Advice to Writers

There are already too many people around who mistake a love of reading for a
talent for writing." And that is my advice to young writers, too. Forget it. Take up
plumbing or electrical wiring. The money is vastly better, and the work-hours are
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Author: Jon Winokur

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307554154

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In Advice to Writers, Jon Winokur, author of the bestselling The Portable Curmudgeon, gathers the counsel of more than four hundred celebrated authors in a treasury on the world of writing. Here are literary lions on everything from the passive voice to promotion and publicity: James Baldwin on the practiced illusion of effortless prose, Isaac Asimov on the despotic tendencies of editors, John Cheever on the perils of drink, Ivan Turgenev on matrimony and the Muse. Here, too, are the secrets behind the sleight-of-hand practiced by artists from Aristotle to Rita Mae Brown. Sagacious, inspiring, and entertaining, Advice to Writers is an essential volume for the writer in every reader. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Forest for the Trees

Describes the process of writing and publishing from an editor's perspective, with advice on seeking agents, dealing with rejection, and identifying several author personality types.

Author: Betsy Lerner

Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover)

ISBN: UOM:39015048826195

Category: Reference

Page: 284

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Describes the process of writing and publishing from an editor's perspective, with advice on seeking agents, dealing with rejection, and identifying several author personality types.

Kill Your Darlings 20 Advice Articles for Fiction Writers

other reasons, some authors decide that they do not want their books made into
movies at all. An example of this case is J. D. Salinger and his classic, Catcher in
the Rye. As a final note, I believe that authors who are especially keen on seeing
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Author: Mike Wells

Publisher: Mike Wells

ISBN: 9781310042676

Category: Reference

Page: 90

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Bestselling novelist Mike Wells shares 20 of his most popular blog posts in one volume. Having more than two decades of experience in both traditional and indie publishing, Wells covers everything from a quick and easy way to write short book synopses to querying agents and editors to how to hook your readers on the first page of a story. "This is the best advice on creating a synopsis I've read.” - Melissa Stark, Author “I should tattoo these tips on my arm, Angelina Jolie style.” - Cynthia Wright, Author “This has been fantastic help.” - Marie O’Halloran, Author “Terrific summary of what we writers need to look out for.” - Julie Glover, Author “I am writing my first manuscript and have found this very interesting and helpful.” - Dave Perlmutter, Author

Making a Literary Life

As Carolyn See says, writing guides are like preachers on Sunday—there may be a lot of them, but you can’t have too many, and there’s always an audience of the faithful.

Author: Carolyn See

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307415961

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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As Carolyn See says, writing guides are like preachers on Sunday—there may be a lot of them, but you can’t have too many, and there’s always an audience of the faithful. And while Making a Literary Life is ostensibly a book that teaches you how to write, it really teaches you how to make your interior life into your exterior life, how to find and join that community of like-minded souls you’re sure is out there somewhere. Carolyn See distills a lifetime of experience as novelist, memoirist, critic, and creative-writing professor into this marvelously engaging how-to book. Partly the nuts and bolts of writing (plot, point of view, character, voice) and partly an inspirational guide to living the life you dream of, Making a Literary Life takes you from the decision to “become” a writer to three months after the publication of your first book. A combination of writing and life strategies (do not tell everyone around you how you yearn to be a writer; send a “charming note” to someone you admire in the industry five days a week, every week, for the rest of your life; find the perfect characters right in front of you), Making a Literary Life is for people not usually considered part of the literary loop: the non–East Coasters, the secret scribblers. With sagacity, a magical sense of humor, and an abiding belief in the possibilities offered to “ordinary” people living “ordinary” lives, Carolyn See has summed up her life’s work in a book so beguiling, irreverent, and giddily inspiring that you won’t even realize it’s changing your life until it already has. From the Hardcover edition.

Advice to Freelance Writers

If you want a profitable, easy freelance career, this guide is for you.

Author: Beth Ann Erickson

Publisher:

ISBN: 1932794204

Category: Reference

Page: 154

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If you want a profitable, easy freelance career, this guide is for you.

