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Words Fail MeWords Fail Me by Patricia T. O'Conner
The author of the bestselling "Woe Is I" goes beyond grammar to offer witty, helpful advice for everyone who wants to write well. NPR sponsorship.


Writing Down the BonesWriting Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The secret of creativity, Natalie Goldberg makes clear, is to subtract rules for writing, not add them. Proof that she knows what she is talking about is abundant in the speed, grace, accuracy, and simplicity of her own sentences. Writing Down the Bones is "simply the best aid and comfort around today".--Judith Guest, author of Ordinary People.


Writing from the HeartWriting from the Heart: Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice by Nancy Aronie
With warm, lively, often humorous anecdotes, advice, and lessons, this unique approach to creative writing as a path to healing the self shows how to reverse the damaging effects done to writers in school, where red pens disciplined grammar and taught them to mistrust their natural ability as storytellers--freezing them in their creative tracks.


Stein on WritingStein on Writing by Sol Stein
Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find in this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions - how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." In the pages of this book, nonfictionwriters will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.


Beyond the WordsBeyond the Words: The Three Untapped Sources of Creative Fulfillment for Writers by Bonni Goldberg
In "Beyond the Words, " Goldberg presents anecdotes, essays, examples, and exercises to help writers realize and maintain balance, flow, and health in their work by being mindful of the whole writing process.


Careers in WritingCareers in Writing by Blythe Camenson
Provides information on how to begin a career in writing, with an exploration of each genre, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting, and first-hand accounts from writers in each field.


Publishing for Tenure and BeyondPublishing for Tenure and Beyond by Franklin H. Silverman
Deals candidly with the process of publishing for tenure including writing journal articles and scholarly monographs, strategies for creating a publication record, and the ethics of writing.


Insider`s Guide to Getting PublishedInsider's Guide to Getting Published by John Boswell
Written by one of the most successful agents and packagers in the book publishing industry, The Insider's Guide to Getting Published is a look at everything an aspiring writer needs to know to jump-start a career as a successful author.


Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to StealToo Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal: How to Have a Great Life as a Freelance Writer by John Clausen
Clausen's friendly, funny style -- a cross between a pep rally, a writer's workshop and stand-up comedy -- will get readers prepared for life as a freelance writer.


Writing from the HeartWriting from the Heart: Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice by Nancy Aronie
With warm, lively, often humorous anecdotes, advice, and lessons, this unique approach to creative writing as a path to healing the self shows how to reverse the damaging effects done to writers in school, where red pens disciplined grammar and taught them to mistrust their natural ability as storytellers--freezing them in their creative tracks.


Ernest Hemingway on WritingErnest Hemingway on Writing by Ernest Hemingway; Larry W. Phillips
Imbued with Hemingway's wit, wisdom, and humor, "Ernest Hemingway on Writing" offers essential advice from an author who has had an astounding impact on contemporary American fiction.


How to Make a Living as a Travel WriterHow to Make a Living as a Travel Writer by Susan Farewell
Veteran travel writer Susan Farewell begins with basic writing techniques, exercises, and tips for avoiding "roadblocks", before getting to the nitty-gritty of the travel-writing business. You'll learn not only how to write about travel but how to travel to write; how to pitch and sell stories, find assignments, research topics, network in the industry, make trips tax deductible, and travel for free or at press rates. This new edition provides a bibliography of travel writing, chapters on the World Wide Web and planning trips via the Internet, new tips for health and fitness while traveling, and an analysis of successful articles - what works and why.


Book Editors Talk to WritersBook Editors Talk to Writers by Judy Mandell
Based on penetrating interviews with 44 experienced editors, this essential guide gives you the lowdown on everything you need to know to get published faster and easier. No matter what publishing category you want to break into--fiction, cookbooks, self-help, computer books, science fiction, mysteries, reference, or children's books--you'll find the information you need from an editor who specializes in that area.


A Christian Writer`s Manual of StyleA Christian Writer's Manual of Style by Bob Hudson; Shelley Hudson
From highly respected editors Bob Hudson and Shelley Townsend comes this standard setting reference guide for anyone involved in Christian publishing.


Story StartersStory Starters: How to Jump-Start Your Imagination, Get Your Creative Juices Flowing, and Start Writing Your Story or Novel by Lou Willett Stanek
For authors who have the passion and energy to write fiction, but have trouble finding an idea and getting started, writing instructor and author Lou Willett Stanek shows how to get inspiration from neighbors and strangers, reshape classic tales, cull current events, and use other tricks of the writing trade so effectively that the reader will soon be brimming with ideas, imagination revved to its full potential.


