Writing Fiction For Dummies

Writing Fiction For Dummies

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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel So you want to write a novel? Great! That's a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don't settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you'll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies : Strategic Planning : Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. Writing Powerful Fiction : Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. Self-Editing Your Novel : Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue.
Finding An Agent and Getting Published : Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen-if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 188 x 234 x 22mm | 716g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 0470530707
  • 9780470530702
  • 83,772

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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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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Ready to Write Fiction 7 Chapter 1: Fiction Writing Basics 9 Chapter 2: What Makes a Great Story? 21 Chapter 3: Finding Your Audience and Category 37 Chapter 4: Four Ways to Write a Great Novel 59 Chapter 5: Managing Your Time ... and Yourself 71 Part II: Creating Compelling Fiction 85 Chapter 6: Building Your Story World: The Setting for Your Story 87 Chapter 7: Creating Compelling Characters 107 Chapter 8: Storyline and Three-Act Structure: The Top Layers of Your Plot 135 Chapter 9: Synopsis, Scene List, and Scene: Your Middle Layers of Plot 157 Chapter 10: Action, Dialogue, and More: The Lowest Layer of Your Plot 177 Chapter 11: Thinking Through Your Theme 203 Part III: Editing and Polishing Your Story and Characters 215 Chapter 12: Analyzing Your Characters 217 Chapter 13: Scrutinizing Your Story Structure 239 Chapter 14: Editing Your Scenes for Structure 259 Chapter 15: Editing Your Scenes for Content 273 Part IV: Getting Published 291 Chapter 16: Getting Ready to Sell Your Book: Polishing and Submitting 293 Chapter 17: Approaching Agents and Editors 315 Part V: The Part of Tens 327 Chapter 18: Ten Steps to Analyzing Your Story 329 Chapter 19: Ten Reasons Novels Are Rejected 337 Index 345
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'...an easy-to-follow guide providing step-by-step instructions...' (Writers Forum, December 2009).
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About R Ingermanson

Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels. He is known around the world as "the Snowflake Guy," thanks to his Web site article on the Snowflake method, which has been viewed more than a million times. Before venturing into fiction, Randy earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. Randy has taught fiction at numerous writing conferences and sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers. He also publishes the world's largest e-zine on how to write fiction, The Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine. Randy's first two novels won Christy awards, and his second novel Oxygen , coauthored with John B. Olson, earned a spot on the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list. Visit Randy's personal Web site at www.ingermanson.com and his Web site for fiction writers at www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com. Peter Economy of La Jolla, California, is a bestselling author with 11 For Dummies titles under his belt, including two second editions and one third edition. Peter is coauthor of Writing Children's Books For Dummies , Home-Based Business For Dummies , Consulting For Dummies , Why Aren't You Your Own Boss? , The Management Bible , and many more books. Peter also serves as Associate Editor of Leader to Leader , the Apex Award-winning journal of the Leader to Leader Institute. Check out Peter's Web site at www.petereconomy.com.
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Our customer reviews

im not sure what exactly i was expecting from this book, iv read "for dummies" books in the past and have found them to cover a good amount of information and to fill my curiosity to an acceptable level, after reading this from cover to cover i must say, if i hear the phrase "a strong emotional experience" one more time im going to strangle someone. this is pretty much the ONLY piece of advice the entire book gives, everything else is over simplifies to the point of redundancy and feels as if it was written by someone who knew they had to write a big book but couldn't think how to fill it all. badly organized structure, boring to read, most information is based upon it originally being an American release so is useless to anyone in England. should also point out that both authors over sell themselves, to my knowledge randy has only ever co-authored "for Dummies" books and peter has only had one book (and i had to Google him for that.)show more
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