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

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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.

Story Fix

Your story is getting a "Meh..." when you had hoped for an "Amazing!" But have no fear--the piece you've sweated and bled over isn't dead on arrival. It just needs fixing. Story Fix is the answer to your revision needs.

Author: Larry Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639130

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Reinvigorate Your Fiction! You've written the first draft of your novel or screenplay, and you've released it into the world: to your critique group, to your most trusted beta readers, or even to an agent or an editor. But something's wrong. You're not getting the glowing response you had expected, or you might have even received a rejection. Your story is getting a "Meh..." when you had hoped for an "Amazing!" But have no fear--the piece you've sweated and bled over isn't dead on arrival. It just needs fixing. Story Fix is the answer to your revision needs. With practical techniques from critically acclaimed author and story coach Larry Brooks, you will learn how to: • Develop a story-fixing mind-set • Navigate the two essential realms of revision: story and execution • Evaluate your novel or screenplay against twelve crucial storytelling elements and essences. • Strengthen your concept and premise. • Punch up the dramatic tension, pacing, thematic weight, characterization, and more. • Align your story with proven structural principles. Filled with candid advice on the realities of the publishing world and helpful case studies of real authors who fixed their own stories, Story Fix isn't just about revision--it's about resurrection. Infuse your fiction with a much-needed jolt of electricity, and bring it back to life. "Larry Brooks is a superb storyteller and teacher. If anyone can fix your novel, it's him. Put this one on your desk and read it often." --Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and New York Times best-selling author of My Sister's Grave "Story Fix is the ultimate writer's companion for taking any manuscript to the next level. A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro." --Joe Moore, #1 Amazon and international best-selling co-author of The Blade and The Shield

Fix Your Damn Book

If you want to write faster, edit stronger, master the craft of storytelling, and ensure your book is something to be proud of before you put it on the market, Fix Your Damn Book! is the how-to book for you.

Author: James Osiris Baldwin

Publisher: Gift Horse Productions

ISBN: 9780994407023

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Have you finished a novel manuscript? Wondering what to do next? Fix Your Damn Book! is a self-help manual for writers who have finished a manuscript – a novel, novella, short story, or serial – and who want to self-edit their work to a professional standard and get it on the market. In this instructional and occasionally hilarious book, James Osiris Baldwin – an author and editor with over 8 years of experience as a freelance and staff editor – explains his technique for painlessly and successfully polishing your manuscript to a perfect glow. Fix Your Damn Book! will: • Introduce you to the seven essential components of successful editing; • Help you get in the right headspace to edit your own work; • Teach you to objectively diagnose problems in your manuscript; • Walk you through the secrets of developmental editing and line editing; • Teach you hacks for sharpening your story, character, and dialogue; • Guide you through copy-editing and grammar, including a copy-editing essentials checklist; • Give you guidelines on recruiting and making the most out of your first readers; • Cover proofreading and publishing. You will also find a special section on writing and editing query letters, advice on developing characters and stories, a list of the best software to help you write and edit, and much more! If you want to write faster, edit stronger, master the craft of storytelling, and ensure your book is something to be proud of before you put it on the market, Fix Your Damn Book! is the how-to book for you.

Troubleshooting Your Novel

You need Troubleshooting Your Novel.

Author: Steven James

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639840

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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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.

Structuring Your Novel

"-Robert Scanlon "This book shows a writer how to structure their novel from beginning to end in a no-nonsense manner.

