from the Inside...Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Susan May Warren Fiction, LLC (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578005972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578005973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories.

Here's my "Official" Bio.

With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over forty-five novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. She's a three time RITA finalist and an eight time Christy Finalist.

Of her books, Publisher's Weekly has written, "Warren lays bare her characters' human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness."

And Library Journal adds, "Warren's characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance..."

Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com and www.LearnHowtoWriteaNovel.com, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She's also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annette M. Irby on April 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Whether you've never written a novel before, or you've written several manuscripts, this workbook will help you. I've sat in on Susan May Warren's and Rachel Hauck's writing workshops before at writer's conferences, so I am thrilled that this workbook is now available. In this format, they can spend more time on the topics, then you can address your own project and immediately apply the ideas they present. They inspire you to dream and encourage you to follow through, especially if you're a beginner. The more seasoned writer will also be encouraged and find helpful tips on such things as characterization, overall plot, crafting scenes, POV, storyworld, dialogue, even editing and synopsis writing. One of the concepts I drew a lot from was Susan's characterization based on the elements of self-esteem. If you've ever read Susan's novels, you'll probably agree her characters seem to breathe. That's compelling in fiction. I'm looking forward to applying more of her techniques. That said, there are some topics in the workbook which the experienced writer will find elementary. But someone who is newly published or working toward getting published, or just beginning to explore writing will find the tips useful. The beauty of the workbook format is being able to reuse the "Your turn..." segments for subsequent projects. I use a notebook and scribble down my notes for one project, then move on and use the same workbook prompts for my next project. Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck are two of the Book Therapists on [...] They offer high level critiques and writing help to writers at all levels. This book is an extension of their heart to teach and one worth having!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry D. Smith on March 3, 2010
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I find myself reaching for this book over and over again as I write. The chapters on how to "hook 'em" at the beginning of a scene and how to write dialogue would be worth the price of the book even if it contained nothing else. Oh but it does! It contains great details on characterization, the inciting incident, the components of a scene and sequel, and much more. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lindalou on January 26, 2011
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I knew I wanted to write a novel and after writing and publishing several professional articles and having a fairly creative mind I thought, no problem! Not! My puny effort was so "just the facts, Ma'am" and my brother tried to kindly suggest that it was depressing! I sort of got that impression as I was writing it! I have just started the work of the manual and I see my story fleshing out and developing the roots and movement that it needs. I still like my original idea and characters, but desperately needed guidance and organization. Looking at my favorite books and movies forced my to analyze their elements to understand why they stood out as my favorites. I realized that sometimes I like movies especially, because of the color and filming techniques. Thank you Susan, for helping me to get back to that little itch that I have ignored during a busy nursing career. I am a writer and a nurse but most of all a child of God whose way has consistently been made by Him. Finding your book was God-driven.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Fancett Pagels on October 11, 2013
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Susan May Warren is one of the best Christian fiction teachers out there, as well as a popular author. She knows her stuff. What a blessing that she has packed this book with her great information. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from a great romance writer and speaker. Susan May Warren was a missionary in Russia before returning to the USA and publishing so many books in the past ten years that God has to be in on what she is doing. Highly recommend this book and I use it for my own novel writing.
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