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 Popular Fiction

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Author: Rona Randall

Publisher: Methuen Publishing

ISBN: 0713647310

Category: Reference

Page: 160

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Popular fiction includes romance, thrillers and fantasy but this book covers how to write all types of popular fiction. The guide explains how to start out, how to avoid pitfalls in writing and how to get your work published. The author stresses the prime importance of characters and advises spending time on their development and motivation at an early stage. She discusses the research, style, dialogue and construction in writing and includes examples of how to write, alternative publishing channels, organizations and reference books for authors. Rona Randall was also the author of "Broken Tapestry" which won the Major Award and "Dragonmede" which won a US Literary Guild Alternative Selection."

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.

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

From First Word to Last

In this insightful and revealing book, Marks explores not just the tropes and mechanisms of popular fiction, but also how they work.

Author: Arlene F. Marks

Publisher:

ISBN: 1927537053

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 250

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Popular fiction both engrosses readers and inspires authors. Every day, more and more writers put pen to paper and fingers to keyboard, determined to create the next great romance or adventure. But what makes the best popular fiction tales so irresistible? How do you create memorable characters, evocative settings, and compelling plots? In this insightful and revealing book, Arlene F. Marks explores not just the tropes and mechanisms of popular fiction, but also how they work. She takes the reader on a journey into the world of writing, demystifying the art of storytelling and explaining the craft of popular fiction. Learn how to breathe life into your characters, paint realistic settings, and weave suspenseful plots, producing stories and novels that will capture the hearts and imaginations of readers. Arlene F. Marks is a published author, editor, and teacher of literacy and writing.

Many Genres One Craft

Divided into three parts Craft, Genre, and The Writer's Life -- the book provides advice on everything from point-of-view to writing media tie-in novels to marketing romance, all from writers who have actually done it.

Author: Michael A. Arnzen

Publisher:

ISBN: 0938467085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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In Many Genres, One Craft, award-winning author Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller gather the voices of today's top genre writers and writing instructors alongside their published students. It fosters the writing process in a way that focuses almost exclusively on writing the novel. Using a compilation of instructional articles penned by well-known authors affiliated with Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, the book emphasizes how to write genre novels and commercially appealing fiction. The articles are modeled after actual "learning modules" that have successfully taught students in the program how to reach a wider audience for over a decade.

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction

Guiding readers through key writers and genres, historical contexts and major theoretical approaches, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of popular fiction.

Author: Christine Berberich

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441155672

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Guiding readers through key writers and genres, historical contexts and major theoretical approaches, this is a comprehensive introduction to the study of popular fiction. Charting the rise of commercial fiction from the 19th century to today, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Popular Fiction includes introductory surveys, written by leading scholars, to a wide range of popular genres, including: Science Fiction Crime Writing Romance and Chick Lit Adventure Stories and Lad Lit Horror Graphic Novels Children's Literature Part II of the book also includes case-study readings of key writers and texts, from the work of HG Wells, Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler to more recent books such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The book also includes a chapter covering "The Writer's Perspective" on popular publishing, while annotated guides to further reading and online resources throughout give students the tools they need to pursue independent study on their courses.

Bestsellers

This essential guide and reference work provides a unique insight into over 100 years of publishing and reading as well as taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

Author: Clive Bloom

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131751856

Category: Fiction

Page: 425

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This essential guide and reference work provides a unique insight into over 100 years of publishing and reading as well as taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

Popular Fiction

"In this volume, Ken Gelder offers a comprehensive account of popular fiction as a distinctive literary and cultural field, tied directly to the logics and practices of entertainment and industry." -- Publisher.

Author: Ken Gelder

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415356474

Category: Fiction

Page: 179

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In this volume, Ken Gelder offers a comprehensive account of popular fiction as a distinctive literary and cultural field, tied directly to the logics and practices of entertainment and industry.

Writer

Here is both the story and back-story of a man who remains among the most widely read writers of all time.

Author:

Publisher: L. Ron Hubbard

ISBN: 1403198888

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 291

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Come to know the literary legend that is L. Ron Hubbard—a leading light of American Pulp Fiction, a screenwriter in the Golden Age of Hollywood and a creative visionary who authored some of the world's most enduring masterpieces. Here is both the story and back-story of a man who remains among the most widely read writers of all time.

Literature and the Writer

Literature and the Writer was first conceived with the hope the essays would shed light on several dimensions of the authorial craft.

Author: Michael J. Meyer

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042016531

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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Literature and the Writer was first conceived with the hope the essays would shed light on several dimensions of the authorial craft. It was the hope of the editor that the selected essays would examine not only writers' choice of vocabulary, but also their deliberate selection of grammatical constructions and word order and their seamless weaving together of plots and imagery. Moreover, the analyses would also draw attention to how the writing process impacts the development of characters and the formulation of thematic strands in fiction. Thus, a wide variety of authors are deliberately selected to give the text depth: writers of popular fiction as well as modern classics are included, and contrasts are established between traditional writers and those who prefer to follow experimental trends. Modernists are set against postmodernists, absurdists vs. realists, minority ethnicities vs. majority cultures, and dominant genders appear in contrast to subordinated ones. Clearly, the major tenet of the collection is that the writing profession provides an unending dilemma that deserves to be explored in more detail as readers try to determine how authorial voices confuse while simultaneously elucidating their audience, how texts are constructed by authors and yet deconstructed by the very words they choose to include, how silence functions as inaudible yet audible discourse; and how authorial self-concept shapes not only itself but is also echoed in the fictional characters / writers who appear in the texts.

