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Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook Paperback – 2004
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Donald Maass as a leading literary agent, represents more than 100 fiction writers and sells more than 100 novels per year to top publishers in North America and overseas. He is the author of 14 pseudonymous novels and the books The Career Novelist and Writing the Breakout Novel.
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I admit this workbook is wonderful. With exercises given to a novelist, a person builds a wonderful story. I did every exercise and couldn't stop. I wrote 15,000 words just brainstorming. No, I didn't finish the project yet. It has so much depth. It will take me awhile to put everything together. But I know I'll never run dry.
The author of this workbook teaches you how to motivate your characters whose actions aren't predicted by readers, giving you tips how to build believable twists and suspense throughout.
This workbook teaches you how to build three dimentional characters. I wanted to say four dimentional, but the term doesn't exist. It goes beyond everything I have read on building three dimentional characters.
He shows you how to build the main plot, subplots, and how to deepen character layers. He combines and puts everything together as a package at the end. And indeed, anyone who goes over these excercise or not will never look the same way at characters and plots.
If you're wondering if this workbook contains the same information as the book, I tell you it is MUCH BETTER than a book. If you have to decide, choose this workbook because it gives you lessons throughout and expands on the information given in the book of this series. I did read the book. But the workbook contained ALMOST everything that's in the book and MORE.
The book does have just a tiny bit info that's not included in a workbook. I forgot what that tiny bit of info is. But I remember I made a mental note it wasn't so much important. That is most likely why I can't remember it now. It wasn't that important--go figure.
It's not only a book that will help you develop your writing skills, but shows you how to write a bestseller, as well as get your proposal past the rejection pile.
A glimpse into what to expect in this amazing book:
* Building plot layers
* Creating inner conflict
* Strengthening voice and point of view
* Discovering and heightening larger-than-life character qualities
* Strengthening theme
* And much more!
I loved the detailed references to several bestselling authors' novels. By the end of the workbook, I had a good list going of books to read and study.
Whether you are a new writer, or one that has been struggling for years, WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKBOOK, by DONALD MAASS is the book for you. Make it your next to purchase. You won't regret it.
Now as I push myself through the pages of the workbook, I understand the depth behind his lessons.
Be prepared to exorcise your inner self to create the best novel you can. Donald Maass is to writing as Tony Horton is to fitness, and 'Writing the Breakout Novel workbook' is the P90X of novel writing. He will make your brain sweat, push you beyond your comfort zone to show you how to get the most out of each character, flex your creative muscles as you go deep to develop your plots, while you heighten tension to deliver a novel, which cannot help but burn with cadence, resonate with readers, and leave them wanting more.
Is that not what you wanted to do? Write that Breakout Novel?
I wish you well in your endeavour.