The Writer's Guide to Beginnings

How to Craft Story Openings That Sell

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.

ISBN: 1440347239

Category: Reference

Page: 250

View: 3669

Give your story its best start! The best beginnings possess a magical quality that grabs readers from the first word and never lets them go. But beginnings aren't just the door into a fictional world. They are the gateway to the realm of publishing--one that could shut as quickly as it opens. In The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, author and literary agent Paula Munier shows you how to craft flawless beginnings that impress agents, engage editors, and captivate readers. You'll learn how to develop the big idea of your story and introduce it on page one, structure opening scenes that encompass their own story arc, kickstart your writing with effective brainstorming techniques, and introduce a compelling cast of characters that drive the plot. You'll also examine the best-selling novels from different genres to learn the secrets that experienced writers use to dive straight into a story. With thorough examinations of voice, point of view, setting, dialogue and conflict, The Writer's Guide to Beginnings is a must-have tool for luring your readers in with your opening pages--and convincing them to stick around for the ride. "Writing a book? Hard. Writing the beginning of a book? Rocket science! Strap on your spacesuit, because thanks to Munier's nuanced, actionable breakdown of every possible aspect of a gripping opening, authors everywhere can now take their books to the stars." --K.M. Weiland

Das Leben und das Schreiben

Memoiren

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641054001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 6309

„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The Sell Your Novel Tool kit

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101153490

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 5221

ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING YOUR NOVEL PUBLISHED WITH THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GUIDE Writers often spend years perfecting their first novel—then hit a dead end when it comes to getting it published. Learning to market your novel will make it stand out from the thousands of other books clamoring for the attention of an ever shrinking number of publishers. In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers the wisdom of more than twenty years of 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. You will learn: · How to categorize your novel, and the sixteen ways of describing it · Nine ways of selling your novel · Descriptions of the jobs of literary agent, editor, and writer · Examples of actual story synopses, and successful query letters—in all the genres · How to prepare sample chapters · Thirty questions a writer needs to ask a prospective agent

Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies

Author: Leslie Wainger

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0764525549

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 5738

Offers guidance in writing a romance novel and getting it published, from plot mapping and writing love scenes to finding an agent and putting together a winning submission.

500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader

Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend

Author: Jennifer Lerch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684856409

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 175

View: 1345

Offers a variety of ways to get one's script past the Hollywood script readers, including screen talk, writing a romance, avoiding common mistakes, and how to get positive coverage

The Poets & Writers Guide to Literary Agents

Author: N.A

Publisher: Poets & Writers Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 1254

A collection of articles edited by the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine, this handy resource includes straightforward advice from professionals in the literary field and additional resources with insider tips. This practical guide will give you everything you need to understand what agents do, what you can expect from them, and how to find the best agent for you and your work: -Where agents search for new talent -Tips on how to secure an agent -What agents look for in the first few pages of a submission -How to follow up with an agent after you’ve submitted your work -The agent’s role in today’s publishing industry -How to know when the time has come to dissolve a relationship with an agent

Balzac und die kleine chinesische Schneiderin

Roman

Author: Dai Sijie

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492950485

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 5523

Zwei pfiffige chinesische Studenten, die zur »kulturellen Umerziehung« in ein abgelegenes Bergdorf ans Ende der Welt verschickt wurden, merken bald, dass sie nur eine einzige Möglichkeit haben zu überleben: Sie müssen in den Besitz jenes wunderbaren Lederkoffers gelangen, der die – verbotenen – Meisterwerke der westlichen Weltliteratur enthält. Denn nur mit ihnen können sie den Widrigkeiten ihres Daseins entkommen – und vielleicht am Ende das Herz der Kleinen Schneiderin gewinnen.

The Insider's Guide to Writing for Television

Author: Julian Friedmann,Christopher Walker

Publisher: Crimson Publishing

ISBN: 9781844553761

Category: Television authorship

Page: 288

View: 1614

Do you want to write for TV? Want advice from TV industry experts on how to sell a script? Whether you understand beats and through lines or are still trying to figure out your A story from your B story, The Insider's Guide to Writing for TV supports you through the whole process of writing a television script - from working out a premise to getting your script on screen. Co-authored by a successful scriptwriter and script editor, and the co-founder of one of the UK's most prestigious scriptwriting agencies, you can be confident of definitive guidance on how to write a television script as well as the best professional advice on how to make money from scriptwriting. The television industry continues to expand and producers are always on the lookout for new writing talent. If you're an aspiring scriptwriter, you can make sure you write a winning screenplay - and get it made - with the help of The Insider's Guide to Writing for TV. Inside The Insider's Guide to Writing for TV, you'll find out: What sort of scripts producers are looking for - and which they aren't What practical things - such as production costs - need to be considered What you can - and can't - do on television. Beginning with the basics of scriptwriting and how to develop your script premise and generate story ideas, The Insider's Guide to Writing for TV gives tips from television industry experts on understanding the structure of a television script, creating believable characters and ensuring your script has a compelling storyline. Once you're happy with your television screenplay, there's essential advice on pitching your script and approaching agencies or production companies. Whether you want to write soaps, a TV drama or a sitcom, The Insider's Guide to Writing for TV is your toolkit to making sure your dream of writing for TV becomes a reality. Insider's Guides are comprehensive handbooks written by industry experts with many years of practical experience - so you can be sure you're getting unrivalled advice on how to break into the profession. Also available in the series: The Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published For more information please visit http://www.writingfor-television.co.uk/.

