How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play

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Writer's Digest Books #ad - Whether you have dreams of writing a novel or a memoir or a collection of poems, or you simply want to improve your everyday writing, this innovative book will show you how to build your skills by way of practice. Through playful and purposeful exercises, strengthening your ability to come up with things to say, you'll develop your natural aptitude for communication, and your ability to get those things into the minds and the hearts of readers.

As a writer you need to do the same. Musicians practice. You'll learn to:   • train and develop your writer's powers—creativity, memory, curiosity, and the subconscious   • understand the true nature of the relationship between you and your readers   • Find your writer's voice   • Get required writing projects done so you have more time for the writing you want to do   • And much more Empowering and down-to-earth, observation, imagination, How to Be a Writer gives you the tools you need, and tells you what and how to practice so that you can become the writer you want to be.

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Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers

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Writer's Digest Books #ad - In this book, you'll learn the different qualities of words and the many ways those words can be combined to create sentences that hook readers. Barbara baig has distilled decades of experience into this wise book. Edward dolnick, new york times best-selling author of The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece .

Never prescriptive and always clear, this enlightening book is sure to help all those wishing to add grace and strength to their writing. Jane brox, award-winning author of brilliant: the evolution of Artificial Light, one of TIME magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2010"Spellbinding Sentences is sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time.

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Barbara baig's spellbinding Sentences is a tribute to the pleasure and vitality of the English language. Elevate your writing from so-so To Spectacular!Great writing requires more than an original idea, compelling characters, or a scintillating plot. You'll emulate sentences from your favorite writers, practice proven techniques, and develop your skills one step at a time.

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Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read Great Courses Book 1

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Plume #ad - Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language—and will forever change the way you read and write. Building great sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language. Whether it’s two words “Jesus wept.

Or william faulkner’s 1, most importantly, 287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, and, motivate, sentences have the power to captivate, educate, entertain, delight. Great writing begins with the sentence. Award-winning professor brooks landon draws on examples from masters of long, providing the tools to write powerful, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnson—to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, elegant sentences—including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, more effective sentences.

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Helpful Adjectives for Fiction Writers Indie Author Resources Book 3

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#ad - A list of 1, " and "brightness, 000 adjectivesindie author resources book 3are boring adjectives leaving your writing dull, this book is for you!Broken down into easy-to-navigate categories like "texture, " "height, and yawn-inducing? If so, bland, " these adjectives will help you pack your writing with descriptions that will leave your readers asking for more!.

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Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Toughest Plot Problems

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Compendium Press #ad - Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Toughest Plot Problems #ad - Help! my plot drags, and has no heart!"this looks like a job for Plotman!Yes, sags, solving your plot problems is why the superhero of story came to Earth. Because plotman, along with his faithful sidekick Subplot Boy, story, has sworn to uphold plot, and the bestselling way. His mission? to give practical, easy-to-apply answers to the most vexing plot questions writers face, such as:• how do i plan a plot if i'm not a plot planner?• does my plot need a prologue?• what if i hit a plot wall?• What if my plot is getting away from me?• Why ins't my plot more gripping at the start?• Why is my overall plot dull?• What should I do if my plot is implausible?• Do I really need to think about plot structure?• How do I deepen the emotional impact of my plot?• What's the best way to plug a plot hole?• How do I keep my plot from ending with a thud?And more! With bonus material on how to find and utilize beta readers; and several plot generating methods you can put to use at any time.

Whether used as a reference guide or refresher course, this book will strengthen your storytelling muscles and help you elevate every novel you write.

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Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

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Little, Brown Spark #ad - This new edition includes five brand new, never-before-shared tools. Accessible, and above all, from high school student to novelist, entertaining, inspiring, useful for every type of writer, Writing Tools is essential reading. In the past decade, writing tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available.

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. A special 10th anniversary edition of Roy Peter Clark's bestselling guide to writing, featuring five bonus tools.

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Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write With Clarity, Emphasis, and Style

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Writer's Digest Books #ad - Whether you're crafting a novel, or creating a technical report, composing an e-mail, Mastering the Craft of Writing presents 52 practical techniques to improve your prose. Make every word memorable!To be remembered for your words, you need to write with skill and style. Spend a week with each technique, or use this book as a go-to reference.

Either way, you'll have the tools to enliven your writing and delight your readers. Write with economy: eliminate wordiness, use strong verbs to drive your sentences, and don't trust modifiers. Write with emphasis: use punctuation for effect, structure sentences and paragraphs for coherency and flow, and employ repetition to make your point.

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Once you master these techniques, you'll want to use them in everything you write.

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It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences

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Ten Speed Press #ad - In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck. Your readers will thank you. From the Trade Paperback edition. With chapters on “conjunctions that kill” and “words Gone Wild, from aspiring novelists to nonfiction writers, ” this lighthearted guide is perfect for anyone who’s dead serious about writing, conscientious students to cheeky literati.

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Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere

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Ten Speed Press #ad - 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. Story coach lisa cron has spent her career discovering why 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, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, richness, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, step-by-step, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft. It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, no internal logic, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, and so is a page one rewrite.

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere #ad - 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.

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VOICE: The Secret Power of Great Writing

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Compendium Press #ad - Voice has therefore been the most elusive aspect of the entire writing craft to teach. Until now. In this book, #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals the true source of voice, and what any writer in any genre can do to capture it for their own work. The secret of voice will help you get there.

. Go for the unforgettable. What is the single greatest secret to a breakout writing career?It's VOICE. Everyone talks about it, yet no one seems able to define it. In voice: the secret power of great writing you'll learn:• an actual working definition of voice that is simple yet powerful• Bell's original method for turning that definition into book-length voice power• How to vary voice from genre to genre, book to book• How to enhance voice with emotion, flow, and attitude• How to create vivid word pictures • Exercises to expand your voice and style• Example after example of voice in actionDon't settle for good writing.

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The Craft of Scene Writing: Beat by Beat to a Better Script

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Quill Driver Books #ad - A professional screenwriter’s master class in writing the most critical and challenging script element―the individual scene.

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