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Writing the Blockbuster NovelWriting the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman
Every novelist dreams of it -- writing the book that rockets to the top of the best-seller lists. Now, they can see how it's done, up close, in a book by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Here Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books. Zuckerman covers the subject thoroughly, from creating outlines and building larger than life characters to injecting suspense and more. His instruction is decisive, direct and clear and is supported with examples from Gone With the Wind, The Godfather and other blockbusters.


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.


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.


Marriage of MindsMarriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing by Nikoo McGoldrick; James McGoldrick
Part how-to book, part relationship book, Marriage of Minds presents the strategies and techniques you need for creating successful collaborations and successful fiction.


45 Master Characters45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Schmidt
"45 Master Characters" explores the most common male and female archetypes, provides instructions for using them to create original characters, and gives examples of how other authors have brought such archetypes to life in novels, film and television. Worksheets included for writers to develop their own characters. 45 illustrations.


Sometimes the Magic WorksSometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks; Betsy Mitchell
The author of 19 "New York Times" fantasy bestsellers presents a nonfiction work that is half a memoir of his writing career, half a text on how to do it oneself.


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 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.


Marriage of MindsMarriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing by Nikoo McGoldrick; James McGoldrick
Part how-to book, part relationship book, Marriage of Minds presents the strategies and techniques you need for creating successful collaborations and successful fiction.


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.


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 Novelist`s NotebookThe Novelist's Notebook by Laurie Henry
Laurie Henry nurtures writers throught the long and sometimes lonely task of writing a novel. Her 115 imaginative journal activities offer ways to approach every stage of the process from creating characters to shaping the story, from exploring themes ro revising and polishing. She helps writers develop a schedule, conduct research, benefit from bad days, even think of a title.


Making Shapely FictionMaking Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction what makes it work and what can make it fail. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. Jerome Stern maintains that learning to write spontaneously is the first step to writing well. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mother of fiction. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins." Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know," and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered.


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.


Writing in General and the Short Story in ParticularWriting in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills
Now a classic in the field, this practical guide to writing explains the essential techniques from character and plot to flashback and foreshadowing. A resource book for both beginning and seasoned writers.


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.


Careers for Your CharactersCareers for Your Characters: A Writer's Guide to 101 Professions from Architect to Zookeeper by Raymond Obstfeld; Franz Neumann
Creating realistic, well-developed characters that readers can believe in is one of the biggest challenges authors face. "Careers for Your Characters" makes it easier than ever by providing detailed descriptions for the 99 most written-about professions--everything from ad executives to waiters.


On WritingOn Writing by Eudora Welty
Covering techniques and tools every writer should know, this primer on the art of fiction is presented by one of the 20th-century's masters, Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty.


On Teaching and Writing FictionOn Teaching and Writing Fiction by Wallace Earle Stegner; Lynn Stegner
Stegner brings together eight previously uncollected essays--including four never-before-published pieces--on writing fiction and teaching creative writing. In this unique collection he addresses every aspect of fiction writing from the writer's vision to his or her audience to the recognizable truth it seeks finally to reveal.


Sometimes the Magic WorksSometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks; Betsy Mitchell
The author of 19 "New York Times" fantasy bestsellers presents a nonfiction work that is half a memoir of his writing career, half a text on how to do it oneself.


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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