- 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: 314 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,250 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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Who is this book for?
A. Someone who wants to know exactly how to write fiction from start to finish.
B. Someone who has ideas about how to write fiction, and wants them confirmed.
C. Someone who knows exactly how to write fiction, but has a few weak spots that they can't quite put their finger on.
D. Someone who can't decide which fiction book to buy and can't afford to buy every single one.
This is the last book you will ever need to buy on the craft of fiction. If you're on a shoestring budget, or if you're sick and tired of wading through theory and want to finally get down to writing, this is exactly what you need.
This book covers everything from A to Z, no topic uncovered. It is simple, direct and to the point and doesn't waste time. The advice within the book can be used by writers of all different styles from Seat of the Pants writers to dedicated Outliners; the book even helps individuals figure out which one they are.
Character development, story world creation, how to write a compelling scene, how to write a book that will keep readers turning the page all night long no matter the genre, how to define your niche, genre and target reader; it's all here.
This is the one reference every fiction writer should have.
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.
This book will disillusion you from the idea that you will just sit down and write a novel in one go, with no research, no time spent developing your characters, so attention to your story world and no re-writes. However, that's o.k., because the authors help to guide you toward a strategy for writing a fiction novel that will provide you with a much better chance of producing something worthy for your effort with out having to learn a lot of lessons other fledgling writers need to learn the hard way.
Writing a novel feels a lot less daunting after reading this book, even if there are more steps to the process than I might have previously imagined.
Randy's voice is informal and no-nonsense. You get the the feeling that you've been invited into his office for some friendly mentoring. He gives practical information on what has worked for him and other writers that he knows, and I love it that his advice is always to try something and see if it works for you, and stick with only the things that do work.
This is a great book for beginners especially. Randy talks about "writer's life" stuff as well as practical tips for developing a long story. He starts at the beginning with info on how to organize your thoughts into a story readers will enjoy, and how to keep motivated. He then covers first drafts and revisions, how to think about structure, developing and fixing characters, and more.
If you are somewhat experienced and know what your weaknesses are, you may want a more specialized book, but if you are realizing that it's not so easy to sit down and write a brilliant novel, this will probably help you!