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

ISBN-13: 978-0578005973 ISBN-10: 0578005972

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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: 10.6 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,752 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, that I hope inspire and entertain!

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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie F. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books & Such on February 29, 2012
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On the back of the cover, it tells you that this book is for you if you want to write the novel in you. After finishing it, I couldn't disagree more. The author tells you to write a book her way, for her voice, to come in your writing. But what the author doesn't teach you is what the author is best at: descriptions. She touches on subject very briefly. The author in that area is very skilled, but she doesn't go deep into using five senses to make scenes come to life for you to learn.
She points out elements you should use to create a book giving you formulas like WALTZ for example, letting each letter stand for one of the elements. But the names given don't even represent the ideas she presents, very confusing for writers.
Also, the book lets you just hang in there with unexplained techniques. If you contact the writer, the writer will not help you understand what she meant in the book without you buying a membership to her MyBookTherapy which comes with a monthly payment. I don't even want to mention that her books cost twice as much other books that are great about craft.
The book wasn't proof read but was published by two writers. You will spot errors. I don't want to put authors down for mixing the spellings, usages, or mechanics. But the book was published by writers on craft of writing. I would think it would go through the editing process before it becomes available for aspiring writers to learn.
The book does bring some good elements that should be used by writers, but the context and representation of it doesn't deliver as I expected more.
The author spent a few pages on dialog never mentioning TENSION which she substituted with conflict. Conflict and tension aren't the same. Tension drives most of the dialog and is a primary tool that you need to use.
If you want a different way to learn about a craft, this book might be for you.
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