Author: K. M. Weiland

Publisher: Lightning Source Incorporated

ISBN: 0985780401

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 324

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Acclaim for "Structuring Your Novel" "I have long wished for a book like this. "Structuring Your Novel" is so much more than a writing craft book-it's a recipe to help writers structure a deep, meaningful journey for their hero that will captivate readers from beginning to end."-Angela Ackerman, Author of "The Emotion Thesaurus" "There is absolute gold in this book-and I am grateful that the author has a real talent for distilling some of the somewhat clunky information found elsewhere, into really simple-to-understand and easy-to-follow techniques."-Robert Scanlon "This book shows a writer how to structure their novel from beginning to end in a no-nonsense manner. It's fast and easy reading, and MAKES SENSE "-Carrie C. Spencer About the Book Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories? Why do some stories work and others don't? The answer is "structure." In this IPPY and NIEA-Award winning guide from the author of the bestselling "Outlining Your Novel," you will learn the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story's major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which to evaluate your novel's pacing and progression. "Structuring Your Novel" will show you: How to determine the best techniques for empowering your unique and personal vision for your story. How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths. How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your "centerpiece." Why you should NEVER include conflict in every scene. How to discover the questions you "don't" want readers asking about your plot-and then how to get them to ask the right questions. Story structure has enabled countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it's your turn More Praise for "Structuring Your Novel" "K.M. Weiland delivers another exceptional resource for writers-offering practical guidance on everything from crafting a book's hook to its resolution."-Elizabeth Spann Craig, Author of the Myrtle Clover Mysteries ""Structuring Your Novel" will give you the blueprint for making your story more powerful. I'm taking this one with me to my desert island "-Jennifer Ibarra "After finishing the book, I reviewed my own writing and was easily able to see where the story wasn't working, understand why it wasn't, and figure out what I needed to do to fix it."-Abby Geiger More storytelling assistance from K.M. Weiland: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success-Can outlining help you write a better story?

On Editing

When you have finished this book, you will feel encouraged, empowered, and indomitable. If you are writing-or editing-a novel, you could do no better than to have this book by your side.

Author: Helen Corner-Bryant

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473666696

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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"Highly recommended: On Editing is indispensable reading for anyone who is or wants to be a writer. Every desk should have a copy!" - Dr Samantha J. Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing, UCL "On Editing is a feast with many courses. When you have finished this book, you will feel encouraged, empowered, and indomitable. If you are writing-or editing-a novel, you could do no better than to have this book by your side. Comprehensive, easily digestible, it is a classic in the making." - Shaye Areheart, Director of the Columbia Publishing Course Writing a novel is a magical but often difficult journey; and when your first draft is complete, that journey's not over. As the editing process gets underway, authors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory. What does it mean to 'map your plot'? How do you know if you're 'head-hopping'? When is your novel ready to send out to agents, and how do you make each submission count? Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, On Editing will show you how to master the self-edit. You will learn to compose, draft, and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written, and ready for submission. On Editing will help you harness your creative potential, transform the way you think about your writing, and revolutionise your editorial process. "It's easy for writers to be overwhelmed by the technicalities of writing, editing and getting published, but Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price share their decades of experience nurturing writers in On Editing. They know all the problems and how to fix them - including many you might not even think of - and explain it all in a clean, jargon-free, way that demystifies the whole process, with infectious enthusiasm that will have you ready, eager and bursting with the confidence to take your writing to the next level." - Writing Magazine

Writing Fiction For Dummies

Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; ...

Author: Randy Ingermanson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470530702

Category: Education

Page: 384

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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.

Fixing Your Character and Point of View Problems Revising Your Novel Book One

Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through revising character and character-related issues, such as two-dimensional characters, inconsistent points of view, too-much backstory, stale dialogue, didactic internalization, and lack of voice.

Author: Janice Hardy

Publisher: Fiction University Press

ISBN: 1948305917

Category: Reference

Page: 168

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"Fix the character and point-of-view problems holding your manuscript back! Characters are at the heart of every story, and if readers don't like those characters, they won't keep reading. Make sure your characters keep those readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through revising character and character-related issues, such as two-dimensional characters, inconsistent points of view, too-much backstory, stale dialogue, didactic internalization, and lack of voice. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Character & Point-of-View Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading." -- Back cover.

Before You Write Your Novel

No amount of glossing over the fact will fix it. No amount of praise from nonspecialists will cure it. When a genuine published writer, or agent, ...

Author: James McCreet

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317286622

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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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.

