Bring Your Fiction to Life

But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging.

Author: Karen S. Wiesner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440349867

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Craft a Story That Towers Above the Rest You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore. But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging. Bring Your Fiction to Life teaches you how to build a solid narrative structure and layer in lush, textured scenes to create a story that rings true. You'll learn how to: • Master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element. • Develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through your fictional world. • Construct and analyze an outline for your manuscript, using tools and techniques to analyze scenes that lack dimensionality. • Brainstorm, research, and draft efficiently and effectively, and juggle multiple projects with ease. Packed with story-development charts, worksheets, and checklists, Bring Your Fiction to Life shows you how to craft a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable.

Writing Blurbs That Sizzle And Sell

You can also find more information about signing up for her blurb workshops. WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL! is the definitive guide on how to craft back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs!

Author: Karen S. Wiesner

Publisher:

ISBN: 1723857203

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 393

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Make your book fly off the shelves! Are you an author who dislikes or dreads trying to write back cover blurbs for your stories, or have you started one and want help making yours sizzle with intrigue and impact? Would you like to utilize a series blurb but you're not sure where to start in covering all the books in your series in one succinct, powerful paragraph? Would you like to have a short, punchy version of your blurb that can be used in your marketing and author/series branding? Are you a publisher with a stable full of books that need blurb overhauls? Every author knows what a back cover blurb is, given its high-profile placement on the back cover of every book. At its crux, a back cover blurb strives to be a concise, breathtaking summary of the entire story that includes the major internal and external conflicts and the goals and motivations of the main character(s). Unfortunately, crafting an effectively good back cover blurb is no easy task, and many writers outright dislike writing them or dread the process because so much is at stake if the blurb fails to engage. A sizzling back cover blurb needs to convince readers they absolutely have to read the story inside the pages...or they'll set the book down without ever opening it. Additionally, a powerful series blurb can sell not just one book but all of them in that set! High-concept blurbs are necessary in every author's marketing to provide intriguing "sound bites" for books and series'. WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL! will teach writers and publishers: The basics of blurb crafting: When to write them, how long they should be, and the three types of blurbs including back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs. Tips and tricks for crafting blurbs including worksheets and checklists to make the process foolproof. Techniques in sizing blurbs for a variety of applications as well covering the timely and viable topic of branding with blurbs. Step-by-step, do-it-yourself exercises using published works to help you develop blurb writing, revising, and evaluating skills. The genre-diverse, multi-award-winning author of almost 130 titles, including 19 series, provides an in-depth reference to all things blurbs that may help sell your books to publishers and readers alike. Karen Wiesner is the author of the bestselling FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity, and WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas, all available now from Writer's Digest Books. Additionally, COHESIVE STORY BUILDING is available from Writers Exchange E-Publishing. Karen has crafted back cover and high-concept blurbs for all of her own books and series as well as those for the stories in several award-winning anthologies. She's also evaluated, revised and crafted back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs for the entire backlist of nearly five hundred books in one publisher's catalog. She runs a blurb service for authors called Karen's Blurb Service http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/BlurbService.html, where you can find more details and gain access to a massive sampling of blurbs she's written and revised in nearly every category of fiction, nonfiction, and everything in-between. You can also find more information about signing up for her blurb workshops. WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL! is the definitive guide on how to craft back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs!

Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

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.

Author: Katharine Grubb

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529352481

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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LEARN HOW TO WRITE FICTION BY WRITING EVERY DAY Would you like to write but have no spare time? Do you not know where to begin? Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a day. Starting with a daily practical exercise, it will help you manage your writing schedule within this time frame and help you bring your novel to life. You will be able to clarify your vision and review your time commitments, as well as understand your own abilities. Learning to observe the world around you, write quickly and tap into your unique voice will help you to create all the elements of your story and, by the time you've finished all the exercises, you'll have created something beautiful. 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.

Writing a Novel

Writing A Novel is not a set of rules and regulations.

Author: Richard Skinner

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571340477

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Writing A Novel is not a set of rules and regulations. It is an atlas, a guide to finding your own way over the treacherous passes of your first novel. Pulling together his years of experience as a novelist and a teacher, Richard Skinner covers the basics of writing great fiction - narrators, characters, settings - with charm and rigour. But more than that, he argues that the journey towards a final manuscript is as important as the finished article itself. His approach works: many of Richard's students have gone on to secure publishing deals and many more have left his courses with work to be proud of. With its balance of warmth and wisdom, Writing a Novel will give any aspiring writer the confidence to face the blank page -- and to fill it.

The Plot Thickens

As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page.