Manly Writing

In the long tradition of writing about writing , these best selves have been called
manly writers , and the worst effeminate . People who offer advice about writing
have long construed the virtues and vices of prose in the gendered language of ...

Author: Miriam Brody

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809316919

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 247

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In this critical history of the gendered politics of rhetoric and the rise of composition, Miriam Brody argues that nothing about words or their arrangement is innately gendered. Yet since the English Enlightenment, teachers have encouraged their students to admire and imitate "manly" writing, writing that is plain, forceful, cogent, and true. Similarly, students have been enjoined to avoid so-called effeminate or feminine writing--writing characterized as vague, unorganized, ornate, and deceitful. Such advice, part of what Brody terms the hidden curriculum, has served the interests of discourse communities as various as the early Enlightenment Royal Society in seventeenth-century London (by urging a clear and masculine style for the work of science) and the land-grant universities of nineteenth-century America (by claiming that the work of writing was similar to clearing the land and pushing back the frontier). Brody's discussion in fact becomes a social history of canonical rhetorical essays and important late Enlightenment, nineteenth-century, and early modern school texts. She points out that in their advice to writers even the Strunks and Whites and Peter Elbows of more recent times have extolled masculine virtues and urged control over invasive and problematic feminine qualities. Brody's book not only clarifies rhetoric's inheritance and transformation of the classical ideal of manliness, it also is the first critical work to explore the ideological significance of gendered imagery and to interpret in light of this imagery rhetorical essays and hard-to-locate early composition texts against a background of previously unpublished archival materials.

The Writer s Guide to Getting Published

Why don ' t they give me the advice I ask for ? Few editors offer advice to writers .
Some writers , especially novices , think this is unfair . However , there are good
reasons : Lack of time . With 100 - plus mss arriving every week , even a few ...

Author: Chriss McCallum

Publisher: How To Books Ltd

ISBN: 1857038770

Category: Authorship

Page: 182

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The aim of this book is to answer some of the questions asked by struggling writers, wheter of fiction, non fiction, drama, poetry or articlesThe book offers help and advice ranging from copyright to getting an agent.

The Writer s Mentor

by Henry Miller; The Art of Writing, by Lu Chi, the second—century Chinese poet;
John Steinbeck's Working Days and Journal ... Anthologies An essential
compendium of quotes is Advice to Writers, compiled by Jon Winokur, and
another basic ...

Author: Cathleen Rountree

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781573245708

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 273

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Written in a question-and-answer format, this guide to writing passionately shows writers how to find ideas and inspiration, break through blocks, and achieve "flow." Original. 25,000 first printing.

The Meister s Approach to Writing

Maybe it's because I took the advice for what I paid for it at the time. Nothing. But
over the years, I have paid plenty. I've spent hours helping would-be writers when
I could have been writing and selling my own manuscripts—and making money ...

Author: Richard Meister

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595207800

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 130

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This book will guide you through the perils of writing from the equipment needed to get started to believing in yourself. This book is divided into four parts. Part 1-To Start With; Part 2-In The Story; Part 3-Marketing; Part 4-After Publication. Each part will bring you closer to the desired end-publication. There is no guarantee this book or any other book, or even a writing course, will turn you into a published writer. But this book does its best to guide you there.

Coaching the Artist Within

Designed to help any person become more creative, this book offers a complete program for developing the habits that make creating an everyday routine.

Author: Eric Maisel

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577317211

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Have you ever wished you had a professional coach who could encourage your creative pursuits, help structure your efforts, and cheer you on? Coaching the Artist Within is the first book to explain the techniques that creativity coaches use to help their clients survive and thrive in the arts. Designed to help any person become more creative, this book offers a complete program for developing the habits that make creating an everyday routine. The book’s twelve lessons and numerous exercises are at once inspiring, practical, and fun. To spice up the lessons, Eric Maisel shares anecdotes about his clients, including painters, actors, screenwriters, novelists, dancers, and poets. Best of all, Coaching the Artist Within will teach you to be your own coach, and the results will transform your relationship with the creative process.

