Crafting Fabulous Fiction

Crafting Fabulous Fiction

CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION guides writers and students through the levels of structure in fiction, beginning with words, then working up through phrases, sentences, paragraphs, scenes, chapters and books. It even addresses series and how other literature can enrich and enhance an author's story. In addition to the levels of structure, CRAFTING FABULOUS FICTION covers working with multiple storylines, and has an entire section dedicated to developing characters. It also reviews other important aspects of storytelling, including conflict, dialogue, and description.

Bring Your Fiction to Life

Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity

Bring Your Fiction to Life

Craft a Story That Towers Above the Rest You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore. But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging. Bring Your Fiction to Life teaches you how to build a solid narrative structure and layer in lush, textured scenes to create a story that rings true. You'll learn how to: • Master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element. • Develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through your fictional world. • Construct and analyze an outline for your manuscript, using tools and techniques to analyze scenes that lack dimensionality. • Brainstorm, research, and draft efficiently and effectively, and juggle multiple projects with ease. Packed with story-development charts, worksheets, and checklists, Bring Your Fiction to Life shows you how to craft a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions

101 Amazing Stories of Divine Intervention, Faith, and Insight

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions

Sixth sense, gut feeling, instinct. Whatever you call it, sometimes we have no logical reason for knowing something—but still we know it. In this collection, you’ll read 101 stories of intuition, insight, and inspiration that will amaze you and encourage you tap into your own inner wisdom. We all have the ability to tap into our intuition, but often find it hard to do. Dreams and premonitions are often the way our intuition or our faith in the beyond manifest. You will be awed and amazed by these true stories from everyday people who have experienced the extraordinary. The 101 stories in this book will enlighten and encourage you to listen to your dreams and your own inner voice.

Crafting Novels & Short Stories

The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction

Crafting Novels & Short Stories

Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft: • Define and refine your characters. • Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. • Hone your story's point of view. • Create a rich setting and backstory. • Craft dialogue that rings true. • Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story. • Revise your story to perfection. Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career. Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.

The Highbury Murders

A Mystery Set in the Village of Jane Austen's Emma

The Highbury Murders

"If you ever wished that you could read a book that combines the wit of Jane Austen with the plotting of Jane Austen, then you are in for a treat: The Highbury Murders does exactly this."--P. 4 of cover.

Academic Assassination

Academic Assassination

The Guest of Honor Is Dead! Dr. Carl Warding, the prominent origins-of-life biologist, dined at the Martin house the night only hours before someone shot him. A difficult man, plenty of people seemed to want him out of the way. Was he killed by one of his academic foes, from the present or the past? By his widow? By one of his students? Or by one of the creationists following him around from one lecture to the next, proclaiming that his teaching comes from the devil?Join Zofia Martin and the rest of her family as they – driven by curiosity and a desire to stop the danger that menaces them - do all they can to solve the murder.

Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink

Learn to Write Stories, Spells, and Other Magickal Works

Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink

"With the help of this book, your writing and magickal skills will expand and grow...You will be a true magickal writer." —Richard Webster, award-winning author of Write Your Own Magic Would you like to craft your own Book of Shadows? Write a story? Create Pagan rituals or Wiccan spells for special occasions? And ultimately infuse your writing with added beauty, style, and power? Get your creativity flowing as you step into a boundless world where magick comes alive through the written word. Clear, step-by-step instructions will guide you through each phase of creating beautiful and powerful magickal works. • Drumming up ideas • Keeping a magickal journal • Freewriting • Choosing a composition form • Revising drafts to a refined polish This book on magickal writing offers an array of exercises, tips and terms, and writing samples to help you craft stories, devotional poems, spells, chants, prayers, blessings, meditations, and rituals. By mastering the techniques in this book, your every word will crackle with energy, vibrancy, and true power.

Crafting Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir

Talks from the Colgate Writers’ Conference

Crafting Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir

Born out of the Colgate Writers’ Conference, this collection of essays brings together a diverse group of gifted authors and teachers who are passionate about the art of writing. The authors share their knowledge, experience, and inspiration gathered from years of practicing and studying their craft. Topics covered range from the practical, such as how to attract an editor or agent, to more theoretical concerns such as transforming the texture of thought and emotion into text. Both veteran writers and novices will find this anthology to be an indispensable resource.

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue

The Complete Guide to Speaking, Conversing, Arguing, and Thinking in Fiction

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue

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 need to deliver truly standout dialogue in every scene. Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will give you the techniques and examples you need to impress your readers. This book is a comprehensive guide to writing compelling dialogue that rings true. Each section is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and instructors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Steven James, Deborah Halverson, James Scott Bell, Donald Maass, Cheryl St. John, and many others. They'll show you how to: • Bend the rules to create a specific effect • Understand the role of dialogue in reader engagement • Use dialect and jargon effectively • Give every character a believable, unique voice • Set the pace and tone • Reveal specific character background details • Generate tension and suspense • Utilize internal dialogue Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, or a novel-length manuscript, Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will help you develop, write, and refine dialogue to keep your readers hooked.

Working It

Working It

Falling in love is always in fashion.... With her trust fund and coveted job at Christian Dior, Fanny Moreau believes she has it all. But when her best friend finds a fulfilling new career abroad—and a dreamy relationship with a great guy, Fanny’s fabulous life suddenly feels empty. Inspired to find her true purpose, she trades her cushy lifestyle in San Francisco for an adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. Everyone thinks Fanny has gone off the deep end. What’s a girl with a Ph.D in Prada doing teaching in an Inuit village? Even Fanny is wondering, especially when she comes face to face with Calder MacFarlane. The Scottish search and rescue pilot is everything Fanny is not—selfless, heroic, and used to living on the edge. He’s also the man who once loved her best friend. Yet something in Calder’s sexy gaze has her believing that she’s a woman capable of great things—a woman who might just find her own happily-ever-after, in a place where she least expects it... “Leah Marie Brown has a wily way of bringing her stories to life with sharp dialogue and drop-dead sexy characters.” —Cindy Miles, National Bestselling Author “When it comes to crafting clever, intelligent, wonderful escapist fiction with a heroine every woman wants to know, Leah Marie Brown is a new voice to watch. Prepare to fall in love!” —Renee Ryan, Daphne du Maurier Award-Winning Author