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Revising Your Novel First Draft To Finished Draft A Step By Step Guide To Revising Your Novel

Author : Janice Hardy
ISBN : 0991536452
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Get all three Fixing Your Revision Problems books in one omnibus This book contains Fixing Your Character & Point-of-View Problems, Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems, and Fixing Your Setting & Description Problems--PLUS a BONUS workshop: How to Salvage Half-Finished Manuscripts. A strong story has many parts, and when one breaks down, the whole book can fail. Make sure your story is the best it can be to keep your readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process, from character issues, to plot problems, to description issues. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix problems hurting your manuscript. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft offers eleven self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading. It will help you: Flesh out weak characters and build strong character arcs Find the right amount of backstory to enhance, not bog down, your story Create unpredictable plots that keep readers guessing Develop compelling hooks to build tension in every scene Determine the right way to include information without infodumping Fix awkward stage direction and unclear character actions Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft starts every workshop with an analysis and offers multiple revision options in each area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to: Develop a strong and effective revision plan Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses Spot common red flag words for problem areas (such as told prose) Determine the best way to revise a scene, plot, character, or novel Fix problems holding your novel back Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft is an easy-to-follow guide to revising your manuscript and crafting a strong finished draft that will keep readers hooked.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Fixing Your Character And Point Of View Problems Revising Your Novel Book One

Author : Janice Hardy
ISBN : 1948305917
Genre : Reference
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"Fix the character and point-of-view problems holding your manuscript back! Characters are at the heart of every story, and if readers don't like those characters, they won't keep reading. Make sure your characters keep those readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through revising character and character-related issues, such as two-dimensional characters, inconsistent points of view, too-much backstory, stale dialogue, didactic internalization, and lack of voice. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Character & Point-of-View Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading." -- Back cover.
Category: Reference

How To Write Your First Novel

Author : M.L. Ronn
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Are you still dreaming about writing that book? Learning how to write your first novel can be overwhelming. You have to master outlining, writing, revising, and so much more...and it can be scary if you've never done it before. While it seems daunting, writing your first novel is simple when you have someone experienced to help you through it. In this writer’s guide, prolific writer M.L. Ronn shares an easy step-by-step process of writing compelling fiction that he's perfected after writing 40+ books. Write your first novel with structured advice tailored for beginners: Learn the basic building blocks of every story and how to put them together Develop an effective outline (or learn how to write without one!) Discover winning formulas that mega-bestsellers use to write their novels Navigate your novel’s “murky middle” with 7 unorthodox strategies that will get you unstuck in no time Revise your story without fear Writing your first novel is life-changing. Download this writer’s guide, follow the step-by-step instructions, and you'll wake up one morning very soon with a finished manuscript waiting for you.
Category: Reference

Revision And Self Editing For Publication

Author : James Scott Bell
ISBN : 1599637065
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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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.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Revising Your Dissertation

Author : Beth Luey
ISBN : 0520254015
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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"Provides rare insight into the process of finding the most effective ideas, passions, and structures for a well-turned revision."—Douglas Mitchell, Executive Editor, University of Chicago Press "At last! An authoritative, up-to-date, succinct, intelligent, and witty guide to making the transition from dissertation to book. A must-give to a graduating Ph.D."—Charles Grench, Assistant Director and Senior Editor, University of North Carolina Press "Luey deserves our thanks. . . . Indispensable for scholars."—Sanford G. Thatcher, Director, Penn State University Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Revising Your Dissertation

Author : Assistant Editor Adams Papers Beth Luey
ISBN : 0520242556
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Annotation A hands-on how-to guide for everyone interested in revising their dissertation for publication. Chapters addressing specific fields (humanities, science, business, art, etc.) are written by some of the leading editors from university presses around the country. A must for new academics facing the burden of "publish or perish."
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Write And Revise For Publication

Author : Jack Smith
ISBN : 9781599637044
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Your first draft is a work of imagination, but that doesn't mean it's a work of art--not yet. With Jack Smith's technical and inspirational guidance, you can turn your initial draft into a compelling story brimming with memorable characters and a page-turning plot. As Jack states inside Write and Revise for Publication, writing is a complex act, one that calls upon all the powers of our creative resources, imagination, and intellect. Top-notch storytelling is not achieved the first time around, nor should it be expected so soon. But it is possible. Through Jack's detailed instruction and precise methods, you will learn the revision techniques and fine-tuning skills needed to create powerful, polished works ready to submit to magazines, agents, and publishers. "As inspiring as it is practical...combines great advice, apt examples, and a can-do spirit that will excite and improve any aspiring writer." --Ron Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford "I believe Jack Smith might have written THE BOOK on writing and revising for publication. Clean, direct, succinct--a book that is full of pure wisdom and truth, but also amazing technical advice." --Virgil Suarez, author of Latin Jazz, The Cutter, Havana Thursdays, and Welcome to he Oasis
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Write Revise Rejoice

