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The Secret to Good Writing When asked by the Paris Review what compelled him to rewrite the ending of A Farewell to Arms 39 times, Ernest Hemingway replied, "Getting the words right." His answer echoes what every successful writer knows: The secret to all good writing is revision. For more than twenty years, Getting the Words Right has helped writers from all professions rewrite, revise, and refine their writing. In this new edition, author Theodore Cheney offers 39 targeted ways you can improve your writing, including how to: create smooth transitions between paragraphs correct the invisible faults of inconsistency, incoherence, and imbalance overcome problems of shifting point of view and style express your ideas clearly by trimming away weak or extra words You'll strengthen existing pieces and every future work by applying the three simple principles-reduce, rearrange, and reword. Once the secrets of revision are yours, you'll be able to follow Hemingway's lead-and get the words right!
The violent attacks on journalists at Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Jewish supermarket in Paris in January 2015 raise important questions concerning security, terrorism, and the role of the media in fostering public debate about multiculturalism and freedom of expression. After the Paris Attacks brings together a group of leading scholars, journalists, and political observers to explore how the world reacted to these events and to examine what opportunities exist for a saner and safer future. This timely, interdisciplinary volume presents perspectives from experts in fields such as law, political science, philosophy, and international relations, as well as from the media, offering penetrating insights into how the world can and should respond to the challenge of recent events.
The 101 Rules You Need to Know*but no one has ever told youYou already have a million writing books. You know the principles, the lectures, the "expert" techniques. And you've discovered that sometimes tried-and-true just equals tired.In Robert's Rules of Writing, successful author Robert Masello stomps out status quo writing advice and delivers 101 uninhibited techniques to improve your writing that include:Burn your journal (See rule 1)Strip down to your briefs (See rule 38)Spend time gossiping (See rule 61)Buy the smoking jacket (See rule 56)Skip the Starbucks (See rule 7)De-claim! De-claim! (See rule 63)Whether you're a fiction writer, freelancer, memoirist, or screenwriter, Robert's Rules of Writing gives you the unorthodox advice to transform your writing life and get published!
Take your fiction to the next level! Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists. Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share - regardless of genre - then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace. You'll learn to: establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place weave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing story create larger-than-life characters that step right off the page explore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readers sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish develop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competition Then, using examples from the recent works of several best-selling authors - including novelist Anne Perry - Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing. You'll capture the eye of an agent, generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising career.
Spice Up Your Layouts!Ordinary scrapbook pages get the job done, but why stop at good when you can Kick it Up!? Get ready to infuse your layouts with a bit of spice and take them to the next level.Inside Kick it Up!, more than 180 layouts—including 70 before-and-after pairs—show you how to take your projects up a creative notch. With ideas for backgrounds, photos, titles, embellishments and journaling, you'll never run out of clever ways to spice up scrapbook pages. Plus, a gallery of kicked-up layouts illustrates how to pull it all together to create fabulous pages.Add flavor to your scrapbooks with:Hand-cut backgroundsCreatively chopped photosEye-catching titlesEmbossed embellishmentsLight-hearted journalingAnd much more!Whether you're stuck in a creative rut, or just ready to take it to the next level, flip open Kick it Up! and add some spice to your life.
Your Go-To Guide for Embellishing LayoutsOodles of embellishments can leave you overwhelmed, wondering how to use them on a page. Or maybe you're just tired of using the same ol' techniques. What you need is a resource full of fresh ideas for using all those embellishments.The Scrapbook Embellishment Handbook is your go-to guide for using embellishments—from hot new materials like acrylic and chipboard, to old standbys like stickers and stamps. And don't forget buttons, brads, eyelets, rub-ons and all those digital kits! With 17 sections, each devoted to a single embellishment, you'll come away with lots of creative solutions for embellishing pages. More than 130 layouts—including a before-and-after gallery—illustrate just how embellishments can bring your pages to life.With 51 step-by-step techniques, ranging from super simple to super special, you'll see how to make the most of your embellishments. Learn how to:Brighten acrylic with alcohol inkAdd color and texture to bradsStitch a ribbon bouquetDress letters with decorative tapeTransfer photos onto metalAdd much more!
