The Writer s Guide to Beginnings

In The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, author and literary agent Paula Munier shows you how to craft flawless beginnings that impress agents, engage editors, and captivate readers.

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440347238

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Give your story its best start! The best beginnings possess a magical quality that grabs readers from the first word and never lets them go. But beginnings aren't just the door into a fictional world. They are the gateway to the realm of publishing--one that could shut as quickly as it opens. In The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, author and literary agent Paula Munier shows you how to craft flawless beginnings that impress agents, engage editors, and captivate readers. You'll learn how to develop the big idea of your story and introduce it on page one, structure opening scenes that encompass their own story arc, kickstart your writing with effective brainstorming techniques, and introduce a compelling cast of characters that drive the plot. You'll also examine the best-selling novels from different genres to learn the secrets that experienced writers use to dive straight into a story. With thorough examinations of voice, point of view, setting, dialogue and conflict, The Writer's Guide to Beginnings is a must-have tool for luring your readers in with your opening pages--and convincing them to stick around for the ride. "Writing a book? Hard. Writing the beginning of a book? Rocket science! Strap on your spacesuit, because thanks to Munier's nuanced, actionable breakdown of every possible aspect of a gripping opening, authors everywhere can now take their books to the stars." --K.M. Weiland

Elements of Fiction Writing Beginnings Middles Ends

Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story—essential lessons for strong start-to-finish storytelling. Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs.

Author: Nancy Kress

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1599632195

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Get Your Readers' Attention—And Keep It—From the First World to the Final Page Translating that initial flash of inspiration into a complete story requires careful crafting. So how do you keep your story from beginning slowly, floundering midway, and trailing off at the end? Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story—essential lessons for strong start-to-finish storytelling. Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs. Make and keep your story's implicit promise to the reader. Build drama and credibility by controlling your prose. Consider the price a writer pays for flashbacks. Reveal character effectively throughout your story. Get the tools you need to get your story off to an engaging start, keep the middle tight and compelling, and make your conclusion high impact. You'll also find dozens of exercises to help strengthen your short story or novel. Let this resource be your guide to successful stories—from the first word to the last.

A Writer s Guide to Fiction

... writers include prologues when they should relocate the beginning of their stories in a different time that would eliminate the need for the prologue .

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 039952858X

Category: Reference

Page: 255

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A comprehensive guide to the art of writing discusses the art and craft of creating fiction, including short stories and novels, with tips on the fundamentals of characterization, theme, and pacing, and provides helpful tips on the business side of writing, how to target one's audience, marketing advice, and more. Original

The Hiding Place

Mercy and Elvis are back in The Hiding Place, the most enthralling entry yet in USA Today bestselling Paula Munier's award-winning Mercy Carr mystery series.

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250153081

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Mercy and Elvis are back in The Hiding Place, the most enthralling entry yet in USA Today bestselling Paula Munier's award-winning Mercy Carr mystery series. When the man who killed her grandfather breaks out of prison and comes after her grandmother, Mercy must unearth the long-buried scandals that threaten to tear her family apart. And she may have to do it without her beloved canine partner Elvis, if his former handler has his way.... Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve. When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him—and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear. The timing couldn’t be worse when the man who murdered her grandfather escapes from prison and a fellow Army vet turns up claiming that Elvis is his dog, not hers. With her grandmother Patience gone missing, and Elvis’s future uncertain, Mercy faces the prospect of losing her most treasured allies, the only ones she believes truly love and understand her. She needs help, and that means forgiving Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner long enough to enlist his aid. With time running out for Patience, Mercy and Elvis must team up with Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear to unravel the secrets of the past and save her grandmother—before it’s too late. Once again, Paula Munier crafts a terrific mystery thriller filled with intrigue, action, resilient characters, the mountains of Vermont, and two amazing dogs.

The Good Writing Guide for Education Students

Top Tip Leave the title until you've finished writing the whole text. ... If starting at the beginning feels too daunting, start writing a section from ...

Author: Dominic Wyse

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526414779

Category: Education

Page: 192

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This practical, down-to-earth guide is tailored for Education students and uses real examples of students’ work to explain what tutors look for and how to get there.

Guide to Literary Agents 2019

But, today, are agents really all that different from the writers they ... The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, Plot Perfect, ...

