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The Writer's Compass

by Nancy Ellen Dodd

MAP OUT YOUR IDEA AND FINISH YOUR STORY IN 7 STAGES! How do you tell the story you want to tell and capture your audience's heart? Regardless of genre or format, to tell your story effectively you must fi rst sort through all the ideas you've been toying with--organize them, whip them into shape, and turn them into great writing. The Writer's Compass is here to show you the way. This guide to better writing teaches you to visualize your story's progress by creating a story map that helps you see all the different components of your story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what key components are missing. You'll learn to: * develop your ideas into a fi nished story by working through your writing in 7 thoughtful stages * evaluate and improve your work by mapping out your story's progress and structure * assess your story's strengths and weaknesses so you can write the story you want to tell Whether you're writing a novel, a short story, a play, or a screenplay, the 7 stage approach of The Writers Compass allows you to focus on one aspect of your story at a time--including forming and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, and structuring scenes and transitions. The path of a writer isn't always easy. Let The Writer's Compass be your north star by simplifying a wealth of writing advice into easily applicable concepts that will help you improve your craft.

The Writer's Craft (Gold Level)

by Mcdougal Littell

In each of the Writer's Workshops, you will experiment with ideas and approaches as you are guided through a complete piece of writing. Cross-references to the Handbooks will allow you to find additional help when you need it. Then, as you write, you will discover what you think about yourself--and about the world around you.

The Writer's Craft (Gold Level)

by Sheridan Blau Rebekah Caplan Peter Elbow Don Killgallon

Compilation of writing excerpts and exercises that will teach you to be a better writer and reader.

The Writer's Craft: Idea to Expression

by Sheridan Blau Peter Elbow

This book recognizes that individuality, on every page you will be encouraged to discover techniques best suited to your own personal writing style. You will learn to think your way through every writing task, you will experiment with ideas and approaches as you are guided through a complete piece of writing. Cross-references to the Handbooks will allow you to find additional help when you need it. Then, as you write, you will discover what you think about yourself and about the world around you.

Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference

by Gary Lutz

The Definitive Source for Clear and Correct WritingEngaging but not flip, thorough but not overwhelming, Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference is the perfect addition to anyone's desk.This guide provides:Comprehensive grammar instruction--readers won't need any other guideReal-world examples and errors from well-known magazines and newspapers, making the advice even more relevantA user-friendly package with a concealed wire binding, a colored tab system, and sidebars for easy referencePractical, thorough, and accessible, Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference speaks to a hole in the market: good grammar instruction that's reader-friendly, fun to read, easy-to-understand, and correct.

The Writer's Digest Guide To Query Letters

by Wendy Burt-Thomas

Make That Crucial, Positive First Impression Anyone who's researched the marketplace knows: The path to publication begins with your query letter. If your query is weak, unfocused, or uninspired, an editor or agent won't even bother to request your article, novel manuscript, or nonfiction book proposal. But a well-crafted, compelling query sent to the right editor or agent is an essential sales tool for fiction writers and the most effective way for nonfiction writers to pre-sell your idea. In this book, professional freelance writer and magazine editor Wendy Burt-Thomas shares practical advice on how to craft persuasive letters that connect with editors and agents and ultimately generate sales for you. You'll learn how to: Conduct targeted research to find suitable editors and agents Hook an editor with a tantalizing lead and shape a summary that compels editors to buy Select the strongest slant for your book or article Use research and interview shortcuts that keep your query prep profitable Make your query rejection-proof by weeding out subtle mistakes that can sabotage your project Communicate your author platform and sell yourself as the best writer for the subject Complete with dozens of sample queries&#150some that landed article assignments, agents, or book deals, and others that never stood a chance&#150this book offers you a comprehensive strategy for presenting your writing ideas in a way that will increase your chances of publication. Though the title may lead some to believe it's strictly to be shelved as a reference manual, The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters is a smooth read from cover to cover.

The Writer's Digest: Guide to Query Letters

by Wendy Burt-Thomas

Make That Crucial, Positive First Impression Anyone who's researched the marketplace knows: The path to publication begins with your query letter. If your query is weak, unfocused, or uninspired, an editor or agent won't even bother to request your article, novel manuscript, or nonfiction book proposal. But a well-crafted, compelling query sent to the right editor or agent is an essential sales tool for fiction writers and the most effective way for nonfiction writers to pre-sell your idea. In this book, professional freelance writer and magazine editor Wendy Burt-Thomas shares practical advice on how to craft persuasive letters that connect with editors and agents and ultimately generate sales for you. You'll learn how to: Conduct targeted research to find suitable editors and agents Hook an editor with a tantalizing lead and shape a summary that compels editors to buy Select the strongest slant for your book or article Use research and interview shortcuts that keep your query prep profitable Make your query rejection-proof by weeding out subtle mistakes that can sabotage your project Communicate your author platform and sell yourself as the best writer for the subject Complete with dozens of sample queries&#150some that landed article assignments, agents, or book deals, and others that never stood a chance&#150this book offers you a comprehensive strategy for presenting your writing ideas in a way that will increase your chances of publication. Though the title may lead some to believe it's strictly to be shelved as a reference manual,The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Lettersis a smooth read from cover to cover.

