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Crafting Novels & Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction

Crafting Novels Short Stories The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction 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 choo

  • Title: Crafting Novels & Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction
  • Author: Writer's Digest Books
  • ISBN: 9781599635712
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 .This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best selling authors and wrLearn 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 .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.

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    1. To be fair, I'm not even 100 pages in yet, but this book and it's "tips" have irked me on almost every single page so far. Especially as I read it right after Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (which is a million miles better, more instructive, and to a higher level), this book pales in comparison, and gives the kind of writing advice that Reading Like a Writer warned us to remain wary about - particularly how this book tells you many things you should not do, when in Reading Like a Writer [...]


    2. Just finished reading Crafting Novels & Short Stories. Excellent book full of concrete information. Holds the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plot moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. Highly recommend.


    3. This is one of the worst instructional material I've ever read. Skip it completely, as there is lots of better books about this subject out there. For one, the author thinks being antisocial and being a sociopath are the same thing. Secondly, when the author gets to the subject of writing a good villain, the author recommends making your villain have several mental disorders to make them dislikeable and to give them an excuse to behave irrationally. Are you for real? Thirdly, the author writes P [...]


    4. A collection of Writer's Digest articles on the craft of fiction writing, this book covers, in turn, each stage in the process, from planning to writing the first draft to revising to submitting the manuscript for publication. Also, special sections contain practical advice on how to integrate writing routines into everyday life. Recommended.


    5. There are some good pointers here as well as information you can go back to at different stages in your writing. It is repetitive. I felt much of the information is relative to the type of writer you are and many of the contributors directly contradict one another as to what is necessary and what is not (art vs. form).


    6. This book has a TON of repeat information I mean the cut chapter one out of the Writers Digest series Write Great Fiction and pasted it to make this book. If you want more than a summary, than try the series mentioned. If you are not a beginner and have read writing books, you will likely use this as a coaster.


    7. There are three types of information in this book: industry and pro tips, stuff you might know but it's helpful to have exemplified, and information that you know but could use a refresher on.There categories are helpful as are the multiple authors (hence multiple perspectives). Unless you're regularly selling blockbusters, you can probably find some help in here.


    8. A collection of essays and webposts from WritersDigest, this is an excellent writing advice book. Solid tips, easy to read and understand, I chewed through this in a few days because it's written in an engaging & instructional style. Would recommend.


    9. I skipped around because from beginning-to-end wasn't getting it done. But even just choosing what to read I had a hard time wanting to read this book. It was just boring mostly.


    10. This is an extremely helpful and practical guide for any wanna-be writer out there. It's basically a collection of instructional/informational articles by various best-selling authors on various topics, focusing on how to create interesting plots and characters, how to weave layers of conflict together, how to control your writing and write with purpose. Basically, how to be a better writer.Not all articles are equally helpful, and as it's a compilation from various authors, some opinions will o [...]


    11. Mixed bag. The title is misleading--I expected more information specifically geared toward short stories, but there's very little, and a lot of the chapters address genre fiction like romance and mystery which aren't relevant to my work/interests. Still, there were a handful of helpful gems, so not a bad read on the whole. Take what works and leave the rest.


    12. Very good book on writing. It's one of those "Well duh" kind of things, but am I honestly always thinking about reducing adverbs, speeding up slow scenes, talking to my characters and asking them questions, finding ways to challenge my minor characters AND SO ON AND SO ON? No, it only feels like common sense when someone reminds you it's common sense.


    13. I really liked this one, but to be fair, I began in the middle and only read the parts that I felt I needed currently. I enjoy having the different perspectives from various writers and I felt their information was useful. This would be worth having on the reference shelf at home.


    14. Good characters never say anything mean? But those are my favorite types of characters! Mostly enjoyed this for the writing exercises, because I could have a million of prompts and ideas and never be satisfied.


    15. A compilation of advices from different authors will result in repeated mantras, but there are more good and practical tips than bad ones.



    16. Judging from the permissions page, this book is a collection of articles that previously appeared in Writer's Digest Magazine with an occasional excerpt from a book published by Writer's Digest. Obviously the authors didn't coordinate their articles with each other, so there's some overlap in what they cover and the occasional contradiction. Nor does any topic get covered in much depth, so "Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction" is an exaggeration. I'd suggest borrowing this book before decidi [...]


    17. So many talented writers contributed to this writers' tool. I was jumping back and forth between chapters, so I started putting check marks beside the chapters I read. It's now to the point where most of the chapters have at least two check marks beside them, because I find the information so helpful to revisit.


    18. Loved this book. Full of condensed information and topics, as well as so much wonderful and much-needed re-assurance that a novice writer is coming along fine. I'm very impressed with the quality of all the Writers' Digest books I've read so far.


    19. helpful. slightly inspiring but mostly technical. some pieces are better than others and some pieces make the whole process of writing and publishing seem like an overwhelming herculean task that may end in total defeat.


    20. It is a collection of various authors, and some of the articles are repetitive while others are contradictory. But I also learned a few things, so I rate it as useful, and those sections will be reread.




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