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

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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.

Writing Characters Who ll Keep Readers Captivated

How do you inhabit a character who isn't like you? Whether you write literary or genre fiction, this book shows you how to create people who keep readers hooked and make you want to tell stories

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Spark Furnace Books

ISBN: 1909905968

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How do you create characters with depth? How do you write the opposite sex, authentic teenagers, plausible antagonists and chilling villains? How do you inhabit a character who isn't like you? Whether you write literary or genre fiction, this book shows you how to create people who keep readers hooked and make you want to tell stories

Writing Plots with Drama Depth and Heart

Where do you find story ideas?

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Fabled Lands Llp

ISBN: 1909905984

Category:

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What keeps a reader curious? It's the story. You might have a dazzling prose voice and plausible characters, but if nothing happens, the reader is likely to lose interest. So where do you find story ideas? How do you make them into a captivating read? What's your personal vision? Do you know what genre you are best suited to write? What is literary fiction and how do you write that? How will you give your book depth without seeming preachy or bringing the plot to a standstill? What are the hidden structural patterns that ply the reader's emotions, regardless of your genre or style? How can you use them with originality? How should you begin and end? What should go in the middle? Where should you play your best twists - and what should they be? How can you write each scene so it holds the reader's curiosity? If you want to write a story that breaks with convention but still keeps readers riveted, how do you do it? Whatever type of novel you want to write, this book will show you, in down-to-earth tutorials, games and brainstorming exercises. Use it before you write and when revising, to diagnose your story's strengths and weaknesses. If you've had feedback from critique partners and editors, use it to decode what's really wrong - instead of what they think might be. Most of all, use it to find out where you already have spellbinding plot material. Discover where your best ideas are hiding and how to tell stories with drama, depth and heart.

2015 Novel Short Story Writer s Market

“Guest posts on other blogs are a good way to tell potential readers about your
blog.” Fourth, be sure ... “For instance, my book on writing (Nail Your Novel) is
very practical and upbeat, and I'd look for blogs where the readers appreciated
that.

Author: Rachel Randall

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638614

Category: Reference

Page: 569

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The Best Resource for Getting Your Fiction Published! The 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market is the only resource you'll need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. As with past editions, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market offers hundreds of listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and other important tips. New to this year's edition: Gain access to the exclusive webinar "Blockbuster Fiction: Exploring Emotional High Points in Popular Films" from best-selling author Cheryl St. John. This 45-minute webinar explores the ten most popular films of 2013--including Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and more--to show you how to create intense, emotional, engrossing moments in your fiction. When you make your readers care about your characters and your story, you'll evoke excitement, indignation, fear, anxiety, tears, and laughter--and keep them hooked from start to finish. You'll also find articles and interviews on all aspects of the writing life, from in-depth lessons on craft and technique to helpful advice on getting published and marketing your work. The 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market offers everything a fiction writer needs to achieve publishing success, including articles and essays like these: • J.T. Ellison, New York Times best-selling author, reveals how to capture â€" and keep â€" reader interest. • Ransom Riggs, mega-popular YA novelist, shares advice on writing out-of-the-ordinary fiction. • Chuck Wendig, hybrid author extraordinaire, talks about the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing. You'll also receive: • A free digital download of Writer's Yearbook featuring the 100 Best Markets "If you're looking for the best resource for connecting with publishers who are hungry for your fiction, you've found it. Ten novels ago I got my start as an author using Writer's Market guides." -Steven James, writing instructor and best-selling author of The King and Story Trumps Structure "If you can't go to every literary cocktail party in New York, get this book. It's an instant network." -Elizabeth Sims, best-selling author of You've Got a Book in You

Top Ten Reasons Your Novel is Rejected

your chances of selling won't be very good. Same thing for vampire books.
Personally ... Maybe she broke a nail taking the binder clip off your submission
and she'd just had her nails done during her lunch hour. Maybe that morning she
was ...

