The Worlds of R. A. Hortz
Fiction Writing Demystified
Fiction Writing Demystified
Techniques That Will Make You a More Successful Writer
By Thomas B. Sawyer
AshleyWilde Inc., 2003
Reviewed by Auggie Moore - Posted January 8, 2012
Writing books may come and go, however once you get your hands on this one, they'll have to pry it out of your hands to get it away from you. Fiction Writing Demystified: Techniques That Will Make You a More Successful Writer is not your run of the mill how-to-write book. Rather it is a gold mine of information on how to craft enthralling stories that are highly marketable. It is written by Thomas B. Sawyer, a prolific writer who has worked on fifteen television series, including Murder, She Wrote. Sawyer also teaches creative writing and screenwriting, and he has written a well-received thriller entitled: The Sixteenth Man.
In Fiction Writing Demystified, Sawyer walks you through the entire process of creating a marketable story, from developing a writer's mind set and finding your story ideas to developing memorable characters and crafting riveting dialogues. Throughout this book, Sawyer has provided a wealth of insights and examples from the world of television and the movies. While these examples may be off-putting to those seeking a fiction career in the media, you will discover that the sage advice that Sawyer offers is equally applicable to both print and visual mediums. In fact, it may be even more pertinent for print writers who do not have the benefit of using graphic stunts, half-clad vixens, and artistic filming to hold the reader's attention. Whether or not the work of printed fiction holds the reader's attention depends entirely upon the writer's words. Anything that will help you to create more compelling characters, to tighten up your plot lines, to introduce more conflict into your stories, and to write compelling dialogue is invaluable, and this book will help improve your technical expertise and writing skills in all of these areas, and more!
Eminently readable, succinct, and full of practical advice, Fiction Writing Demystified is a must have reference guide for anyone just beginning their writing career. More important, the advice in this book can be applied to all aspects of writing, from letter writing and creative essays to article writing and all forms of nonfiction. No matter how accomplished you are as a writer, you are likely to mine some valuable tidbits of information from this book that will help you become a more successful and productive writer.
Sawyer is also the co-author of Storybase Software for Writers. This is a program that generates a plethora of plots at the push of a button. A beta version of this program is now available online at: storybase.net
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