The Worlds of R. A. Hortz
Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc, by Dara Marks.
In Inside Story you'll learn how to discover the beating heart of your story, and in the process, discover the secret to writing a better, more powerful, and multidimensional screenplay, novel, or other work of fiction.
Judy Blume's MasterClass, reviewed by Richard S. Rodgers.
The controversial and much beloved author of children and young adult fiction, Judy Blume, offers her take on writing in a captivating, online, MasterClass on writing. This course provides an overview of not only her writing process but also offers sage advice to those embarking upon their own journey to authorhood.
James Patterson's MasterClass, reviewed by Richard S. Rodgers.
This is a review of the writing course that James Patterson's teaches on MasterClass. Quick take - I found it very interesting, but also overpriced for the limited amount of information that was presented.
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, by John Truby.
A detailed masterclass, in book format, on how to become a master storyteller. In this book Truby delineates his unique, 22-step plan, on how to craft compelling stories. These techniques are applicable across a range of formats, including screenwriting and novel writing.
Stein on Writing, by Sol Stein.
A classic reference book on writing and editing both fiction and nonfiction works, and one which will help you to fix some common, and not so common, writing problems.
The Making of a Story versus Method and Madness, both by Alice LaPlante.
The Making of a Story versus Method and Madness is an article/review that looks at the similarities between the above-mentioned writing books, which were written by Alice LaPlante.
Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can't Seem to Get Done, by Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton.
Are you having trouble finishing a writing project? Do you find it difficult to set aside time to write? Are you serious about getting on with our writing? If so, Finishing School is a book that will help you overcome the blocks that are keeping you from writing, and which will also help you develop the skills needed to set aside time to write, and most important, to stick to the schedule you choose.
Story Fix: Transform Your Novel From Broken to Brilliant, by Larry Brooks.
You've finished your draft, but your story still is not quite right. Never fear! Story Fix will guide you through the revision process as you discover what is wrong with your story, and learn how to fix it.
The Breakout Novelist, by Donald Maass.
This book is a compilation of four of Maass' earlier works on writing, three dealing with fiction techniques and one on career strategies. The four books in question are Writing the Breakout Novel (2002), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in the Fiction (2009), and The Career Novelist (1996).
DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community, by Gabriela Pereira.
Join the do-it-yourself craze and design and participate in your own MFA writing program under the guidance of Gabriela Pereira a writer, teacher, and MFA program graduate.
Adventures in Writing for Children, by Aaron Shepard.
A collection of articles that offer new writers a treasure trove of advice on writing for children, from how to plot a story to information on the business side of publishing.
The Language of Publishing: An A-to-Z Glossary of Book Publishing Terms, by Linda Carlson.
With more than 100 entries, this book presents an alphabetic list of common terms, words, and abbreviations associated with the publishing industry. Each entry is accompanied by a detailed definition, and it is an essential tool for writers interested in entering the world of self-publishing.
A~Z Writers' Character Quirks: A~ Z of Behaviours, Foibles, Habits, Mannerisms & Quirks for Writers' to Create Fictional Characters, by Paula Wynne.
Tips on how to create three-dimensional characters, along with an extensive list of various attributes that you can use to craft unique and memorable characters.
101 Writers' Scene Settings: Unique Location Ideas & Sensory Details for Writers to Create Vivid Scene Settings, by Paula Wynne.
Advice on creating detailed and vivid settings with which to bring your scenes, and your characters, to life.
Learning to Write Short Stories - Start by Reading Short Stories, by Rochelle Caviness.
It is essential to read short stories if you want to master the art of writing short stories.
The Scoop on Good Grammar, by Margie Blumberg.
This is a lively grammar guide this is filled with examples taken from common cultural sources and enhanced with insightful quizzes that help you test your knowledge.
The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, by Shawn Coyne.
Learn how to break down and analyze your novel in order to determine what works, what doesn't, and how to fix it!
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield.
Are you a writer, painter, or other type of creative person, who seems to have difficulty getting down to actually writing, painting, or pursuing the creative endeavor that you were born to do? If so, The Art of War might just be that little push that you need to get you started on the path of actually start working on your craft and, over time, to make the most of your talents...
The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need, by Susan Thurman.
A handy reference guide to the fundamentals of English grammar. It is geared toward helping you improve your writing skills at every level and in every environment from school to personal correspondence.
