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    Crafting Novels & Short Stories

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    Crafting Novels & Short Stories
    by The Editors of Writer’s Digest Books
    Writer’s Digest Books, 2011
    ISBN-13: 978-1-59963-571-2
    ISBN-10: 1-59963-571-2
    $19.99 paperback, 368 pages

    Buy the Book at WritersDigestShop.com!

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    About the Book
    Learn how to create stories that captivate agents, editors, and readers alike! Inside you’ll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more.

    This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You’ll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft:

    • Define and refine your characters.
    • Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense.
    • Hone your story’s point of view.
    • Create a rich setting and backstory.
    • Craft dialogue that rings true.
    • Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story.
    • Revise your story to perfection.

    Throughout you’ll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer’s block, researching your work, and getting published. They’ll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career.

    Whether you’re writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you’ll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword by James Scott Bell

    Introduction

    Focus on the Writing Life: Getting Started

    Getting Started by the Editors of Writer’s Digest
    Your Novel Blueprint by Karen S. Wiesner

    Part 1: Characters: The Stakeholders in Your Story
    Draw Character from the Strongest Sources by Nancy Kress
    Create the (Im)perfect Heroic Couple by Leigh Michaels
    It’s All Relative by Elizabeth Sims
    Hooked on a Feeling by David Corbett
    3 Techniques for Crafting Your Villain by Hallie Ephron
    Killer Personalities by Charles Atkins
    What’s My Line by Michael J. Vaughn

    Focus on the Writing Life: Feeding Your Creativity
    Creative Lollygagging by Michael J. Vaughn

    Part 2: Plot & Conflict: Your Story’s Action, Events, & Suspense
    Story Trumps Structure by Steven James
    Write Well-Crafted Scenes to Support Your Story by James Scott Bell
    Map Your Novel With a Reverse Outline by N.M. Kelby
    Use Braiding to Layer Your Story Line by Heather Sellers
    Hook, Grab and Pull by Les Edgerton
    8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One by Elizabeth Sims
    Strengthen Your Scenes with 5 Easy Tips by James Scott Bell
    Rescue Your Story from Plot Pitfalls by Laura Whitcomb

    Focus on the Writing Life: Beating Writer’s Block
    Start Me Up by Elizabeth Sims

    Part 3: Point of View: The Voice of Your Story
    Understanding Differences in POV by James V. Smith, Jr.
    The Intruder by Kristen Hohnson Ingram
    Using Perception to Enhance Your POV by Alicia Rasley
    Taking Turns by Simon Wood

    Focus on the Writing Life: Using Your Muse
    Make Your Own Muse by N.M. Kelby
    Compost by Heather Sellers

    Part 4: Setting & Backstory: The Context for Your Story
    Time & Place by Donald Maass
    Refine Your Setting Skillset by Brian Kiteley
    Why Backstory is Essential by Larry Brooks
    6 Ways to Layer in Backstory by Hallie Ephron
    Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character by Rachel Ballon
    How to Build Suspense with Backstory by Leigh Michaels

    Focus on the Writing Life: Balancing Writing With the Rest of Life
    Marry Your Life to Your Writing by Sheila Bender
    The Write-at-Home Mom by Christina Katz

    Part 5: Dialogue: What Your Characters Say to Readers
    Weave Action, Narrative and Dialogue by Gloria Kempton
    Amp up Dialogue with Emotional Belts by Todd A. Stone
    12 Random (but useful) Thoughts about dialogue by Michael Levin

    Focus on the Writing Life: Maximizing Your Productivity
    Reinventing Your Relationship With Time by Sage Cohen

    Part 6: Description and Word Choice: What You Tell Readers
    Master the Art of Balancing Description and Summary by Ron Rozelle
    Better Left Unsaid by Nancy Kress
    Make Your Tone Pitch Perfect by Lara Adair
    He Said, She Said by Leigh Anne Jasheway
    Follow the Rules for Stronger Writing by Nancy Lamb

    Focus on the Writing Life: Researching Your Work
    Researching Your Work by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

    Part 7: Revision: How Your Story Comes Together
    How to Gain Perspective on your Work by Elizabeth Sims
    Fire Up Your Fiction: Four Techniques by Donald Maass
    What to do When Your Novel Stalls by John Dufrense
    Put Your Story to the Plausibility Test by Steve Almond
    Keep Your Story Moving at the Right Pace by Jessica Page Morrell
    Take Your Novel to the Finish Line by Lin Enger

    Focus on the Writing Life: Getting Published
    Getting Published by the Editors of Writer’s Digest

    Appendix A: Fiction Genre Descriptions
    Appendix B: Resources for Novel and Short Story Writers

     

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    2. moomoomatt says:

      How do I download the
      - Online Exclusive Download interviews with fiction masters like Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, and more.
      I’ve tried to click on the link and it just takes me back to the book description page and I’ve already bought the – Crafting Novels & Short Stories book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      and logged in after registering etc. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

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