Children

Author : M. R. McAlister
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Writing for children is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things you can do. If you put your heart and soul into it, and focus on writing a good book that will appeal to your target readership, you have a good chance of establishing a satisfying career. But first... you need to have a good understanding of the basics: how to create a fast-paced plot that will hold the attention of your young readers, or how to write a picture book that will have small children spellbound with joy. You need to know how to create vivid, memorable characters, and how to write dialogue that sounds real and moves your story along so that your readers can't wait to turn the page. The Busy Writer's Tips on Writing for Children gives you an overview of the different categories of children's books, and shows you how to decide which one would be the 'best fit' for you. What You'll Discover: # 10 Tips on writing for children # An overview of children's book categories # How to write picture books (including "10 Common Mistakes in Plotting Picture Books", and tips on how to think in pictures, fine-tuning your text and pictures, and writing in rhyme) # How to create stories for children 6-12 (short books and chapter books for emergent readers; middle-range storybooks for 6-10 years and longer storybooks for 9-12 years) # How to build stories for young adults (including 3 important tips on writing YA fiction and ideas about what to write for this market) # Tips on writing non-fiction for Children (including tips on finding non-fiction ideas and fine-tuning your ideas) # Tips on plotting (including the basics of a workable children's book and a handy plot outline) # Tips on creating characters (how to make your characters seem real; how to create a story from a character; where to find good story characters; a look at stereotyped characters and tips on how to introduce your characters) # Tips on writing dialogue (what you should include; how to set out dialogue; setting conversational goals; speech tags and action tags and a dialogue troubleshooter, with tips on fixing dialogue that doesn't sound right) "Tips on Writing for Children" is another winner in the 'Busy Writer' series!

A Writer s Guide to Fiction

Author : Elizabeth Lyon
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The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short story. In addition to the basics of characterization, plot, pacing, and theme, A Writer's Guide to Fiction also features a plan for revising fiction, a guide to marketing, samples of cover and query letters, and methods of honing the writing craft.