Writing Fiction For Dummies 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Randy is an award-winning novelist and he's become famous around the world as "the Snowflake Guy" in honor of his wildly popular Snowflake Method of writing a novel.
Anyone can write a novel and get it published. The hard part is learning how to write fiction that sells ... and sells. If you've been dreaming since forever of writing a novel, make today the day you take action.
From the Inside Flap
Writing a novel can be a daunting process it will challenge you, stretch you, and change you. Whether you've never written fiction before or are looking to brush up your skills and learn new techniques for crafting your words, Writing Fiction For Dummies gives you savvy advice on navigating the entire writing process and turning your ideas into a well-written, marketable book.
Establishing an ideal writing environment discover how to set aside enough time and an ideal location for your writing
Getting ready to write fiction pinpoint your location on the road to publication, and set your strategic and tactical goals to get your novel published
Discovering the principles of writing powerful fiction build a realistic story world, envision unique and exciting characters, craft the layers of your plot, and grow a theme organically
Editing and polishing your story and characters put on your editing hat and analyze your characters, scrutinize your story structure, and edit your scenes to get your novel in tip-top shape
Getting published learn how to write query letters and book proposals that will ignite an agent's or editor's enthusiasm and help sell your novel to the right publisher
Open the book and find:
Your strategic roadmap to getting published
Help in choosing your category
Tips for building a believable plot
Guidelines for creating three-dimensional characters
Examples of storylines that spotlight a novel's high concept
Pros and cons of various publishing methods
Advice on finding the right agent and publisher
- ASIN : B002XGICAO
- Publisher : For Dummies; 1st edition (November 11, 2009)
- Publication date : November 11, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1059 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #367,909 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Writing fiction is different than other types of writing. At its simplist level, a novel is about CONFLICT: A hero(PROTAGONIST), has a goal (OBJECTIVE), but he/she is being prevented from achieving that goal by a villian (ANTAGONIST). This is what keeps readers reading: Readers "don't like happy", they want to read about conflict. As authors, we must create a fictional world with conflict and sub-conflicts,, until we give the reader RESOLUTION. We must create conflicts on many levels, even at the most basic level of dialogue conflicts. It's a back-and-forth game, somewhat like fishing, reeling-in the reader with conflict, then letting them out with resolution.
This "For Dummies" book describes how novels/stories are organized, points of view, narration, foreshadowing..etc.. It also explains how to analyze your novel for good story structure. It describes well the challenges you will face keeping your readers engaged in the story; modern readers, especially, can be turned-off by things such as too much omniscient narration or too many adverbs and adjectives. As readers, we are typically not aware of these rules - there many authors who don't understand these rules - but there are, nevertheless, rules you can follow for writing novels, using a structured approach.
This book will provide you with a concise, structured approach for writing novels. Lots of good information.
The book is also very entertaining and extremely accessible. There are plenty of examples from classic fiction to help you understand the concepts that are being addressed. I feel like I am learning a lot and improving daily, thanks to this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Takes you from the very start of what to do before you even start writing