Author: Robert Lee Brewer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440354540

Category: Reference

Page: 339

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THE BEST RESOURCE AVAILABLE FOR FINDING A LITERARY AGENT No matter what you're writing--fiction or nonfiction, books for adults or children--you need a literary agent to get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. Guide to Literary Agents 2019 is your go-to resource for finding that literary agent and earning a contract from a reputable publisher. Along with listing information for more than 1,000 agents who represent writers and their books, the 28th edition of GLA includes: • The key elements of a successful nonfiction book proposal. • Informative articles on crafting the perfect synopsis and detailing what agents are looking for in the ideal client--written by actual literary agents. • Plus, debut authors share their varied paths to finding success and their first book publications.

Basic Tools for Beginning Writers

Literacy Place for the Early Years Writing Guide, Grade 1. Markham, ON: Scholastic, 2005. Calkins, Lucy. The Nuts and Bolts of Writing.

Author: Betty Schultze

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 9781551382210

Category: Education

Page: 136

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Grade level: 1, 2, 3, p, e, t.

Writer s Guide to Book Proposals

Project: Move Into Nonlinear Writing As You Learn To Think In Three Dimensions: Nonlinear Writing All stories have a beginning, middle, and end that are ...

Author: Anne Hart

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532000515

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page:

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Here is your new author's guide to writing winning book proposals and query letters. Learn how to find free media publicity by selling solutions to universal problems. The samples and templates of proposals, query letters, cover letters, and press kits will help you launch your proposed book idea in the media long before you find a publisher. Use excerpts from your own book proposal's sample chapters as features, fillers, and columns for publications. Share experiences in carefully researched and crafted book proposals and query or cover letters. Use these templates and samples to get a handle on universal situations we all go through, find alternatives, use the results, take charge of challenges, and solve problems-all in your organized and focused book proposals, outlines, treatments, springboards, and query or cover letters.

Legat s Writing Guide Historical Novels

BEGINNINGS. AND. ENDINGS. Where to Start The first words of a novel are of vital importance. You need to interest your readers immediately, and one of the ...

Author: Michael Legat

Publisher: House of Stratus

ISBN: 9780755126651

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

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Written by Michael Legat, who enjoyed a successful career as publisher, novelist and tutor/lecturer in Creative Writing, these Guides contain both basic information and thought provoking commentary on the steps needed to succeed as a writer.

Writer s Guide to Nonfiction

I have a problem writing leads that are: A. lackluster B. a cliché C. lacking emotion D. too long E. lack theme or promise BEGINNINGS The lead just gets ...

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101153505

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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A WRITER’S COMPASSDirection for your writing career Don’t get lost on the publishing path. Just forge ahead with the Writer’s Compass. Drawing on decades of professional experience as an author, editor, writing instructor, mentor, and marketing consultant, Elizabeth Lyon helps you navigate the art and craft of writing—with clear, easy-to-follow directions: NORTH Getting Your Bearings Understand your purpose and your audience; learn to refine your ideas, select effective titles, and find the best method of organization for any piece SOUTH Troubleshooting Use checklists and guidelines to spot weaknesses and problems in leads, organization, conclusions, and style—and find out how to correct them EAST Learning to Market Map a successful cover letter, query letter, or proposal, and discover a four-step process to facilitate publication and sales WEST Refining Your Vision Brainstorm to gain perspective on your writing—and how it fits with your values, goals, and dreams

Writers Artists Guide to Writing for Children and YA

Don't get hung up on writing the best possible beginning to the extent that you go over it again and again and get no further than the first page.

Author: Linda Strachan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472970046

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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The W&A Guide to Writing for Children and YA provides informed, practical advice from a successful and experienced writer of children's books across all ages. Its coverage includes picture books through middle grade and young adult; fiction and non-fiction; books for reluctant readers and books for the education market. It is one author's lifetime of experience distilled into an engaging guide on how to manage, kickstart or begin your writing career. This is a heavily revised and expanded edition of Linda's Writing for Children (2008). Much has happened in both Linda's writing life and in the world of children's books since then. Staying true to the essence of the original, the new edition includes more advice and experience to reflect changes in digital publishing, self-publishing, and the explosion of YA and children's writing more broadly.

Happier Every Day

IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON BEING HAPPY - Features more than 100 exercises designed to lighten your spirit - Covers everything from yoga and decluttering to meditation and forest bathing - Written by a USA Today bestselling author In Happier ...

