Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo

Chronicle Books - Have hope and keep at it! designed to kick-start creativity, this handsome handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career. Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road.

From tips about how to finally start that story to helpful ideas about what to do when the words just aren't quite coming out right, Pep Talks for Writers provides motivation, encouragement, and helpful exercises for writers of all stripes.





No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

Chronicle Books - Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure.

Chronicle Books. Chris baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling.





Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook

Chronicle Books - Chronicle Books. Full of helpful lists, inspiring quotes, ready, plot maps, field trips, character Q&As, Set, writing exercises, and plenty of space to write and outline, Novel! provides ample inspiration and guidance to first-time novelists and more seasoned scribes alike. This writer's block-busting workbook guides authors through planning and plotting a novel before writing it from the initial idea generation and brainstorming through character, setting, and story development.

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Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process

Penguin Books - 4, and big magic for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration—and to find some of your own. Here is a guide to creative living and writing in the vein of Daily Rituals, Bird by Bird,  Draft No. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem—something that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love.

Light the dark collects the best of the atlantic's much-acclaimed "By Heart" series edited by Joe Fassler and adds brand new pieces, each one paired with a striking illustration. A stunning masterclass on the creative process, and the art of finding inspiration from stephen King, and more of the most acclaimed writers at work today"For artists in need of a creative fix, Amy Tan, Neil Gaiman, Khaled Hosseini, the craft of writing, Elizabeth Gilbert, Roxane Gay,  Light the Dark is as good as a visit from the divine muse.

Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process - Bookpage what inspires you? that's the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Great product! Boyle, jesse ball, ethan canin, mark haddon, Tom Perrotta, Jim Crace, Viet Thanh Nguyen, William Gibson, and Walter Mosley. As these authors reveal what inspires them, in turn, inspire the reader, they, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art.

Booklist Chronicle Books. Or how a college reading assignment taught Junot Díaz that great art can be a healing conversation, and an unexpected poet led Elizabeth Gilbert to embrace an unyielding optimism, even in the face of darkness. Contributing authors: elizabeth gilbert, jeff tweedy, eileen myles, andre dubus iii, jane smiley, emma donoghue, aimee bender, billy collins, lev grossman, jonathan franzen, marilynne robinson, claire Messud, Nell Zink,  Yiyun Li, Khaled Hosseini,  Roxane Gay, Azar Nafisi, Mary Gaitskill, Angela Flournoy, Neil Gaiman, Jim Shepard, Charles Simic, Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Michael Chabon,   Hanya Yanagihara, Stephen King, Maggie Shipstead,  Edwidge Danticat, Ayana Mathis, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Leslie Jamison, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Kathryn Harrison,   T.





Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

Ten Speed Press - Chronicle Books. Great product! The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success. Novelist jessica brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing.

Revealing the 15 "beats" plot points that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem alongside quirky, original insights Save the Cat; Shard of Glass to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.





Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story

Outpost19 - Great product! Chronicle Books. What can a hundred words do? They can send chills, they can bring you to tears, they can take your breath away. Gems, tickles, bon bons, shards, nuggets, quickies, or even pinpricks. Nothing short of presents the best of 100WordStory. Org, the leader in short-short fiction and a popular go-to for great reading.

In these very short stories, every word, every detail, every moment matters. Each 100 word story is its own kind of special. In charged, sometimes racy encounters -- from wild, messy breakups to a disgruntled clown dinner to quiet revelations over folded laundry -- these 100-word stories take us to lightning moments when everything is at stake.

Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story - And the things left out, the spaces around the stories, are just as intense.





Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories

Press 53 - The lover who slams the door and runs away. We live in odd gaps of silence, irremediable interstices that sometimes last forever. In fissures, a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, whether it's the gulf between a loved one, the natural world, Grant Faulkner uses the hard borders of the 100-word story form to evocatively capture the drama of the lacunae we live in, or God.

I've always thought life is more about what is unsaid than what is said, " he says. Unsent letters. Faulkner, the executive director of national Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of the lit mag 100 Word Story, has focused on longer narrative forms for most of his writing career. A lingering glance averted.

Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories - Faulkner's stories are 'spectral spaces' captured with 'hard borders' and his dangerous eye for truth. Two stories in fissures, "the toad" and "way Station", were chosen for Best Small Fictions 2016, judged by Stuart Dybeck. Chronicle Books. Great product! He wondered, however, if instead of building an entire world with text--to sew connections, to explain--he did the opposite.

What if instead of relying on the words of a story, and formed narratives around caesuras and crevices?""Fissures is disjunction at its most disruptive, " says Pamela Painter, I relied on the spectral spaces around those words? What if I privileged excision over any notion of comprehensiveness, author of Wouldn't You Like to Know.





Architecture of the Novel: A Writer's Handbook

Counterpoint - Jane vandenburgh, the author of two highly acclaimed novels and a recent memoir, offers aspiring writers the tools to create powerful and unique novels filled not only with good writing but also dynamic storytelling. Architecture of the novel is an ambitious blueprint for writers, one that reveals the underlying machinery that propels a plot that is dynamic, coherent, and interesting.

Architecture of the Novel derives from the many years Vandenburgh has spent teaching the craft of fiction writing. Chronicle Books. Her method points to the elemental nature of narrative: A story consists of its events, which are told in scenes. These scenes naturally place themselves along the arc of the story in an order that provides suspense and mystery, drawing characters toward the inevitability of their fictive destinies.

Architecture of the Novel: A Writer's Handbook - Profoundly practical yet encouraging to writers at all levels, Architecture of the Novel offers the maps and mechanics to successfully guide writers toward the story that must be told. Great product! .





Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere

Ten Speed Press - Chronicle Books. Great product! It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, no internal logic, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, sweat, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing winging it and plotting focusing on the external plot.

Story coach lisa cron has spent her career discovering why these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read and it’s not what you think. In story genius cron takes you, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, step-by-step, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft.

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere - Following on the heels of lisa cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story.





Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

PenForASword - Can outlining help you write a Better Story?Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. Great product! . But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining your novel: map your way to success will:•help you choose the right type of outline for you•Guide you in brainstorming plot ideas•Aid you in discovering your characters•Show you how to structure your scenes•Explain how to format your finished outline•Instruct you in how to use your outline•Reveal the benefits•Dispel the misconceptionsIncludes exclusive interviews with ten respected authors, answering important questions about outlining.

Outlining can organize your writing and help you take your stories to the next level. Find out how! Chronicle Books.





Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book

PenForASword - Weiland’s previous book, the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, inspiring, showed writers how to embrace outlines in a way that makes the writing process fun, and easy. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! building upon the principles you’ve already learned, identifying plot holes, the Outlining Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to getting the bones of your story down on paper, and brainstorming exciting new possibilities.

Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will show you how to:Create your own personalized outlining processBrainstorm premise and plot ideasDiscover your charactersChoose and create the right settingsOrganize your scenesAnd so much more!This accessible and streamlined workbook will empower you to create a powerful outline—and an outstanding novel.

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