The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You'll Ever Need, by Susan Thurman.
With more than 150 exercises, this workbook provides practical drills which help to reinforce your understanding, and application, of English grammar.
Conflict, Action & Suspense, by William Noble.
Part of the Elements of Ficiton Writing series, this book helps you to learn the techniques of dramatic storytelling. Along the way you will learn how to add excitement and tension to your writing, while also mastering the techniques of using pacing to rise or lower the emotional impact of your story.
The Editor's Companion, by Steve Dunham.
This is a guide that looks more at the art of editing, rather than at the nuts and bolts of the craft. Along the way, the author has crafted an eminently readable and helpful guide for both editors and writers.
Writing Fiction & Imaginative Writing, by Janet Burroway.
For a novice writer looking for advice on how to begin here writers' education, take a look at Writing Fiction & Imaginative Writing. Both of these books, by Janet Burroway, provide a commendable introduction to the art, and craft, of writing.
2015 Writer's Market, Deluxe Edition, Edited by Robert Lee Brewer
The ultimate market guide for both novice and experienced writers across all genres. The deluxe edition of this guide includes a one year membership to the WritersMarket.com online publisher database.
Get Your Writing Career Organized in 2014 with the Help of The Productive Writer, by Sage Cohen
A book review of The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less, & Create Success, a handy guide that will help you to organize your writing life and to increase productivity as a writer.
Scholastic Journalism, 12th edition, by C. Dow Tate and Sherri A. Taylor.
An all-in-one comprehensive journalism textbook covering all aspects of the craft from traditional news writing to online journalism.
Feature & Magazine Writing: Action, Angle, and Anecdotes, 3e, by David E. Sumner and Holly G. Miller.
A concise guide on feature writing for the magazine and digital markets. Well suited for use by novice writers, as well as for more experience writers seeking to transition into feature writing.
The Science Writers' Handbook, by The Writers of SciLance.
Twenty-six information packed chapters that teach you "Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age."
The Ten Commandments of Comedy, by Gene Perret.
Following these unbreakable rules of comedy writing will ensure that your jokes and delivery will beget hearty laughs.
You've Got a Book in You, by Elizabeth Sims.
Do you have a book in you that is dying to get out? If so, let Elizabeth Sims show you the fun and easy way to write your first book.
Story Craft, by Jack Hart.
The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction. An essential guide for anyone intersted in learning about and mastering the art of narrative nonfiction.
Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, by Deborah Halverson.
The basics of writing young adult fiction, from finding the time and place to write, to developing your narrative style, to getting your novel published.
English Grammar Workbook for Dummies, 2e, by Geraldine Woods.
Featuring hundreds of grammar problems, this workbook will give you the practice that you need to hone your English grammar skills. Answers are provided for all of the exercises.
English Grammar for Dummies, 2e, by Geraldine Woods.
Concise and easy to understand, this book teaches the fundamentals of English grammar from fine-tuning verbs to the grammar rules for new media.
You Can't Make This Stuff Up, by Lee Gutkind.
The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction - from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between.
Don't Sabotage Your Submission, by Chris Roerden.
Insider Information from a Career Manuscript Editor to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A.
Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight V. Swain.
A first class introduction on fiction writing that teaches you the techniques you need to know to craft saleable fiction.
Creating Characters: How to Build Story People, by Dwight V. Swain.
In this book, Swain shows how writers can create interesting and vibrant characters that will help propel your story along and connect with readers.
Pathways to Bliss, by Joseph Campbell.
In this collection of lectures delivered between 1962 and 1983, Campbell examines how myth can aid a person's journey toward fulfillment or bliss, and the psychological side of myth.
Writing for Social Scientists, 2nd ed., by Howard S. Becker.
How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article.
Heart and Craft, by Valerie Parv.
Bestselling Romance Writers Share their Secrets with You.
The Elements of Mystery Fiction, by William G. Tapply.
Writing the Modern Whodunit.
When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A Writer, by Cynthia MacGregor.
Finally, a book for the budding wordsmith...
Getting It Published, 2nd Edition, by William Germano.
A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books.
The Writing Workshop Note Book, by Alan Ziegler.
Notes on Creating and Workshopping.
Writing Fiction for Dummies, by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy.
A handy reference book that will walk you step-by-step from novice writer to published novelist.
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