The Best Things Come in Small PackagesBig memories don't require big pages. You can showcase your most important moments in irresistible, adorable mini scrapbooks!Outstanding Mini Albums is filled with inspiration, ideas and instructions for creating mini scrapbooks of all kinds, from cleverly embellished store-bought albums to books made completely from scratch. Fifty fabulous illustrated projects show you how mini albums are perfect for scrapping lots of photos quickly, displaying your memories around the house, and giving as one-of-a-kind gifts.Step by step, you'll learn to:Make pre-made albums all your own with fun themes and original embellishments.Reinvent everyday items like coffee cups and CDs as pages for handmade mini books.Master new techniques, like crafting faux epoxy letters and homemade buttons.Give your creativity a mini makeover! When a scrapbook page seems too small but a whole album seems too big, Outstanding Mini Albums will help you get it just right.
You CAN scrap fast and hassle-free!Your life is filled to the brim, right? It may be hard to find time to scrapbook, but that doesn't mean filling your albums is a distant dream. The secret is to make the most of the time you do have - scrapping fast and without frustration.Packed with tips showing you how to scrap in a flash, The Busy Scrapper is a one-stop guide to efficient layouts that are fun to make.The Busy Scrapper helps you scrap fast by providing:Tips for making creative layouts quickly and easilySolutions for organizing your spaceShortcuts that prevent scrapping frustrationLoads of inspiring layouts from other busy scrappersWith The Busy Scrapper, you can make the most of your scrapping time, and watch as completed albums begin appearing on your shelf!
Find your voice - and use it!For many scrapbookers, simply recording names and dates is enough. For you, though, scrapbooking is so much more. It's the story - your story. But how do you really capture it on a page?Your Words, Your Story takes the fear and confusion out of journaling by guiding you through the writing process with clear explanations and over 120 layouts featuring a variety of journaling styles.Whatever your background and skill level, you can write meaningful journaling on a page. Your Words, Your Story helps you with:Examples of different writing styles, from detailed narratives to witty observations to heartfelt letters and more."Problem Solved" features that provide a way around obstacles that keep you from journaling.Inspiration for writing in creative styles like fairytale, science fiction and haiku.Prompts and ideas to help you get your story down on a page.Tell your own story as no one else can - and let Your Words, Your Story help you share it with the world.
Honor your sweetest memories - even with sour photos!We all find ourselves with a lemon or two - you know, those photos you get when the lighting is bad or your child runs out of the frame. And when they happen to be your only images of an important event or a special memory, that's when things get really sour.It may be impossible to perfectly capture every moment, but that doesn't mean you can't turn flawed photos into fabulous layouts. When Life Gives You Lemons shows you how to:Use embellishments, transparencies and journaling to disguise photo flaws and minimize distracting backgrounds.Work with blurry, cut-off or poorly framed photos to enhance the theme of a page.Infuse page designs with energy to draw the eye away from imperfections.Edit your images in Photoshop Elements to correct color, remove glare, convert photos to black and white and more.Life doesn't have do-overs, but with When Life Gives You Lemons as your guide, you won't need them! Bring your most perfect memories to life on the page - less-than perfect photos and all.
Scrap it fast, fun, frugal & fabulous!Make scrapbooking your treasured memories quick and easy on your wallet. In Time to Scrap, Memory Makers Master Kathy Fesmire shows you dozens of techniques and shortcuts to save you time and money while still creating fabulous layouts you can be proud of. Ideas include using common household items to stamp, piecing together scraps to form embellishments and adding the look of handstitching to your layout, without the needle and thread.Inside you'll find:Step-by-step demonstrations of innovative scrapbooking techniques that will make your layouts pop120 eye-catching layouts that are sure to inspireA clock with each layout indicating how long each will take to completePage sketches you can use for your own fabulous layout design
Page After Page of Inspiration! If you're feeling overwhelmed with stacks of photos, or stuck in a scrapbooking rut, look no further for answers and inspiration! The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages will help you find the creative spark, and motivate you to try exciting new things in your layouts. Inside, you'll find: Over 500 never-before-seen traditional, digital hybrid layouts 50 sketches for both 12 x 12 and 8 1/2 x 11 pages Hints, tips and creative ideas for enhancing your layouts A variety of topics and themes, including: birthdays, holidays, seasons, babies and kids, pets and special occasions Don't be discouraged-get inspired with The Big Book of Scrapbook Pages!
Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my! Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling plot, and surprising twists, not to mention great writing. This helpful guide gives you everything you need to successfully introduce supernatural elements into any story without shattering the believability of your fictional world or falling victim to common cliches. You'll learn how to: Choose supernatural elements and decide what impact the supernatural will have on your fictional world Create engaging and relatable characters from supernatural protagonists and antagonists to supporting players (both human and non-human) Develop strong plots and complementary subplots Write believable fight scenes and flashbacks Create realistic dialogue And much more Complete with tips for researching your novel and strategies for getting published, Writing the Paranormal Novel gives you everything you need to craft a novel where even the most unusual twist is not only possible--it's believable.
The all-inclusive guide for novel writers If you're serious about making your fiction vibrant, engaging, and marketable, you've found the right book. The Breakout Novelist gives you the craft and business know-how you need to make your book stand out. Inside, veteran agent Donald Maass brings together the most innovative and practical information from his workshops and previous books to lead you through every aspect of setting your novel apart from the rest. Maass shares examples from contemporary writers across all genres to equip you with the strategies great writers use to craft great fiction - from core fiction-writing elements like character, setting, description, and plot, to more advanced techniques including point of view, voice, and suspense. Plus, you'll find over 70 practical exercises to help you move your writing from blah to breakout. You'll also learn from Maass' experiences over more than three decades in the publishing industry. Get straight talk from an insider about agents, contracts, how the industry is changing, and how to be the kind of author who builds a successful career book after book. Get the best of Maass' expertise and instruction in one easy-to-use reference.
Infuse your lyrics with sensory detail!Writing great song lyrics requires practice and discipline. Songwriting Without Boundaries will help you commit to routine practice through fun writing exercises. This unique collection of more than150 sense-bound prompts helps you develop the skills you need to:tap into your senses and inject your writing with vivid detailseffectively use metaphor and comparative languageadd rhythm to your writing and manage phrasingSongwriters, as well as writers of other genres, will benefit from this collection of sensory writing challenges. Divided into four sections, Songwriting Without Boundaries features four different fourteen-day challenges with timed writing exercises, along with examples from other songwriters, poets, and prose writers. Contributing writers include multiple Grammy winning songwriter Gillian Welch, professional poet Caroline Harvey, a host of songwriters from the Berklee College of Music faculty, and others.Includes foreword by professional songwriter Mike Reid ("I Can't Make You Love Me", performed by Bonnie Raitt)About the Author:Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch.
Life has answers. Make sure you're asking the right questions. Are you searching for meaning? Or maybe you just want to really get to know someone. This book can help! Perfect for spending time with friends, family or even co-workers, Question of the Day is fun, enlightening, surprising, and revealing-ideal as an ice breaker among willing acquaintances or as a source of deeper conversation among old friends. Explore a variety of thoughtful topics! Challenge your friends to think and be brutally honest! Voice previously unstated opinions! With questions ranging from "light" to "heavy," Question of the Day will incite answers ranging from the funny or the shocking to the deeply personal. No matter the answer, you're guaranteed to get that much closer to what's real.Border Books and Music Westbury, NY
Basic scrapbooking has you place photos and embellishments on cardstock or patterned paper - easy and...well, basic. The next step for most scrapbookers is layering. But trying to get that rich, interesting layered look can be very intimidating. Where do you even start? "Art of Layers" teaches scrapbookers and beginning mixed media artists just how easy it is to get to that layered look in any papercrafting project. Author Ronda Palazzari teaches readers 50 techniques that will serve as tools to pull out whenever a layered look is desired. The chapters allow the reader to build their skills, from paper techniques they won't be afraid to try adding fabric and stamping and finally giving spray inks and gesso a try.
