Writing Voice

Author: Writer's Digest Editors
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1440349150
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Develop a voice that captures readers' attention! All writers bring a unique set of skills to their work: One author might write outstanding characters, while another might dazzle with dialogue. You don't have to master every aspect of the craft in order to succeed, but the one quality required of every writer is a compelling, original voice. Your voice, which is often difficult to define and even more difficult to master, can transform your writing from pedestrian to powerful. In Writing Voice, you'll discover effective instruction and advice from best-selling authors and instructors like Donal Maass, Adair Lara, Paula Munier, Dinty W. Moore, James Scott Bell, and many others, plus exercises, techniques, and examples for making your prose stand out, be it fiction or memoir. You'll learn how to: Explore the unique way you write Study the distinctive styles of other writers to create your own voice Understand the nuances of voice, including the importance of word choice Develop the right voice for your genre Craft excellent narration that will keep readers coming back Choose the proper voice for your nonfiction Constructing the voice that fits your style and your audience is paramount to crafting memorable, original work. Writing Voice gives you the tools to not only create that voice but perfect it.

Crafting Novels Short Stories

Author: Writer's Digest Books (Firm)
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1599635712
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This comprehensive resource provides in-depth information about every aspect of writing novels and short stories, so readers can discover new ways to generate ideas, implement intriguing techniques, and find the inspiration they need to finish their work. Crafting Novels & Short Stories provides an extraordinary gathering of more than 40 authors and publishing insiders whose advice and experience will help readers create strong characters, keep their plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view for their stories, and more.

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue

Author: Writer's Digest Editors
Publisher: "F+W Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1440345546
Format: PDF, ePub
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WRITING & EDITING GUIDES. Dynamic Dialogue provides the absolute best writing instruction that WD has to offer on dialogue. The essays and articles will help readers successfully approach and overcome issues such as: pacing, suspense, conflict, effectively using dialect and jargon, manipulating mood, developing themes, creating subtext, revealing background, and more. Each chapter builds on the last, providing as comprehensive an examination of the nuances and details of dialogue as possible.

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing

Author: Writer's Digest Editors
Publisher: "F+W Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1440348391
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Get advice from the best in the business on every stage of the novel-writing and publishing process! In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, you'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work. This fully revised edition includes an updated marketing section for navigating the unique challenges and possibilities of the evolving literary marketplace. Inside you'll find new essays from dozens of best-selling authors and publishing professionals detailing how to: Master the elements of fiction, from plot and character to dialogue and point of view Develop a unique voice and sensibility in your writing Manage the practical aspects of writing, from overcoming writer's block to revising your work Determine the key elements for success in every genre Find an agent, market your work, and get published--or self-publish--successfully You'll also find interviews with some of the world's finest and most popular writers, including David Baldacci, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Khaled Hosseini, Hugh Howey, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, George R.R. Martin, Jojo Moyes, Anne Rice, Jane Smiley, and Garth Stein. Their insights on the craft and business of fiction will provide you with invaluable mentorship as you embark on your writing journey. The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing is your go-to guide for every aspect of creating a bestseller.

Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded

Author: Stephen Wilbers
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1440345821
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Transform your writing! If you're ready to empower your writing but are unsure of where to start, let Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded show you the way. Award-winning author and veteran writing coach Stephen Wilbers provides invaluable instruction on every aspect of the craft, from word choice and sentence structure to organization and revision. In this edition, you'll find: Self-assessments to strengthen your sentences and paragraphs, evaluate your goals, and approach your writing with confidence. Practical and easy-to-understand techniques for utilizing economy, precision, action, music, and personality. Helpful tips and techniques for the writing process, including advice on prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading. Exercises, checklists, and more to refine your writing skills. For more than a decade, Keys to Great Writing has helped writers of all experience levels infuse their work with clarity, grace, and style. With the revised and expanded edition at your fingertips, you'll have the tools to invigorate your prose and develop a unique and effective voice.