Thunder and LightningThunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft by Natalie Goldberg
The sequel to Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind explains how to transform an initial inspiration--the thunder and lightning--into a finished essay, story, poem, novel, or memoir, discussing such topics as the structure of writing, what one can learn from another writer, character and plot development, and how to get the most out of a writing workshop.


Deep Writing: 7 Principles That Bring Ideas to LifeDeep Writing: 7 Principles That Bring Ideas to Life by Eric Maisel
A nationally recognized psychotherapist and creativity consultant shows writers how to overcome psychological blocks in order to create with passion, power, and ease.


How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction BookHow to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book by Blythe Camenson
From idea to contract to execution, this is the first all-in-one guide for prospective nonfiction writers. "How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book is uniquely structured to help you sell your ideas or yourself "before you invest time and effort in a lengthy book project. This comprehensive reference guide provides specific tips for pitching and writing various nonfiction categories, with suggestions from agents, editors, and published authors. With expert advice on the technical elements of voice and style, useful resource listings, and sample proposals, you will find all the tools necessary to ultimately earn a living from nonfiction writing.


Writing Down the BonesWriting Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The secret of creativity, Natalie Goldberg makes clear, is to subtract rules for writing, not add them. Proof that she knows what she is talking about is abundant in the speed, grace, accuracy, and simplicity of her own sentences. Writing Down the Bones is "simply the best aid and comfort around today".--Judith Guest, author of Ordinary People.


Publishing for Tenure and BeyondPublishing for Tenure and Beyond by Franklin H. Silverman
Deals candidly with the process of publishing for tenure including writing journal articles and scholarly monographs, strategies for creating a publication record, and the ethics of writing.


How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction BookHow to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book by Blythe Camenson
From idea to contract to execution, this is the first all-in-one guide for prospective nonfiction writers. "How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book is uniquely structured to help you sell your ideas or yourself "before you invest time and effort in a lengthy book project. This comprehensive reference guide provides specific tips for pitching and writing various nonfiction categories, with suggestions from agents, editors, and published authors. With expert advice on the technical elements of voice and style, useful resource listings, and sample proposals, you will find all the tools necessary to ultimately earn a living from nonfiction writing.


The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published BookThe Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book by Susan Page
Publishers buy new book ideas every week. Why not yours? Whether your book consists of a few notes on the back of a napkin or a completed manuscript, Susan Page's proven system will make your dream of successful publication come true. A bestselling author and leading consultant to other writers, Susan Page knows the difference between common industry wisdom that doesn't work and the precise, easy-to-follow strategies that actually get results. In this breakthrough book, she leads you away from the obstacles that often delay and frustrate writers and introduces the twenty essential steps for success.


The Writer`s WorkbookThe Writer's Workbook by Jenny Newman; Edmund Cusick; Aileen La Tourette
Whether you are taking a course in creative writing of making your first solitary steps in fiction, poetry or drama, this is the book you need. The Writer's Workbook provides a concise introduction to creative writing in the twentieth-first century with helpful tips on key points of good practice, warnings about the main pitfalls, and a variety of exercises to hone your skills. Readers will find advice on writing short stories, poetry, novels, plays, TV, radio and film scripts, song lyrics, travel writing, web writing, as well as suggestions for getting published. Written by a team of novelists, poets, and dramatists who are also experienced writing teachers, this book belongs on the shelf of anyone serious about getting started in creative writing.


The Writer`s WorkbookThe Writer's Workbook by Jenny Newman; Edmund Cusick; Aileen La Tourette
Whether you are taking a course in creative writing of making your first solitary steps in fiction, poetry or drama, this is the book you need. The Writer's Workbook provides a concise introduction to creative writing in the twentieth-first century with helpful tips on key points of good practice, warnings about the main pitfalls, and a variety of exercises to hone your skills. Readers will find advice on writing short stories, poetry, novels, plays, TV, radio and film scripts, song lyrics, travel writing, web writing, as well as suggestions for getting published. Written by a team of novelists, poets, and dramatists who are also experienced writing teachers, this book belongs on the shelf of anyone serious about getting started in creative writing.


The First Five PagesThe First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah T. Lukeman
Using examples from actual manuscripts and query letters he's received, a publishing professional illuminates principles that can be applied to virtually any type of writing--fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and even poetry.


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