Techniques of the Selling Writer

  • Filename: techniques-of-the-selling-writer.
  • ISBN: 9780806186672
  • Release Date: 2012-09-06
  • Number of pages: 344
  • Author: Dwight V. Swain
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press



Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

Techniques of the Selling Writer

  • Filename: techniques-of-the-selling-writer.
  • ISBN: 0806111917
  • Release Date: 1981-01-01
  • Number of pages: 342
  • Author: Dwight V. Swain
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press



Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

Secrets of the World s Best Selling Writer

  • Filename: secrets-of-the-world-s-best-selling-writer.
  • ISBN: 1631680307
  • Release Date: 2015-12-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Fugate L. Francis
  • Publisher: Graymalkin Media



All the hard-earned storytelling skills of Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason and one of the best-selling writers of all time, are revealed in this informative, entertaining, and instructive book. The authors clearly present and analyze all the elements of narrative character, plot, conflict, and resolution as Gardner used them. Numerous extraordinary charts, diagrams, and outlines makes his hard-earned technical skills available to the reader in practical and useful forms. This book is ideal for Gardner collectors and fans, and equally for students of writing at all levels would-be writers, neophytes, and even published authors for it offers one of the most practical and professional courses ever in storytelling technique.

Creating Characters

  • Filename: creating-characters.
  • ISBN: 9780806183855
  • Release Date: 2012-11-28
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Dwight V. Swain
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press



A jargon-free manual on the basics of developing interesting fictional characters Vibrant, believable characters help drive a fictional story. Along with a clever plot, well-drawn characters make us want to continue reading a novel or finish watching a movie. In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain shows how writers can invent interesting characters and improve them so that they move a story along. “The core of character,” he says in chapter 1, “lies in each individual story person’s ability to care about something; to feel implicitly or explicitly, that something is important.” Building on that foundation—the capacity to care—Swain takes the would-be writer step-by-step through the fundamentals of finding and developing “characters who turn you on.” This basic but thought-provoking how-to is a valuable tool for both the novice and the seasoned writer.

Film Scriptwriting

  • Filename: film-scriptwriting.
  • ISBN: 0240511905
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Number of pages: 422
  • Author: Dwight V. Swain
  • Publisher: Focal Press



This second edition of the widely acclaimed Film Scriptwriting is a truly practical manual for the working writer. It provides all the clear, step-by-step guidance you need to script both fact and feature film and video - from getting and developing ideas to the writing of master scene or shooting script. Featured in this new edition are annotated excerpts from some of today's most successful films, selected to point up principles and techniques discussed. Interviews with working film specialists reveal the things professional directors, producers, story editor, and analysts look for in appraising the scripts that come across their desks.

The Writer s Workout

  • Filename: the-writer-s-workout.
  • ISBN: 9781599635903
  • Release Date: 2011-11-28
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Christina Katz
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



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.

How to Write Best selling Fiction

  • Filename: how-to-write-best-selling-fiction.
  • ISBN: 089879045X
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Number of pages: 309
  • Author: Dean Ray Koontz
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books



Tells would-be novelists about the fiction market, offers advice on grammar, style, character development, and plot, and explains how to deal with agents and editors

Elements of Fiction Writing Scene Structure

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-scene-structure.
  • ISBN: 0898799066
  • Release Date: 1999-03-15
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Author: Jack Bickham
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Offers advice to writers on constructing fiction that flows from one scene to the next with logic, discussing how to revise scenes for maximum effect and how to fix common errors

Revision and Self Editing for Publication

  • Filename: revision-and-self-editing-for-publication.
  • ISBN: 9781599637105
  • Release Date: 2012-12-10
  • Number of pages: 282
  • Author: James Scott Bell
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



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.

Elements of Fiction Writing Conflict and Suspense

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-conflict-and-suspense.
  • ISBN: 9781599632735
  • Release Date: 2012-01-12
  • Number of pages: 265
  • Author: James Scott Bell
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Describes how to create a more creative fictional story by adding conflict and suspense into the characters, settings, plot, and dialogue.

The Secret

  • Filename: the-secret.
  • ISBN: 9780731815296
  • Release Date: 2011-07-07
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Rhonda Byrne
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



The tenth-anniversary edition of the book that changed lives in profound ways, now with a new foreword and afterword. In 2006, a groundbreaking feature-length film revealed the great mystery of the universe—The Secret—and, later that year, Rhonda Byrne followed with a book that became a worldwide bestseller. Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it. In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers—men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

Write Great Fiction Plot Structure

  • Filename: write-great-fiction-plot-structure.
  • ISBN: 158297294X
  • Release Date: 2004-10-06
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: James Scott Bell
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including: Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter Story structure models and methods for all genres Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

Stein On Writing

  • Filename: stein-on-writing.
  • ISBN: 9781466864993
  • Release Date: 2014-02-11
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Sol Stein
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press



Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." You will find one of the great unspoken secrets of craftsmanship in Chapter 5, called "Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization." In Chapter 7, Stein reveals for he first time in print the wonderful system for creating instant conflict developed in the Playwrights Group of the Actors Studio, of which he was a founder. In "Secrets of Good Dialogue," the premier teacher of dialogue gives you the instantly useable techniques that not only make verbal exchanges exciting but that move the story forward immediately. You won't need to struggle with flashbacks or background material after you've read Chapter 14, which shows you how to bring background into the foreground. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will relish the amphetamines for speeding up pace, and the many ways to liposuction flab, as well as how to tap originality and recognize what successful titles have in common. You'll discover literary values that enhance writing, providing depth and resonance. You'll bless the day you read Chapters 32 and 33 and discover why revising by starting at page one can be a serious mistake, and how to revise without growing cold on your manuscript. In the pages of this book, nonfiction writers will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.

The Classic Guide to Better Writing

  • Filename: the-classic-guide-to-better-writing.
  • ISBN: 9780062730480
  • Release Date: 1996-05-24
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Rudolf Flesch
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



Every phase of writing is addressed in this authoritative, practical guide. Specific topics include: organizing information, discovering a personal voice, enhancing readability and checking grammar and spelling. Featuring hundreds of exercises and written in a relaxed, entertaining style, this is the perfect aid for the many Americans who wish to improve their communication skills in both their business and personal lives.

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