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The Truth about FictionThe Truth about Fiction by Steven Schoen
This book presents readers and creative writing enthusiasts with comprehensive coverage of the elements of fiction and real-world writing techniques that help build skills -- such as sensory detailing, character construction, and cause and effect plotting. Plenty of practical advice completes this treatment of the fiction genre. Chapter topics include character, plot, story structure, dialogue, point of view, style, and details. For writers pursuing a hobby or a dream -- or just dabbling, this insightful guide will teach them how do it and "say" it better.


Mastering Point of ViewMastering Point of View by Sherri Szeman
Guides writers through the difficult process of choosing point of view and provides straightforward instruction for using it well. Includes examples from notable writers.


Master ClassMaster Class: Scenes from a Fiction Workshop by Paul West
The acclaimed novelist and author of The Secret Life of Words re-creates his last writing seminar in which fifteen students reflect on the art of writing great fiction as they discuss one another's work and shares their insights into the creative writing process.


Writing the Breakout NovelWriting the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass; Anne Perry
Using real-life case studies, the author shows novelists how to create a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place, develop larger-than-life characters, sustain a high degree of narrative tension, and explore universal themes that will interest a large audience of readers.


Mastering Point of ViewMastering Point of View by Sherri Szeman
Guides writers through the difficult process of choosing point of view and provides straightforward instruction for using it well. Includes examples from notable writers.


Novelist`s Essential Guide to Crafting ScenesNovelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld
Shows how to create specific types of scenes -- action scenes, comic scenes, sex scenes and more -- then reveals how to link these scenes to form powerful novels.


The Spooky ArtThe Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing by Norman Mailer
In his latest outing, Mailer takes on a range of subjects with his signature candor, exploring, among other topics, the attractions and limitations of nonfiction, the pressing need for work habits, the pitfalls of early success, and the dire business of coping with bad reviews. But perhaps the most entertaining moments are those in which he takes on his fellow writers, living and dead.


The Art of FictionThe Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand; Tore Boeckmann; Leonard Peikoff
In 1958, Ayn Rand, already the world-famous author of such bestselling books as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, gave a private series of extemporaneous lectures in her own living room on the art of fiction. Tore Boeckmann and Leonard Peikoff for the first time now bring readers the edited transcript of these exciting personal statements. The Art of Fiction offers invaluable lessons, in which Rand analyzes the four essential elements of fiction: theme, plot, characterization, and style. She demonstrates her ideas by dissecting her best-known works, as well as those of other famous authors, such as Thomas Wolfe, Sinclair Lewis, and Victor Hugo. An historic accomplishment, this compendium will be a unique and fascinating resource for both writers and readers of fiction.


Fiction First AidFiction First Aid: Instant Remedies for Novels, Stories and Scripts by Raymond Obstfeld
Just like a first aid manual, this reference quickly offers writers easy-to-follow steps and specific remedies for fixing the parts in their manuscripts that "just aren't working."


On Becoming a NovelistOn Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner; Raymond Carver
On Becoming a Novelist contains the wisdom accumulated during John Gardner's distinguished twenty year career as a fiction writer and creative writing teacher. With elegance, humor, and sophistication, Gardner describes the life of a working novelist; warns what needs to be guarded against, both from within the writer and from without; and predicts what the writer can reasonably expect and what, in general, he or she cannot. "For a certain kind of person," Gardner writes, "nothing is more joyful or satisfying than the life of a novelist." But no other vocation, he is quick to add, is so fraught with professional and spiritual difficulties. Whether discussing the supposed value of writer's workshops, explaining the role of the novelist's agent and editor, or railing against the seductive fruits of literary elitism, On Becoming a Novelist is an indispensable, life affirming handbook for anyone authentically called to the profession.


How to Write a NovelHow to Write a Novel by John Braine
A classic practical guide and manual which tells the aspiring writer everything about writing a publishable first novel. Includes a wealth of quotations and advice, know-how and technique.


Where the Stories Come FromWhere the Stories Come From: Beginning to Write Fiction by Sibyl Johnston
Where the Stories Come From defines basic terms in creative writing and explains the fundamentals of character, plot, point of view, verb tense, narrative structure, setting, dialogue, subtext, and theme.


Writing the Breakout NovelWriting the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass; Anne Perry
Using real-life case studies, the author shows novelists how to create a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place, develop larger-than-life characters, sustain a high degree of narrative tension, and explore universal themes that will interest a large audience of readers.


