Writing Genre Fiction

"Writing Genre Fiction: A Guide to the Craft" is the book I was looking for when I set out on my quest to learn how to write fiction. It is an attempt to share what I learned from my research.

Author: H. Thomas Milhorn

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581129182

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 364

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Several years ago, after many years of writing nonfiction, I decided to write a novel-a medical thriller in the mold of Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, and Michael Palmer. The problem was that, although I knew how to write and had received a number of awards for nonfiction works, I didn't know the how to write fiction. So, before putting fingers to keyboard I did a thorough search of the literature, which included reading numerous books and hundreds of website articles. What I discovered was that there simply wasn't one good source from which to learn the craft of writing genre fiction. "Writing Genre Fiction: A Guide to the Craft" is the book I was looking for when I set out on my quest to learn how to write fiction. It is an attempt to share what I learned from my research. It covers the six key elements of genre fiction; the various genres and subgenres; a large number of genre-fiction writing techniques; plot, subplots, and parallel plots; structure; scene and sequel; characterization; dialogue; emotions; and body language. It also covers additional information about copyrighting and plagiarism, where to get ideas, manuscript formatting and revision, and query letters and synopses. In addition, an appendix covers a large number of grammar tips.

Editing and Cover Design for the Superhero Writer

Editor cost money and if you are like many new self-publishers, you don't have the budget to pay for professional editing and cover design services. This guide will show you how to edit your novel using simple methods and free software.

Author: Ukandu Ette

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798649200974

Category:

Page: 66

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Need to know how to edit and design a cover for your eBook? Editor cost money and if you are like many new self-publishers, you don't have the budget to pay for professional editing and cover design services. This guide will show you how to edit your novel using simple methods and free software. It will also help you design book covers that look great and cost you nothing. It's a no B.S. approach to editing and cover design for new publishers. Learn how to create clean, simple covers that grab attention in a good way. Find out what software can be used online or downloaded for free to manipulate images for your covers. This guide will also cover some of the legal ways you can use photos found on the internet. Filled with examples of what to do and what not to do when designing an effective cover. Editing tips and instructions that are easy to follow and implement will make your books more enjoyable for your readers. Includes secrets used by real self-published authors to make their books as professional as some well-known authors. These techniques are what superhero writers use to make their fiction and nonfiction books appealing to the masses. By improving your editing and cover design skills, you can give your readers the best reading experience of their lives and have them coming back to you for more professional-quality books. Become the next editing and cover design superhero, download your copy, and get started on that book idea that been dancing around in your mind.

Writing Dynamite Story Hooks

NOTE: The Ultimate Author's Guide to Writing Dynamite Story Hooks was previously released as How to Start Your Novel. This "ultimate" edition has been significantly revised and expanded with 50 pages of incredible new content!

Author: Jackson Dean Chase

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1721220801

Category: Authorship

Page: 168

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Learn to Hook Readers With the Perfect Opening Line! How you start your story is the most important part of your book. In this fun to read, fast to learn guide, USA TODAY bestselling author Jackson Dean Chase shows YOU how to write dynamite story hooks for novels, short stories, and memoirs. Step by step, line by line. NOTE: The Ultimate Author's Guide to Writing Dynamite Story Hooks was previously released as How to Start Your Novel. This "ultimate" edition has been significantly revised and expanded with 50 pages of incredible new content!

A Writer s Craft

Beginning by discussing elements common to all genres, this book underscores the importance of learning good writing habits before committing to a genre, encouraging writers to look beyond their genre expectations and learn from other forms ...

Author: Kendall Dunkelberg

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137610966

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

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This introductory creative writing text uses a unique, multi-genre approach to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of their craft, treating them as professional writers. Beginning by discussing elements common to all genres, this book underscores the importance of learning good writing habits before committing to a genre, encouraging writers to look beyond their genre expectations and learn from other forms. The book then devotes one chapter to each of the major literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction. These style-specific sections provide depth as they compare the different genres, furnishing students with a comprehensive understanding of creative writing as a discipline and fostering creativity. The discussion concludes with a chapter on digital media and an appendix on literary citizenship and publishing. With exercises at the end of each chapter, a glossary of literary terms, and a list of resources for further study, A Writer’s Craft is the ideal companion to an introductory creative writing class.

The Book of Literary Terms

An expert's indispensable guide to English letters and the writing arts.

Author: Lewis Turco

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 0874519551

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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An expert's indispensable guide to English letters and the writing arts.

Romance Your Brand Building a Marketable Genre Fiction Series

This book covers: • high-concept pitches • world-building • taglines and blurbs • building a cast of characters • writing the first book in a series • finding comparable series • covers • how to write towards future ...

