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So You Want to Write How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and Memoir

ISBN-10: 097289845X
ISBN-13: 9780972898454
Edition: 2nd 2005
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Leapfrog Press
Publication date: 8/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

"This is a great book, no matter what stage of writing you're at!"-The Writer Magazine "Here is a must-have for would-be writers. Put this on the shelf right beside Strunk and White."-Booklist "Addresses all the elements of successful writing."-Tampa Tribune "Advice on getting your work published is worth the cost of the book alone."-St. Petersburg Times A featured selection of the Writer's Digest Book Club; chosen by The Writer Magazine as a Best Book of the Year; compared by the American Library Association to Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style; acclaimed by critics, students and teachers and adopted by universities across the country, the unique collaboration between a major American novelist and a publisher is back in a revised second edition, bigger and better than ever. The most useful and entertaining writing book on the market, the updated second edition has new exercises and expanded essays, covering every aspect of writing and publishing fiction and memoir: How to begin a piece so that a reader can't put it down How to create compelling characters How professional writers use dialogue How to narrow a strategy for telling the story of your life How to write about painful material without coming off as a victim Included are hundreds of insider tips, such as: The seven important things when writing about loved ones The 10 most destructive things writers do What no one will tell you about rejection letters FAQs about agents and how much writers really earn What to do if your work is continually rejected Marge Piercy is a New York Times best-selling novelist and memoirist. Ira Wood is a novelist and publisher. Their workshops, given nationally, address overcoming the inner and outer barriers to creativity.

Marge Piercy is the author of 35 books of poetry & fiction, including the best sellers "Gone to Soldiers" & "The Longings of Women".

Ira Wood is the author of three novels, a publisher, & a writing teacher whose classes address writers' feelings of hopelessness & overcoming the inner censor.

An Introduction to the Second Edition
Sharpening Your Innate Skills
Beginnings
Characterization
How to Avoid Writing Like a Victim
The Uses of Dialog
Plot In The Novel
Personal Narrative Strategies
Choosing And Manipulating Viewpoint
Descriptions
When You Have Research To Do
A Few Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction
Writing Short Stories
Titles
Writing Humor: Learning Survival Techniques
A Scandal In The Family
Work And Other Habits
Fame, Fortune, And Other Tawdry Illusions
The 10 Most Destructive Things Writers Can Do
Practical Information
Frequently Answered Questions
Appendix I
Appendix II
Index
Acknowledgments of Excerpts

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