Just Write

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 159963970X
Release Date: 2016-05-26
Genre: Authorship

"Half intensive craft workshop and half practical advice on building and sustaining a successful writing practice, Just Write marries craft and technique with encouragement and insider advice. Featuring the best posts written for the Kill Zone blog (a thriller writers' blog that has appeared on WD's 101 Best Websites for Writers multiple times) as well as brand-new material, the book will serve as a guide for all fiction writers on mastering the craft and "keeping at it," no matter what their chosen genre."--provided by Amazon.com.

How to Make a Living as a Writer

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher:
ISBN: 0910355169
Release Date: 2014-10-31
Genre: Authorship

It's the best time on Earth to be a writer. More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone. Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate substantial income from their work. And there is still a traditional publishing industry that needs new talent to keep growing. In How to Make a Living as a Writer, you'll learn the secrets of writing for profit and increasing your chances of making a living wage from your work. Here are some of the subjects covered: - The 7 Secrets of Writing Success - The 8 Essentials of Your Writing Business - How to Reach Your Goals - Keys to a Winning System - How to Stay Relentless - Unlocking Your Creativity - How to Write More, Faster - Comparing Traditional and Self-Publishing - How to Go Traditional - How to Go Indie - How to Form Multiple Streams of Writing Income - How to Write a Novel in a Month - How to Choose Non-Fiction Subjects - How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude - Resources for Further Study And much more, all to help you write what you love and earn what you're worth. James Scott Bell has made a living as a writer for nearly two decades, and shares with you everything he knows about the best practices for turning your writing dream into a reality.

The Dance of Character and Plot

Author: DiAnn Mills
Publisher: Bold Vision Books LLC
ISBN: 0985356375
Release Date: 2013-06-12
Genre: Education

"The Dance of Character and Plot, by DiAnn Mills will show you how to write a novel from idea to self-editing. This step-by-step instructional guide is packed with clear and concise information, examples of techniques, and fresh exercises to apply to your writing project."--back cover.

Story Sparks

Author: Denise Jaden
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781608685097
Release Date: 2017-07-10
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Find rock-solid story ideas before you start writing Anyone who has been hamster-wheeling a story idea for years or has hundreds of pages exploring various approaches on their hard drive knows that there must be a better way. There is. Young adult novelist Denise Jaden shows exactly how to create the captivating stories that prevent dispiriting wasted time. Busting the “visitation from the muses” myth, she shows that inspiration is a skill writers can learn by understanding how story ideas work (or don’t), fertilizing the ground for fresh and sound ideas, and moving swiftly through stuck points. Practical and inspiring, Jaden’s approach celebrates the imaginative sparks that make innovations of all kinds possible while pinpointing the precise tools writers need to fan their unique creative flames.

Creating Unforgettable Characters

Author: Linda Seger
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781429942027
Release Date: 1990-07-15
Genre: Performing Arts

In this book, Linda Seger shows how to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction, covering everything from research to character block. Interviews with today's top writers complete this essential volume.

An Insider s Guide to Publishing

Author: David Comfort
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1599637758
Release Date: 2013-12-12
Genre: Reference

A behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry tells authors how to work with agents and editors, deal with rejection, and understand the worlds of traditional and self-publishing, while sharing wisdom from authors and editors.

The Mental Game of Writing

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Compendium Press
ISBN: 0910355339
Release Date: 2016-07-22
Genre:

The keys to success as a writer are yours for the thinking! All success begins in the mind. For writers, the mind fuels the imagination and creates stories. But for authors who are productive and resilient, and see a good return on their efforts, there is another factor at work. They are winning the mental game of writing. Successful writers have the ability to inspire themselves to produce consistently, improve systematically, overcome obstacles and keep up a positive mental attitude. In this book, #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell takes you through the mental landscape of the successful author. He shows you not only how to stay on your game, but how to improve it. He gives you insights, strategies and techniques for blasting through walls and jumping over hurdles, setting you free to concentrate on what you love most - writing. You'll learn how to define true success, formulate goals and plans, find courage and commitment to write, unleash your creativity and write with joy. You'll also be given steps to handle challenges like stress, burnout, envy, expectations and the trap of comparison. In short, you'll learn to get all your mental jets going full blast so your writing can reach new heights! "I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft." - #1 NYT Times Bestselling Author Kami Garcia

Writing Lessons from the Front

Author: Angela Hunt
Publisher: Hunt Haven Press
ISBN:
Release Date:
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A complete writer's workshop in a book . . . The first ten Writing Lessons from the Front are compiled into this volume. Lessons cover plot structure, characterization, point of view, evoking emotion, self-editing, creating and maintaining tension, writing historical fiction, plans and processes to get your book finished,self-publishing, and a complete writer's checklist that will take you from prewriting to publication, including details on how to publish on CreateSpace and Kindle.

