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Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook Paperback – June 14, 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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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.
I also liked how he took examples from good fiction and used them in his chapters to make his points and then you did something related. Yes, there is a little "extra" space in the workbook and I actually just used a notebook on the side rather than the workbook (I can use it again on my next novel, too). I ended up with PAGES of notes about different characters, what they would do, will do, could do, etc., based on the exercises in the workbook. This is definitely a helpful resource to give you ideas to improve your plot and characters. One of several good books on writing stories and novels.