Kindle Price: $3.99

Save $14.00 (78%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice by [Revis, Beth]
Kindle App Ad

Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$3.99

Length: 343 pages Word Wise: Enabled Matchbook Price: $0.00 What's this?
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

Barron's
Outsmart the market with Barron's digital membership. Only $12 for 12 weeks. > Learn more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Each book [in the Paper Hearts series] is refreshingly well organized and accessible. ...Revis gets straight to the heart of matters such as story structure, offering tools and sample outlines. The books are very much focused more on the 'how' to write than the 'why.'" 
--Joanne O'Sullivan, Asheville Citizen Times


"Revis's book should find its way to the keeper shelf of both aspiring and accomplished writers." --Publisher's Weekly

From the Author

I used to be a teacher.
 
When I say this, I do not mean that it was my job. I mean that it was a part of my identity. Of course, there were some bits of the job I didn't like (grading, politics, more grading), but the part I did like--teaching--was something that I loved so wholly that it became an ingrained part of who I was. 

Or perhaps it was who I always was, and I just didn't know it. 

Whenever there was a concept or theory or problem that I couldn't quite grasp, I taught myself by breaking it down into its elements and thinking of how I was learning, not just what I was learning. My notes when I was a student were always a mess of charts and arrows and connections between ideas (and short stories and poems scribbled in the margins). 

Everyone has a different way of thinking, and my way of thinking tends to be an analysis of how an idea develops. I do not at all believe in muses, although I do believe in inspiration. I don't get writer's block--I discover bad story structure. Stories themselves are layers--not just in history and symbolism, but also in structure and plot and character development. Just like when I was a teacher and would find lesson plans in the oddest places, now I read stories and tend to see beyond the words, Matrix-like, into the scaffolding.

I say this now so that you understand any advice I give is merely what has worked for me, and this all comes from my own self analysis. I am not at all an expert, and you should never entirely trust anyone that tells you "how to write." Write the way you write--if it gets words down on paper, it's more than good enough. But this book is the sort of thing that would have helped me when I was starting out, so I thought I'd share it with you. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 6336 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990662659
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Scripturient Books; 1 edition (November 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016FRZ1JQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Okay, here's the deal. If you buy a single book on writing, and have some hopes for commercial success (whatever that may mean to you), make it this one. It is, by a very large margin, the most practical, engaging, and genuinely helpful advice I have ever seen on what it takes to write something other people want to read, all gathered into one neat package. I have one book out and I've completed a few other manuscripts, one of which I've been struggling with big-time. Spending the last several hours with Beth's book has crystallized my plot and character elements, showed me the holes I didn't even realize were there, and helped me separate the wheat from the chaff: in her words, to find the beating heart of the story. I think it's useful for anyone in any stage of their career, published or not. If you want razor sharp advice served up with a sense of humor, look no further. I've been writing pages of notes and expect to go back to this one again and again. She has two more coming up, on publishing and marketing, I will definitely pick those up.

Thank you, Beth! Also for sharing your own path-to-publishing travails, and how to stay motivated.

Kitty Stapp/Kat Ross
1 Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the book I wish I had read first when I started writing several years ago. Instead I have dozens of books on writing that do offer good advice but fail to do what Beth Revis has done so well here: straight up honesty about writing and being a writer. I'm so grateful that a fellow writer suggested this book to me, because it's done more than just inspire me to write and renewed my dedication to writing. Revis's honesty and advice in the book are tangible, down-to-earth, practical and real. No formulas. No confusing diagrams. Yet very true and very helpful. This is the book on writing that I'll now be recommending to others!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a great resource for beginning writers or writers who have been drafting for awhile but may not have direction when it comes to revising. This is a wonderful tool for writers looking to understand structure and improve their craft and don't know where to begin. Having followed Beth's writing advice for years, I can't say that I learned anything new in this volume, however, I did highlight a number of entries in my e-book as reminders and inspiration and am happy to have this book as part of my collection.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I adore Beth Revis' writing. Her fiction is entertaining as heck, and so is this. While not all of her methods work for me in my writing, I like the way she presents everything: simple, straightforward, no-nonsense. It's easy to read, easy to understand, and does a wonderful job explaining that it's okay if some advice just doesn't work for you. I also very much enjoyed the commentary on diversity and feminism--that alone would make me recommend this book to my writer friends. Overall, a wonderful book, and one I highly recommend, especially to anyone wanting to write YA. That being said, it's not just for YA writers, so if you're looking for good advice, consider checking this one out.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This was a very solid and well-organized book which tackles so many aspects of writing and trying to break into publishing. Beth Revis is empathetic through her entire run, regularly reminding readers that no single piece of writing advice applies universally to everyone. Much of this book is tackled from a "this is what has worked for me" point of view, not a "listen to me, I am totally right" perspective.

Revis covers a bit of everything - characters, plot, setting, revising, grammar, critique partners, querying, rejections. Each chapter is only about two or three pages long, but they all bring something important to the table. I really enjoyed the charts she included for different ways of mapping out a story.

Since Revis is a YA writer herself, most of her examples and advice slant towards that, but she talks a little bit about other age categories. Still, I feel other YA writers would benefit the most from this writing advice book.

Before reading this, I felt like I knew pretty much everything there is to know about the art of writing, but Revis showed me I can always learn more. She twists things I had already internalized and puts a fresh spin on them that makes me aware of how I can be better.

This book is amazing!

***review copy provided by NetGalley**
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book. The advice is amazing but nothing is written in stone. These are strategies that work for Beth Revis and I think some of them could work for me too. This was a really relevant read for me this month because I'm doing NaNoWriMo. I recommend this to other writers as well as educators of writers.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read many a writing advice book in my day, but I've never found one that I've liked as much as this. I've been a fan of Beth Revis for many years, ever since I read her Across the Universe Trilogy. Given that I'm already a fan of her novels, getting to read her writing advice is definitely something that I enjoyed, considering that I'm also an aspiring YA novelist. Sure, some of the advice I've heard before, but there are unique points. Anyone could benefit from reading this novel!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice