Great Stories Don t Write Themselves

Great Stories Don t Write Themselves

But what Brooks offers here is a chance for readers to make the most of whichever process they choose, and in doing so cut years off their learning curve.

Author: Larry Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593188286

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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One of the most common questions new writers ask professionals is how they wrote their book—what was their process for storytelling? Did they use an outline to plan the book, or write it from the seat of their pants? But really the question should be about the general principles and nature of storycraft—does every part of a story have what it needs to keep readers turning the pages? Bestselling author and creator of Larry Brooks changes the sound of the writing conversation by introducing a series of detailed criteria for novelists of every level and genre to refer to while writing, regardless of their preferred writing method. Beginning with the broadest part of the story, the early checklists help writers to ensure that their novel is based on a premise rather than an idea, and gradually hones in on other elements to keep the story moving forward including: · dramatic tension · narrative strategy · scene construction Readers won't know or care about the process. But what Brooks offers here is a chance for readers to make the most of whichever process they choose, and in doing so cut years off their learning curve.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Anatomy of a Premise Line

Anatomy of a Premise Line

Most writers will simply start writing and cross their fingers and toes, and hope against hope “the story” will show them the way. This never happens; stories don't write themselves, and characters don't write themselves.

Author: Jeff Lyons

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317558958

Category: Art

Page: 186

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If a story is going to fail, it will do so first at the premise level. Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success is the only book of its kind to identify a seven-step development process that can be repeated and applied to any story idea. This process will save you time, money, and potentially months of wasted writing. So whether you are trying to write a feature screenplay, develop a television pilot, or just trying to figure out your next story move as a writer, this book gives you the tools you need to know which ideas are worth pursuing. In addition to the 7-step premise development tool, Anatomy of a Premise Line also presents a premise and idea testing methodology that can be used to test any developed premise line. Customized exercises and worksheets are included to facilitate knowledge transfer, so that by the end of the book, you will have a fully developed premise line, log line, tagline, and a completed premise-testing checklist. Here is some of what you will learn inside: Ways to determine whether or not your story is a good fit for print or screen Case studies and hands-on worksheets to help you learn by participating in the process Tips on how to effectively work through writer’s block A companion website ( with additional worksheets, videos, and interactive tools to help you learn the basics of perfecting a killer premise line
Categories: Art

How to Write and Sell Short Stories

How to Write and Sell Short Stories

If the stories you write aren't suitable for one market, ... Don't forget that all great authors have rejections. ... Don't assume judges will necessarily go for the type of stories they like to write themselves, but do pay heed to any ...

Author: Della Galton

Publisher: Accent Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781907726033

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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A must-have book for any new writer and a welcome addition to the library of established writers who are hoping to ‘up their game’. Have you ever wondered why your short stories are rejected? What is the secret of selling your work? How do you make sure your characters are memorable, your plots realistic and your twists both satisfying and unpredictable? Della Galton answers these and many more questions using a format that will already be familiar to writers: What? Why? When? How? Where? and Who? The Author Della Galton has been selling short stories for twenty years. She sells between 90 and 100 short stories a year to markets in the UK and abroad. She also teaches creative writing and is a popular speaker at writers’ conferences across the UK. Dozens of her students have achieved success in the very competitive field of magazine fiction. Della is also the author of two published novels, Passing Shadows and Helter Skelter.
Categories: Literary Collections

Big Lies in a Small Town

Big Lies in a Small Town

Even after writing twenty-seven books, I have to give myself the same “tip” every time: just do it. Books don't write themselves. ... Although I started out knowing nothing about the subject, I ended up learning a great deal.

Author: Diane Chamberlain

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250087355

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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From New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes a novel of chilling intrigue, a decades-old disappearance, and one woman’s quest to find the truth... “A novel about arts and secrets...grippingly told...pulls readers toward a shocking conclusion.”—People magazine, Best New Books North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will get her released from prison immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to be free, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and in great need of work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder. What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies? “Chamberlain, a master storyteller, keeps readers hooked, with a story line that leavens history and social commentary with romance and mystery.”—Lexington Dispatch
Categories: Fiction

Reading In Bed

Reading In Bed

Do not misuse this great secret, son. Everyone has sweet sad brave wonderful stories; give them a chance to tell their stories. So many people do not get the ... The best writers do not write about themselves but about everyone else.