Writer's Digest Handbook Of Magazine Article Writing

by Michelle Ruberg Ben Yagoda

This book is the only resource writers need for all of their questions on how to: brainstorm creative article ideas; find the right magazine for their work; and keep editors coming back for more!

Writer's Digest University

by From The Editors Of Writer's Digest

Everything You need to Write and Sell Your Work This is the ultimate crash course in writing and publishing! Inside you'll find comprehensive instruction, up-to-date market listings, and more. Writer's Digest University is the perfect resource for you, no matter your experience level. This one-stop resource contains: Quick and comprehensive answers to common questions including: "How do I write a successful novel?" and "How do I know if self-publishing is right for me?" Instruction and examples for formatting and submitting fiction, nonfiction, articles, children's writing, scripts, and verse. Advanced instruction on business-related issues like marketing and publicity, using social media, freelancing for corporations, keeping finances in order, and setting the right price for your work. A detailed look at what agents want and how to get one that best fits your needs. Market listings for publishers and agents open to unsolicited work and new writers, contests and awards, and conferences and workshops. Get started now with everything you need to build a thriving writing career. Whether you're starting from scratch or have a bit of experience, you'll find the tools you need for success.

Writer's Express: A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers and Learners

by Dave Kemper Patrick Sebranek Ruth Nathan

Writer's Express helps make writing an important part of your life, no matter if you are completing assignments in school or working on writing projects in your own neighborhood. The book is loaded with all kinds of great writing ideas and is divided into five major parts: 1. The Process of Writing, 2. The Forms of Writing, 3. The Tools of Learning, 4. The Proofreader's Guide, and 5. The Student Almanac.

A Writer's Guide to Characterization

by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Develop compelling character arcs using the power of myth! In the best novels, characters undergo dramatic changes that keep readers turning pages. A Writer's Guide to Characterizationshows you how to develop such meaningful character arcs in your own work--stories of transformation that will resonate with readers long after the story ends. In this comprehensive guide, author Victoria Lynn Schmidt examines cross-cultural archetypes to illustrate how they can make your work more powerful and compelling. Plus, you'll learn how to draw from Jungian psychology to add complexity and believability to your characters. Schmidt also provides: 40 lessons on character development (with examples from well-known films and novels) that you can apply to your own work Questionnaires and exercises to help you select male and female archetypes and adapt them to your story 15 classic animal archetypes (including the coyote, snake, tiger, and butterfly) you can use to build convincing character profiles WithA Writer's Guide to Characterization, you'll have the information you need to infuse the development of your characters with drama and authenticity.

A Writer's Guide to Fiction

by Elizabeth Lyon

The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short story. In addition to the basics of characterization, plot, pacing, and theme, A Writer's Guide to Fiction also features a plan for revising fiction, a guide to marketing, samples of cover and query letters, and methods of honing the writing craft.

Writer's Handbook [Grades 3-5]

by Rigby Harcourt

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Writers INC: A Guide to Writing, Thinking, & Learning

by Dave Kemper Patrick Sebranek Verne Meyer Christian R. Krenzke

Writers Inc. is an indispensable handbook and all-purpose reference book for students, professional people, and anyone simply interested in writing and learning. The information is current and "incorporates" the best thinking on writing and writing as it relates to thinking and learning. No handbook can, by itself, make you a better writer. Real improvement only comes from writing regularly. Ask any writer. However, once you make a commitment to writing, no handbook can be more helpful to you than Writers INC.

The Writer's Journey, Second Edition: Mythic Structure for Writers

by Christopher Vogler

The Writer's Journey sets forth archetypes common in what Vogler calls "the hero's journey," the mythic structure that he claims all stories follow. In the book's first section, he lists the different kinds of typological characters who appear in stories. In the second, he discusses the stages of the journey through which the hero generally passes. The final, supplementary portion of the book explains in detail how films like Titanic and The Full Monty follow the patterns he has outlined.

The Writer's Life

by Julia Cameron

In her groundbreaking book The Right to Write, Julia Cameron dismantled the mythology surrounding the writing life in our culture. Tackling issues such as time, mood, inspiration, and support, she revealed that writing is in fact a natural-and crucial-part of life. Questions of how, when, and why yielded to the virtual tool kit of strategies, tips, and tools she provides in this extremely valuable book. With The Writer's Life, Cameron's pivotal insights and pointers are distilled in a tiny, portable companion that will help readers lead a writer's life more easily, joyfully, and powerfully.

A Writer's Notebook

by W. Somerset Maugham

Filled with keen observations, autobiographical notes, and the seeds of many of Maugham's greatest works,A Writer's Notebookis a unique and exhilarating look into a great writer's mind at work. From nearly five decades, Somerset Maugham recorded an intimate journal. In it we see the budding of his incomparable vision and his remarkable career as a writer. Covering the years from his time as a youthful medical student in London to a seasoned world traveler around the world, it is playful, sharp witted, and always revealing. Undoubtedly one of his most significant works,A Writer's Notebookis a must for Maugham fans and anyone interested in the creative process.

