The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing

A guide to learning the art of writing recommends using journals to explore topics and presents tips from notable writers including Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and E.B. White.

Author: Thomas S. Kane

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

ISBN: UCSC:32106015983866

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 451

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A guide to learning the art of writing recommends using journals to explore topics and presents tips from notable writers including Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and E.B. White.

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

A complete author's toolkit: The guide that demystifies every step of the publishing process.

Author: Arielle Eckstut

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 9780761163985

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

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Now updated for 2015! The best, most comprehensive guide for writers is now revised and updated, with new sections on ebooks, self-publishing, crowd-funding through Kickstarter, blogging, increasing visibility via online marketing, micropublishing, the power of social media and author websites, and more—making The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published more vital than ever for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book. Written by experts with twenty-five books between them as well as many years’ experience as a literary agent (Eckstut) and a book doctor (Sterry), this nuts-and-bolts guide demystifies every step of the publishing process: how to come up with a blockbuster title, create a selling proposal, find the right agent, understand a book contract, and develop marketing and publicity savvy. Includes interviews with hundreds of publishing insiders and authors, including Seth Godin, Neil Gaiman, Amy Bloom, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Lopate, plus agents, editors, and booksellers; sidebars featuring real-life publishing success stories; sample proposals, query letters, and an entirely updated resources and publishers directory.

The Book on Writing

Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing mechanics.

Author: Paula LaRocque

Publisher: Marion Street Press

ISBN: 9781933338941

Category: Authorship

Page: 240

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Teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing mechanics.

The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel

The Essential Guide presents a set of tools for large issues such as story development and scene construction and it also examines techniques that will make your sentence-by-sentence writing shine.

Author: James Thayer

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1453780955

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 297

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The New York Times Book Review said James Thayer's "writing is smooth and clear. It wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve." The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel is a practical, step-by-step manual on how to craft your novel. The Essential Guide presents a set of tools for large issues such a story development and scene construction (Kirkus Reviews said Thayer's novels are "superbly crafted,") and it also examines techniques that will make your sentence-by-sentence writing shine "Thayer's prose is clear and clean," said the Seattle Times. How do the masters do it? The Essential Guide shows you the techniques of writers such as John Grisham, Maeve Binchy, Jeffery Deaver, and Charles Dickens. What makes their novels hard to put down? How do Mario Puzo, Sinclair Lewis, Patricia Cornwell and Tom Wolfe make their stories so riveting and their prose so good? The Essential Guide sets out their techniques in concise detail. Just beginning your novel? Or in the middle of the novel and needing some guidance? The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel will show you the way. Among the many topics: The six traits necessary for a successful protagonist and three more traits that will make him or her stand out. Twenty-two techniques that will make your character's dialogue compelling. Creating dynamic settings that advance the story. Point of view-a critical skill--made easy. Five pace-killers and how to avoid them. Plotting the novel using the advantage shift. Constructing scenes to propel the reader to the next scene. "Thayer writes a vivid tale," the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. In The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel, he'll help you write your own vivid tale.

Writing a Novel

Regardless of how much preparation you have or haven't completed, if you are looking for a resource to support you on your novel writing journey, then this is the guide for you.

Author: Samantha Pearce

Publisher: Need2Know

ISBN: 1861442505

Category: Self-Help

Page: 118

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So youve always wanted to write a novel and youve decided that this is the year to do it. The question is; where do you start? Perhaps you have an idea of plotline, of lead characters and of the books intended readership. Or perhaps not. Regardless of how much preparation you have or havent completed, if you are looking for a resource to support you on your novel writing journey, then this is the guide for you. Writing a Novel: The Essential Guide will walk you through each of the steps that you need to take to turn your creative story ideas into a well rounded, publishable book. It will help you address those important initial questions such as; what genre of fiction am I best equipped to write? and how can I ensure my characters sound real when they speak?. With individual chapters dedicated to each stage of the novel writing journey, readers can systematically work through this guide as they embark upon their own creative writing process. Each stage is explained in a step-by-step manner, taking the fear out of mastering the craft of novel writing and supporting readers as they themselves turn their ideas into polished stories.

The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel

The Essential Guide sets out their techniques in concise detail. Just beginning your novel? Or in the middle of the novel and needing some guidance? The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel will show you the way.

