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Master the Elements of the Writing Workshop The great paradox of the writing life is that to be a good writer, you must be both interested in the world around you and comfortable working in solitude for hours on end. Fiction Writer's Workshop, Second Edition, is designed to help you foster a strong sense of independence-of being and thinking on your own, of becoming self-evaluative without being self-critical-in order to accomplish what others seek in classroom groups. In this comprehensive guide, award-winning writer and teacher Josip Novakovich explores every aspect of the art of fiction and provides all the tools and techniques you'll need to develop day-to-day discipline as well as a personal writing style, such as:More than 100 writing exercises, including dozens that are new to this edition, that challenge you to experiment with diverse writing styles Specific statements of purpose for each exercise, to help guide you and instruct you at every step of the creative process Self-critique questions to help you assess your work and identify strengths and weaknesses before moving on to the next lesson The full text of eight acclaimed short stories, with analysis and exercises, to provide models for your own writing and help reinforce the lessons you've learned The practical, insightful methods offered in this workshop will clarify your voice, broaden your perspective, and strengthen your fiction.
How does good writing stand out? If its purpose is to convey facts, findings, or instructions, it need be read only once for its content to be clear. If its purpose is to entertain or to provoke thought, it makes readers want to come back for more.Revised and updated, this guide covers four essential aspects of good writing:Individual words: spelling variations, hyphenation, frequently confused homonyms, frequently misused words and phrases, irregular plurals and negatives, and uses of capitalization and type style to add special meaningsPunctuation: the role of each mark in achieving clarity and affecting tone, and demonstration of how misuses can lead to ambiguitySyntax and structure: agreement of subject and verb, parallel construction, modifiers, tenses, pronouns, active versus passive voice, and moreStyle:advice on the less hard-and-fast areas of clarity and tone, including sentence length and order, conciseness, simplification, reading level, jargon and cliches, and subtletyFilled with self-test exercises and whimsical literary quotations, Grammatically Correct steers clear of academic stuffiness, focusing instead on practical strategies and intuitive explanations. Discussions are designed to get to the heart of a concept and provide a sufficient sense of when and how to use it, along with examples that show what ambiguities or misinterpretations might result if the rules are not followed. In cases where there is more than one acceptable way to do something, the approach is not to prescribe one over another but simply to describe the options. Readers of this book will never break the rules of language again - unintentionally.
Writer's Digest Short Short Story CompetitionThis exclusive collection contains the top twenty-five winning entries of the 12th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story competition, including the First-Place winner, "The Callers" by Nicole Lesperance.
Writer's Digest Poetry Competitionthis exclusive collection contains the top fifty winning entries of the 6th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Competition, including the First-Place winner, "AN EDUCATED WOMAN EXPLAINS WHY SHE LIKES BLUEGRASS" BY LINDA NEAL RESING.
Take your first draft from so-so to sold! You've finished the first draft of your novel--congratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and editors will fight for. Inside you'll find: Self-editing techniques for plot, structure, character, theme, voice, and more that can be applied as you're writing to reduce your revision workload. Methods for fine-tuning your first draft into a tight, well-developed piece of literature. The Ultimate Revision Checklist, which seamlessly guides you through the revision process, step by step. New Chapter! Exercises and techniques for "deepening" your work to engage and excite readers like never before. Whether you're writing a novel currently or have finished the first draft, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition will give you the guidance you need to revise your manuscript into a novel ready to be sold.
Writers need a structured approach to writing fiction, one that includes effective strategies for both drafting and revision/fine-tuning. A structured approach builds a writer's confidence and provides an efficient process in terms of producing submission-ready work. It's best to get that first draft out there, not worry a lot about how well it's going, and then let it cool a little before getting into the heat of revision and fine-tuning.
The editors of Writer's Digest are pleased to share with you the winning entries in each category of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, along with the Grand Prize-winning story, Boy Witch, by John T. Biggs.
What are the common pitfalls in a crafting a series, the best ways to get organized and plan it? The purpose of Writing the Fiction Series is to cover all things that need to be taken into consideration when writing a series and provide a one-stop resource for the who, what, where, when and why of this monumental endeavor. This helpful guide will give writers everything they need for creating their fiction series from dealing with story arcs and keeping things focused to characters, consistency, organization and more.
