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Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,320. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.
Outlining Your Novel Box Set: How to Write Your Best Book
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 56,800. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
2 Bestselling Guides Packed With Tips to Help You Brainstorm and Plan Your Best Story From Award-Winning and Internationally Published Writing Mentor K.M. Weiland These bestselling guides will help you choose the right type of outline to unleash your creativity, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, and aid you in discovering your characters.
Structuring Your Novel Box Set
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 78,380. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing
2 Bestselling Guides Packed With Tips to Help You Brainstorm and Plan Your Best Story Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories? These bestselling guides will teach you the secret to creating consistently good stories, show you how to spot and fix story problems before you start writing the first draft, and help you take your writing to the next level.
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,080. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this new guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story’s major events, but will also provide you with an unerri
Activate: A Thesaurus of Actions & Tactics for Dynamic Genre Fiction
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 270,150. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2019 by Evil Mastermind, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Thesauri
Activate is an author's thesaurus of active, transitive verbs for use in verbalizing stories in any genre. This guide offers 5,300 unique character actions, sorted alphabetically, as well as by genre and direction, to help writers energize their process and projects at every stage.
Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer’s (& Editor’s) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths [Third Edition]
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,220. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015 by Spyderwort Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » History » History of things
NEW expanded 3rd edition. A detailed guide to the factual mistakes that writers of historical fiction often make—and how to avoid them. From medieval knights smoking cigars to characters crossing streets that wouldn’t exist for another 2000 years, historical novelist Alleyn exposes and explains the often hilarious, always painful goofs that turn up most frequently in fiction set in the past.
World-Building
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 66,480. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The blueprint for SF writers to create amazing, realistic fictional worlds.
The Writer's Lexicon Volume II: More Descriptions, Overused Words, and Taboos
Series: The Writer's Lexicon. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 55,480. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Words lists, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Writing should grab—and hold—a reader's attention. Mistakes hinder believable characters and memorable stories, but the right advice makes those mistakes easy to fix. This book provides the resources that enable writers to create words that leap from the page into readers' imagination. It's the reference every writer and poet should own.
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,480. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2014 by Ingermanson Communications, Inc.. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
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Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method—a battle-tested series of ten steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down on paper.
Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 69,640. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Reference
Your mind moves at lightning speed. Your writing should, too. FAST is a simple, step-by-step system for writing at the speed of thought. This beloved bestseller outlines the four phases of the writing process: FOCUS your ideas into a writing plan, APPLY the plan by blasting out a draft, STRENGTHEN your work to make it exactly what you want to say, and TWEAK the words to ensure a fast read.
Verbalize: Bring Stories to Life & Life to Stories
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 74,790. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2018 by Evil Mastermind, LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals
Verbalize presents new characterization and story-planning methods that jumpstart drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching. Blast past overused tics and types with storycraft that busts your ruts and awes your audience. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, Verbalize offers a fresh set of user-friendly tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable genre fiction
Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,650. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
It’s time for a poetry book that does more than lecture from the front of the classroom. Writing the Life Poetic takes poetry off of its academic pedestal and makes it accessible to (and enjoyable for) everyone. With friendly lessons, engaging prompts, and inspiring example poems, Writing the Life Poetic invites readers to discover and express the poetry of their everyday lives.
Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,520. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
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A revised, expanded version of award-winning author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff's story structure workbook Screenwriting Tricks For Authors, with twice the material and using examples from all genres – but with a special focus on the structure and key elements of love stories. Includes full breakdowns of ten romantic comedies, romantic adventure, period romance and romantic suspense films.
The Secrets of Writing
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 67,450. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Everything you need to know to write great stories, from structure, plotting, dialog, characterization and many other techniques an author has to master. This book explains everything from writing comics to prose to screenplays by a writer who has done them all. Everything about the craft and more.
Narrative Is Everything: The ABT Framework and Narrative Evolution
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 75,850. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
“Narrative Is Everything” is the culmination of scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson's 40 year journey into Hollywood AND it may seem like just another “joy of storytelling” diatribe, BUT the book plays on two levels, THEREFORE you can take your pick — use it to improve your communication, or allow it to give you a new perspective on cultural evolution.
Writers' Handbook 2019
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 198,010. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2018 by JP&A Dyson. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
The 2019 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers is the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,300 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2018 edition, and over 400 brand new entries.
Writers' Handbook 2020
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 192,830. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2019 by JP&A Dyson. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
The 2020 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers is the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,300 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2019 edition, and over 400 brand new entries.
Violence: A Writer's Guide Second Edition
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,360. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Social Science » Violence in Society
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The first edition of "Violence: A Writer's Guide" received praise from best-selling authors like Barry Eisler, Brent Weeks and Steve Perry. The second edition includes nearly 50% more information. Things like being injured and the psychology of weapon choice. Important details from a working professional in the world of violence.
1,000 Character Writing Prompts: Villains, Heroes and Hams for Scripts, Stories and More
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 156,780. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Reference
From the author of 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, this 300 page, 150,000+ word reference tool can serve writers who need characters and need them now! Each of the 1,000 character ideas ends with a question or command to push you past writer's block and into a creative flow state. If character development is your problem, this detailed reference tool is the solution.
MFA in a Box
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,630. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013 by Dream of Things. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Part craft talk, part philosophical tome, part memoir, "MFA in a Box" explores the relationships between the writer and love, grief, place, family, race, violence, and other topics. Winner of Hoffer, Nautilus and Midwest Book Awards. "Beyond Burroway." Jo-Ann Mapson, co-creator of University of Alaska MFA Program "The essential truths about excellent writing." The Judges of the Hoffer Awards

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