Farbenblind

Author: Trevor Noah

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 364120643X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 3431

Trevor Noah kam 1984 im Township Soweto als Sohn einer Xhosa und eines Schweizers zur Welt. Zu einer Zeit, da das südafrikanische Apartheidsregime „gemischtrassige“ Beziehungen weiterhin unter Strafe stellte. Als Kind, das es nicht geben durfte, erlebte er Armut und systematischen Rassismus, aber auch die mutige Auflehnung seiner "farbenblinden" Eltern, die einfallsreich versuchten, Trennungen zwischen Ethnien und Geschlechtern zu überwinden. Heute ist er ein international gefeierter Comedian, der die legendäre "The Daily Show" in den USA leitet und weltweit – ob Sydney, Dubai, Toronto, San Francisco oder Berlin – in ausverkauften Sälen auftritt. In "Farbenblind" erzählt Trevor Noah ebenso feinsinnig wie komisch in achtzehn Geschichten von seinem Aufwachsen in Südafrika, das den ganzen Aberwitz der Apartheid bündelt: warum ihn seine Mutter aus einem fahrenden Minibus warf, um Gottes Willen zu erfüllen, welche Musik er für einen tanzenden Hitler aufzulegen pflegte, um sein erstes Geld zu verdienen, und wie ihn eine Überwachungskamera, die nicht einmal zwischen Schwarz und Weiß unterscheiden konnte, vor dem Gefängnis bewahrte.

The Storyteller's Guide

Storytellers Share Advice for the Classroom, Boardroom, Showroom, Podium, Pulpit and Center Stage

Author: William Mooney,David Holt

Publisher: august house

ISBN: 9780874834826

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 2543

Interviews with respected storytellers provide information on all aspects of storytelling

Syrenka - Fluch der Tiefe

Author: Elizabeth Fama

Publisher: arsEdition

ISBN: 3760798322

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 368

View: 4342

1872: Die schöne Sirene Syrenka verliebt sich in den jungen Naturwissenschaftlicher Ezra und folgt ihm an Land. Doch diese Entscheidung, aus Liebe getroffen, zieht ungeahnte und tödliche Konsequenzen nach sich. 140 Jahre später trifft die 17jährige Halbwaise Hester am Strand einen mysteriösen Fremden und fühlt sich unwiderstehlich zu ihm hingezogen. Je näher sie ihm jedoch kommt, desto mehr traurige Geheimnisse ihrer Familie werden ans Land gespült. Ist etwa ein Fluch schuld daran, dass jede Frau ihrer Familie drei Tage nach der Geburt ihrer ersten Tochter stirbt? Die Antworten warten auf dem Friedhof, der Krypta und auf dem Grund des Meeres auf das junge Mädchen. Dunkle Mächte lassen jedoch nichts unversucht, um Hesters Verbindung zu Syrenka und der furchtbaren Tragödie, die vor so vielen Jahren geschah, im Dunkel der Tiefe verborgen zu halten.

I Should Be Writing

A Writer's Workshop

Author: Mur Lafferty

Publisher: Rock Point Gift & Stationery

ISBN: 1631063650

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

View: 1090

Don't just dream it, write it! I Should Be Writing is a writing workshop in a journal, full of helpful advice and encouragement for the person who wants to finally write the story they've always dreamed of creating. Let award-winning podcaster Mur Lafferty, who in the past has interviewed authors including John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, Gail Carriger, Adam Christopher, and Kameron Hurley, guide you through the nuts-and-bolts process of honing your craft, including which writing myths to ignore, how to refine your creative process, listening to your inner muse while ignoring your inner bully, and more. This book also contains writing exercises that will help the blossoming writer strengthen the writer’s muscle of writing every day. These include everything from situational writer's prompts to lists of ideas writers should try to jot down between writing sessions. With this helpful guide, you can make the phrase, "I've always wanted to write a story..." a thing of the past. Because you should be writing!

