Just Write

Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599639703

Category: Authorship

Page: 256

View: 9985

"Half intensive craft workshop and half practical advice on building and sustaining a successful writing practice, Just Write marries craft and technique with encouragement and insider advice. Featuring the best posts written for the Kill Zone blog (a thriller writers' blog that has appeared on WD's 101 Best Websites for Writers multiple times) as well as brand-new material, the book will serve as a guide for all fiction writers on mastering the craft and "keeping at it," no matter what their chosen genre."--provided by

How to Make a Living as a Writer

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780910355162

Category: Authorship

Page: 258

View: 3972

It's the best time on Earth to be a writer. More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone. Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate substantial income from their work. And there is still a traditional publishing industry that needs new talent to keep growing. In How to Make a Living as a Writer, you'll learn the secrets of writing for profit and increasing your chances of making a living wage from your work. Here are some of the subjects covered: - The 7 Secrets of Writing Success - The 8 Essentials of Your Writing Business - How to Reach Your Goals - Keys to a Winning System - How to Stay Relentless - Unlocking Your Creativity - How to Write More, Faster - Comparing Traditional and Self-Publishing - How to Go Traditional - How to Go Indie - How to Form Multiple Streams of Writing Income - How to Write a Novel in a Month - How to Choose Non-Fiction Subjects - How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude - Resources for Further Study And much more, all to help you write what you love and earn what you're worth. James Scott Bell has made a living as a writer for nearly two decades, and shares with you everything he knows about the best practices for turning your writing dream into a reality.

Don't Sabotage Your Submission

Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A.

Author: Chris Roerden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781933523316

Category: Reference

Page: 301

View: 8461

DON'T SABOTAGE YOUR SUBMISSION "Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award" * Discover why 90% of fiction manuscripts are rejected quickly, long before your characters and plot are read. * Learn to spot the clues to average writing-and how to find and fix them in your own work. * See how an editor analyzes the techniques of 215 writers who got right what most writers get wrong. * Get an insider's tips for painless revisions by computer. * Find out the secrets of craft that can boost your odds of changing an "a" for average to the "A" of Accepted. . . . . . . . "Chock full of practical advice for the novice writer. Even seasoned writers could use a copy as a refresher course." --"Charlaine Harris, New York Times best-selling author of 29 books in multiple genres" "Best book of its kind by far. Required for my college level students. Recommended for all aspiring writers." --"Reed Farrel Coleman, two-time Edgar nominee; Shamus, Barry, and Anthony winner" "Without qualification, I recommend this book to fiction writers, be they literary, mainstream, or genre writers." --"John Thornburg, Professor English/Creative Writing, San Jacinto College, Pasadena, TX" "A savvy writer's guide to creating a manuscript that will SELL!" --"Carolyn Hart, two-time winner of Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards" "A must for anyone who seeks to become a published author." --"Midwest Book Review" "This is an undisputed winner ... one that you must buy if you're at all serious about seeing yourself in print. Highly recommended." --"Concept Sci-Fi"
Language Arts & Disciplines

Story Sparks

Finding Your Best Story Ideas and Turning Them into Compelling Fiction

Author: Denise Jaden

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608685098

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

View: 8263

Find rock-solid story ideas before you start writing Anyone who has been hamster-wheeling a story idea for years or has hundreds of pages exploring various approaches on their hard drive knows that there must be a better way. There is. Young adult novelist Denise Jaden shows exactly how to create the captivating stories that prevent dispiriting wasted time. Busting the “visitation from the muses” myth, she shows that inspiration is a skill writers can learn by understanding how story ideas work (or don’t), fertilizing the ground for fresh and sound ideas, and moving swiftly through stuck points. Practical and inspiring, Jaden’s approach celebrates the imaginative sparks that make innovations of all kinds possible while pinpointing the precise tools writers need to fan their unique creative flames.

An Insider's Guide to Publishing

Author: David Comfort

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599637754

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 5401

A behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry tells authors how to work with agents and editors, deal with rejection, and understand the worlds of traditional and self-publishing, while sharing wisdom from authors and editors.
Performing Arts

Creating Unforgettable Characters

A Practical Guide to Character Development in Films, TV Series, Advertisements, Novels & Short Stories

Author: Linda Seger

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1429942029

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 4226

In this book, Linda Seger shows how to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction, covering everything from research to character block. Interviews with today's top writers complete this essential volume.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Writing Lessons from the Front

The First Ten Books

Author: Angela Hunt

Publisher: Hunt Haven Press


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 426

View: 9770

A complete writer's workshop in a book . . . The first ten Writing Lessons from the Front are compiled into this volume. Lessons cover plot structure, characterization, point of view, evoking emotion, self-editing, creating and maintaining tension, writing historical fiction, plans and processes to get your book finished,self-publishing, and a complete writer's checklist that will take you from prewriting to publication, including details on how to publish on CreateSpace and Kindle.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Story Genius