Author: Zoe York

Publisher: Zoe York

ISBN: 9781926527888

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

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“Genre fiction series are the bread and butter of mid-list writers. For many they make the difference between a writing dream and a writing career.” Zoe York/Ainsley Booth, USA Today and New York Times bestselling author For the first time ever in print, Zoe York breaks down how she plans a series—something she has done ten times over. Romance Your Brand is an adaptation of an intensive four-week course, now available to authors everywhere. This book covers: • high-concept pitches • world-building • taglines and blurbs • building a cast of characters • writing the first book in a series • finding comparable series • covers • how to write towards future marketing • and why ALL OF THE ABOVE should be considered before you write a single word

Writing Monsters and Maniacs

"When readers don't believe in your monsters, they don't believe in your story. This power-packed book contains everything you need to know to quickly master writing monsters and maniacs for hit sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories.

Author: Jackson Chase

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1721887814

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Page: 180

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Learn to Write Compelling Monsters, Maniacs, Aliens, and Fantasy Creatures! Bestselling authors know you must create incredible monsters and maniacs to hook readers. You can have the greatest plot in the world, but without equally great monsters and maniacs, readers won't care. This book teaches you how to write dynamite monsters and maniacs for novels, screenplays, comics, and role-playing games. This Fun, Easy Advice works for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and regardless of whether you are an aspiring writer or seasoned professional. It also includes over 150 Plot Ideas and lists of magic, psychic, and supernatural powers!

Three Genres

The sixth edition of Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama has been revised to include more complete stories; one third more poems; and three new, complete plays.

Author: Stephen Minot

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UCSC:32106009118883

Category: Creative writing

Page: 369

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This unique introduction to writing addresses the dynamics of the creative process, analyzes each genre, and encourages writers to find their own voice. Presents the specific skills of writing poetry, fiction, and drama in separate sections as well as complete poems, short stories, and plays written by contemporary authors and poets It includes a chapter on figurative language, symbol, and theme as well as one on the techniques of comedy and comedy relief. Presents a wide variety of poems, a description of formalism, and specific techniques and approaches. Contains a glossary explaining literary terms in clear language. Provides practical advice on submitting materials for publication as well as resources for writers listing publications. The sixth edition of Three Genres: The Writing of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama has been revised to include more complete stories; one third more poems; and three new, complete plays. Includes a new chapter on "Liberating the Imagination" to encourage innovation. There are also 61 new terms in the glossary. A valuable resource for any reader who wishes to develop his creative writing skills and his voice as a writer.

Now Write Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror

This fifth installment in the Now Write! writing-guide series presents speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell and others to help aspiring writers craft a horror, fantasy or science fiction ...

Author: Laurie Lamson

Publisher: TarcherPerigee

ISBN: 9780399165559

Category: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES

Page: 367

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This fifth installment in the Now Write! writing-guide series presents speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell and others to help aspiring writers craft a horror, fantasy or science fiction novel that is anything but ordinary. Original.

Writing Popular Fiction

Aspiring novelists are given advice on writing polishing, and marketing mysteries, suspense tales, Westerns, science fiction, and romances

Author: Dean Ray Koontz

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 0911654216

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Aspiring novelists are given advice on writing polishing, and marketing mysteries, suspense tales, Westerns, science fiction, and romances

Writing Heroes and Villains

NOTE: This book contains revised and expanded editions of Jackson's previous books, How to Write Realistic Characters, How to Write Realistic Men, and How to Write Realistic Women.

Author: Jackson Chase

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 172183639X

Category:

Page: 158

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Learn to Write Compelling Characters from Heroes to Villains and Everyone Else! Bestselling authors know you must create amazing heroes and villains to hook readers. You can have the greatest plot in the world, but without equally great characters, readers won't care. USA TODAY bestselling author Jackson Dean Chase teaches you how to write dynamite characters for novels, novellas, and short stories. This fun, easy advice works regardless of genre, and regardless of whether you are an aspiring writer or seasoned professional. It covers heroes, villains, supporting cast, teams, and minor characters. NOTE: This book contains revised and expanded editions of Jackson's previous books, How to Write Realistic Characters, How to Write Realistic Men, and How to Write Realistic Women.

Teaching and Writing Popular Fiction

A fascinating guide, Teaching and Writing Popular Fiction provides ways to help students write, using the literature they already know and love.

Author: Karen M. Hubert

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015025193965

Category: Education

Page: 235

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Genre fiction is finally given its due, with 3 to 5 essays for each genre style, filled with exercises and student samples. This fun loving T&W classic was designed to help teachers expand their writing curricula with popular fiction genres. A fascinating guide, Teaching and Writing Popular Fiction provides ways to help students write, using the literature they already know and love.

The Write Genre

Discover a balanced approach to writing workshop that is organized around writing genres and uses specific writing skills to help students write creative, effective fiction and nonfiction.

Author:

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 9781551388168

Category: Electronic books

Page: 168

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Writing Historical Fiction

Writing Historical Fiction: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an invaluable companion for a writer working in this challenging and popular literary genre, whether your period is Ancient Rome or World War II. PART 1 includes reflections on ...