Write Your Life Story

Whether you want to share your story with the public or just your family, this book gives you all you need to create a wonderful gift for future generations.

Author: Steve Alcorn

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153706195X

Category:

Page: 164

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This fun and exciting guide shows you how to write an autobiography or biography that will bring your story to life. It begins by introducing you to all the different forms a life story can take, from journals to blogs to magazine articles to complete memoirs. Then it helps you organize your story into either chronological, thematic or anecdotal form. You'll receive a powerful set of writing tools, and learn how to use story structure, viewpoint, dialogue and settings to make your story clear and vivid. A comprehensive collection of writing prompts helps you collect and organize the events that shaped a life. Finally, you'll learn exactly how to get your book published and into the hands of your readers. Whether you want to share your story with the public or just your family, this book gives you all you need to create a wonderful gift for future generations.

Fix Your Damn Book

If you want to write faster, edit stronger, master the craft of storytelling, and ensure your book is something to be proud of before you put it on the market, Fix Your Damn Book! is the how-to book for you.

Author: James Osiris Baldwin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1533437637

Category:

Page: 286

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Have you finished a novel manuscript? Wondering what to do next? Fix Your Damn Book! is a self-help manual for writers who have finished a manuscript - a novel, novella, short story, or serial - and who want to self-edit their work to a professional standard and get it on the market. In this instructional and occasionally hilarious book, James Osiris Baldwin - an author and editor with over 8 years of experience as a freelance and staff editor - explains his technique for painlessly and successfully polishing your manuscript to a perfect glow. Fix Your Damn Book! will: * Introduce you to the seven essential components of successful editing; * Help you get in the right headspace to edit your own work; * Teach you to objectively diagnose problems in your manuscript; * Walk you through the secrets of developmental editing and line editing; * Teach you hacks for sharpening your story, character, and dialogue; * Guide you through copy-editing and grammar, including a copy-editing essentials checklist; * Give you guidelines on recruiting and making the most out of your first readers; * Cover proofreading and publishing. You will also find a special section on writing and editing query letters, advice on developing characters and stories, a list of the best software to help you write and edit, and much more! If you want to write faster, edit stronger, master the craft of storytelling, and ensure your book is something to be proud of before you put it on the market, Fix Your Damn Book! is the how-to book for you.

Nail Your Novel

It's great to know that - but while you're reading about it you're not writing your book. And what these books don't tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done. Nail Your Novel is a writing buddy - and mentor - in a book.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 146108136X

Category: Reference

Page: 180

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By bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor with a top London literary consultancy This book is used by award-winning authors and university creative writing departments. 'A how-to-write book that actually DOES tell you how' 'There are shedloads of books on how to write novels, and a lot of them are longer and considerably less useful' 'I wish I'd had this book a long time ago' 'The author has a proven track record as a writer of fiction, as opposed to writers of "how to write" books' Are you writing a novel? Do you want to make sure you finish? Will you get lost and fizzle out? Will you spend more time reading about how to write than actually getting the words down? Most books on novel-writing will make you read hundreds of pages about character arcs, inciting incidents, heroes' journeys. It's great to know that - but while you're reading about it you're not writing your book. And what these books don't tell you is how to use this learning and get the job done. Nail Your Novel is a writing buddy - and mentor - in a book. In 10 easy steps it will tell you: *how to shape your big idea and make a novel out of it *how to do your research and how to use it *how to organise your time *how to plot and build characters *when you're going to hit problems and what to do about them *how to write on the days you don't feel inspired *how to reread what you've written and polish it. Along the way, Thumbnail Notes give tutorials about storytelling and storycraft - strictly when you need them. The author has written nearly a dozen novels that have made it into print - and this is how she did it. You don't even need to read the whole book before you get started. You read a section, then do as it says. And, once you're finally satisfied, Nail Your Novel will tell you how to sell it to publishers and agents. A FULL index means you can find what you want, when you want it. You've dreamed of writing a novel. Don't procrastinate with another theory book. Don't launch in, get stuck and throw your hard work in a drawer. Nail your novel.

