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Crafting Dynamic Dialogue: The Complete Guide to Speaking, Conversing, Arguing, and Thinking in Fiction

by Writer's Digest Editors & Cheryl St. John

Write authentic dialogue that invigorates your story!

Exceptional dialogue isn't just important when writing fiction--it's essential. In order to impress an agent or editor and keep readers turning pages, you...


Reading and Writing Cancer: How Words Heal

by Susan Gubar

An important addition to the literature of cancer by an award-winning scholar and memoirist.

Elaborating upon her “Living with Cancer” column in the New York Times, Susan Gubar helps patients, caregivers,...


Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

by James Scott Bell

Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in...


Writing Short Stories: A Routledge Writer's Guide

by Ailsa Cox

This new edition of Writing Short Stories has been updated throughout to include new and revised exercises, up-to-date coverage of emerging technologies and a new glossary of key terms and techniques. Ailsa...


Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

by Jane Cleland

Enthrall Your Readers!

Suspense is one of the most powerful tools a writer has for captivating readers--but it isn't just for thrillers. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension...


Garner's Modern English Usage

Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Guide to Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It

by Mark Shatz & Mel Helitzer

The Must-Have Guide to Humor Writing

Bring on the funny! With Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition, you can discover the secrets of humor writing that will keep your readers rolling in their seats. Learn the basics...


How To Write A Book in less than 7 days: The Publishing Queen Reveals All

by Kylee Ellis

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? Never seem to find the time to put pen to paper? Do you wish there was an easy method to write a book? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then this book...


The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing

by Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark, one of America's most influential writing teachers, draws writing lessons from 25 great texts.

Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading,...


Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature

by Meredith Maran

All the secrets a reader or writer of memoirs needs to know—and all the secrets an aspiring writer or lover of literature wants to know—in one readable volume, a follow-up to the acclaimed writers’ handbook ...


A Writer's Guide to Active Setting: How to Enhance Your Fiction with More Descriptive, Dynamic Settings

by Mary Buckham & Dianna Love

Enhance Your Fiction with the Power of an Active Setting!

Setting is one of the most underutilized and misunderstood elements of the writing craft. And when writers do focus on setting, they often pull readers...


Social Media for Writers: Marketing Strategies for Building Your Audience and Selling Books

by Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine

Maximize the Potential of Your Online Brand!

Over the past decade, social media has transformed from a fad into a necessity for writers. But for the inexperienced author, trying to make sense of--much less master--the...


Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey

by Joseph Bates

Equip yourself for the novel-writing journey!

Starting a novel is exciting, but finishing it--that's the real challenge. The journey from beginning to end is rife with forks in the road and dead ends that lead...


The Author's Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Book

by Mary Embree

All writers yearn for success and recognition. And now we are entering a golden era in which self-publishers are in the driver’s seat. In The Author’s Toolkit, aspiring authors, students, and even established...


Art of the Novel

by Nicholas Royle

How do you write a novel? Practising novelists and teachers of creative writing reveal their working methods and offer practical advice. Subjects covered range from magic realism to characterisation, surrealism...


Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer

by Susan Reynolds

Ignite Your Writing Brain!

Whether you're an experienced writer or just starting out, an endless number of pitfalls can trip up your efforts, from procrastination and writer's block to thin characters and uninspired...


Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme

by Martha Alderson & Jordan Rosenfeld

Take a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your Writing

Whether you're planning your first novel or have already written a first draft, you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly realize...


Propose Your Book: How to Craft Persuasive Proposals for Nonfiction, Fiction, and Children's Books

by Patricia Fry

Authors are the CEOs of their books, and their book proposals are their business plans. Most agents and publishers require a proposal before ever setting eyes on a manuscript, and it is a crucial element in...


Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals

by Dinty W. Moore

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy,

I have a hot crush on the em dash. What does my need to stuff—while simultaneously fracturing—my sentences—with the meandering, the explanatory, the discursive, the perhaps...


15 Blunders: Common Errors Writers Often Make (Wisdom in Writing Series)

by Ellen King & Andy Sanders

So you want to be a writer-you've written a book, or you're just starting to get your ideas down. But in the back of your mind, you know the time is coming-that dreaded moment when an editor first reads your...