The Writer's Guide to Beginnings

How to Craft Story Openings That Sell

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440347177

Category: REFERENCE

Page: 256

View: 4213

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

A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780399528675

Category: Reference

Page: 225

View: 2104

Discusses the art and craft of writing essays, memoirs, how-to guides, travel, technical reports, feature articles, recipes, and other genres, and provides tips on the business side of writing, target audiences, and marketing.

101 Best Beginnings Ever Written

A Romp Through Literatary Openings for Writers and Readers

Author: Barnaby Conrad

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781884956867

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 182

View: 4652

Barnaby Conrad follows up his acclaimed "101 Best Scenes Ever Written" with "101 Best Beginnings Ever Written." Readers will continue their delightful romp through literature guided and instructed by Conrad's insights and annotations. For writers and readers, the first part of every story is the most important. Conrad has identified twelve types of beginnings, providing captivating examples such as Ambrose Bierce's opening sentence to his short story "An Imperfect Conflagration" Early one June morning in 1872 I murdered my father--an act which made a deep impression on me at the time. Writers will learn how to start their stories with forceful, compelling prose that hooks readers from page one; casual readers will delight in the cleverness of the various authors' opening lines and in Conrad's insightful comments.

Writing with Quiet Hands

How to Shape Your Writing to Resonate with Readers

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599639239

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 637

"To write with quiet hands is to embrace the journey all writers must take: from seeking inspiration and shaping raw material to cultivating a personal support network, navigating the various pathways to publication, and committing to a lifelong practice. In Writing with Quiet Hands, author and literary agent Paula Munier helps you hone your words into well-crafted stories and balance this satisfying work with the realities and challenges of the publishing world, "--Amazon.com.

Plot Perfect

How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638140

Category: Reference

Page: 281

View: 6485

Build an Exceptional Plot, One Scene at a Time! Think of your favorite story--the one that kept you turning pages late into the night, the one with a plot so compelling, so multilayered, so perfect that you couldn't put it down. How can you make your own plots--in your novels, short stories, memoirs, or screenplays--just as irresistible? Plot Perfect provides the answer. This one-of-a-kind plotting primer reveals the secrets of creating a story structure that works--no matter what your genre. It gives you the strategies you need to build a scene-by-scene blueprint that will help elevate your fiction and earn the attention of agents and editors. Inside, literary agent, editor, and author Paula Munier shows you how to: Devise powerful plots and subplots and weave them together seamlessly Organize your scenes for the greatest impact Develop captivating protagonists, worthy antagonists, and engaging secondary characters Use dialogue, setting, tone, and voice to enhance your plot Layer, refine, and polish your storyline Define your story in terms of its theme Filled with writing exercises, plotting templates, and expert advice, Plot Perfect helps you dive into the intricacies of plot--and write a compelling story that readers won't be able to resist.

The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children

Author: Nancy Lamb

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582970523

Category: Reference

Page: 192

View: 2450

Create Unforgettable Stories for Kids! &break;&break;You dream of writing stories that children respond to–the kind they come back to again and again. Nancy Lamb can help you achieve that dream. She mixes insightful advice for mastering storytelling with dozens of examples that illustrate a variety of plot-building techniques. &break;&break;Nancy's instruction covers everything from format and content to setting and characterization. She also draws from a range of children's classics, including Where the Wild Things Are, Charlotte's Web and Bridge to Tarabithia to explore and illuminate the unique nature of children's literature. &break;&break;Nancy also shares writing tips and tricks accumulated through years of successful storytelling–invaluable advice for crafting fiction that resonates with children of all ages, from 4 to 14 and beyond.

Creating Short Fiction

The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction

Author: Damon Knight

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312150945

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 209

View: 9641

Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters

Fearless Confessions

A Writer's Guide to Memoir

Author: Sue William Silverman

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820336068

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 1046

Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper--or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics such as metaphor, theme, plot, and voice and also includes chapters on trusting memory and cultivating the courage to tell one's truth in the face of forces--from family members to the media--who would prefer that people with inconvenient pasts and views remain silent. Silverman, an award-winning memoirist, draws upon her own personal and professional experience to provide an essential resource for transforming life into words that matter. Fearless Confessions is an atlas that contains maps to the remarkable places in each person's life that have yet to be explored.

Plots Unlimited

For the Writer of Novels, Short Stories, Plays, Screenplays, and Television Episodes : a Creative Source for Generating a Virtually Limitless Number and Variety of Story Plots and Outlines

Author: Tom Sawyer,Arthur David Weingarten

Publisher: Ashleywilde, Inc.

ISBN: 9780962747601

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

View: 467

This is a veritable thesaurus of exciting plot twists and story moves that work for any composition of any genre.

Bring Your Fiction to Life

Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity

Author: Karen S. Wiesner

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440349829

Category: REFERENCE

Page: 272

View: 3004

Craft a Story That Towers Above the Rest You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore. But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging. Bring Your Fiction to Life teaches you how to build a solid narrative structure and layer in lush, textured scenes to create a story that rings true. You'll learn how to: Master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element. Develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through your fictional world. Construct and analyze an outline for your manuscript, using tools and techniques to analyze scenes that lack dimensionality. Brainstorm, research, and draft efficiently and effectively, and juggle multiple projects with ease. Packed with story-development charts, worksheets, and checklists, Bring Your Fiction to Life shows you how to craft a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable.