The Formulas of Popular Fiction

This book creates a taxonomy for the major bestselling fictional genres: romance (e.g., authors Heyer, Cartland, Woodiwiss and Roberts), religious and inspirational (Corelli and Douglas), mystery and detective (Conan Doyle, Christie and ...

Author: Anna Faktorovich

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786474134

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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"Anna Faktorovich has written an impressive study of genre writing. It is comprehensively informative and enticing on an intellectual level and simultaneously encouraging and useful to those embarking on a writing career. Formulaic authorship is not as creatively rewarding as producing Lolita or King Lear, but those future Luke Skywalkers and Harry Potters will pay the rent."--Robert Hauptman, editor, Journal of Information Ethics. This book creates a taxonomy for the major bestselling fictional genres: romance (e.g., authors Heyer, Cartland, Woodiwiss and Roberts), religious and inspirational (Corelli and Douglas), mystery and detective (Conan Doyle, Christie and Mankell), and science fiction, horror and fantasy (Wells, Tolkien, Orwell, Niven, King and Rowling). Chapters look at a genre from its roots to its most recent works. The structural patterns in the plot, characters and setting of these genres are then explained. The book also provides a critique of currently popular hyper-formulaic, hack, unliterary writings that have multiplied in recent decades. Special topics such as the publishing oligopoly and the resulting homogeneity among bestselling works and the steady movement from literary to unliterary fiction are also examined.

Writing the Colonial Adventure

This book explores imperial ideology through the narrative themes of popular texts.

Author: Robert Dixon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521484391

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

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This book explores imperial ideology through the narrative themes of popular texts.

Handbook of American Popular Literature

Looks at a wide variety of popular American fiction genres, including comic books, mystery novels, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, and westerns.

Author: Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of the Humanities M Thomas Inge

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015015140257

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 408

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Looks at a wide variety of popular American fiction genres, including comic books, mystery novels, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, and westerns.

Writing the Popular Novel

By the award-winning author of the Amos Walker series. Original. Writer's Digest Main.

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.

Ghanaian Popular Fiction

The unofficial side of African fiction has captured Newell's (African studies, U. of Cambridge.) interest, the largely undocumented writing, publishing, and reading of pamphlets and paperbacks that exist outside the grid of mass production.

Author: Stephanie Newell

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821413686

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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The unofficial side of African fiction has captured Newell's (African studies, U. of Cambridge.) interest, the largely undocumented writing, publishing, and reading of pamphlets and paperbacks that exist outside the grid of mass production. She describes how authors in Ghana combine quotes from western texts with a vast array of local narrative sources, so that their plots, genres, and protagonists are drawn from a jamboree bag in which the foreign cannot be separated from the local. c. Book News Inc.

Speech Writing and Thought Presentation in 19th Century Narrative Fiction

Following Nash's (1990), Radway's (1984), and van Peer's (1986) claims that
popular and serious narrative fiction can be identified by their distinctive use of
differentlinguistic features, Semino and Short (2004) incorporate the serious
versus ...

Author: Beatrix Busse

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190212360

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 252

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Reference to or quotation from someone's speech, thoughts, or writing is a key component of narrative. These reports further a narrative, make it more interesting, natural, and vivid, ask the reader to engage with it, and reflect historical cultural understandings of modes of discourse presentation. To a large extent, the way we perceive a story depends on the ways it presents discourse, and along with it, speech, writing, and thought. In this book, Beatrix Busse investigates speech, writing, and thought presentation in a corpus of 19th-century narrative fiction including Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, and many others. At the intersection between corpus linguistics and stylistics, this book develops a new corpus-stylistic approach for systematically analyzing the different narrative strategies of discourse presentation in key pieces of 19th-century narrative fiction. Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative Fiction identifies diachronic patterns as well as unique authorial styles, and places them within their cultural-historical context. It also suggests ways for automatically identifying forms of discourse presentation, and shows that the presentation of characters' minds reflects an ideological as well as an epistemological concern about what cannot be reported, portrayed, or narrated. Through insightful interdisciplinary analysis, Busse demonstrates that discourse presentation fulfills the function of prospection and encapsulation, marks narrative progression, and shapes readers' expectations.

Transrealist Fiction

This volume examines a variety of work from a transrealist perspective, including the writings of Dick, Rucker, Kurt Vonnegut, J.G. Ballard, and John Barth.

Author: Damien Broderick

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313311218

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

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Transrealist writing treats "immediate perceptions in a fantastic way," according to science fiction writer and mathematician Rudy Rucker, who originated the term. In the expanded sense argued in this book, it also intensifies imaginative fiction by writing the fantastic from the standpoint of richly personalized experience, as in the works of Philip K. Dick. This volume examines a variety of work from a transrealist perspective, including the writings of Dick, Rucker, Kurt Vonnegut, J.G. Ballard, and John Barth.

Popular Victorian Women Writers

Accessible and informative, the book is ideal for students of Victorian literature and culture as well as tutors and scholars of the period.

Author: Kay Boardman

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719064503

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

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Popular Victorian women writers considers a diverse group of women writers within the Victorian literary marketplace. It looks at authors such as Ellen Wood, Mary Braddon, Rhoda Broughton and Charlotte Yonge as well as less well-known writers including Jessie Fothergill and Eliza Meteyard. Each essay sets the individual author within her biographical and literary context and provides refreshing insights into her work. Together they bring the work of largely unknown authors and new perspectives on known authors to critical and public attention. Accessible and informative, the book is ideal for students of Victorian literature and culture as well as tutors and scholars of the period.