How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

Author: Lisa Cron

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607748908

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 4913

Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Fire Up Your Writing Brain

How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer

Author: Susan Reynolds

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599639147

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 9522

"Filled with accessible instruction, practical techniques, and thought-provoking exercises, Fire Up Your Writing Brain shows you how to become a more productive, creative, and successful writer. Identify the type of writer you are: Do you think or feel your way through writing a book? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Develop writing models that accelerate your learning curve. Hardwire your brain for endurance and increased productivity. Brainstorm better character concepts and plot points. Learn to edit your manuscript on both a macro and micro level. Recharge a lagging brain to gain an extra burst of creativity" --

Marketing for Writers Who Hate Marketing

The No-Stress Way to Sell Books Withou

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Compendium Press

ISBN: 9780910355353


Page: N.A

View: 2602

Is marketing sucking the joy out of your writing life? Do you wish you could spend more time writing and less time selling? Do you suffer from platform paranoia or social marketing madness? Are you stressed because you can't keep up with the latest marketing gimmicks and perpetual-motion author-entrepreneurs? Here's good news: Marketing For Writers Who Hate Marketing will show you how to have the kind of writing life you long for by dispelling the marketing myths that weigh you down. You'll learn what works best, what doesn't, and how a few simple strategies are all you need to get the most out of your marketing efforts. Marketing For Writers Who Hate Marketing will help you prioritize your marketing so you can concentrate on the handful of tools that are most effective, and eliminate the worry that you're never doing enough. It will teach you: - The #1 most effective marketing tool ... one you already love! - How to maximize the all-important first impression your book makes on a browser. - How to turn browsers into readers. - How to turn readers into fans. - Pricing as a strategic marketing tool. - How to grow and nurture an email list. - All the time-sucking practices you can avoid so you're free to write! - And more. Whether your are self-publishing or working with a traditional publisher -- or both -- you need to know how to market smart. This book will show you how.

Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599632735

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 8156

Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last. Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict. Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict. Build conflict into your story's point of view. Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward. Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue. Amp up the suspense when you revise. Conflict & Suspense offers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.

The Mental Game of Writing

How to Overcome Obstacles, Stay Creative and Product

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Compendium Press

ISBN: 9780910355339


Page: 144

View: 3002

The keys to success as a writer are yours for the thinking! All success begins in the mind. For writers, the mind fuels the imagination and creates stories. But for authors who are productive and resilient, and see a good return on their efforts, there is another factor at work. They are winning the mental game of writing. Successful writers have the ability to inspire themselves to produce consistently, improve systematically, overcome obstacles and keep up a positive mental attitude. In this book, #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell takes you through the mental landscape of the successful author. He shows you not only how to stay on your game, but how to improve it. He gives you insights, strategies and techniques for blasting through walls and jumping over hurdles, setting you free to concentrate on what you love most - writing. You'll learn how to define true success, formulate goals and plans, find courage and commitment to write, unleash your creativity and write with joy. You'll also be given steps to handle challenges like stress, burnout, envy, expectations and the trap of comparison. In short, you'll learn to get all your mental jets going full blast so your writing can reach new heights! "I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft." - #1 NYT Times Bestselling Author Kami Garcia
Young Adult Fiction

Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525555358

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

View: 7559

“Wrenching and revelatory.” An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel. “A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” – People Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Writing Without Rules

How to Write and Sell a Novel Without Guidelines, Experts, Or (Occasionally) Pants

Author: Jeffrey Somers

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440352928

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 7427

Stop What You're Doing and Write! Yes, You; Write! Most writing guides imply--or outright state--that there's a fixed, specific formula or list of rules you must follow to achieve writing and publishing success. And all of them are phonies. Well, not completely. There are real, applicable techniques and strategies in any writing reference to help you. But the idea that there's only one way of writing? Nuts! With unconventional approaches to the craft, fresh angles on novel writing and selling, a healthy dose of humor, and no promise of refunds, Writing Without Rules is for those writers who have tried and tried again--and are ready to success on their own terms. In these pages, accomplished author Jeff Somers will show you: The key to a successful writing career is doing the actual writing, no matter the circumstances. Fantastic ideas are available everywhere--you just need to know how to tap into sources through a variety of approaches. Important craft aspects that you should focus on, such as characters and dialogue, while spending less time on others, like setting. Effective ways to get published--whether it's traditional or self-publishing--and how to supplement your income. Whether you're a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between, Writing Without Rules is for those writers who are looking for a fresh take on tackling the challenge of writing and selling a novel, and building a career. As Somers will show you, it's less about being perfect in everything, and more about having the confidence to complete everything.
English language

Keys to Great Writing

Mastering the Elements of Composition and Revision

Author: Stephen Wilbers,Faith Sullivan

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440345807

Category: English language

Page: 288

View: 2394

"Mastering the elements of composition and revision"--Cover.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582972947

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 4285

Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including: Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter Story structure models and methods for all genres Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.
African American men

Native Son

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP


Category: African American men

Page: 359

View: 545

Juvenile Fiction

A Child of Books

Author: Oliver Jeffers

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763690775

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 2872

A young reader introduces a boy to the many imaginative worlds that books bring to life.

Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish

A Guidebook for the Journey

Author: Joseph Bates

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599639215

Category: Reference

Page: 262

View: 9302

"Includes 27 downloadable worksheets"--Page 4 of cover.