Eating Bull

Author: Carrie Rubin

Publisher: ScienceThrillers Media

ISBN: 9781940419107

Category:

Page: 310

View: 1382

Jeremy, a lonely and obese teenager, shoots into the limelight when a headstrong public health nurse persuades him to sue the food industry. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who's targeting the obese. Soon the boy, the nurse, and their loved ones take center stage in a delusional man's drama. In this novel of suspense, Eating Bull explores the real-life issues of bullying, fat-shaming, and the food industry's role in obesity. "A solid thriller that manages to infuse one boy's coming-of-age with a whole lot of murder."--Kirkus Reviews

The Seneca Scourge

Author: Carrie Rubin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1611603145

Category: Fiction

Page: 334

View: 7450

Best New E-book: Fiction', 2012 USA Best Book Awards Dr. Sydney McKnight, a young physician battling the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time, joins forces with Dr. Casper Jones, an odd new research virologist whose arrival coincides with the virus's advent, and whose presence raises more questions than answers. As scientists around the world search for an explanation for the virus's high mortality rate, Sydney's distrust of Casper grows, especially after she discovers him injecting an unidentified substance into her patient. Despite a heavy patient load, rebuttals from her boss, and an increasingly strained relationship with her boyfriend, Sydney is determined to learn the truth. But what she finds will plunge her into danger and change her life forever...

Write Away

One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life

Author: Elizabeth George

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060560428

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 3470

A guide to writing fiction and understanding the creative process presents dozens of literary and commercial examples that demonstrate how to construct a novel, in a reference complemented by personal anecdotes from the author's life.

Beginning Writer's Answer Book

Author: Kirk Polking,Writer's Digest Books (Firm)

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898795998

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

View: 666

Answers almost nine hundred questions frequently asked by new writers, arranged by subject for quick reference

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 9821

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Writing Irresistible Kidlit

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers

Author: Mary Kole

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635767

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 1789

Captivate the hearts and minds of young adult readers! Writing for young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) audiences isn't just "kid's stuff" anymore--it's kidlit! The YA and MG book markets are healthier and more robust than ever, and that means the competition is fiercer, too. In Writing Irresistible Kidlit, literary agent Mary Kole shares her expertise on writing novels for young adult and middle grade readers and teaches you how to: Recognize the differences between middle grade and young adult audiences and how it impacts your writing. Tailor your manuscript's tone, length, and content to your readership. Avoid common mistakes and cliches that are prevalent in YA and MG fiction, in respect to characters, story ideas, plot structure and more. Develop themes and ideas in your novel that will strike emotional chords. Mary Kole's candid commentary and insightful observations, as well as a collection of book excerpts and personal insights from bestselling authors and editors who specialize in the children's book market, are invaluable tools for your kidlit career. If you want the skills, techniques, and know-how you need to craft memorable stories for teens and tweens, Writing Irresistible Kidlit can give them to you.

Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel

Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies

Author: Barbara Gregorich

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500714482

Category: Reference

Page: 230

View: 9792

For those contemplating writing a mystery novel and those who have written one or more but are looking for fresh and invigorating insights into the approach, "Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel" provides an overall view of how to think like a writer in general and a mystery writer in particular. Covered are topics such as: What are the possible patterns of suspicion when the villain is a major character? What changes when the villain is a minor character? How many subplots work best, and in what order can they be introduced? How can a writer throw suspicion on innocent characters while at the same time providing clues that point to the guilty one? These topics and many more are examined and analyzed in this solid how-to book which is rich with examples and suggestions.

The Scientist's Guide to Writing

How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout Your Scientific Career

Author: Stephen B. Heard

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400881145

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 8909

The ability to write clearly is critical to any scientific career. The Scientist's Guide to Writing provides practical advice to help scientists become more effective writers so that their ideas have the greatest possible impact. Drawing on his own experience as a scientist, graduate adviser, and editor, Stephen Heard emphasizes that the goal of all scientific writing should be absolute clarity; that good writing takes deliberate practice; and that what many scientists need are not long lists of prescriptive rules but rather direct engagement with their behaviors and attitudes when they write. He combines advice on such topics as how to generate and maintain writing momentum with practical tips on structuring a scientific paper, revising a first draft, handling citations, responding to peer reviews, managing coauthorships, and more. In an accessible, informal tone, The Scientist's Guide to Writing explains essential techniques that students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scientists need to write more clearly, efficiently, and easily. Emphasizes writing as a process, not just a product Encourages habits that improve motivation and productivity Explains the structure of the scientific paper and the function of each part Provides detailed guidance on submission, review, revision, and publication Addresses issues related to coauthorship, English as a second language, and more

Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes

Author: Raymond Obstfeld

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898799736

Category: Reference

Page: 208

View: 8861

Writing page-turning fiction depends on your ability to create rock-solid, believable scenes. Scenes act as dynamic structures that thrust both your characters and readers forward through conflict, baiting them with goals that may–&break;In Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes, Raymond Obstfeld leads you through the creation process, examining all the elements that go into making scenes successful, cohesive and compelling. Tackling topics like finding a scene's "hot spot," identifying its dominating purpose and avoiding a cliched ending, Obstfeld provides essential reading for novice and novelist alike. Using examples from film, short stories, and best-selling fiction, he documents why and how scenes work. You'll learn: &break;&break; what is (and isn't) a scene&break; how to make scenes memorable&break; how to use point of view&break; how to focus on character, plot and theme&break; how to make scenes pay off&break; how to structure a scene&break; how to use setting&break; how to revise a scene&break; the importance of first impressions &break;&break;Every page of Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes opens a new window of opportunity for writers by offering valuable insight, articulate advice and expert examples. It's a reference, a road map and a romp, all rolled into one. So go on–make a scene. And make it unforgettable.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

A Novel

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616203943

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4593

“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”* A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew. “This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child “Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” —The Washington Post “You won’t want it to end.” —Family Circle “A natural for book groups.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch “A reader’s paradise of the first order.” —The Buffalo News “A fun, page-turning delight.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune “Captures the joy of connecting people and books . . . Irresistible.” —Booklist “A wonderful, moving, endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time.” —Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain “Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review