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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel. So you want to write a novel? Great! That's a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don't settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty- A complete guide to writing and selling your novel. So you want to write a novel? Great! That's a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don't settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you'll learn in "Writing Fiction for Dummies" * Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. * Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. * Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. * Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a "writer" to being an "author." It can happen--if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.


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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel. So you want to write a novel? Great! That's a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don't settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty- A complete guide to writing and selling your novel. So you want to write a novel? Great! That's a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don't settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you'll learn in "Writing Fiction for Dummies" * Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. * Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. * Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. * Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a "writer" to being an "author." It can happen--if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.

30 review for Writing Fiction for Dummies (Dummies)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bucket

    Let me begin this review by saying that I'm usually *not* a fan of the Dummies series. I hate the fonts and layout, they're odd-sized and ugly, and the information harbored within is almost always sub-par. Let me also point out that I am *not* a Dummy or a beginner, but an experienced writer who has read upwards of 20 books about the craft of writing. So I was surprised that I really, really liked this book. If you're looking for advice about craft, the finer points of good prose, or syntax, look Let me begin this review by saying that I'm usually *not* a fan of the Dummies series. I hate the fonts and layout, they're odd-sized and ugly, and the information harbored within is almost always sub-par. Let me also point out that I am *not* a Dummy or a beginner, but an experienced writer who has read upwards of 20 books about the craft of writing. So I was surprised that I really, really liked this book. If you're looking for advice about craft, the finer points of good prose, or syntax, look elsewhere. But if you want ideas about plot and structure, how to organize scenes, when to cut a scene, how to analyze your characters, keeping your story focused, and what order to do it all in, Ingermanson has some insights that might blow your mind. Here's my metaphor. Say your finished novel is a completed puzzle that you made yourself from scratch. Most writing books (about craft) will tell you how to make each individual piece beautiful and functional: how to paint them, what colors to use, what the best shape is, etc. Another handful of writing books (about plot) will tell you what the finished picture should look like: that the edges should be on the outside, that people prefer rectangular to triangular finished puzzles, that gray is the new blue, and so on. What Ingermanson teaches you is *how to put the damned thing together.* If you're like me, you've got great writing skills and a vision of what the big picture should look like, but stumble through getting from A to B. Ingermanson, in my elaborate metaphor, says: first you put all the edge pieces in a pile, then you separate the different colors, then you check your reference photo... It's *enormously* helpful, and he has some pieces of advice that I haven't read *anywhere* else, which is saying a lot since (god help me) I've read about a bajillion books about writing. FYI: Writing Fiction for Dummies is basically an expanded explanation of his Snowflake Method of plotting, which you can read about for free on his website. If it resonates with you at all, I would highly recommend checking his book out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gypsy