Author: Noah Lukeman

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429990848

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict. Writers will find it impossible to walk away from this invaluable guide---a veritable fiction-writing workshop---without boundless new ideas. “One of the best-ever books about the craft of writing. It is a book that can change the world of every writer who embraces Lukeman's ideas. His classroom on paper should be on every writer's shelf to be read again and again.” --Authorlink

Courage and Craft

In Courage and Craft, you'll find a nuts-and-bolts overview of the genre, exercises to keep the inner critic at bay, inspiration from writers who've been there and practical advice for getting your words on the page and out into the world.

Author: Barbara Abercrombie

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577316015

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 157

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This book offers lessons to embolden you as a writer and practical guidelines for working writing into your everyday life, giving and receiving feedback, and getting your work...

Creating Character Bringing Your Story to Life

Fowler, H.W. A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. 2nd ed. Rev. Ernest Gowers.
N.Y. & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965. Hale, Constance. Sin and Syntax:
How to Create Wickedly Effective Prose. New York: Broadway Books, 2001. Hart
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Author: William Bernhardt

Publisher: Babylon Books

ISBN: 9780997901085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

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All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This book explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. Using examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the art of character creation in a direct and easily comprehended manner. The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own work. William Bernhardt is the author of more than fifty novels, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published by major houses. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

How to Fix Your Novel

Topics include: Story Structure Character Building Viewpoint Tense Voice Setting Conflict Suspense Mystery Dialogue Writing Big Beginnings and Endings Getting Published Whether you're a first time novelist still planning your story, or an ...

Author: Steve Alcorn

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 1470102617

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 254

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Have you started a novel, only to get part way into the manuscript and find yourself stuck? Or do you have an idea for a novel, but aren't sure where to begin? Have you completed a first draft, but feel it doesn't quite have the luster of professional writing? In this lively and fun-to-read guide, Steve Alcorn shows you the remedies you need to achieve success. Step by step, you'll breathe life into old manuscripts, create new novels that read like bestsellers, and put the spark back into your writing life. Topics include: Story Structure Character Building Viewpoint Tense Voice Setting Conflict Suspense Mystery Dialogue Writing Big Beginnings and Endings Getting Published Whether you're a first time novelist still planning your story, or an experienced author looking for ways to bring your fiction to life, How to Fix Your Novel is the ideal prescription.

Creating Characters

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: Writer's Digest

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1599638762

Category: Reference

Page: 341

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"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.

Life

Phoenocian sailors get at least five hundred miles to a galleon . Jacob ascends
on ... With " slices of life " I am through , And bid them goodbye with a smile ; To
books with a purpose , adieu , The devil may take the whole pile ! Were I on the ...

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Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library

A child brings a dragon to the library and learns a valuable lesson--libraries and dragons do not mix.

Author: Julie Gassman

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9781479591756

Category: FICTION

Page: 32

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A child brings a dragon to the library and learns a valuable lesson--libraries and dragons do not mix.

Fiction Writing Modes

Eleven different modes comprise all written fiction. Fiction-Writing Modes offers beginning writers an invaluable foundation from which to build skills. This book can help experienced authors reach new levels of success.

Author: Mike Klaassen

Publisher:

ISBN: 1682221008

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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"Most books about the craft of writing fiction explain a few fiction-writing modes, but none addresses or even identifies all eleven. Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life is the most comprehensive and concise resource available anywhere regarding fiction-writing modes and the mechanics of presenting them. A mode is a particular manner of doing or expressing something. Eleven different modes comprise all written fiction. Fiction-Writing Modes offers beginning writers an invaluable foundation from which to build skills. This book can help experienced authors reach new levels of success. A better understanding of fiction-writing modes can help any writer understand why some writing works and why some does not."--Publisher description.

The Her Campus Guide to College Life Updated and Expanded Edition

How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have
the Best Years of Your Life! Stephanie ... You'll get the unique opportunity to
interview students, professors, and probably even professionals. You'll always be
in the ... If news writing isn't your thing, many colleges also offer literary
magazines, which are a great place to showcase your fiction writing or poetry. It's
also a terrific ...

Author: Stephanie Kaplan Lewis

Publisher: Adams Media

ISBN: 9781507210321

Category: Study Aids

Page: 320

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Every young woman’s essential guide to tackling all of the challenges of college­—from stress to debt to scholarships—in a completed updated new edition: “Some things are common sense but some things aren’t—especially when it comes to navigating a college campus in a way that’s fun, independent, and totally safe” (Today.com). Get ready for the best years of your life! From the experts behind Her Campus, this completely updated college guide is bursting with insider tips to help you navigate classes, relationships, and all your extracurriculars—including parties and Greek life, of course. Whether you’re just starting freshman year or a seasoned pro as an upperclassman, you’ll learn tips and tricks for how to survive: —Bonding with your roommate—while setting ground rules for your new space at the same time —Beating the dreaded Freshman 15 without having to give up dessert —Snagging a date with the cutie from class —Coping with stress and anxiety—even during the insanity of finals week! —Navigating student loans and finding the best financial aid, scholarships, and post-graduate loan forgiveness programs —Scoring awesome jobs and internships and transitioning into post-collegiate life —Staying safe on campus so you can enjoy all college has to offer—without horror stories Complete with fun checklists and helpful worksheets, The Her Campus Guide to College Life, Updated and Expanded Edition shows you how to make the most out of your undergrad experience—in and outside the classroom.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to Recess