Author: Celia Brayfield

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781780935775

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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Writing Historical Fiction: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an invaluable companion for a writer working in this challenging and popular literary genre, whether your period is Ancient Rome or World War II. PART 1 includes reflections on the genre and provides a short history of historical fiction. PART 2 contains guest contributions from Margaret Atwood, Ian Beck, Madison Smartt Bell, Ronan Bennett, Vanora Bennett, Tracy Chevalier, Lindsay Clarke, Elizabeth Cook, Anne Doughty, Sarah Dunant, Michel Faber, Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, Katharine McMahon, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Hilary Mantel, Alan Massie, Ian Mortimer, Kate Mosse, Charles Palliser, Orhan Pamuk, Edward Rutherfurd, Manda Scott, Adam Thorpe, Stella Tillyard, Rose Tremain, Alison Weir and Louisa Young. PART 3 offers practical exercises and advice on such topics as research, plots and characters, mastering authentic but accessible dialogue and navigating the world of agents and publishers.

Practical Tips for Writing Popular Fiction

Offers advice on writing genre fiction, covering characterization, plot construction, motivation, dialogue, and pacing

Author: Robyn Carr

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 089879515X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 149

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Offers advice on writing genre fiction, covering characterization, plot construction, motivation, dialogue, and pacing

Creative Writing

This book is a first-rate guide for writers who are looking for ways to improve their output.

Author: Adèle Ramet

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848034198

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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This book is a first-rate guide for writers who are looking for ways to improve their output. It focuses on: - Fiction writing and the world of genre fiction - science, romance, horror and crime. - Ways of drawing on personal experience in order to write non-fiction articles on a wide variety of topics in a number of different styles. - Writing for children which requires specialist skills that, once mastered, bring enormous satisfaction to both the writer and the reader. - The impact of the internet on the creative writer and the opportunities it presents. Crucially, there is also a chapter on presenting your work to a publisher and getting it into print.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Writing a Novel

Provides the tips and techniques to guide authors, covers plot, characters, and setting with information on revising, working with editors, and self-publishing.

Author: Tom F. Monteleone

Publisher: Alpha Books

ISBN: 1615640339

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 363

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Provides the tips and techniques to guide authors, covers plot, characters, and setting with information on revising, working with editors, and self-publishing.

A Primer of the Novel

However, these works tend to be either written solely for writers or solely for readers. More often than not, those written for readers tend to be aimed at advanced students or critics of the novel.

Author: David Madden

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461655978

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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When the first edition of David Madden's A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers was published more than twenty-five years ago, there were no other books of its kind available. Since then, many authors and editors have produced works that attempt the same comprehensive coverage of the genre. However, these works tend to be either written solely for writers or solely for readers. More often than not, those written for readers tend to be aimed at advanced students or critics of the novel. In this revised edition, David Madden, Charles Bane and Sean Flory have produced an updated work that is intended for a general readership including writers, teachers, and students who are just being introduced to the genre. This unique handbook provides a definition and history of the novel, a description of early narratives, and a discussion of critical approaches to this literary form. A Primer of the Novel also identifies terms, definitions, commentary, and examples in the form of quotations for almost 50 types of novels and 15 artistic techniques. A chronology of narrative in general and of the novel in particular—from 850 B. C. to the present—is also included, along with indexes to authors, titles, novel types and techniques, as well as a selective bibliography of criticism. Although all novel types present in the first edition are still represented, many have become more clearly defined. This revised edition also cites several types of novels that did not appear in the first edition, such as the graphic novel and the novel of Magical Realism. As well as keeping all of the original examples from representative texts, the authors have added new examples of more recent works. While this book was conceived for a general audience, it will be a valuable resource for students, teachers, and libraries. It may be used in any English literature courses at any level, including graduate, and is suited for creative writing courses as well. With its clear and immediately accessible features, this handbo

Thrill Me

Bold new essays on how to craft a thrilling read--in any genre--from the bestselling author of The Dead Lands Anyone familiar with the meteoric rise of Benjamin Percy's career will surely have noticed a certain shift: After writing two ...

Author: Benjamin Percy

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 9781555979546

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Bold new essays on how to craft a thrilling read--in any genre--from the bestselling author of The Dead Lands Anyone familiar with the meteoric rise of Benjamin Percy's career will surely have noticed a certain shift: After writing two short-story collections and a literary novel, he delivered the werewolf thriller Red Moon and the postapocalyptic epic The Dead Lands. Now, in his first book of nonfiction, Percy challenges the notion that literary and genre fiction are somehow mutually exclusive. The title essay is an ode to the kinds of books that make many readers fall in love with fiction: science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, horror, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Anne Rice, Ursula K. Le Guin to Stephen King. Percy's own academic experience banished many of these writers in the name of what is "literary" and what is "genre." Then he discovered Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, and others who employ techniques of genre fiction while remaining literary writers. In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to disparate sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, and the speculative, as well as character, setting, and dialogue. An urgent and entertaining missive on craft, Thrill Me brims with Percy's distinctive blend of anecdotes, advice, and close reading, all in the service of one dictum: Thrill the reader.