Author: James Thayer

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 153736118X

Category:

Page: 286

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The New York Times Book Review said James Thayer's "writing is smooth and clear. It wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve." The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel is a practical, step-by-step manual on how to craft your novel. The Essential Guide presents a set of tools for large issues such a story development and scene construction (Kirkus Reviews said Thayer's novels are "superbly crafted,") and it also examines techniques that will make your sentence-by-sentence writing shine "Thayer's prose is clear and clean," said the Seattle Times. How do the masters do it? The Essential Guide shows you the techniques of writers such as John Grisham, Maeve Binchy, Jeffery Deaver, and Charles Dickens. What makes their novels hard to put down? How do Mario Puzo, Sinclair Lewis, Patricia Cornwell, and Tom Wolfe make their stories so riveting and their prose so good? The Essential Guide sets out their techniques in concise detail. Just beginning your novel? Or in the middle of the novel and needing some guidance? The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel will show you the way. Among the many topics: The six traits necessary for a successful protagonist and three more traits that will make him or her stand out. Twenty-two techniques that will make your character's dialogue compelling. Creating dynamic settings that advance the story. Point of view-a critical skill--made easy. Five pace-killers and how to avoid them. Plotting the novel using the advantage shift. Constructing scenes to propel the reader to the next scene. "Thayer writes a vivid tale," the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. In The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel, he'll help you write your own vivid tale.

The Essential Guide to Children s Books and Their Creators

This new volume introduces readers to the wealth of children’s literature by focusing on the essentials — the best books for children, the ones that inform, impress, and, most important, excite young readers.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547348894

Category: Reference

Page: 560

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Upon publication, Anita Silvey’s comprehensive survey of contemporary children’s literature, Children’s Books and Their Creators, garnered unanimous praise from librarians, educators, and specialists interested in the world of writing for children. Now The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators assembles the best of that volume in one handy, affordable reference, geared specifically to parents, educators, and students. This new volume introduces readers to the wealth of children’s literature by focusing on the essentials — the best books for children, the ones that inform, impress, and, most important, excite young readers. Updated to include newcomers such as J. K. Rowling and Lemony Snicket and to cover the very latest on publishing and educational trends, this edition features more than 475 entries on the best-loved children’s authors and illustrators, numerous essays on social and historical issues, thirty personal glimpses into craft by well-known writers, illustrators, and critics, and invaluable reading lists by category. The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators summarizes the canon of contemporary children’s literature, in a practical guide essential for anyone choosing a book for or working with children.

Life Coaching for Writers

Life Coaching for Writers is a self-help and personal development guide for every writer that will help you to unleash your creative potential.

Author: Sarah-Beth Watkins

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781782792383

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 120

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Life Coaching for Writers is a self-help and personal development guide for every writer that will help you to unleash your creative potential. Whether you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, it's not always easy to be creative - life conspires to throw up obstacles, fears and external influences that get in the way of our writing lives. It is aimed at writers who know that they want to write but are struggling to realize their full potential. It is specifically aimed at more experienced writers who have had some successes and want to move from the life of an amateur scribbler to a professional writer.

Ian McEwan

This guide will deal with his themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will be accompanied with likely exam questions, and contexts and comparisons - as well as providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent ...

Author: Jonathan Noakes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448137251

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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In Vintage Living Texts teachers and students will find the essential guide to the works of Ian McEwan. This guide will deal with his themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will be accompanied with likely exam questions, and contexts and comparisons - as well as providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels.

The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays

Novel: Stories developed over book length • Short story, novella: Short stories are too short to be published in book form. Novellas are between short ...

Author: Katherine Pickering Antonova

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190271152

Category: Education

Page: 330

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The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays is a step-by-step guide to the typical assignments of any undergraduate or master's-level history program in North America. Effective writing is a process of discovery, achieved through the continual act of making choices--what to include or exclude, how to order elements, and which style to choose--each according to the author's goals and the intended audience. The book integrates reading and specialized vocabulary with writing and revision and addresses the evolving nature of digital media while teaching the terms and logic of traditional sources and the reasons for citation as well as the styles. This approach to writing not only helps students produce an effective final product and build from writing simple, short essays to completing a full research thesis, it also teaches students why and how an essay is effective, empowering them to approach new writing challenges with the freedom to find their own voice.

All the Write Moves

Do you want to see your name on a book cover? Do you want others to admire you for your creative talent? Do you want your stories to stand out? If any or all of these are true! This is the book for you!