Screenwriting For Dummies

Author: Laura Schellhardt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118052625

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 5368

Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywood players! So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed! The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing a concept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, and the conclusion Craft living, breathing characters -- from creating the backstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialogue with action Turn your story into a script -- from developing an outline and getting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay and handling rewrites Prepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players and setting your expectations to polishing your copy and protecting your work Sell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitch and finding an agent to meeting with executives and making a deal Open the book and find: The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agents to box office jargon New story examples from recently released films Tips on character development, a story's time clock, dramatic structure, and dialogue New details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- from musicals to animation to high dramatic style Expanded information on adaptation and collaboration, with examples from successful screenwriting duos

Frag immer erst: warum

Wie Top-Firmen und Führungskräfte zum Erfolg inspirieren

Author: Simon Sinek

Publisher: Redline Wirtschaft

ISBN: 3864146518

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 2927

Am Beginn einer jeden Erfolgsgeschichte steht eine einfache Frage: Warum? Warum sind manche Organisationen profitabler als andere? Warum werden einige Führungskräfte von ihren Mitarbeitern mehr geschätzt und andere weniger? Warum sind manche Menschen in der Lage, immer und immer wieder erfolgreich zu sein? In seinem Bestseller, der nun zum ersten Mal in deutscher Sprache erscheint, zeigt Simon Sinek, dass erfolgreiche Persönlichkeiten wie Martin Luther King Jr. oder Steve Jobs alle nach demselben, natürlichen Muster dachten, handelten und kommunizierten. Am Anfang ihres Wirkens stand immer die Frage nach dem Warum. Mit diesem Ansatz schafften sie es, bedeutende Dinge zu vollbringen und darüber hinaus ihre Mitstreiter zu inspirieren. Sich an diesen Vorbildern orientierend, gibt Sinek in seinem Ratgeber nun Führungskräften, Unternehmen, aber auch Privatpersonen einen Leitfaden an die Hand, der zum endgültigen Erfolg verhilft. Dabei erklärt er das so erfolgreiche Muster, welches dem goldenen Schnitt ähnlich ist, und auf den drei elementaren Fragen basiert: Warum? Wie? Was? Dadurch eröffnen sich dem Leser völlig neue Möglichkeiten und er wird lernen, dass die Motivierung von Mitarbeitern viel zielführender ist als ihre Manipulation! Und dies geht ganz einfach: einfach »Warum?« fragen.

The Comedy Bible

From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide

Author: Judy Carter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743219023

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 3554

Judy Carter, guru to aspiring comedy writers and stand-up comics, tells all about the biz of being funny and writing funny in this bright, entertaining, and totally practical guide on how to draw humor from your life and turn it into a career. Do you think you’re funny? Do you want to turn your sense of humor into a career? If the answer is yes, then Judy Carter’s The Comedy Bible is for you. The guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being—and writing—funny for money. If you’ve got a sense of humor, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work. Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up Comedy: The Book, Carter offers a series of day-by-day exercises that draw on her many years as a successful stand-up comic and the head of a nationally known comedy school. Also included are practical tips and advice from today’s top comedy professionals—from Bernie Brillstein to Christopher Titus to Richard Lewis. She presents the pros and cons of the various comedy fields—stand-up, script, speech and joke writing, one-person shows, humor essays—and shows how to tailor your material for each. She teaches how to find your “authentic” voice—the true source of comedy. And, perhaps most important, Carter explains how to take a finished product to the next level—making money—by pitching it to a buyer and negotiating a contract. Written in Carter’s unique, take-no-prisoners voice, The Comedy Bible is practical, inspirational, and funny.

The Magazine Article

How to Think It, Plan It, Write it

Author: Peter P. Jacobi

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253211118

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 247

View: 6126

"... this is surely one of the more thoughtful books on magazine journalism. Highly recommended." --Library Journal "An excellent how-to, guaranteed to satisfy requests from would-be authors." --Booklist "... provides writers with hundreds of ideas to help stimulate their creative approach to magazine article writing." --WRITERS' Journal "All kinds of writers will want to keep this volume on their handiest reference shelf." --Arts Indiana "For any aspiring magazine writer, or even a practiced one, this book is a treasury of inspiration and solid, eye-opening instruction." --Herald-Times "More than just another writer's guide to marketing an article, or coming up with salable ideas, [the book] is actually an idea promoter in that it illustrates the basic principles of good magazine article writing, uses examples from well-known publications, and offers strategies for leading into an involving piece." --The Midwest Book Review In this indispensable text, veteran journalist Peter Jacobi offers students hundreds of ideas to help them become more creative in their approach to thinking, planning, and writing magazine articles. Packed with useful advice and top-notch examples, this book takes a practical, hands-on approach to help beginning writers turn everyday subjects into compelling features.