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


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 Writing History Essays

Counterfactual questions can be good mental exercise, but remember that the ultimate goal is to better understand what actually happened, not to write a novel (at least, not for your history class; feel free to write a novel on your own ...

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.

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: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780761163985

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

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A complete author's toolkit: The guide that demystifies every step of the publishing process. No matter what type of book you want to write—fiction, nonfiction, humor, sci-fi, romance, cookbook, children's book—here is how to take an idea you're passionate about, develop it into a manuscript or proposal, get it published, and deliver it into the hands and hearts of readers. Includes interviews with dozens of publishing insiders—agents, editors, besteslling authors, and booksellers. Real-life success stories and the lessons they impart. Plus sample proposals and query letters, a resource guide, and more. Updated to cover ebooks, self-publishing, digital marketing, the power of social media, and more. This complete author's toolkit includes information on:- locating, luring, and landing an agent - perfecting your pitch - the nuts and bolts of a book proposal - conquering the query letter - finding the right publisher for YOU - four steps to reaching readers online - making Amazon work for you - kickstarting your Kickstarter campaign - the ins and outs of ebooks - 10 things you should have on your author website - turning rejection into a book deal - new frontiers in self-publishing

The Essential Guide to Children s Books and Their Creators

36 Bauer , Marion Dane sion of ten - year - old Mickey in Sticks ( 1996 ) , the first Bauer novel written for ... In her insightful What's Your Story : A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction ( 1992 ) , she emphasized that " the ...


Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547348894

Category: Reference

Page: 564

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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.

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.

Bloomsbury Essential Guide for Reading Groups

Expecting to be gripped by the book, Eugenides was left disappointed by its wooden melodramatics but wanting to write a novel that would bring the story to life. Researching genetics and genetic mutation as he began to develop his ideas ...

Author: Susan Osborne

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408103579

Category: Study Aids

Page: 272

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"A book club gives the opportunity to meet up with friends and wake the brain up a bit with lively and often quite aggressive discussion" Dawn French How do you keep your reading groups discussions lively and focussed? If you want to gain new insight into literature and share your passion with friends this book offers readers guides for 75 of the very best reads - guaranteed to provoke spirited debate! Each of the readers guides includes a summary of the book, a brief author biography, discussion points to spark debate, and a set of titles for further reading that deal with similar themes. A `background' section provides pointers to more material about the book online and as well as further thought-provoking material: Where did the author come from? What made them write the book? How did the context in which they wrote influence them? If you'd like further insight, debate, discussion and analysis to underpin your understanding and enjoyment of reading - then look no further than this guide. New titles in this edition include: The Long Firm, Leper's Companions, By the Sea, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, Buddha of Suburbia, The Icarus Girl, Black and Blue, The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, The Cutting Room, Shadow of the Wind, Giving up the Ghost...and many more!

The Essential Guide to English Studies

For example, critics argue that the novel form itself reveals a particular kind of ideology, that of the middle classes. Its emphasis on the life-like representation of the existence of 'rounded individuals' is the very substance of ...

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.

The Essential Guide for New Writers

It cuts right to the essence of what makes a good story by listing the main building blocks all publishable writing , both fiction and nonfiction , should include . - From the Preface - The Essential Guide takes aspiring writers through ...

Author: Valerie Storey


ISBN: 0964328909

Category: Authorship.

Page: 107

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The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing

A CONCISE COURSE IN THE ART OF WRITING Whether you're composing a letter , writing a school thesis , or starting a novel , The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing offers expert advice on how to think more creatively , how to conjure up ...

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 the SAT

About the Authors Dawn Burnette , author of the verbal section of The Essential Guide to the SAT , is a National Board ... Writing Process ( an individualized , web - supported writing approach for grades 6-12 ) ; Vocabulary : A Novel ...

Author: Dawn Burnette

Publisher: Urban Ministries Inc

ISBN: 1603525939


Page: 180

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The complete college prep kit includes study tips, a practice SAT test with answers, and a companion DVD and CD-ROM.