Learn how to make your story soar! In the physical world, gravity, force, and other elements of physics govern your abilities and can be utilized to enhance your every movement. In the world of writing, story physics can be harnessed in much the same way to make your novel or screenplay the best it can be. In Story Physics, best-selling author Larry Brooks introduces you to six key literary forces that, when leveraged in just the right way, enable you to craft a story that's primed for success--and publication. Inside Story Physics, you'll learn how to: Understand and harness the six storytelling forces that are constantly at work in your fiction. Transform your story idea into a dramatically compelling concept. Optimize the choices you make in terms of character, conflict, subplot, subtext, and more to render the best possible outcome. These literary forces will elevate your story above the competition and help you avoid the rejection pile. With Story Physics, you won't just give your story wings--you'll teach it how to fly. "Larry Brooks speaks my kind of language about story. Any writer, even those trucking in the world of nonfiction, will benefit from going deeper into the physics of storytelling as Brooks explains in these pages." - James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Plot & Structure "Larry Brooks has done it again! If you liked Story Engineering, I suspect you're going to love Story Physics, which dives even deeper into the essence of story. Story Physics is an essential addition to every novelist's bookshelf." - Randy Ingermanson, author of Writing Fiction for Dummies
Real-world writing advice, minus all the lectures. You're an aspiring writer. Maybe you've just discovered your love of words and dream of being a novelist someday. Maybe you've been filling notebooks with science-fiction stories since middle school. Maybe you're contemplating a liberal arts degree, but you don't know what the heck you're going to do with it. The last thing you need is another preachy writing manual telling you how you should write. This book isn't a writing manual. It is a series of candid and irreverent essays on the writing life, from a writer who's lived it. Kerri Majors shares stories from her own life that offer insights on the realities all writers face: developing a writing voice, finding a real job (and yes, you do need to find one), taking criticism, getting published, and dealing with rejection. Don't have enough time to write? Learn how to plan your days to fit it all in. Not sure how your guilty pleasures and bad habits translate into literature? Kerri explains how soap operas and eavesdropping can actually help your writing. Need a reader for your first novel? Find a writing buddy or a writing group that will support you. Nervous about submitting your first piece? Learn from Kerri's own roller coaster journey to find an agent and get published. This Is Not a Writing Manual is the writing memoir for young writers who want to use their talents in the real world.
"It's a dangerous business, going out your front door."In the age of men, one must face myriad challenges: epic quests, imminent danger, the evil gaze of Sauron . . . okay, so maybe not. But wouldn't life's day-to-day challenges be easier if one were to take a cue from the diminutive hobbit? With The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook as your guide, you'll be ready to brave the difficulties, discomforts, and occasional orcs you may encounter.Become acquainted and form fellowships with the peoples of Middle-earth: elves, dwarves, wizards, Ents, and moreLearn about the dangerous creatures that lurk in the lands beyond the Shire: orcs, wolves, and dragonsUse hobbit tactics of running away, hiding, and disappearing (with or without the use of magical rings)Discover the proper etiquette for the delivery and solving or riddlesSo put another log on the fire, cut another slice of seed-cake (is it time for elevenses already?) and curl up with The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook. You'd never consider going on a nasty adventure, but it's always best to be prepared, right?
In this invaluable guide, thriller master Michael Newton shows you how to develop compelling plots and intriguing characters that grab readers from page 1 and won't let them go. You'll learn how to craft heroes and villains that are both believable and original and ground them in situations that push them to the limits of physical, emotional, and mental endurance. You'll also find details that will imbue your thriller with authenticity, from the specifics of using guns and knives to the inner workings of secret government agencies. From global conspiracies and knife-wielding psychopaths to ruthless cults and political schemers, Writing Thrillers will give you the tools you need to keep pulses racing, palms sweating, and readers on the edges of their seats.
Let's face it: Christian fiction is fun. Even if you're writing a serious-minded study of man's inhumanity to man, there is something exhilarating about story; about creating people and worlds and events; about telling a tale that keeps readers enraptured and maybe - just maybe - leaves them fortified in their walk with Jesus.But for all of the fun, it's also hard work. There is skill involved in writing excellent Christian fiction. There is craftsmanship to be learned. And there are the long hours pounding away on a manuscript that, by the time you're done with it, has you convinced it's the worst piece of garbage ever penned by man.That's not even talking about trying to get your book published. It's a wonder anyone would choose such a way to spend otherwise useful time.So maybe you put your novel away for awhile. You've tried to do more sensible things with your spare moments. You've attempted to be engaged with workaday matters, laundry, and bills.But one day, a new story idea will pop into your head or you won't be able to stop hearing the voice of a character demanding to be written about. On that day, you'll be right back where you were, counting the cost of writing Christian fiction -- and loving it like nothing else.
