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You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams Paperback – May 13, 2013
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"This guide is witty, warm, and wise--and wonderfully down-to-earth as well. Elizabeth Sims doesn't just tell you that you've got a book in you, she shows you how to pour it out using your own creative spirit, common sense, and persistence." ~Lori L. Lake, author of The Gun Series and The Public Eye Mystery Series
"If you're searching for the spark of inspiration to get started writing a book, and the nourishment to sustain you to THE END, Elizabeth Sims's You've Got a Book in You will show you how to find it in yourself." ~Hallie Ephron, award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman
"You won't find an easier-to-follow or more inspirational writing guide." ~L.J. Sellers, author of the bestselling Jackson mysteries
"By focusing the high beams of her intelligence (and humor!) on the twisty trail of book-writing, in You've Got a Book in You, Elizabeth Sims proves herself a true writer's friend. As she guides you from the creation of a "working title" through her (brilliant!) "Making-It-Better Process," this well-established pro plays her most impressive cards--stacking the deck in favor of YOU!" ~Jamie Morris, Director, Woodstream Writers
"Elizabeth Sims packs a twelve-week writing course into 280 pages. Inspirational and yet extremely hands-on, You've Got a Book In You will give newbies confidence to forge ahead and will remind veteran writers why they began writing in the first place--for the joy of it. I won't be surprised when the brilliant terms 'stormwriting' and 'heartbrain' become part of every writer's lexicon." ~Julie Compton, author of Tell No Lies and Keep No Secrets
About the Author
Elizabeth Sims is the prize-winning author of short stories and novels, including the Lillian Byrd crime series and the Rita Farmer mysteries. Booklist calls her work crime fiction as smart as it is compelling," and Crimespree magazine praises her "strong voice and wonderful characters." Elizabeth writes frequently for Writer's Digest magazine, where she is a contributing editor. She has worked as a reporter, photographer, technical writer, bookseller, street busker, ranch hand, corporate executive, certified lifeguard, and symphonic percussionist. Elizabeth belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa. More at elizabethsims.com.
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You’ve Got a Book in You packs so much valuable guidance into an easy-to-read 277 pages, it’s like having a top-notch writing coach with you every step of the way.
Ms. Sims, a very successful mystery/crime novelist, pulls back the curtain on how to put together compelling fiction as well as non-fiction. She begins with inspiration and encouragement, and gets you to dream big about the kind of book you want to write and why. She provides practical advice on making the time and space to write and doing it often: entering “garret mode.”
I especially found helpful the sections on brainstorming and planning the heart of the book and mapping out a plot just enough using concepts such as “heart-clutching moments,” the hero’s adventure, and asking “Yes, and– ” and “What if” to head off writer’s block and improve on your first ideas.
The book also provides great advice on creating interesting characters, writing dialogue, use of theme, plowing through a first draft, revising, and much more. Tweetable tidbits labeled “Chisel it in stone” are scattered throughout the book with advice such as “if it’s not fun, make it fun,” “stories move forward on change,” and “good writing doesn’t flinch.”
The book’s tagline is “a stress-free guide to writing the book of your dreams.” That’s not hype. Ms. Sims makes the process fun and uplifting. I’ve already finished a first draft of a mystery novel in large part due to using this book. I can’t recommend it enough.