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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.


The Writer`s Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable CharactersThe Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters by Marc Mucutcheon
Six novelists reveal their approaches to characterization in this guide, which comes with a questionnaire to help writers probe their characters' backgrounds, beliefs, and desires and a "thesaurus" of physical and psychological traits to aid in character development.


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 Art & Craft of the Short StoryThe Art & Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinis
In his highly personal and compelling style, DeMarinis shares advice, classic examples and exercises in this definitive book on the short story.


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 Stuff of FictionThe Stuff of Fiction: Advice on Craft by Douglas Bauer
The Stuff of Fiction is a collection of lively essays by esteemed novelist Douglas Bauer on the tools of the fiction writer's craft. Based on his popular lectures as a core faculty member in the Bennington Writing Seminars, individual chapters examine the components of successful stories, from creating the first sentence to crafting a fitting ending. Bauer's primary focus is on three critical elements of fiction writing: dialogue, character, and dramatic event. He sees dialogue as an overheard conversation that has an inherent intimacy and power that should not be squandered by the writer. He discusses the challenge of creating characters that are psychologically complex, both flawed and sympathetic. He cautions new writers against overloading their stories with highly dramatic events--or avoiding them altogether.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Stuff of FictionThe Stuff of Fiction: Advice on Craft by Douglas Bauer
The Stuff of Fiction is a collection of lively essays by esteemed novelist Douglas Bauer on the tools of the fiction writer's craft. Based on his popular lectures as a core faculty member in the Bennington Writing Seminars, individual chapters examine the components of successful stories, from creating the first sentence to crafting a fitting ending. Bauer's primary focus is on three critical elements of fiction writing: dialogue, character, and dramatic event. He sees dialogue as an overheard conversation that has an inherent intimacy and power that should not be squandered by the writer. He discusses the challenge of creating characters that are psychologically complex, both flawed and sympathetic. He cautions new writers against overloading their stories with highly dramatic events--or avoiding them altogether.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Writer`s Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable CharactersThe Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters by Marc Mucutcheon
Six novelists reveal their approaches to characterization in this guide, which comes with a questionnaire to help writers probe their characters' backgrounds, beliefs, and desires and a "thesaurus" of physical and psychological traits to aid in character development.


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.


How Fiction WorksHow Fiction Works: The Last Word on Writing Fiction--From Basics to the Fine Points by Oakley M. Hall
A guide to writing short stories and novels includes writing exercises, examples, and advice on developing language, dialogue, point of view, and characterization.


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.


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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