The Writer's Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House

by Francine Prose Christopher Beha

The Writer's Notebook II offers aspiring authors sixteen insightful essays about the craft of writing by Tin House authors and summer workshop faculty members, including Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, Maggie Nelson, Karen Russell, Benjamin Percy, and others. The Writer's Notebook II continues in the tradition of The Writer's Notebook, featuring essays based on craft seminars from the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop, as well as a variety of craft essays from Tin House magazine contributors and Tin House Books authors. The collection includes essays that not only examine important craft aspects such as humor, suspense, and research but that also explore creating fractured and nonrealist narratives and the role of dream in fiction. An engaging and enlightening read, The Writer's Notebook II is both a toolkit and an inspiration for any writer. The Writer's Notebook II offers aspiring authors sixteen insightful essays about the craft of writing by Tin House authors and summer workshop faculty members, including Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, Maggie Nelson, Karen Russell, Benjamin Percy, and others.

A Writer's Space

by Eric Maisel

A guide for writers to help them delve deep into their creative process.

The Writer's Workout

by Christina Katz

The inspiration, stamina, and power to take charge of your writing life--every day.Get the daily jolt of energy your writing life needs from The Writer's Workout. Inside you'll find manageable, no-nonsense techniques for every aspect of your writing career from getting organized to connecting with your audience to building relationships.Veteran writing coach Christina Katz draws on her knowledge from more than a decade in the business to give you tips, exercises, and insider strategies to build your skills.Make your writing as strong and powerful as possible.Pitch and sell your work at every opportunity.Overcome rejection to come back better than ever.Promote your work and build an audience.Learn how to balance your creative life with your daily life.With The Writer's Workout, you'll develop skill, strength, and confidence - everything you need to build a robust, unique writing career that's built to last.Bonus online exclusive: Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career at writersdigest.com/writers-workout.

The Writer's Workout

by Christina Katz

The inspiration, stamina, and power to take charge of your writing life'every day. Get the daily jolt of energy your writing life needs fromThe Writer's Workout. Inside you'll find manageable, no-nonsense techniques for every aspect of your writing career from getting organized to connecting with your audience to building relationships. Veteran writing coach Christina Katz draws on her knowledge from more than a decade in the business to give you tips, exercises, and insider strategies to build your skills. Make your writing as strong and powerful as possible. Pitch and sell your work at every opportunity. Overcome rejection to come back better than ever. Promote your work and build an audience. Learn how to balance your creative life with your daily life. WithThe Writer's Workout, you'll develop skill, strength, and confidence ? everything you need to build a robust, unique writing career that's built to last. Bonus online exclusive: Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career at writersdigest. com/writers-workout.

Writing 21st Century Fiction

by Donald Maass

What is it that makes twenty-first century fiction different from twentieth century fiction? It's a real issue, attested by slush piles that are chock full of stories that are weak and lifeless. The writing is old-fashioned and stale, crafted by authors following outmoded and stifling "rules" once thought necessary in order to get published. Author and literary agent Donald Maass eliminates that restrictive philosophy by deconstructing the techniques used to craft successful (often best-selling) recent novels. He'll push you beyond the boundaries of genre, beyond outdated styles, and beyond your safety zones. You'll discover new ways of writing fiction that are personal, unique, and contemporary, resulting in fiction that is both literaryandcommercial.

Writing about Literature through Theory

by John Pennington Ryan Cordell

Writing about Literature through Theory by Pennington and Cordell is the first introduction to literature text to embrace both the best of print culture and the opportunities of the digital age, while being grounded in the rhetoric and composition field pertaining to the developmental writing process. It is also unique because it uses literary theory as the foundation for students' development as critical thinkers and writers. Following Gerald Graff's ideas in "Disliking Books at an Early Age," Writing about Literature through Theory uses theoretical approaches to open literary texts up to students across the disciplines. Writing about Literature through Theory focuses on writing as a process, and each chapter includes the following:

Writing across Contexts

by Liane Robertson Kathleen Blake Yancy Kara Tacsak

Addressing how composers transfer both knowledge about and practices of writing, Writing across Contexts explores the grounding theory behind a specific composition curriculum called Teaching for Transfer (TFT) and analyzes the efficacy of the approach. Finding that TFT courses aid students in transfer in ways that other kinds of composition courses do not, the authors demonstrate that the content of this curriculum, including its reflective practice, provides a unique set of resources for students to call on and repurpose for new writing tasks.The authors provide a brief historical review, give attention to current curricular efforts designed to promote such transfer, and develop new insights into the role of prior knowledge in students' ability to transfer writing knowledge and practice, presenting three models of how students respond to and use new knowledge--assemblage, remix, and critical incident.A timely and significant contribution to the field, Writing across Contexts will be of interest to graduate students, composition scholars, WAC and writing-in-the-disciplines scholars, and writing program administrators.

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