Author : Daniel Raynes
ISBN : 0991263006
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The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Novel Developing a clear and flowing writing style is one of the most important steps to becoming an author. Being able to transport your readers into your fictional world, and letting them lose themselves in the story, is the key to writing a best-seller. Written short and to the point, "Write, Revise, Rejoice " is a crash course in revising your fiction, transforming plain simple prose into poetic literature ready to be published - "plus much more " Stuck on a setting? Why not take this technique for a spin right now...This is Just One of the Many Writing Exercises in this Guide: Let's suppose your protagonist lives in a run-down apartment: First, draw up a quick floor plan of your setting so you know the rooms. (It doesn't have to be a perfect blueprint, just enough to orient yourself, room to room. Study it for a few moments.) Now take out a voice recorder. (I'll point out that every Smartphone has a voice recorder app, too.) Now sit or lie down by yourself and close your eyes. Now simply go for a ride. Narrate your imaginary journey, describing every detail and facet of the rooms and atmosphere during your trip. By using the recorder, you don't have to worry about remembering all your ideas or having to type faster than you can think. Just follow your imagination and let it flow. Then listen to it afterwards and type up the details at an easy pace. All of a sudden, you'll know everything about your hero's environment: from the lighting and the sounds to the furniture and the debris. You can go back into your layout and fill in the details and even chart your character's movements within the scene. You can even redesign the floor plan altogether. It's your world. And this technique works for any setting, inside or outside, whether brutally realistic or wildly fantastic. Anything from ordinary offices to luxurious palaces, and from enchanted forests to the decks of a wayward spaceship. It's that simple. "Write, Revise, Rejoice " will guide your idea from start to finish with you controlling the shots, helping you tell your story, your way - plus much more How to Write Action, Description, and Dialogue --- Pacing a Story (with Transitions ) --- Using Similes and Metaphors --- Doing Research --- Forming a Prewrite --- Breaking Through Writer's Block --- Writing an Ending --- Creative Writing Classes --- Storytelling Tips and Tricks --- Writing and Video Games --- Thrilling Fight Scenes --- Revising Prose --- Developing a Style --- Raising Your Voice
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Fixing Your Plot And Story Structure Problems

Author : Janice Hardy
ISBN : 1948305933
Genre : Reference
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"Fix the plot and story structure problems holding your manuscript back! A great plot will pique reader interest and make them want to know what happens next, but predictable plots can lose them after a few chapters. Make sure your plot keeps those readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through plot and story structure-related issues, such as wandering plots; a lack of scene structure; no goals, conflicts, or stakes; low tension; no hooks; and slow pacing. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading." -- Back cover.
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Fixing Your Setting And Description Problems

Author : Janice Hardy
ISBN : 194830595X
Genre : Reference
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"Fix the setting and description problems holding your manuscript back! A strong and well-described setting can draw readers right into your story, but a flat and bare world will make them leave it. Make sure your descriptions keep those readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through setting and description-related issues, such as weak world building, heavy infodumping, told prose, awkward stage direction, inconsistent tone and mood, and overwritten descriptions. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Setting & Description Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading." -- Back cover.
Category: Reference

Novel Ideas

Author : Barbara Shoup
ISBN : 9780820332796
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Novel Ideas provides a substantial introduction to the elements of fiction followed by in-depth interviews with successful novelists who speak with candor and insight into the complex process by which a novel is made. This edition includes new and updated interviews as well as writing exercises to enhance its use in the writing classroom. Dorothy Allison recalls "deliciously self-indulgent" days of writing in her bathrobe, wrapped in misery and exultation; Peter Cameron explains how he made the move from short fiction to the novel with the aid of a music composer's notebook to track the movement of his characters. Writers as different as Ha Jin, Jill McCorkle, Richard Ford, and Michael Chabon describe their unique approaches to their work while consistently affirming the necessity of committing to the hard effort of it while also remaining open to surprise. Aspiring novelists will find hands-on strategies for beginning, working through, and revising a novel; accomplished novelists will discover new ways to solve the problems they face in process; and serious readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy a glimpse into the way novels are made. Includes interviews with: Dorothy Allison Larry Brown Peter Cameron Michael Chabon Michael Cunningham Robb Forman Dew Richard Ford Ha Jin Patricia Henley Charles Johnson Wally Lamb Valerie Martin Jill McCorkle Sena Jeter Naslund Lewis Nordan Sheri Reynolds S. J. Rozan Jane Smiley Lee Smith Theodore Weesner
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Second Sight

Author : Cheryl B. Klein
ISBN : 0615420826
Genre : Children's literature
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Whether you dream of writing a book for children or young adults, or you want to take a finished manuscript to the next level, it always helps to get a fresh point of view. Try a little SECOND SIGHT.In this collection of talks, a professional editor offers insights from the other side of the publishing desk on a wide range of writerly topics:* Terrific first lines and how they got that way* What makes a strong picture book manuscript* Why the Harry Potter series was such a tremendous success* Finding the emotional heart of your story* Worksheets and checklists for building characters and bolstering plot* The Annotated Query Letter from Hell* And an Annotated Query Letter That Does It RightWith its wit, intelligence, and practical tools for analyzing and revising your work, SECOND SIGHT will be a first resource for writers of children's and young adult fiction.This book has not been endorsed or approved by J. K. Rowling or any of her publishers or representatives, and all thoughts expressed here on all matters, including the Harry Potter series, are solely my own, and should not be taken as the official opinions, intentions, or interpretations of any of the writers or publishers mentioned.
Category: Children's literature

The Complete Handbook Of Novel Writing

Author : Meg Leder
ISBN : UCSC:32106018407939
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A compendium of articles, essays, and interviews explore the craft, art, and process of fiction writing, along with practical advice and creative tips from Sue Grafton, Richard Russo, Janet Fitch, Octavia Butler, Terry Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Tom Clancy, and other notable novelists. Original.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

52 Dates For Writers

Author : Claire Wingfield
ISBN : 0957527918
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This essential creative writing guide will take you away from your desk, to return with new ideas, fresh insight, better writing skills, and a renewed passion for your novel. Suitable for both those who are seeking tried-and-tested strategies for revising a novel draft, and those who would like to generate a store of ideas before starting to write.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Revising Fiction

Author : Kirt Hickman
ISBN : 097963301X
Genre : Fiction
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"The comprehensive and practical guide to self-editing"--Cover.
Category: Fiction