One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel.... Everyone thinks about doing it, yet most people who do start a novel end up stalling after a few chapters. Where do these would-be novelists go wrong? Are the characters dull and cliched? Did the story arc collapse? Did they succumb to a dreaded bout of "writer's block"? Or maybe it was all just taking too long? These problems used to stop writers in their tracks, but nothing will get in your way after reading Write Your Novel in a Month. Author and instructor Jeff Gerke has created the perfect tool to show you how to prepare yourself to write your first draft in as little as 30 days. With Jeff's help, you will learn how to organize your ideas, create dynamic stories, develop believable characters, and flesh out the idea narrative for your novel--and not just for the rapid-fire first draft. Jeff walks you through the entire process, from initial idea to the important revision stage, and even explains what to do with your novel once you've finished. Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month or you're simply hoping to complete a draft over winter break or your vacation, this book covers the entire scope of writing a novel and lays out exactly what you need to know to get it done fast and right.
The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published The 2013 Writer's Market details thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Look inside and you'll find page after page of all-new editorial material devoted to the business of writing. It's the most information we've ever jammed into one edition! You'll find advice on pitching agents and editors, finding money for your writing in unexpected places, and promoting your writing. Plus, you'll learn how to navigate the social media landscape, negotiate contracts, and protect your work. And as usual, this edition includes the ever popular "How Much Should I Charge?" pay rate chart. You also gain access to: Lists of professional writing organizations Sample query letters A free digital download of Writer's Yearbook featuring the 100 Best Markets Includes a self-publishing checklist, submission tracker, family tree of the major book publishers, and helpful charts. "Writer's Market can save you a lifetime of collecting, sorting, and updating industry info, and it's jam-packed with the things you need, including hard-earned advice from those in the field. As a result, Writer's Market gives you time--that most precious commodity for all writers--so you can turn your attention to the cultivation of your talent." --Julianna Baggott, author of Pure, Girl Talk and The Prince of Fenway ParkPLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
The Most Trusted Guide to the World of Children's PublishingIf you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, the 2013 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is the trusted resource you need. Now in its 25th edition, CWIM is the definitive publishing guide for anyone who seeks to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. Inside you'll find more than 650 listings for children's book markets (publishers, agents, magazines and more) - including a point of contact, how to properly submit your work, and what categories they're looking for.You'll also find:Profiles of debut authors who succeeded, as well as interviews with acclaimed novelists such as Garth Nix (The Old Kingdom and Seventh Tower series), Tamora Pierce (Song of the Lioness series) and Marissa Meyer (Cinder)A special roundup with more than 20 SCBWI advisors worldwide who share their best advice on how to get your children's book published and break outIn-depth articles on topics such as picture book pacing, illustration, query letters, finding and agent, social media, craft and voice, writers' conferences and more!PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
The Most Trusted Guide for Getting Poetry Published!The 2013 Poet's Market includes hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets, including poetry publications, book/chapbook publishers, contests, and more. These listings include contact information, submission preferences, insider tips on what specific editors want, and - when offered - payment information.Plus, the editorial content in the front of the book has been revamped to include more articles on the Business of Poetry, Promotion of Poetry, and Craft of Poetry. Learn how to navigate the social media landscape, write various poetic forms, give a perfect reading, and more.PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
The Best Resource Available for Finding a Literary Agent! No matter what you're writing--fiction or nonfiction, books for kids or adults--you need a literary agent to secure a book deal. The 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is your essential resource for finding that literary agent--without fear of being scammed--and getting your book published. This new, updated edition of GLA includes: Completely updated contact and submission information for more than 1,000 literary agents seeking new clients. Craft and business advice from more than 35 literary agents--on topics such as query letters, children's books, synopses and proposals, memoir writing, first chapters, conferences, platform and more! 12 "Breaking In" success stories from debut writers who explain how they got their books published. Includes "New Agent Spotlights"--profiles on literary reps actively building their client list right now. "The Guide to Literary Agents was an indispensable tool for me when I was querying agents. I highly recommend it for any aspiring author--in addition to a comprehensive listing of literary agents, it contains valuable information about the query and submission process." --Darien Gee, author of Friendship Bread: A Novel "I just signed with literary agent Chip MacGregor, and I came upon him through the Guide to Literary Agents. If not for GLA, I'd probably still be looking." --Les Edgerton, author of Hooked as well as several novelsPLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