But can a dragon follow the rules and use proper playground manners at recess? With the help of her best friend she can! This is the third installment in author Julie Gassman's popular dragon series.

Author: Julie Gassman

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9781515828440

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Dragons are more than just fire and wings. They have outside interests like slides and swings. But can a dragon follow the rules and use proper playground manners at recess? With the help of her best friend she can! This is the third installment in author Julie Gassman's popular dragon series. Using a diverse cast, relatable situations, and rhyming text, the importance of recess etiquette has never been funnier!

Is Life Like This A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months

You've got two narrative strategies to use when you're writing a story: scene and
summary. Showing and telling. Both are necessary in your novel. Summary, for
example, accelerates the narrative tempo and hurries us through events that, ...

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393076997

Category: Reference

Page: 320

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“[Dufresne’s] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.”—Brad Watson “Writing a novel,” says John Dufresne, “is not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But it’s also not as difficult as you imagined.” Dufresne’s smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps. His six-month program variously calls attention to the key elements of good fiction writing and offers exercises that are designed to sharpen writers’ command of novel-length storytelling. After six months of guided writing, the users of this book will finish what might have once seemed impossible—a rich and compelling first draft of a novel. Is Life Like This? may well be the most important addition to the aspiring writer’s library.

A Library of Famous Fiction

us have one bottle more , Deborah , my life , “ Indeed , sir , " resumed my son ,
after a and , Moses , give us a good song . ... Go , my parents without any
provocation , - thus to children , go and be miserable and infamous ; bring your
gray hairs ...

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ISBN: UIUC:30112068420154

Category: English fiction

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Prompts for Fiction Writers

A description ofa home can give a great impression to the reader of the kind of
family who lives in it. Give a good account of the neighbourhood a character lives
in, or grew up in, can bring your character to life and give him or her a ...

Author: Katie Gustafsson

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781411614383

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For a writer, staring at a blank page, or screen, can be like your feet if you step out in the snow barefoot - frozen! This book of prompts can help unfreeze your creativity by suggesting a line or an idea for your muse to work on until it thaws out enough to write what you need it too. The bonus for fiction writers is that any of these prompts could actually give you a new dimension or idea to add to your work in progress! Separated into four sections, "Writing Prompts for Fiction Writers" gives suggested writing on three of the major disciplines in fiction writing - namely character, setting, and dialogue - and finishes with a section of idea seeds, general story line ideas for your own muse to mull over. In all, the book contains 85 prompts, a character profile sheet (to create characters to work through the exercises with should you not have a novel in progress when you begin), and a brief overview/introduction to each section.

Writing Characters Who ll Keep Readers Captivated

Whether you write a straightforward story-based genre or literary fiction, this book will show you how to create people who enthrall readers — and make you want to tell stories.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1489567429

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

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How do you create characters who keep readers hooked? How do you write the opposite sex? Teenagers? Believable relationships? Historical characters? Enigmatic characters? Plausible antagonists and chilling villains? How do you understand a character whose life is totally unlike your own? How do you write characters for dystopias? How do you make dialogue sing? When can you let the reader intuit what the characters are feeling and when should you spell it out? Roz Morris is a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor, and a literary author in her own right. She has mined 20 years' worth of writing, editing and critiquing experience to create this book. It contains all the pitfalls and sticky points for writers, laid out as a set of discussions that are easy to dip into. And it wouldn't be a Nail Your Novel book without a good dose of games, exercises and questionnaires to help you populate a novel from scratch. Whether you write a straightforward story-based genre or literary fiction, this book will show you how to create people who enthrall readers - and make you want to tell stories. Previously titled Nail Your Novel: Bring Characters to Life.

LIFE

I am looking forward to subsequent stories with a great deal of anticipation. H. L.
SCHALL ... Albert Bierstadt first went west with General Lander's expedition in
1858, and assuredly he was one of the first painters to bring the great American ...

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

The Panorama of Life and Literature

Denmark , ” a novel . The letters ... The father of the hero is just cannot take up
and glance over without fira ! ... A mu- following charming touch of home -
memory , sician of eminence heard of this benevolent from one of his books of
travel , is a ...

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