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Mastering the Thesis Statement

by Steve Sharp

Author Steve Sharp tells his students that the thesis statement is the sun around which EVERYTHING in their paper orbits. Every sentence must fall within its gravitational pull and obey rational orbital laws....


Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene & Structure

by Jack Bickham

Craft your fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability.

An imprisoned man receives an unexpected caller, after which "everything changed..."

And the reader is hooked. But whether or not readers will...


Grammatically Correct

by Anne Stilman

How does good writing stand out? If its purpose is to convey facts, findings, or instructions, it need be read only once for its content to be clear. If its purpose is to entertain or to provoke thought, it...


How to Write Funny

by John Kachuba

Writing humor is subjective and challenging - thankfully, there are many ways to create it. How to Write Funny provides advice, insights and humor from more than twenty writers with a gift for making readers...


Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

by Mary Norris

“Hilarious. . . . This book charmed my socks off.” —Patricia O’Conner, New York Times Book Review

Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated...


Get a Literary Agent: The Complete Guide to Securing Representation for Your Work

by Chuck Sambuchino

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent!

If you dream of scoring the best possible deal with a traditional publisher and seeing your book in print, you need literary representation. Filled with practical,...


The Truth of Memoir: How to Write about Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity

by Kerry Cohen

Baring the Truth in Your Memoir

When you write a memoir or personal essay, you dare to reveal the truths of your experience: about yourself, and about others in your life. How do you expose long-guarded secrets...


Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writers' Manual

by Rita Mae Brown

From the best-selling author of  Rubyfruit Jungle and  Bingo, here is a writers' manual as provocative,  frank, and funny as her fiction. Unlike most  writers' guides, this one had as much to do with...


Effective Magazine Writing: Let Your Words Reach the World

by Roger Palms

Let your words reach the World

If you are a writer who wants to have an impact with your words in the Christian magazine market, this book is for you. The former editor of Decision magazine, Palms helps you take...


The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing

by Norman Mailer

“Writing is spooky,” according to Norman Mailer. “There is no routine of an office to keep you going, only the blank page each morning, and you never know where your words are coming from, those divine...


Opening the Doors to Hollywood: How to Sell Your Idea, Story, Screenplay, Manuscript

by Howard J. Smith & Carlos De Abreu

Finally! A step-by-step guide to the keys that unlock the doors to Hollywood.

Opening the Doors to Hollywood has all the information you'll ever need in order to tap into the $500 million spent yearly in Hollywood...


Secrets of the World's Bestselling Writer: The Storytelling Techniques of Erle Stanley Gardner

by Francis L. Fugate

All the hard-earned storytelling skills of Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Petty Mason and still the world's biggest-selling writer, are revealed in this informative, entertaining, and instructive book. The...


Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons For Black Authors

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Bird by Bird for the African-American market--A top-notch writer's guide filled with practical guidance, essays, and journal exercises for the African-American writer including advice from E.Lynn Harris, Charles...


The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club

by Maeve Binchy

“The most important thing to realize is that everyone is capable of telling a story.” –Maeve Binchy

 

If you scribble story ideas on the backs of receipts…

If you file away bits of overheard conversation...


Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story.

by Steven Harper

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my!

Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling...


The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers

by Donald Maass

The all-inclusive guide for novel writers

If you're serious about making your fiction vibrant, engaging, and marketable, you've found the right book. The Breakout Novelist gives you the craft and business know-how...


Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published

by Regina L. Brooks

Break into the Bestselling Young Adult Market with this IndispensableGuide!

Whether you're just getting started or are on the hunt foran agent or publisher, Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your completeinsider...


Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

by Philip Athans

Monsters are more than things that go bump in the night...

Monsters are lurking in the woods, beneath the waves, and within our favorite books, films, and games--and there are good reasons why they appear so...


Web Design for Authors

by David Meade

I wrote this book because after looking far and wide for a similar one which specialized in Web Design for Authors—I couldn't find any! I'm an author and have written seven books, both fiction and non-fiction....


The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

by Steven Pinker

“Charming and erudite . . . The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem.” —Time.com

 

Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English...