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Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book Paperback – March 16, 2011
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About the Author
Mary Carroll Moore is the award-winning, internationally published author of thirteen books in three genres, including the PEN/Faulkner-nominated novel, Qualities of Light. She has taught over 2000 writers how to plan, write, and develop their books. She teaches at writing schools around the U.S., including The Loft Literary Center, The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, and Grub Street Writing School.
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Are you an author? Are you writing poems or your memoir? Well, why don't you have this? Do you want to be published or are you one of those that say to an author after they just gave a talk, "I have this great idea for a book." You know who you are. I would like to bean you over the head every time I hear that line. Then shove a copy of this book at you and grin.
Get it. What are you waiting for? Do you need a book-writing book that actually works?
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Honestly. See you on the bestsellers list.
"Your Book Starts Here" offers unparalleled guidance on: building a writing practice; brainstorming content; writing scene-based islands; storyboarding within a three-act structure; stifling the inner critic; developing characters and setting; incorporating sensory details; exploring theme and so much more!
I credit "Your Book Starts Here" and the workshops and online classes I've taken with Mary for providing the inspiration, insight and supportive writing community I needed to propel me on my book-writing journey. Working through a chapter from Mary's book each week, I have discovered my writing voice and experienced a profound transformation in the quality of my writing. As a result, I'm well on my way to completing a first draft.
I highly recommend "Your Book Starts Here" for anyone who has always wanted to write a book - and those who want to raise the bar on their current or future book projects.
Writing a book is a lot more than collecting 300 pages of relatively continuous material. If you've never written a book before, even if you are a devoted reader, the process of writing a book is a skill that bears learning. It is also the kind of skill that can be debilitating to continue learning, learned as it is while you face your own writing demons. "Your Book Starts Here" breaks down the huge, complicated process of book-writing into small, bite-sized pieces with Moore's characteristic tone of support and encouragement. Moore's well-considered process of instruction, gleaned from years of teaching workshops for writers of all levels and genres, helps you keep your sanity while taking on a massive amount of material.
Since working with Mary and the material in this book, my writing has changed radically for the better. I have also gone from being completely naive about how to write to a book to understanding what I need to do to create a book that is engaging and well-written. Working with one chapter from "Your Book Starts Here" each week, I went from having a few dry mismatched essays to a complete first draft in 12 weeks. In 24 weeks, I had a second draft, a much more nuanced understanding of the craft of writing, and an appreciation for how to manage the immense task of writing a book.
If you've never written a book before, this book is indispensable. Buy it.