Novel VerdictsNovel Verdicts: A Guide to Courtroom Fiction by Jon L. Breen
Himself a writer of mystery novels and short stories, Breen (English, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California) updates and expands his 1984 bibliography with annotations of he novels simple listed before, and with new novels published through 1997. For each of the 790 works, he includes standard bibliographic data, a code for how much actually takes place in court (most are B for brief), outlines the plot, and evaluates the book as a whole and the trial scenes in particular. The arrangement is alphabetical by author; indexes are by subject/title/author, cause of action, and geographical jurisdiction.


The KeyThe Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth by Raymond Obstfeld; Franz Neumann
Myths, says James N. Frey, are the basis of all storytelling, and their structures and motifs are as powerful for contemporary writers as they were for Homer. In "The Key, novelist and fiction-writing coach Frey applies his popular "Damn Good" approach to Joseph Campbell's insights into the universal structure of myths, providing a practical guide for fiction writers and screenwriters who want to shape their ideas into a powerful mythic story.


The Complete Idiot`s Guide to Getting Your Romance PublishedThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Your Romance Published by Julie Beard
Takes the budding romance novelist through the entire process of developing story ideas, editing, finding publishers, and marketing.


Novel & Short Story Writer`s MarketNovel & Short Story Writer's Market: 1,900+ Places to Get Your Fiction Into Print by Anne Bowling; Vanessa Lyman
Inside this handbook, fiction writers will find completely updated market entries for book publishers, magazines, literary agents, contests and script houses, plus brand new information on e-publishers, including interviews with industry experts, editors of e-magazines and more.


The Sell Your Novel Tool KitThe Sell Your Novel Tool Kit: Everything You Need to Know about Queries, Synopses, Marketing & Breaking in by Elizabeth Lyon
Lyon offers novelists the wisdom of her experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy.


The Complete Guide to Editing Your FictionThe Complete Guide to Editing Your Fiction by Michael Seidman
Using an easy-to-reference format, experienced editor Michael Seidman shows writers how to approach fiction editing from three angles: macro editing, style editing and market editing. Writers will learn to reread their manuscript paying close attention to the continuity of narrative elements, such as point of view, characterization, sequencing and dialogue. After revising and rearranging these elements, writers will edit stylistic aspects, scanning their work with foolproof techniques that ensure proper spelling, grammar and word choice. This guide also teaches how to edit work from a marketing perspective, so writers can keep the expectations of their readership firmly in mind as they title their manuscripts and write their submissions.


Complete Handbook of Novel WritingComplete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know about Creating & Selling Your Work by Meg Leder; Writer's Digest; Jack Heffron
The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing is a compilation of the best articles and interviews from Writer's Digest magazine, books and annuals. Aspiring authors will find articles on the craft, art and process of fiction writing from such well-known authors as Sue Grafton, Richard Russo, Janet Fitch, Octavia Butler and Terry Brooks. They'll also glean a wealth of knowledge and advice from interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, John Updike, Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Clancy and more! It's a comprehensive fiction-writing guide that tackles everything from crafting a story and using descriptive language to breaking through writer's block and getting an agent.


The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing by Norman Mailer
Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2003 by Anne Bowling (editor)
On Writing by Eudora Welty
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Careers for Your Characters : A Writers Guide to 99 Professions from Architect to Zookeeper by Raymond Obstfeld, Franz Neumann
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah T. Lukeman
Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver
The Complete Guide to Editing Your Fiction by Michael Seidman
45 Master Characters : Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Schmidt
Hooking the Reader: Opening Lines that Sell by Sharon Rendell-Smock
On Writing by Stephen King
Fiction Writer's Brainstormer by James V. Smith, Jr.
The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters by Marc Mucutcheon
Writer's Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein
Description (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Monica Wood
Dialogue (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Lewis Turco
Plot (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Ansen Dibell
Setting (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Jack M. Bickham
Conflict, Action and Suspense (Elements of Fiction Writing) by William Noble
Building Better Plots by Robert Kernen
Creating Fiction by Julie Checkoway
The Writer's Tool Box: How to Write Fiction and Non-Fiction That Will Sell by Patrika Vaughn
Writing the Short Story by Jack M. Bickham
Writing Fiction Step by Step by Josip Novakovich
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. Le Guin
Story Starters: How to Jump-Start Your Imagination, Get Your Creative Juices Flowing, and Start Writing Your Story or Novel by Lou Willett Stanek
Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods by Umberto Eco
Telling Lies For Fun & Profit by Lawrence Block, Introduction by Sue Grafton


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