Author: R. A. Paterson

Publisher:

ISBN: 1989357008

Category:

Page: 176

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Do you dream of creating great stories? Do you want to see your name on a book cover? Do you want others to admire you for your creative talent? Do you want your stories to stand out? If any or all of these are true! This is the book for you! All the Write Moves: Your Essential Guide to Creating Great Fiction is a handbook for new and experienced writers which covers the core ideas behind telling stories and writing fiction. Whether you're writing fiction, screenplays, graphic novels, television series, web serials, or just stories to tell your grandchildren, the core elements of story never change- and this book covers them all! It's a guide to mastering the basics of writing fast and telling stories that you'll be proud to share. It's a small book, but filled with the major things all the great writers know by heart. In this book you'll find: Ways to make your book engaging and exciting to readers. Ways to write conflict and non-conflict based stories that resonate with readers. Simple, practical ways to structure your stories. Techniques to let you develop a full story from plot, character, setting, themes, or even your target audience. Easy ways to make your target audience fall in love with your characters. How to write scenes and sequences that fit together organically. Special tricks that authors have been using to brainstorm and develop ideas for decades. And so much more! All the Write Moves reveals the essential elements that make up great stories and lets some authors rise above the crowd. Give it a try! You never know what you might learn, and whatever kind of storyteller you are, there's something in here for you!

Writing Selling Short Stories Personal Essays

Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays capitalizes on the popularity of these genres by instructing on the two key steps to publishing short works: crafting excellent pieces and successfully submitting them.

Author: Windy Harris

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440350894

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Write It Short, Sell It Now Short stories and personal essays have never been hotter--or more crucial for a successful writing career. Earning bylines in magazines and literary journals is a terrific way to get noticed and earn future opportunities in both short- and long-form writing. Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays capitalizes on the popularity of these genres by instructing on the two key steps to publishing short works: crafting excellent pieces and successfully submitting them. You'll learn how to: • Develop different craft elements--including point of view, character, dialogue, scene writing, and more--specifically for short stories and essays. • Recognize the qualities of excellent short works, using examples from recently published stories and essays in major journals. • Understand the business of writing short, from categorizing your work and meeting submission guidelines to networking and submitting to writing contests. • Master the five-step process for submitting and selling like a pro. Featuring advice and examples from a multitude of published authors, Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays is a must-have for any writer's bookshelf.

Fiction Writing

The book is a both a guide and an aid to writing a novel. The first part--the guide--offers solid practical suggestions for writers who are just getting started on a long piece of fiction.

Author: Richard Skinner

Publisher: Robert Hale Limited

ISBN: 0709086466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Drawing from his own experiences as a novelist and creative writing tutor, Richard Skinner takes you through the process of writing a novel—from ways of generating ideas and beginning the actual process of writing, through to producing a final draft. The book is a both a guide and an aid to writing a novel. The first part—the guide—offers solid practical suggestions for writers who are just getting started on a long piece of fiction. The second part of the book—the aid—operates more like a troubleshooting gallery for those who are well into a long piece of fiction. Eschewing formulas and prescriptions, Skinner encourages readers to think differently about issues as they arise by means of lateral thinking, oblique strategies, aphorisms, and quotations, and offers a range of ideas about the art of writing that stretches beyond the bounds of fiction.

Salman Rushdie

This guide deals with Rushdie's themes, genre and narrative technique,and a close reading of the texts will provide a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels.

Author: Jonathan Noakes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448138951

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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In Vintage Living Texts, teachers and students will find the essential guide to the works of Salman Rushdie. Vintage Living Texts is unique in that it offers an in-depth interview with Salman Rushdie, relating specifically to the texts under discussion. This guide deals with Rushdie's themes, genre and narrative technique,and a close reading of the texts will provide a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels. Also included in this guide are detailed reading plans for all three novels, questions for essay and discussion, contextual material, suggested texts for complementary and comparative reading, extracts from reviews, a biography, a bibliography and a glossary of literary terms. Texts covered: Midnight's Children, Shame and The Satanic Verses. Whether a teacher, student or general reader, the Vintage Living Texts series gives you the chance to explore new resources and enjoy new pleasures.

Margaret Atwood

This guide will deal with her themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will be accompanied with likely exam questions, and contexts and comparisons - as well as providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent ...