The Tidy Guide to Self Editing Your Novel

Step back to see the big picture Round 2. Step in to fix line by line Round 3. Read
aloud to make your story shine What comes after self-editing The Tidy Guide
Series by Rachel Aukes Appendix A. Storyboard for Fringe Runner Appendix B.

Author: Rachel Aukes

Publisher: Waypoint Books

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 40

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You've written a novel. Now what? The Tidy Guide to Self-Editing Your Novel brings you a no-nonsense approach to revise and polish your book. In this guide, you'll learn how to… - Self-edit your novel with a calm, motivated mindset - Polish your story so that it shines above the competition The Tidy Guide to Self-Editing Your Novel is a quick 30-minute read that’s jam-packed with information essential for writers at any stage in their careers.

Revising Your Novel First Draft to Finished Draft A Step By Step Guide to Revising Your Novel

"Author Janice Hardy, founder of the popular writing site Fiction University, takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process.

Author: Janice Hardy

Publisher: Fiction University Press

ISBN: 0991536452

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 380

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Get all three Fixing Your Revision Problems books in one omnibus This book contains Fixing Your Character & Point-of-View Problems, Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems, and Fixing Your Setting & Description Problems--PLUS a BONUS workshop: How to Salvage Half-Finished Manuscripts. A strong story has many parts, and when one breaks down, the whole book can fail. Make sure your story is the best it can be to keep your readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process, from character issues, to plot problems, to description issues. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix problems hurting your manuscript. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft offers eleven self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading. It will help you: Flesh out weak characters and build strong character arcs Find the right amount of backstory to enhance, not bog down, your story Create unpredictable plots that keep readers guessing Develop compelling hooks to build tension in every scene Determine the right way to include information without infodumping Fix awkward stage direction and unclear character actions Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft starts every workshop with an analysis and offers multiple revision options in each area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to: Develop a strong and effective revision plan Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses Spot common red flag words for problem areas (such as told prose) Determine the best way to revise a scene, plot, character, or novel Fix problems holding your novel back Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft is an easy-to-follow guide to revising your manuscript and crafting a strong finished draft that will keep readers hooked.

Storytelling How To Write A Novel

resolve his or her difficulties. Granted, the protagonist's actions might make the conflict worse or exacerbate the conflict, but at least the protagonist ...

Author: Jonathan Moeller

Publisher: Azure Flame Media

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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Want to write a novel? This is the book for you! The key to writing a good novel is to tell a good story, and this book will show you how to tell a good story in novel form. We'll look at all the important parts of a satisfying story structure: -The introduction. How to set the stage for your book. -The conflict and the inciting incident. All stories revolve around conflict, and the more emotionally significant the conflict, the better. -Rising action. Your characters need to take action to resolve their conflict, and they will experience setbacks and failures. -The climax. The more significant the conflict, the more powerful its climax and resolution. -The resolution. We see how the conflict and its resolution have changed the characters. Finally, this book contains a complete annotated copy of the author's novel SILENT ORDER: IRON HAND to provide an example of a novel that follows the rules of story structure. From the introduction to the resolution, STORYTELLING: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL will show you how to write a compelling novel of your own!

Novel and Short Story Writer s Market 1992

So don't think you're being unfairly picked on when even the most unskilled
reader you know calls to tell you how to fix your story or poem, when even the
silliest little free pamphlet-magazine sends you a rejection. It comes with the
territory.

Author: Robin Gee

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 0898794862

Category: Authorship

Page: 638

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Contact information for commercial periodicals, book publishers, small presses, and literary/small circulation magazines is supplemented by articles on the "how-to's" of fiction writing and marketing; a guide to contests, grants, fellowships, and awards; interviews with authors and editors; listings of conferences, workshops, publications, retreats, colonies, and organizations; and a category index of markets. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit

The last of the fourfold techniques of plotting novels is the Big Scene ... Less of a shopping mall of easy - fix editing ideas , this book will give you ...