Author: Brian Doyle

Publisher: ACTA Publications

ISBN: 9780879466541

Category: Fiction

Page: 181

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If you love to read, or write, or both, you’ll appreciate Brain Doyle—passionate observer of and commentator on all things written. In this ultimate collection of his thoughts on writers and writing and readers and reading, he covered everything from what the books people keep stashed in the cars or sitting on their bookshelves tell you about them, to the pleasures of reading box scores or what’s hung on refrigerator doors, to the scent that books and newspapers give off as they age, to literary genres of books about nature or travel or Portland or almost any subject you can name, to (in his humble opinion) the great and not-so-great-but-still-essential writers, to why the essay is the coolest wildest literary form of all. But don’t believe us, listen to him: “Think how many times in your own work you were typing along happily, cursing and humming, and suddenly you wrote something you didn’t know you felt so powerfully, and maybe you cried right there by the old typewriter, and marveled, not always happily, at what dark thread your typing had pulled from the mysterious fabric of your heart. Maybe that happens the most with essays. This could be.”
Categories: Fiction

The Forest for the Trees

The Forest for the Trees

“Very young writers who don't know themselves obviously often don't know what they have to say,” said Bernard Malamud. ... Or as she began her brilliant story “How to Become a Writer,” which by now should be required reading for anyone ...

Author: Betsy Lerner

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509834792

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 292

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No one is better qualifed to help with the writing process than a passionate editor with years of experience. Betsy Lerner, one of the most admired of American book editors, is such a one - and in this book she shares her editorial wisdom and provides a unique insider's understanding of the publishing process. From her long experience working with successful writers and discovering new voices, Betsy Lerner looks at different writer personality types; addresses the concerns of writers just getting started as well as those stalled mid-career; and describes the publishing process from the thrill of acquisition to the agony of the remainder table. Written with insight, humour and great common sense, this is the ultimate survival kit for writers everywhere.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Convergent Journalism An Introduction

Convergent Journalism  An Introduction

An hourglass format requires the writer to sum up the core of the story in about five or six paragraphs in an ... Don't write for the sake of writing or because you think you matter. ... Great stories are said to “tell themselves.

Author: Vincent F. Filak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000735390

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Convergent Journalism: An Introduction is the pioneering textbook on practicing journalism in the 21st century, now in its third edition, offering chapters by industry experts covering key components for today’s convergenced media landscape. Each chapter of this book is written by an expert in the field, offering practical and key skills for the different aspects that make up the practice of journalism today. This new edition, written from the ground up, shifts the discussion toward a model of responsible and audience-centric journalism and demonstrates the ways journalists can use new media tools as both senders and receivers. The bedrock tenets of journalism remain at the core of this book, including information dissemination, storytelling, and audience engagement. This book offers readers: • A number of pedagogical features to improve learning and retention, including examples, exercises, breakout boxes and more • Coverage of additional topics such as issues of law and ethics in digital media, and also writing for mobile platforms and social media • Individual chapters written by subject experts, giving readers the necessary know-how for converged media by proven leaders in the field Students looking for the practical skills and ethical background necessary for producing journalism in the contemporary media landscape will find this book an invaluable resource. It is perfect for students in courses such as Convergent Journalism, Digital Media, Online Journalism, and Multimedia Journalism.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Magical Violin Wizard and his Good Deeds

The Magical Violin   Wizard and his Good Deeds

She told Elisa that their writing of creative stories happened as they listened to violin music which put their minds in ... therefore, all they needed to do was play some violin music, and write themselves out of their current dilemma.

Author: Peter Cacciolfi


ISBN: 9781387183319

Category: Fiction

Page: 168

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Sometimes magical things happen where there seems to be no logical explanation. Elisa and Pamsy are caught up in the mystery when the violin plays magically as they write stories. Only when the Wizard comes to their aid, do they figure out the violin's magic. The Grand Wizard is back with his wonderful stories. Each story is exciting and shows his good deeds, and how he continues to help those in need of him. Peter and Pattimari are husband and wife authors who live in California where they create their stories in different genres. They have written over 40 books - can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.
Categories: Fiction

The Deseret Weekly

The Deseret Weekly

I refer to Richard Mal . could give him stories ' like those he ston , " said I. " I have laughed a great " Your stories ... He lives very comfortably , how- cerning himself and his work , and he did not begin writing at a younger age ?



ISBN: WISC:89077115822

Category: Salt Lake City (Utah)


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Categories: Salt Lake City (Utah)