- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470530707
- ISBN-13: 978-0470530702
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 316 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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
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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.
It's really good, it breaks down the whole process of writing a good novel. I honestly can't wait when I finish writing my first book. I wouldn't change a thing. I would buy this book all over again.
As with all Dummies books I found it easy to understand and follow. Plus I found it was written in a very engaging style. I felt the authors were really sharing things they'd learned the hard way through experience.
I'm not saying I believe writing or getting published is as simple as reading and following this book. But it does provide an excellent overview and pointers on how it's been accomplished by published authors.
Also, I got from the book on trying to pack an emotional punch to your writing.The part of how important conferences are to enhance your prospect of selling was something I was not that aware of.
It goes into writing a storyline which should be one sentence. It talks a lot about character and having a character bible with goals, values, conflict and backstory. I learned the importance of a content editor and a proof reader.
In summary, I loved this book and I would recommend it to everybody.