Author: Lois Winston

Publisher: Lois Winston

ISBN: 9780985968953

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 80

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Over the years Lois Winston has given workshops and talks to several thousand aspiring writers. As a literary agent, she’s listened to hundreds of pitches and read through tens of thousands of query letters and manuscript submissions. Being both a published author and a literary agent gives her a unique perspective on publishing. She knows what it’s like to be the writer whose only desire is to sell a novel, and she knows what it’s like to have to crush someone’s hopes with a rejection letter. It wasn’t until she started sending out those rejection letters that she began to have a better understanding of why so many writers receive them. What she’s come to realize is that most manuscripts are rejected by agents and editors for one or more of ten basic reasons. Writers have control over some of these reasons but not all of them. This book will discuss these ten reasons and how writers can control more of their destiny by not falling prey to them. Whether your goal is to be published by a legacy publishing house or you plan to self-publish, this book contains invaluable information about self-editing, grammar, punctuation, point of view, telling vs. showing, passive vs. active writing, dialogue, narrative, voice, style, hooks, query letters, and synopsis writing. Key words: writing research, authorship, grammar & punctuation, editing & proofreading, composition & creative writing, publishing & books, writing skills

Story Fix

Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant Larry Brooks ... To nail your novel
you need to be crystal clear about the differences between concept, premise,
theme, and idea (in addition to several dozen other points of craft), and how
those ...

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

Tooth and Nail

Well, here is a novel approach: A mystery story, at once whimsical and elucidating, filled with hundreds of SAT examiners' favorite test words." -Los Angeles Times Congratulations.

Author: Charles Harrington Elster

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0156013827

Category: Fiction

Page: 366

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Uses hundreds of SAT vocabulary words printed in boldface in the text of a mystery novel, and includes a glossary, sample test, and tips on studying

Writing the Popular Novel

People who have no choice but to go to an office would nail your hide to a barn
wall if they found out you volunteered for it . Doesn ' t your paper carry Dilbert ? 9
. Write screenplays , not novels . Some people can ' t get enough rejection .

Author: Loren D. Estleman

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UOM:39015059302805

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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A guide on how to write best-selling fiction discusses the traits of successful authors, the specific challenges of a variety of genres, and the benefits of exploring more than one genre for a more fulfilling writing career. By the award-winning author of the Amos Walker series. Original. Writer's Digest Main.

Lifeform Three

This book includes an appendix of suggested questions for reading groups.

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1494305410

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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"'Marvellous, powerful, beautiful' KIJ JOHNSON, multi-times winner of the HUGO AND NEBULA AWARDS 'Beautifully written, meaningful, top-drawer storytelling. An extraordinary novel in the tradition of great old-school literary science fiction like Atwood and Bradbury' - LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY AUTHORS" Misty woods; abandoned towns; secrets in the landscape; a forbidden life by night; the scent of bygone days; a past that lies below the surface; and a door in a dream that seems to hold the answers. Paftoo is a 'bod'; made to serve. He is a groundsman in the last remaining countryside estate, once known as Harkaway Hall and now a theme park. Paftoo holds scattered memories of the old days but they are regularly deleted to keep him productive. When he starts to have dreams of the Lost Lands past, Paftoo is thrown into a nightly battle for his memories, his soul and his cherished connection with Lifeform Three. Includes an appendix of suggested questions for reading groups. "'I really didn't want this book to end; it's that good' - BUILD ANOTHER BOOKCASE"

My Novel Or Varieties of English Life

Come , for the sake of dear Lansmere , and all the old kindly feelings between
your family and mine , say ' yes - so shall it be . ' ” Richard Avenel was almost
melted . He turned away his face ; but there suddenly rose to his recollection the
 ...

Author: Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433074937669

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Christian Treasury

... dissatisfied woman of my You are two or three days reading a novel , and
Agnes . ' it fills your thoughts for that time ; but when it comes to an end , you
cannot part with it . AMOS AND THE NAILS . Your ready imagination works the
story over ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: SRLF:A0003397973

Category: Christianity

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Is this Your Son My Lord

A Novel Helen Hamilton Gardener. soldier . A soldier is always a relic of
barbarism . ... Select as a life ' s work something that is of the present and the
future ; don ' t nail your flag to a sinking ship . That is what I said to him about the
Army .