The Most Trusted Guide to Songwriting SuccessIt's an exciting time to be a songwriter, especially if you have an entrepreneurial spirit. Whether you're a perfoming or nonperforming songwriter, chances are that your primary goals are perfecting your craft and maximizing your work's visibility.For 36 years, Songwriter's Market has provided the most complete and up-to-date information songwriters need to place their songs with the music publishers, record companies, record producers, managers, booking agents, music firms and more. This comprehensive guide provides you with all the tools you need to launch, manage, and advance your songwriting career.In the 2013 edition, you'll also gain access to:Newly updated information about submitting your songs over the internet, and registering your copyright onlineHundreds of songwriting placement opportunitiesPower-packed articles on taking charge of your career - including how to navigate the constantly evolving world of social media and discover alternative routes to songwriting successListings for songwriting organizations, conferences, workshops, retreats, colonies, contests, and venues (a helpful tool for indie artists booking their own tours)The outlook has never been brighter for launching your career, building your fan base, and distributing your songs - on your own terms. Take charge of your songwriting career today with the 2013 Songwriter's Market.PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
The Best Resource Available for Getting Your Fiction Published!The 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market is the best resource available for fiction writers to get their short stories, novellas, and novels published. As with past editions, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market offers hundreds of listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and other important tips.Fiction writers will also find and increased focus on editorial to help give context to the listing content. From amazing craft articles (crafting emotion in fiction) to helpful business advice (marketing a small press book), the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market offers everything a fiction writer looking to get published could want.PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
Art Journal Color! Art Journal Composition! Art Journal Freedom! Color is all around us and we often find ourselves drawn to particular combinations or arrangements. But how can you effectively and artistically capture those eye-catching compositions in your art journal? It's true, art journaling has no "rules" and is a safe place for free expression of your one-of-a-kind life. But knowledge is power and knowing the "rules" of color and composition gives you the freedom to use and break them willfully to create the effects you want. Dina shares these principles in a fun and approachable way with dozens upon dozens of unique journal pages to show you just some of the many possibilities. Inside You Will Find: Lessons and tips about composition and color including dominance and repetition, symmetry, contrast and the power of black and white. 10 step-by-step technique demonstrations. Dozens of color and design tips and page challenges.
All the Tools You Need to Build a Successful Art Career! 2013 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market is the must-have reference guide for any artist who wants to establish or expand a career in fine art, illustration or graphic design. Thousands of successful artists have relied on us to help develop their careers and navigate the changing business landscape. The 2013 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market introduces a whole host of new features and guarantees the most up-to-date, individually verified market contacts possible. Expand your art business with these resources: A FREE 1-year subscription to ArtistsMarketOnline.com, where you can find industry contacts, track your submissions, get the latest art and design news and much more (Note: free subscription comes with print version only) Complete, up-to-date contact information for more than 1,700 art market resources, including galleries, magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, ad agencies, syndicates, art fairs and more Articles on the business of freelancing-from basic copyright information to tips on promoting your work Information on grants, residencies, organizations, publications and websites that offer support and direction for visual artists of all types NEW! Informative articles on strategic planning, strengthening a business, budgets, negotiating contracts and applying for grants NEW! Special features on writing for artists, communicating with clients, hanging a solo show and achieving work-life balance NEW! Inspiring and informative interviews with successful professionals including artist Lisa Cyr, illustrator Loren Long, and These Are Things design duo Jen Adrion and Omar NooryPLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
Everything You Need to Find Buyers for Your Photos Thousands of successful photographers have trusted Photographer's Market as a resource for growing their businesses. This edition contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date market contacts for working photographers today: magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, stock agencies, advertising firms, contests and more. In addition to the more than 1,500 individually verified contacts, the 2013 Photographer's Market includes: A FREE 1-year subscription to ArtistMarketOnline.com, where you can search industry contacts, track your submissions, get the latest photography news and much more (Note: free subscription comes with print version only) Up-to-date information on how to start and run a photography business, including how to find clients, who to contact to submit your photos, what types of photos they need and how to submit both digital and film images Markets for fine art photographers, including hundreds of galleries and art fairs NEW! Informative articles on strategic planning, marketing, applying for grants and talking about money NEW! Special features on writing for photographers, maintaining and showcasing work, hanging a solo show and achieving work-life balance NEW! Inspiring and informative interviews with successful professionals, including commercial, wedding, family, AP and aerial photographers
Robert Brewer, editor of Writer's Market and author of the popular poetry blog Poetic Asides, compiles in this book all of his best, most popular and thought-provoking writing prompts for poets. The goal is to create new poems and this book provides 366 - enough for every day of the year! The world needs more poets. So get inspired, get creative, and start writing poetry - now!
This compelling book provides you with eighteen insightful interviews with bestselling authors, writing instructors, agents, award-winning writers and more. You'll learn how to create characters, plot more effectively, live the writer's life with purpose and abandon, and much more. Interviewees include Orson Scott Card, George Singleton, Donald Maass, Dinty Moore, Peter Selgin, James Alexander Thom, and many more. The interviews are casual, relaxed, revealing and instructive. Dig in!
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