Creating Characters

Author: Writer's Digest Editors
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1599638800
Format: PDF, Docs
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Create characters that leap off the page--and into readers' hearts! Populating your fiction with authentic, vivid characters is a surefire way to captivate your readers from the first sentence to the last. Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life. This book is a comprehensive reference to every stage of character development. You'll find timely advice and helpful instruction from best-selling authors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Orson Scott Card, Chuck Wendig, Hallie Ephron, Donald Maass, and James Scott Bell. They'll show you how to: Effectively introduce your characters Build a believable protagonist Develop strong anti-heroes and compelling villains Juggle multiple points of view without missing a beat Craft authentic dialogue that propels the story forward Motivate your characters with powerful objectives and a believable conflict Show dynamic character development over the course of a story No matter what your genre, Creating Characters gives you the tools necessary to create realistic, fascinating characters that your readers will root for and remember long after they've finished the story.

Voice and Style

Author: Johnny Payne
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 9780898796933
Format: PDF, ePub
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Voice and style are tangible as air, and just as real. Readers hear "voice" in the overall sound of your story and in the thoughts and words of your characters. They sense "style" in the way you pull these currents together, creating the magnetism that unifies all the other elements of your fiction. Your voice, your style will make readers remember you and seek out your work. Contrary to popular belief, you can learn the techniques behind voice and style. You can give your characters unique voices and develop a writing style all your own. You'll learn through practical, instructive narrative; through examples as entertaining as they are informative; and through challenging exercises.

Create Narrate Punctuate

Author: Ramy Tadros
Publisher: Nightlight Books
ISBN: 0987553062
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Have you ever wondered how to spruce up your writing? Or clear the clutter from your sentences? Or entice, engage, and entertain a specific audience? As any wordsmith knows, fashioning exquisitely styled sentences forms the foundation for writing success. This writing guide, containing thousands of illustrative quotations and fun exercises, reveals how to draft and craft any sentence, whether plain and lucid or thrilling and forceful. After finishing this book, students, professionals, and writers of every skill and status will have enhanced their sentential potential, while mastering the art of stringing words together to produce sophisticated sentences – linguistic structures standing the tests of time and taste.

Crafting Presence

Author: Nicole B. Wallack
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607325357
Format: PDF
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Essays are central to students’ and teachers’ development as thinkers in their fields. In Crafting Presence, Nicole B. Wallack develops an approach to teaching writing with the literary essay that holds promise for writing students, as well as for achieving a sense of common purpose currently lacking among professionals in composition, creative writing, and literature. Wallack analyzes examples drawn primarily from volumes of The Best American Essays to illuminate the most important quality of the essay as a literary form: the writer’s “presence.” She demonstrates how accounting for presence provides a flexible and rigorous heuristic for reading the contexts, formal elements, and purposes of essays. Such readings can help students learn writing principles, practices, and skills for crafting myriad presences rather than a single voice. Crafting Presence holds serious implications for writing pedagogy by providing new methods to help teachers and students become more insightful and confident readers and writers of essays. At a time when liberal arts education faces significant challenges, this important contribution to literary studies, composition, and creative writing shows how an essay-centered curriculum empowers students to show up in the world as public thinkers who must shape the “knowledge economy” of the twenty-first century.

How to Write Like Tolstoy

Author: Richard Cohen
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786070227
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For anyone who has ever identified with a character from fiction, been seduced by a first sentence or been profoundly moved by a story’s end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a wonderful and illuminating journey into the minds and imaginations of the world’s greatest writers. What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita? Why did Fitzgerald tell The Great Gatsby in the first person? How did Kerouac, who raged against revision, finally come to revise On the Road? Why did Martin Amis give up on writing about sex? Veteran editor Richard Cohen draws on a vast and eclectic reservoir of knowledge to reveal what makes good prose soar. From plot and character development to dialogue and point of view, the motivations, obsessions, tricks and talents of a host of great novelists are brought to the fore, their published works mined and private beliefs unearthed. There’s the nature of originality as plagiarism is discussed, and a weighing of the odds when trying to write about physical intimacies. And how to begin…Or end? From first page to last, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a unique exploration of the act and art of writing, one which enriches our experience of reading both the