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Media Lab Books

ISBN: 9781948174480

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON BEING HAPPY - Features more than 100 exercises designed to lighten your spirit - Covers everything from yoga and decluttering to meditation and forest bathing - Written by a USA Today bestselling author In Happier Every Day, author and yoga instructor Paula Munier details a simple yet comprehensive approach to cultivating happiness, including the most recent data and discoveries, all distilled into layman’s terms. She provides 100 practical, easy-to-implement exercises and activities that cover both the well-known (hygge, feng shui, law of attraction, yoga, decluttering, etc.) and more obscure techniques (forest bathing) for achieving happiness. A joyful, encouraging book, Happier Every Day can be picked up as needed to help calm your heart, or read from front to back as one would a daily devotional. It provides a sound beginning to each day, helping you to put yourself in a state of mind where you'll be open to happiness in whatever form it presents itself.

The Newcomer Amish Beginnings Book 2

McCutcheon, Marc, The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s (Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 1993). Silver, Peter, Our Savage Neighbors: How ...

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9781493406043

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It's a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom. But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World--isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father--his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him? When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not. Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?

Off the Page Writers Talk About Beginnings Endings and Everything In Between

I've arranged the material into chapters—first a section that guides readers through the writing process, then a section on the writing life—trying to make ...

Author: Carole Burns

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393244342

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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A guide where today’s best writers reveal their secrets. How do writers approach a new novel? Do they start with plot, character, or theme? A. S. Byatt starts with color. E. L. Doctorow begins with an image. In Off the Page, authors tell us how they work, giving insight into their writing process. Gathered from some of today’s best writers—Paul Auster, Martin Amis, Gish Jen, Dan Chaon, Alice McDermott, and many others interviewed on washingtonpost.com’s “Off the Page” series—host Carole Burns has woven their wisdom into chapters illuminating to any writer or reader. How does place influence authors? How do they make a sex scene work? How do they tell when the work is done? Walter Mosley defying genre; Shirley Hazzard on love; Michael Cunningham on compassion: these and more from Richard Ford, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Charles Baxter will deepen your appreciation for the art of writing and excite you to try new ways of writing yourself.

The Wedding Plot

In The Wedding Plot, USA Today bestselling author Paula Munier's fourth Mercy Carr mystery finds Mercy and Elvis at a deadly Vermont wedding...

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 125082236X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The Writer s Guide Book Two

For example, let's say you're writing a book on the earth. Let's be specific. You're writing on earth's beginnings in the universe.

Author: Paul A. Lynch

Publisher: XinXii

ISBN: 9783961428052

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 177

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Whether stories started with Adam and Eve or some other ancient civilization they all teach us something valuable. This book doesn't just explain aspects of writing but rather it tells a partial story of how I became a writer.

One Writer s Beginnings

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sketches her early life and discusses growing up in the South and the effect of her family and surroundings on her work and personality.

Author: Eudora Welty

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105003956674

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 104

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sketches her early life and discusses growing up in the South and the effect of her family and surroundings on her work and personality.

Canadian History Beginnings to Confederation

PERIODICALS Most vanguard historical writing in all fields appears in RHAF ( 1947– ) ... ed . , Guide d'histoire du Québec du Régime français à nos jours .

Author: Martin Brook Taylor

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 080206826X

Category: History

Page: 506

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"In these two volumes, which replace the Reader's Guide to Canadian History, experts provide a select and critical guide to historical writing about pre- and post-Confederation Canada, with an emphasis on the most recent scholarship" -- Cover.

A Borrowing of Bones

U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy’s 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Northshire safe ...

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250153043

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The instant USA Today bestseller! The first in a gripping new series by Paula Munier, A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists, introducing a wonderful new voice for mystery readers and dog lovers. Grief and guilt are the ghosts that haunt you when you survive what others do not.... After their last deployment, when she got shot, her fiancé Martinez got killed and his bomb-sniffing dog Elvis got depressed, soldier Mercy Carr and Elvis were both sent home, her late lover’s last words ringing in her ears: “Take care of my partner.” Together the two former military police—one twenty-nine-year-old two-legged female with wounds deeper than skin and one handsome five-year-old four-legged Malinois with canine PTSD—march off their grief mile after mile in the beautiful remote Vermont wilderness. Even on the Fourth of July weekend, when all of Northshire celebrates with fun and frolic and fireworks, it’s just another walk in the woods for Mercy and Elvis—until the dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy’s 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Northshire safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution. It’s a call to action Mercy and Elvis cannot ignore, no matter what the cost.