Seeking writing success? Start at the beginning...Whether you're looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are the key to catching an agent or editor's attention, and are crucial for keeping your reader engaged.As a writer, what you do in your opening pages, and how you do it, is a matter that cannot be left to chance. The First 50 Pages is here to help you craft a strong beginning right from the start. You'll learn how to:introduce your main characterestablish your story worldset up the plot's conflictbegin your hero's inner journeywrite an amazing opening line and terrific first pageand moreThis helpful guide walks you through the tasks your first 50 pages must accomplish in order to avoid leaving readers disoriented, frustrated, or bored. Don't let your reader put your book down before ever seeing its beauty. Let The First 50 Pages show you how to begin your novel with the skill and intentionality that will land you a book deal, and keep readers' eyes glued to the page.
What makes a good story or a screenplay great? The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin. Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story--and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts. You'll learn to wrap your head around the big pictures of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine these six core competencies which include:Four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot) Two executional competencies of scene construction and writing voice The true magic of storytelling happens when these six core competencies work together in perfect harmony. And the best part? Anyone can do it!
A must-have for continuous scrapbooking inspiration! May Flaum has brought all your favorite and up-and-coming scrapbook bloggers together in Scrapbook Workshop. Whether or not you follow blogs, this collection will serve as an idea book filled with projects and techniques you'll use again and again. If you're new to scrapbooking, this book will share not only ideas but also introduce you to people to watch and follow for continued inspiration. And for those experienced or blog-savvy scrapbookers, you will find fresh ideas from favorite bloggers, as well as new outlets to check out and people to watch.Scrapbook Workshop offers--· 30 Fabulous Techniques: While free layout inspiration is readily available online, this book focuses on techniques. The techniques are as diverse as the wide array of scrapbook bloggers that May has gathered here.· Over 60 Pieces of Art: With plenty of variety from the 26 contributors, each bringing their own flair to Scrapbook Workshop. From the messier to the digital, it's all here!· 26 Contributors with Fantastic Blogs: A variety of contributors mean lots of styles and inspiration for every level of scrapbooker, and May has brought together the best of the best bloggers to share their techniques, layout, cards and more!In Scrapbook Workshop, you'll not only find new inspiration and new techniques, you will also find resources and meet 26 scrapbook bloggers to keep you inspired!
Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With The 90-Day Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within The 90-Day Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides:Instruction that distills the elements of the novel-from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.
Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last. Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict. Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict. Build conflict into your story's point of view. Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward. Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue. Amp up the suspense when you revise. Conflict & Suspense offers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.
Take Control of Your Writing Life! The creative process can be treacherous, even for the most experienced writer. Facing the blank page, staying inspired, sustaining momentum, managing competing priorities and coping with rejection are just a few of the challenges writers face regularly. The Productive Writer is your guide to learning the systems, strategies and psychology that can help you transform possibilities into probabilities in your writing life. You'll sharpen your productivity pencil by learning how to: Set clear goals-and achieve them Create a writing schedule that really works Discover what keeps you writing, revising, and submitting Carve out writing time amidst the demands of work and family Weed out habits and attitudes that are not serving you Organize your thinking, workspace, papers and files Increase your odds of publication and prosperity Use social media to build an author platform Get comfortable going public and promoting your writing Create a sustainable writing rhythm and lifestyle Accomplish what matters most to you Create the writing life you most desire. The Productive Writer will help take you there.
Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options-the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families. You'll learn how to: Draw characters from a variety of sources Make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style" Develop characters readers will love-or love to hate Distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each appropriately Choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling Decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions, and attitudes
Turn Your Big Idea into a Salable NovelDo you have an idea for a great novel? Have you always dreamed of writing a bestseller? Are you at a loss for where to start? Look no further. You Can Write a Novel, 2nd Edition, gives you concrete, proven techniques to get from idea, to manuscript, to bookstore.Veteran author James V. Smith, Jr., breaks down the novel writing process into ten logical steps. You'll start building the foundation for your book right away by taking your story's three most importance incidents from brainstorm to final draft perfection.Smith's approach will guide you through a practical sequence designed to keep you focused, organized, and moving forward. You Can Write a Novel skillfully and simply addresses the essentials, such as plot, character, setting, dialogue, and action. You'll learn how to generate a salable idea, develop your idea into a framework, and build your framework into a finished manuscript.This edition includes new brainstorming tools, fresh plot and character organization strategies, and innovative tools to evaluate your story's readability and pacing—plus, you'll find the one-word key to every best-selling novel. And, as always, Smith's upbeat, accessible style will cheer you on from start to finish.