The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 42: Discussing “The Fire in Fiction” by Donald Maass)

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Last week, we had a look at Donald Maass’ debut for writers who want to breakout in Writing the Breakout Novel. This week, we continue the discussion about Donald Maass and his education for the rising stars in the fiction industry in, well, read on to find out! (Or, you could just look at the screenshot. It ain’t rocket science.)

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Have you written the breakout novel, but you worry it lacks that certain…fire? Well, maybe you want to give Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction a glance (or even a whole read). Because we could all use a little more fire in our fiction, especially if we choose to read it. Learn more about this important book in this week’s video.

The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great

by Donald Maass

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·  Paperback : 272 pages

·  ISBN-10 : 158297506X

·  ISBN-13 : 978-1582975061  

·  Publisher : Writer’s Digest Books (June 26, 2009)

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The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 41: Discussing “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Maass)

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Quick question: Would you prefer to learn how to write the breakout novel from a writer or a literary agent? This isn’t a trick question, nor is there a right answer. It’s just a question. But one worth asking.

Throughout The Writer’s Bookshelf series, which you’re reading now—welcome back—I’ve featured books by writers, authors, and instructors. This week, I’m presenting Writing the Breakout Novel, the first of many books on writing from Donald Maass, a major figure in the world of literary agencies. If you selected “literary agent” from my question above, then you’ll want to check out this week’s book.

Find out more in this video.

Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level

by Donald Maass

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·  Paperback : 256 pages

·  ISBN-10 : 158297182X

·  ISBN-13 : 978-1582971827  

·  Publisher : Writer’s Digest Books (January 1, 2002)

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The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 40: Discussing “Writing Voice” by Writer’s Digest)

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What is voice? No, I don’t mean that thing that comes out of your mouth when you talk (no, the other thing). I’m referring to that enigmatic “writer’s voice,” which is something that most people, writers included, can’t ever seem to define when asked.

The writer’s voice is a mysterious thing that every writer needs, but no instructor can teach.

The writer’s voice is a valuable thing that can make the difference between building a readership and building a revolving door of sampler readers.

What is voice?

Welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf. This week, we cover Writing Voice, the Writer’s Digest compilation of articles and chapter excerpts that attempt to identify, demonstrate, and “teach” the writer’s voice. If this concept gets you in the throat, then be sure to watch my commentator video on everything the book offers that you may want.

Writing Voice: The Complete Guide to Creating a Presence on the Page and Engaging Readers

From the Editors of Writer’s Digest

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·  Paperback : 304 pages

·  ISBN-10 : 1440349126

·  ISBN-13 : 978-1440349126

·  Publisher : Writer’s Digest Books; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2017)

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The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 39: Discussing “Writing Deep Scenes” by Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld)

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So, you’re ready to write your magnum opus, but all of your ideas are rooted in stock images and cardboard cutouts. What are you to do? Well, it’s time to put some meat on those three-dimensional bones and dash in the mood music. It’s time to write “deep” scenes.

But what does that even mean? Thankfully, veteran authors Martha Alderson (The Plot Whisperer, not yet featured on The Writer’s Bookshelf) and Jordan Rosenfeld (Making a Scene, also not yet featured on The Writer’s Bookshelf) have teamed up in the excellent book Writing Deep Scenes (now featured on The Writer’s Bookshelf) to answer that question and a lot more (not literally that question, but the question that lives in that same camp). If you want to pump up your writing game and learn the techniques to develop your scenes into substantial works of art and functional conflicts (not settings, to be clear, but complete five-point dramatic scenes), then this book may be right for you. Learn more by watching this video.

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Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme

by Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld

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·  Paperback : 248 pages

·  ISBN-10 : 1599638835

·  ISBN-13 : 978-1599638836

·  Publisher : Writer’s Digest Books (October 2, 2015)

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