Author: Helen Hamilton Gardener

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015056045407

Category:

Page: 257

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

If you want to really nail your Horror story, tie in another genre and put your
protagonist through some real soul-sucking pain—not just fear but existential
agony. Given Shelley's unhappy personal story, it's tempting to view this novel
purely ...

Author: Maya Rushing Walker

Publisher: Story Grid Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781645010340

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 474

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How does a book written in 1818 by a teenage author remain a classic and a bestseller, still permeating our culture and haunting readers 200 years later? In this Masterwork Guide to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Story Grid editor and novelist Maya Rushing Walker leads us deep into the heart of the story, demonstrating how Shelley blends essential elements of the horror and morality genres to spectacular and chilling effect. The Guide opens with an analysis of the context in which Mary Shelley wrote and explores themes of loneliness and fear in her work. Walker then dives into a scene-by-scene analysis, drawing lessons from the way Shelley crafts each turning point, crisis, and resolution. This is a Guide by a writer for writers. Walker takes care to highlight passages that evoke emotion and build character as well as those that propel the horror plot forward. As she explains: “Mary Shelley will teach you a lot about what it means to play with fire . . . which is a good thing for anyone who wants to write stories that have the enduring impact of Frankenstein.”

Novels

And for your sake _ _ ” . “ You ' ll not oppose Egerton ? ” “ Tooth and nail - tooth
and nail ! ” cried Dick , clapping his hands to his ears , and fairly running out of
the room . There passed over Harley ' s countenance that change so frequent to it
 ...

Author: Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015030760287

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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing

The Fifty - Page Dash by David King Hooking your readers from the start . 5. Find
Your Novel's Missing Links by Elizabeth Lyon . Making sure your novel moves ,
from start to middle to end . 6. Don't Just Conclude the Plot ... Nail the Landing by
 ...

Author: Meg Leder

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106018407939

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 452

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A compendium of articles, essays, and interviews explore the craft, art, and process of fiction writing, along with practical advice and creative tips from Sue Grafton, Richard Russo, Janet Fitch, Octavia Butler, Terry Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Tom Clancy, and other notable novelists. Original.

Night and Morning a Novel

Brought up with them ' ere fine creturs , how could you nail your nose to a desk ? I
'll take you without more palaver . What's your name ? " · Philips . " “ Come to -
morrow and we'll settle about wages . Sleep here ? " “ No. I have a brother whom
I ...

Author: Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X030825607

Category:

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Woman s Work for Woman

Five white tradeighteen days ago , to buy lumber , nails , & c . , and it ers and two
Roman Catholics came from Kribi . Mr. returned ... And now may the blessed Holy
Spirit comfort your NOVEL HEADGEAR IN THE KITCHEN . hearts . As much as ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89077048510

Category: Church work with women

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All the Year Round

I am entirely at your would be thrown out of work like the silk - service . ... One
might have supposed that have read of them , that your novels are when people
had neither bite norsup , and the highly moral ... I “ Ah ! there you hit another nail
on ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433081754404

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The Regular Swiss Round

Our waiting - maid , having served us , took down a guitar from a nail in the wall ,
and sang as we ate our luncheon . Perhaps she was vain ... You can have your
wraps , your air - cushion , your hot - water bottle , your smelling salts , your novel
 ...

Author: Harry Jones

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:600024862

Category: Switzerland

Page: 393

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The Regular Swiss Round in Three Trips

Our waiting - maid , having served us , took down a guitar from a nail in the wall ,
and sang as we ate our luncheon . ... your smelling salts , your novel , or your
knitting , and drive safely from harvest to snow , and down to harvest again ,
without ...

Author: Harry JONES (Vicar of St. Philip, Regent St.)

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0017872570

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