Elements of Fiction Writing Conflict and Suspense

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 159963273X
Release Date: 2012-01-12
Genre: Reference

Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last. Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict. Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict. Build conflict into your story's point of view. Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward. Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue. Amp up the suspense when you revise. Conflict & Suspense offers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.

Write Great Fiction Plot Structure

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 158297294X
Release Date: 2004-10-06
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including: Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter Story structure models and methods for all genres Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

Fire Up Your Writing Brain

Author: Susan Reynolds
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1599639149
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Reference

"Filled with accessible instruction, practical techniques, and thought-provoking exercises, Fire Up Your Writing Brain shows you how to become a more productive, creative, and successful writer. Identify the type of writer you are: Do you think or feel your way through writing a book? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Develop writing models that accelerate your learning curve. Hardwire your brain for endurance and increased productivity. Brainstorm better character concepts and plot points. Learn to edit your manuscript on both a macro and micro level. Recharge a lagging brain to gain an extra burst of creativity" --

Marketing for Writers Who Hate Marketing

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Compendium Press
ISBN: 0910355355
Release Date: 2017-03-13
Genre:

Is marketing sucking the joy out of your writing life? Do you wish you could spend more time writing and less time selling? Do you suffer from platform paranoia or social marketing madness? Are you stressed because you can't keep up with the latest marketing gimmicks and perpetual-motion author-entrepreneurs? Here's good news: Marketing For Writers Who Hate Marketing will show you how to have the kind of writing life you long for by dispelling the marketing myths that weigh you down. You'll learn what works best, what doesn't, and how a few simple strategies are all you need to get the most out of your marketing efforts. Marketing For Writers Who Hate Marketing will help you prioritize your marketing so you can concentrate on the handful of tools that are most effective, and eliminate the worry that you're never doing enough. It will teach you: - The #1 most effective marketing tool ... one you already love! - How to maximize the all-important first impression your book makes on a browser. - How to turn browsers into readers. - How to turn readers into fans. - Pricing as a strategic marketing tool. - How to grow and nurture an email list. - All the time-sucking practices you can avoid so you're free to write! - And more. Whether your are self-publishing or working with a traditional publisher -- or both -- you need to know how to market smart. This book will show you how.

Story Genius

Author: Lisa Cron
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 9781607748908
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft. From the Trade Paperback edition.

How to Write Pulp Fiction

Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher:
ISBN: 0910355371
Release Date: 2017-11-07
Genre:

Type Hard. Type Fast. Make Dough. That was the formula of old-school pulp fiction-plot-driven, popular and gobbled up by a reading public hungry for more. And it produced many writers who hammered out a living selling "cash-and-carry" stories and novels. Some of these writers were among the best America has ever produced. Writers like Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and John D. MacDonald. Others are numbered among the bestselling authors of all time, including Erle Stanley Gardner, Lester Dent, and Frederick Faust (better known by his pen name, Max Brand). What were the secrets of these successful pulp writers? And how can any writer, of any genre, use them to produce fiction that sells? How to Write Pulp Fiction will teach you: - how to be more prolific - the secrets of pulp plotting - how to elevate your pulp prose - the fiction "formulas" of some of the best pulp writers of all time - the bestselling genres - how to harness the power of the series character - the most effective publishing strategies - how to market your pulp fiction Added bonus! The Start-A-Plot Machine, a brainstorming partner that will help you instantly generate a story or novel idea. You'll never again wonder what to write next. There has never been a better time to be a writer. By tapping into the vibe of the pulp writers of old, and making use of the tools of publication available now, any hard-working writer has a serious shot at realizing steady income from their fiction. "James Scott Bell is my go-to writing guru!" - Terri Blackstock, New York Times bestselling writer

The Art of War for Writers

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:778625470
Release Date: 2011
Genre:

Strategies and Tactics for the Master Novelist Successfully starting and finishing a publishable novel is often like fighting a series of battles. You not only have to work hard to shape memorable characters, develop gripping plots, and craft dazzling dialogue, but you also have to fight against self-doubts and fears. And then there's the challenge of learning to navigate the ever-changing publishing industry. That's why best-selling novelist James Scott Bell, author of the Write Great Fiction staples, Plot & Structure and Revision & Self-Editing, came up with the ultimate novel-writing battle plan: The Art of War for Writers. You'll find tactics and strategies for idea generation and development, character building, plotting, drafting, querying and submitting, dealing with rejection, coping with unrealistic expectations, and much more. With timeless, innovative, and concise writing reflections and techniques, The Art of War for Writers is your roadmap to victory.