Methods of Authors

LITERARY BUREAU ( Established in 1887 ) gives frank and honest advice to
writers of MSS . on any subject , sells MSS . on commission , revises MSS . ,
makes typewritten copies if desired , and directs MSS . into their proper channels
- fulfils ...

Author: Hugo Erichsen

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B133884

Category: Authors

Page: 170

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Advice to the Writer

GENERAL INTRODUCTION You have just downloaded three chapters from The
Modern Library Writer's Workshop; a book with eight chapters written to help you
sidestep the classic problems that have frustrated writers since writing began.

Author: Stephen Koch

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 9780812993721

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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From Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program, comes essential and practical advice drawn from The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. With nearly thirty years of teaching experience, Stephen Koch has earned a reputation as an astute and benevolent mentor; and with Advice to the Writer, his lucid observations and commonsense techniques have never been more accessible. Here Koch dispenses sound guidance for those moments when the muse needs a little help finding her way: in “Shaping the Story,” he untangles plot; in “Working and Reworking,” he explains the most teachable (yet least often taught) of all writerly skills: revision; and in “The Story of the Self,” he delves into autobiography. Featuring handpicked commentary from some of our greatest authors, Advice to the Writer is a unique introduction to this maddening and intoxicating pursuit. Praise for Stephen Koch’s The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop “An extraordinarily comprehensive and practical work by a master craftsman and a master analyst of the craft.”—Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising and Anything Goes “Stephen Koch was my teacher long ago. Now he is everyone’s teacher, indelibly. This is a book not just for the beginning writer but for every writer.”—Martha McPhee, author of the National Book Award nominee Gorgeous Lies “The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop is a treasure trove of wisdom, both immensely practical and philosophical, entertaining and thought-provoking. Koch takes us inside the writing process, and it is impossible not to emerge transformed.”—Joanna Hershon, author of Swimming

Feature and Magazine Writing

“Service” articles help readers solve problems and achieve desired outcomes.
Many how-to features follow a four-part formula that includes an introduction,
segue, steps and conclusion. Sometimes writers package how-to advice in
bullets, ...

Author: David E. Sumner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444359084

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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This fully revised and updated edition of Feature and Magazine Writing covers everything from finding original ideas to locating expert sources. With fresh perspectives and advice from professional writers and editors, this colorfully-written introduction is required reading for anyone who wishes to become a strong feature writer. Includes chapters on connecting content to the calendar, writing for online publications, trends, issues and controversies, and writing dramatic stories New chapters in this edition include 'How To Find A Magazine Job', 'Last Chance: The Final Draft', and 'Writing for Trades, Associations and Organizations' New sections in this edition include 'Improving Your Pizzazz and 'Original Research = Original Articles'

The Creative Writing Coursebook

Fully updated and including a foreword by Marina Warner and contributions from forty-four authors such as Kit de Waal and Amy Liptrot, this is the perfect book for people who are just starting to write as well as for those who want some ...

Author: Julia Bell

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509829330

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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A fully updated comprehensive guide for improving and practicing your creative writing, including contributions from Ali Smith and Kit de Waal The Creative Writing Coursebook, edited by Julia Bell and Paul Magrs, takes aspiring writers through three stages of essential practice: Gathering – getting started, learning how to keep notes, making observations and using memory; Shaping – looking at structure, point of view, character and setting; and Finishing – being your own critic, joining workshops and finding publishers. Fully updated and including a foreword by Marina Warner and contributions from forty-four authors such as Kit de Waal and Amy Liptrot, this is the perfect book for people who are just starting to write as well as for those who want some help honing work already completed. Filled with a wealth of exercises and activities, it will inspire budding writers to develop and hone their skills. Whether writing for publication, in a group or just for pleasure this comprehensive guide is for anyone who is ready to put pen to paper.

