Fire up Your Fiction: An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories Kindle Edition
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~ Judge, Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards
"Jodie Renner's FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is ahandy manual for writers looking to make the biggest impact with their craft. Rennershows and tells. [...]
"FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is the Strunk andWhite for writers who want to be not just mere storytellers but masterstory-compellers."
~ Lucy Wang, IndieReader
From the Back Cover
If you're looking to bring your characters and scenes to life, tighten your writing, pick up the pace, and develop a more authentic voice, this multi-award-winning writing guide is for you.
You'll get clear, concrete advice, with examples, for:
- Avoiding style blunders
- Showing instead of telling
- Streamlining your writing
- Fixing awkward phrasing
- Avoiding info dumps
- Choosing words that nail it
- Breaking formal writing habits
- Creating tense action scenes
- Writing snappy dialogue
- and more --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B009BWWOR0
- Publisher : Cobalt Books; 3rd edition (January 12, 2014)
- Publication date : January 12, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1970 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 191 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #713,629 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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My reason for selecting any book whether it is fiction or non-fiction comes from an interest in the story line, topic, research, or interest in an author I haven't read. I made the decision I wanted to improve my writing skills. This book provides the writing tools I need to do a better job of communications and improve my writing skills, eliminating common mistakes. If any aspiring author is looking for a reference book to set by his or her computer to guide them through the maze of putting together a good compelling fiction story, they need not look any further then "Fire Up Your Fiction" by Jodie Renner. She recently retitled "Style That Sizzles & Pacing For Power" to the new title "Fire Up Your Fiction", as she felt her title had to tell authors and aspiring authors what topics her book addressed. It seems to me she followed her own advice by creating a new title telling us her book teaches us to write compelling fiction.
Anyone in need of a blueprint on how to write a good fictional story needs to read this book. If you are just getting started, Renner will take you step by step through the writing process from development of a story with a strong plot and exciting characters. A beginner will find this book has the answers to their questions. I use email and Facebook to connect with business associates and friends. I wanted to learn how to deliver a compelling message with fewer words.
Authors looking to improve their writing will find "Fire Up Your Fiction" will help them create strong characters, tighten up storylines, maintain the pacing, and wrap up the story. Renner shares the do's and don'ts of good writing by hooking the reader's involvement in the story. If an existing author wants to improve or put more fire into their work, they will find references to resources addressing the writer's concerns. Renner's book will help you self-edit your book, making sure you give your characters a strong natural voice, how to cut down on unnecessary words, give pointers on how to tell the story and how not to lecture the reader.
If you are looking to improve your day-to-day writing skills, business letters, book reviews, or newsletters, "Fire Up Your Fiction" is the answer to your needs. What I found useful was Jodie's willingness to share other resource material she has used to develop her editing skills. I have no trouble giving Jodie Renner's "Fire Up Your Fiction" a 5 star rating.
I've read many "how to write" books, and currently have four that are my absolute favorites. The top book on this list is Style that Sizzles and Pacing for Power. I feel so strongly about this book that I bought a copy for my e-reader, and six paperback copies. I like to share. (I was going to say something smart, like: "In case I want to read it more than once," except Renner says in Chapter 12, "Take out any explanations or self-indulgent ramblings." I'm so guilty of this.)
Whether you are working on your first novel, or have completed several, this book will help. In a concise and readable format, Renner shares with the reader tips and habits a writer needs to succeed. My first book maxed out at 141,365 words - and that is after I took a good 30,000 words out. It was like pulling teeth. Now, with the help of Style that Sizzles, I'm scooting through Menoly and Antoine's novel, removing the dross and leaving the gold. Taking a scalpel to my writing is difficult for me, but Renner makes that task easier with examples that clarify and edify.
Chapter headings are informative and allow the reader to focus on the parts they need help resolving. However, I heartily recommend the novelist read the entire book, and then focus on specific areas.
If you are serious about writing and filled with the desire to be published, Jodie Renner's book is the one for you.
Now, I probably shouldn't say this, since she is a world-renowned editor, but, if you implement the lessons Renner espouses, pare your words, take away lengthy explanations and wordy phrases, when you submit your novel to your editor, it won't cost nearly as much.
Hurry! Go buy the book. Pour a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Sit a spell, crank up your writing skills, and imagine the possibilities.
Top reviews from other countries
Take this passage for example:
'put your readers right inside the skin of your main character, using a deep point of view... I go into a lot of detail on the above techniques in my upcoming book, Captivate Your Readers'
So, not only is this book majorly basic and unhelpful, but some of her tips point me to her NEXT book for more information. Unbelievable!
I don't know how the book won awards quite honestly. Avoid!
If you want clear, simple guidelines about pace, style and good genre fiction writing, this is your book. However, if you only write literary fiction you MAY find this a little crude.
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These kind of books are not supposed to be thrilling, just a tool to help you improve. Nonetheless, I will be reading this book again at some point in the future. I bought the paperback version, and found myself highlighting large sections. That's always a good sign.
Have you ever wondered why so many of the world’s best selling authors, in writing Dedications, immediately jump from thanking their partners and family to thanking their editors?
This book, along with her others, were instrumental in clearing up that mystery for me.
I've bought dozens of books on writing over the past year, most of which were inspiring, but this is one of four or five that I've returned to time and time again.
It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you want honest and direct advice, that will truly improve your writing, give it a good study.