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399528288

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING YOUR NOVEL PUBLISHED WITH THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GUIDE Writers often spend years perfecting their first novel—then hit a dead end when it comes to getting it published. Learning to market your novel will make it stand out from the thousands of other books clamoring for the attention of an ever shrinking number of publishers. In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers the wisdom of more than twenty years of experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy. You will learn: · How to categorize your novel, and the sixteen ways of describing it · Nine ways of selling your novel · Descriptions of the jobs of literary agent, editor, and writer · Examples of actual story synopses, and successful query letters—in all the genres · How to prepare sample chapters · Thirty questions a writer needs to ask a prospective agent

Fire Up Your Fiction

"What a wonderful resource for writers at any stage of their career! I wish I had this book when I first started writing. ... I can't think of anything important that you haven't addressed succinctly and clearly. ..

Author: Jodie Renner

Publisher:

ISBN: 0993700403

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 159

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Fire up Your Fiction - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories, has won two awards to date under its previous title, Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power. This popular writing guide received a Silver Medal in the Florida Authors & Publishers President's Book Awards for 2013 and an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards for 2013. "What a wonderful resource for writers at any stage of their career! I wish I had this book when I first started writing. ... I can't think of anything important that you haven't addressed succinctly and clearly. ... This should be on the booklist for Master's Programs in Writing for Publication. ... You must be a wonderful editor to be able to write such a readable, but comprehensive book." - Judge, Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards, January 2014 Fiction writers - if you're looking to hone your style, bring your scenes to life, tighten up your writing, add tension, pick up the pace, and develop a more authentic, appealing voice, this guide to the indispensable style elements of writing a popular novel is for you. This book is chock-full of excellent tips to help you learn to write like the pros and create a compelling novel that sells. Not only that, but if you apply these tips to your manuscript, you'll save a lot of money on editing costs. Topics include: hooking readers in on your first pages, writing compelling action scenes, style blunders to avoid, showing instead of telling, streamlining cluttered sentences and paragraphs, avoiding repetitions, choosing words that nail it, varying your pacing, avoiding info dumps, smoothing out awkward structures, writing natural-sounding dialogue, expressing thoughts, showing character reactions, avoiding melodrama, finding your authentic voice, and more. "This book is packed with good advice on how to spot and fix weaknesses in your fiction writing. It summarizes the combined wisdom of the last century or so of fiction teachers into one handy volume." - Randy Ingermanson, bestselling author of Writing Fiction for Dummies "A handy checklist and self-editing guide that will get any fiction writer to a stronger, well-told tale." - James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Revision & Self-Editing, Plot & Structure, and The Art of War for Writers

Fixing Your Plot and Story Structure Problems

"Fix the plot and story structure problems holding your manuscript back!

Author: Janice Hardy

Publisher: Fiction University Press

ISBN: 1948305933

Category: Reference

Page: 234

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"Fix the plot and story structure problems holding your manuscript back! A great plot will pique reader interest and make them want to know what happens next, but predictable plots can lose them after a few chapters. Make sure your plot keeps those readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through plot and story structure-related issues, such as wandering plots; a lack of scene structure; no goals, conflicts, or stakes; low tension; no hooks; and slow pacing. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading." -- Back cover.

Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction

A smart goal would be: 'In six months I will be halfway through the first draft of my novel' or 'In one year I will be editing a draft of my finished novel.

Author: Juliet Mushens

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473607088

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Learn how to write young adult fiction with imagination and verve. This is an authoritative and engaging introduction to writing young adult fiction for the complete beginner. It will help you understand how the genre works, the big do's and don't's - as well as giving you the inspiration and motivation you actually need to write. Written by a leading literary agent who knows what it takes to make it in this market, this book will give you the advice and tips you need to stand out. An essential book for anyone hoping to emulate the success and addictive qualities that characterize books like The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. 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.