Author: Jonathan Noakes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448137244

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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In Vintage Living Texts teachers and students will find the essential guide to the works of Margaret Atwood. This guide will deal with her themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will be accompanied with likely exam questions, and contexts and comparisons - as well as providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels.

Grammatically Correct

Revised and updated, this guide covers four essential aspects of good writing: Individual words—spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, frequently misused words and phrases, irregular plurals and negatives, and ...

Author: Anne Stilman

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582976167

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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How does good writing stand out? If its purpose is to convey facts, findings, or instructions, it need be read only once for its content to be clear. If its purpose is to entertain or to provoke thought, it makes readers want to come back for more. Revised and updated, this guide covers four essential aspects of good writing: Individual words—spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, frequently misused words and phrases, irregular plurals and negatives, and uses of capitalization and type style to add special meanings Punctuation—the role of each mark in achieving clarity and affecting tone, and demonstration of how misuses can lead to ambiguity Syntax and structure—agreement of subject and verb, parallel construction, modifiers, tenses, pronouns, active versus passive voice, and more Style—advice on the less hard-and-fast areas of clarity and tone, including sentence length and order, conciseness, simplification, reading level, jargon and clichés, and subtlety Filled with self-test exercises and whimsical literary quotations, Grammatically Correct steers clear of academic stuffiness, focusing instead on practical strategies and intuitive explanations. Discussions are designed to get to the heart of a concept and provide a sufficient sense of when and how to use it, along with examples that show what ambiguities or misinterpretations might result if the rules are not followed. In cases where there is more than one acceptable way to do something, the approach is not to prescribe one over another but simply to describe the options. Readers of this book will never break the rules of language again—unintentionally.

How to Write Any High School Essay

Quick tips will help you focus and save time. Covers the writing process, the five-paragraph essay, good and bad essay structures, and poetry (how to write an essay about a poem).

Author: Jesse Liebman

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1539029816

Category:

Page: 124

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What do high school teachers expect from your writing? Here's the inside information on how your teachers think. If writing essays is challenging for you -- or if you want to turn a B essay into an A essay -- you'll want to read this book. How To Write Any High School Essay is the essential, easy-to-use, and comprehensive guide for any high school essay you could ever want to write -- no matter the teacher, no matter the subject. Grounded in more than a decade of tutoring in New York City's most demanding schools, How To Write Any High School Essay offers clear and creative guidance for both high school writers at all levels and middle schoolers looking to get ahead. Follow sample outlines and essays to help you develop your ideas and support them convincingly. Pick up quick tips as you read to help you focus and save time. How To Write Any High School Essay centralizes what English and History teachers have been inadequately teaching for years into one, short guide.

The Poetry Toolkit The Essential Guide to Studying Poetry

A narrative that encompasses the scope of a novel, but is written in verse. ... which means that they relate to the novel not as a form of writing (i.e. ...

Author: Rhian Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441182784

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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Now in its 2nd edition, this guide helps students build the knowledge and tools needed to tackle poetry with confidence.

The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens

Pretend that you're writing a novel based on your life. ~ Don't worry about writing complete sentences. Brief notes are okay. ~ Be clever and creative, ...

Author: Jean Sunde Peterson

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

ISBN: 157542780X

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Like other kids their age, highly capable adolescents experience developmental challenges. They’re forging identity, finding direction, exploring relationships, and learning to resolve conflicts. These are difficult tasks to do alone, no matter how smart one may be. The 70 guided discussions in this book are an affective curriculum for gifted teens. By “just talking” with caring peers and an attentive adult, kids gain self-awareness and self-esteem, learn to manage stress, build social skills and life skills, and discover they are not alone. Each session is self-contained and step-by-step; many include reproducible handouts. Introductory and background materials help even less-experienced group leaders feel prepared and secure in their role. For advising teachers, counselors, and youth workers in all kinds of school and group settings working with gifted kids in grades 6–12.

The Essential Guide to English Studies

Most universities that offer creative writing as a degree have some form of introductory module ... This may include poetry, plays, fiction and non-fiction.

Author: Peter Childs

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441107091

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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Focusing on what it means to study English in higher education, this book guides students through key aspects of English Studies including major topics and approaches, subject-specific study skills and assessment, including seminar presentations, assignments, and exams. Peter Childs offers down-to-earth practical guidance on developing the skills needed to succeed and includes coverage of literature, language and creative writing. This is an essential introduction to English Studies for students beginning their studies at university or college and anyone considering taking a degree in English.