Writer s Notebook Lv D

To whom are you writing ? How do you make the text say exactly what you want it
to say ? And perhaps the most important decision of all — when you get stuck , to
whom should you turn for advice ? The writers and editors at TIME Magazine ...

Author: Teacher Created Materials

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 0743903773

Category: Education

Page: 128

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Boys and Writing

Show don't tell ' Show don't tell ' is given as standard advice to aspiring writers .
To say ' The darkness made Smith feel very frightened ' is simply to tell the reader
that Smith was frightened . To show it implies re - creating for the reader Smith's ...

Author: Stephen Bowkett

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1855391082

Category: Education

Page: 96

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A look at how students' writing can be improved through a thinking skills agenda contains an emphasis on engaging boys with writing, but the techniques work equally well with girls and span a wide age and ability range.

Writing for the Soul

Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight.

Author: Jerry Jenkins

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582974179

Category: Reference

Page: 250

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In Writing for the Soul, best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins takes you on a personal and inspiring journey, imparting experience and wisdom gained from his impressive writing career. Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight. Jenkins shares the honest and straightforward truth about how to find writing success and why the journey is a continuous one. With heartfelt advice and intimate anecdotes that will satisfy writers and fans, Jenkins discusses: the skills and abilities required to build an exciting career breaking into the industry through reporting and writing for small markets establishing and maintaining a professional image how even experienced writers should continue to learn and grow (including Jenkins himself) Writing for the Soul is filled with Jenkins' autobiographical stories - including many of the famous people he's written about - and the lessons he's learned from his decades of experience in the writing and publishing world.

The Familiar Letter in Early Modern English

Thus we shall live until we die in spite of physicians!2 Advice constitutes a
frequent, even ubiquitous, subject for letter-writers in seventeenth- and
eighteenth-century England. The first quotation is taken from a letter that
announces its purpose ...

Author: Susan M. Fitzmaurice

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027297396

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 263

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This research monograph examines familiar letters in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English to provide a pragmatic reading of the meanings that writers make and readers infer. The first part of the book presents a method of analyzing historical texts. The second part seeks to validate this method through case studies that illuminate how modern pragmatic theory may be applied to distant speech communities in both history and culture in order to reveal how speakers understand one another and how they exploit intended and unintended meanings for their own communicative ends. The analysis demonstrates the application of pragmatic theory (including speech act theory, deixis, politeness, implicature, and relevance theory) to the study of historical, literary and fictional letters from extended correspondences, producing an historically informed, richly situated account of the meanings and interpretations of those letters that a close reading affords. This book will be of interest to scholars of the history of the English language, historical pragmatics, discourse analysis, as well as to social and cultural historians, and literary critics.

Argumentation and Health

Since the readers may have doubts as to what decision to make and brochure
writers will want to get as many people as possible to act on their advice, the
writers attempt to paint the most favourable picture of the action they promote —
or, ...

Author: Sara Rubinelli

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027269843

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the role of argumentation in the health care domain. Argumentation and Health is a collection of essays by argumentation theorists reflecting on the way in which the institutional context of health care shapes the argumentative interaction. The volume provides for the first time an overview of the most important recent developments and achievements of the study of argumentation in medical and public oriented health communication. In Argumentation and Health , attention is paid to argumentation in different forms of health communication, such as the medical consultation, direct-to-consumer drug advertising, health brochures and health risk communication. This book is of interest to argumentation theorists, (health) communication scholars, healthcare practitioners, students of medicine and health-related fields, and all other researchers and practitioners interested in the function and characteristics of argumentation in health communication. Originally published in Journal of Argumentation in Context, Vol. 1:1 (2012).

The Writer s Home Companion

Offers a collection of essays by a variety of poets, novelists, critics, and other writers on the process of writing, revision, finding a voice, seeking an audience, and other techniques of authorship

Author: Joan Bolker

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0805048936

Category: Reference

Page: 269

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Offers a collection of essays by a variety of poets, novelists, critics, and other writers on the process of writing, revision, finding a voice, seeking an audience, and other techniques of authorship