The Fiction Writer's Toolkit: A Guide to Writing Novels and Getting Published

The Fiction Writer's Toolkit: A Guide to Writing Novels and Getting Published

Bob Mayer

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 0759214360

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the first, original idea you have for your novel, through writing your manuscript, to the book on the shelf in the bookstore and making a career out of writing novels, the Fiction Writer's Toolkit takes the reader on the entire creative journey in a very practical manner. This book was written over the course of ten years as the author went from newly published to multiple best-selling novelist under several pen names. Topics covered range from idea into story, point of view, where to start the novel

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emotionally, you might have a hard time understanding others. Therapy can be a very useful tool for a writer to dig into their own mind to figure out where they are coming from. After listening to many authors speak of their creative processes I realize they are talking on two levels. There's what they are saying and there is what they are meaning. The saying part often varies, but they almost always mean the same thing. For example, there is the issue of outlining. I know writers who swear by

good a writer is: how many people read his/her book. That's called “commercial” writing and sneered at in certain quarters, but if 46 The Fiction Writer's Toolkit: A Guide to Writing Novels and Getting Published by Bob Mayer no one wants to read what a person writes then maybe he or she just isn't writing that well. Think about it. I sat on a panel at a conference and they asked each of us what we liked and disliked about writing for a living. The answers were interesting. I think an author

“Write what you know.” I would add four things to that: 1. I might rephrase it to say: “Write what you know and feel something about.” 2. You will most likely write something in the same area you like to read in. 3. Understand that some of what you know and feel something about, other people might not be particularly interested in, especially if they know the same thing. Unless, of course, it is written in a superlative manner. 4. You can also write about what you want to know. Elizabeth George

If you can't do it, you've got a problem. I was watching Biography on TV last night and they were covering Clint Eastwood. He would talk about one movie or another and say, “The thing I liked about this screenplay was...” And he would sum it up in a sentence or two. He didn't go on and on saying, “boy I really liked the great scene on page 28, and the twist on page 43, and...” I find many writers get too caught up in the minutiae of their story and lose sight of the big picture. What do you like

is interested in the story. Reading is the means by which they learn the story, but it is only a medium. The medium must not get in the way of the story. When the reader is pulled out of the story into the writing because you didn't use the proper technique, or didn't use it correctly, you stray away from the story. 109 The Fiction Writer's Toolkit: A Guide to Writing Novels and Getting Published by Bob Mayer A good maxim to keep in mind is: “Don't let them know you're writing.” Sometimes I

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