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About Sue Viders
Sue Viders, with a B.F.A. degree, began writing in national art magazines to help artists market their creative endeavors, but then switched over to teaching writers, around the world, how to better organize and write more effectively so their books would sell better. Her most well-known nonfiction book often called the Bible of building characters, is THE COMPLETE WRITER'S GUIDE TO HEROES and HEROINES, SIXTEEN MASTER ARCHETYPES.
Approaching the big Nine 0, and having survived numerous bouts with cancer, and other interesting medical problems, along with raising five children and assisting her attorney husband with her typing skills, she is proud to present her essay book. It all started with her newspaper articles, which gradually morphed into the OUT-OF-THE-BOX ESSAY book, containing 44 short thought-provoking and humorous comments on life and living.
However, she also has other numerous nonfiction books, WRITING A NOVEL, CREATING A GREAT VILLAIN, and a card game, DEAL A STORY, THE WRITER'S TOOL BOX, for aspiring writers available with several more writing workbooks on the drawing board.
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An invaluable resource for writers working in any genre.... -- Prof. Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman, UCLA Dept. of Film and Television, letter to author, 5/4/00
Finally! Fiction Archetypes made easy. . . . Stuffed with examples and cleverly organized, [this book] earned a spot on my crowded bookshelf. -- Debra Dixon, author GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict, 1996; and Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, 2000; email to authors 4/00
The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines takes the mystery out of creating compelling and memorable characters. Every writer should own a copy. -- Deb Stover, award winning author of nine time travel and historical romances, email to authors. 4/00
The authors have developed a clear and usable system for creating memorable characters. -- Kevin J. Anderson, best-selling co-author of Dune: House Atreides, email to author, 5/25/00.
This Pick a Number - Start a Story is the first in a series of 10 books dedicated to assisting the aspiring writer with telling their individual stories.
The first book, Start a Story, is a general overview of each component and how to use it to pull your story into an organized outline.
Each book uses over 500 movies and TV shows to illustrate the process.
There is space for each writer to add notes or to play around with different ideas for his or her own story in each section of the book.
WHERE does your STORY take place?
This fourth book in the Pick a Number series, Select a Setting, gives any writer a multitude of ideas on how to create a believable backdrop for his or her character’s. To do that every story needs a PET.
P PLACE where the story happens
E ENVIRONMENT surroundings and ambiance
T TIME past, present or future
Select a Setting is a DIY workbook on how to create and develop a memorable setting for your story. It is loaded with thousands of suggestions based on examples from over 500 movies and TV shows.
With 16 different categories and four movies examples in each of the nine components of a setting, every writer is sure to find new ideas for new and interesting settings. Sections include: Culture, Environment, Emotions, Geography, Make-believe, Place, Symbols, Time and Weather.
This workbook explores the nine components that need to be considered when creating and developing a truly memorable plot.
- Event and Motivation
- Goal and Action
With 16 different categories in each of the nine components and 500 movie examples, all writers will easily be able to develop a great framework for a truly clever and unique plot.
Why do writers write these short essays?
Are my thoughts, ideas or random bits of observation any better than yours?
Will my words change the world somehow? Will they change or somehow inspire you in some way?
Probably not, but I do believe writers write these “pearls of wisdom” and “gems of observation” because we’ve been around the block a few times and want to share what we have learned—so you, the reader will have a few laughs, a few “that’s exactly right” or “that’s exactly what I thought” comments.
And so this is why I want to share my thoughts thunk while thinking with you.
Sixty tried and tested TIPS to improve your writing!
Years of teaching and working with fiction writers has demonstrated to us how differently writers approach the creative process. Some choose to plan every detail, while others write instinctively. Another group uses a combination of both techniques.
This book of writing tips was written with the goal of benefitting all three different types of writers:
1 - Plotting/planner writers
2 - Intuitive/instinctive writers
3 - Hybrid/combination writers
Not certain about which type of writer you are? Try all the different tips until you find the one that best suits you.
About the Authors:
Sue Viders and Becky Martinez have taught writing for the past 20 years. They have published more than 40 books—both fiction and nonfiction. They have used all three methods in their own writing work. These tips come from their own experiences.
Creating great heroes, heroines and villains doesn’t need to be a mystery if you take the time to build your characters using this step by step guide. Learn how to make your characters unique individuals who are both human and heroic, or thoughtful but troubled or cunning but courageous. Find out how you can use a simple procedure to come up with a character who will keep readers turning the pages.
How do you go from idea to pages? Do you start with characters? Do you begin plotting at the beginning or at the end? What about story boards? Do you need to plot at all?
Get the basics on different methods that have been used forever by authors, plus new systems of plotting that can help you get started on your own story idea. Then let two multi-published authors show you how you can use those methods to plot your own book in easy step by step process.