    وخ ندارم حقیقتاً. ولی باید اینا رو بگم؛ ذهنمو باز کرد. و دقیقاً چیزایی رو گف که دنبالش بودم. ازینرو، ازونکتابایی هس که هر از گاهی باید یهگریزی بهش بزنم و آدم نمیتونه جلوی خودشو بگیره که زیر جملههاش خط نکشه. هر چقدم ازینکار خوشش نیاد و بهنظرش بیاحترامی باشه.( آره میدونم خیلی الکی حسّاسم. :| ) خیلی مفصّل امّا نه خستهکننده، آروم آروم خواننده رو دنبال خودش میکشید و قدم بهقدم، بهش آگاهی میداد. خودمم نمیفهمم چرا بهش پنج نمیدم. :)) شاید بهاینخاطر که خیلی همه چیـو با هم کنار هم گذاشته بود و بهموازات هم وخ ندارم حقیقتاً. ولی باید اینا رو بگم؛ ذهنمو باز کرد. و دقیقاً چیزایی رو گف که دنبالش بودم. ازین‌رو، ازون‌کتابایی هس که هر از گاهی باید یه‌گریزی بهش بزنم و آدم نمی‌تونه جلوی خودشو بگیره که زیر جمله‌هاش خط نکشه. هر چقدم ازین‌کار خوشش نیاد و به‌نظرش بی‌احترامی باشه.( آره می‌دونم خیلی الکی حسّاسم. :| ) خیلی مفصّل امّا نه خسته‌کننده، آروم آروم خواننده رو دنبال خودش می‌کشید و قدم به‌قدم، بهش آگاهی می‌داد. خودمم نمی‌فهمم چرا بهش پنج نمی‌دم. :)) شاید به‌این‌خاطر که خیلی همه چیـو با هم کنار هم گذاشته بود و به‌موازات هم توضیح می‌داد و آدم یه‌جاهایی گیج می‌شد. شایدم چون یه‌جاهایی دیگه خیلی توضیح می‌داد. امّا در مجموع، دلیل موجّهی برای پنج ندادنش ندارم. :)) خوبیش این بود که بر خلاف خیلی از کتابای تو سبک خودش، خیلی محدود نمی‌کرد آدمو به‌یه‌سری اصول و به‌خلّاقیّت احترام می‌ذاش و حتّی خیلی رُک و صریح، از آدم می‌خواس اونو چراغ راه ِ نوشتنش کنه. من همیشه می‌گم، هر کسی می‌تونه داستان تکنیکی بنویسه؛ خصوصاً با کارگاه‌ها و کتب و مقالاتی که امروزه خیلی در دسترس و زیادن. امّا داستان خلّاقه، حقیقتاً از یه‌سری تکنیک‌ها پوزخندزنان رد می‌شه و از ورای اونا به‌داستان نیگا می‌کنه. باید قبول کرد هر کسی دارای این‌نگاه نیس.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wes Harris

    Loved this book. I don't always read Dummies books cover to cover because they are how-to guides but this one was great. I've recently read several writing books and I regularly listen to a writing podcast. This book explained many of the key concepts that I have run into in other books in a clear and concise manner and added some additional tools/approaches. They didn't settle for hand-waving they got down into the nitty gritty and really helped me understand how-to-write in a way that I hadn't Loved this book. I don't always read Dummies books cover to cover because they are how-to guides but this one was great. I've recently read several writing books and I regularly listen to a writing podcast. This book explained many of the key concepts that I have run into in other books in a clear and concise manner and added some additional tools/approaches. They didn't settle for hand-waving they got down into the nitty gritty and really helped me understand how-to-write in a way that I hadn't seen before. I especially liked the sections on specific writing tools (i.e. action, dialogue, description, interior monologue, interior emotion, flashbacks, and narrative summary) and writing clips (a few lines or paragraphs focused on a character at a time). The book is full of examples to illustrate the points that they are making. The content is spot on. I found myself highlighting and bookmarking my way through the whole text. I got it free on my kindle and then ended up buying it to have as a quick writing reference (I wanted to be able to quickly flip back and forth and thumb through the text). On a separate note there is so much good content in this book you may feel overwhelmed after reading it. Remember line upon line, here a little and there a little--you don't have to be perfect but this book will get you closer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Ives

    Remember all those articles you've read on writing? Some were useful, some were not. If you're like me, you've collected those useful articles for years. Yet I always wished they could be collected in a single place. "Writing Fiction for Dummies" does that! It is by far the best, most comprehensive book I've read on the subject of writing fiction (and I've read dozens). Highlights that I found especially useful: - How to create (or fix) characters so they resonate with readers. - How to balance the Remember all those articles you've read on writing? Some were useful, some were not. If you're like me, you've collected those useful articles for years. Yet I always wished they could be collected in a single place. "Writing Fiction for Dummies" does that! It is by far the best, most comprehensive book I've read on the subject of writing fiction (and I've read dozens). Highlights that I found especially useful: - How to create (or fix) characters so they resonate with readers. - How to balance the structure of the novel so it never lags. - How to write a novel that creates a powerful emotional response. - How to revise and edit a novel for essential elements. - How to interpret feedback you may receive on a novel and apply it. The structure of the book makes it possible for the authors to pack large amounts of information into a relatively short space. First, the principles are presented and explained. Then, examples from literature are presented so you can see the principles in action. Finally, exercises are outlined so you can apply the principles yourself. If you are a serious fiction writer (published or not), this book should be on your shelf. Better yet, this book should be open by your computer or notepad as you write.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert Bidinotto

    I downloaded Writing Fiction for Dummies with some trepidation, figuring that any book with a title like that had to be hack-work. And that it also had to contain tips and advice redundant with every one of the dozens of other books I've read on fiction-writing. I thought that, by now, I'd read about everything to be said on the topic. Boy, was I wrong. This is THE best book on fiction-writing. Bar none. Period. End of story. It is THE most systematic, comprehensive, creatively fertile, and techni I downloaded Writing Fiction for Dummies with some trepidation, figuring that any book with a title like that had to be hack-work. And that it also had to contain tips and advice redundant with every one of the dozens of other books I've read on fiction-writing. I thought that, by now, I'd read about everything to be said on the topic. Boy, was I wrong. This is THE best book on fiction-writing. Bar none. Period. End of story. It is THE most systematic, comprehensive, creatively fertile, and technically useful guide on the subject that I've ever had the pleasure to encounter. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I've learned more about fiction-writing from Mssrs. Ingermanson and Economy than from all the other books on the topic, combined. I won't try to itemize its many virtues or summarize the breathtaking scope of its content. Suffice it to say that if you are going to read just one book on writing fiction, Writing Fiction for Dummies is the one to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    H.A. Mims

    Books about writing are an addiction of mine, though I never bothered to read this one until it was offered on Kindle Unlimited. I assumed it would be overly simplistic, dumbed down to the point that only writing novices would gain any insight from its contents. Happy to say I was wrong about that! This book offers unique perspectives on everything from writing summaries to plot structure and character development, including quite a few suggestions that i've never found anywhere else. Though the Books about writing are an addiction of mine, though I never bothered to read this one until it was offered on Kindle Unlimited. I assumed it would be overly simplistic, dumbed down to the point that only writing novices would gain any insight from its contents. Happy to say I was wrong about that! This book offers unique perspectives on everything from writing summaries to plot structure and character development, including quite a few suggestions that i've never found anywhere else. Though the publishing information is a little outdated, there are still lots of helpful tips on writing query letters and finding the right agent (for those interested in traditional publishing). Definitely recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. It is highly-rated both here and on Amazon, and I am familiar with Ingermanson's website "Advanced Fiction Writing." I figured I would give it a shot. I think part of the problem is that this book sticks to the Dummies format of step-by-step instructions, helpful hints, and a beginning-to-end process. The problem is that there isn't a strict process in writing, which to be fair to Ingermanson, he does point out (before giving a step-by-step process). What I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. It is highly-rated both here and on Amazon, and I am familiar with Ingermanson's website "Advanced Fiction Writing." I figured I would give it a shot. I think part of the problem is that this book sticks to the Dummies format of step-by-step instructions, helpful hints, and a beginning-to-end process. The problem is that there isn't a strict process in writing, which to be fair to Ingermanson, he does point out (before giving a step-by-step process). What works for him may not work for you, and almost undoubtedly will not work the same way. There is some good information in there. It is a good overview of terms and general "rules" for writing, although there are a lot of books that address those topics more completely, some of which he mentions in this book. Go through and make a list of the books and sites he references, it could be worth your time. They, for the most part, do a better job of addressing their topics. However, my real problem with this book concerns how it treats publication. Going with the general format of a Dummies book, it addresses the process of publication, and even goes through rejection as if it was troubleshooting errors on Windows 8. In someways, this trivializes the toughest part about being a writer. Golf for Dummies doesn't talk about how to win tournaments. Cooking for Dummies won't help you open a restaurant as head chef. Baseball for Dummies isn't going to get you a pro contract. Instead, you learn the basics to use Linux or build a deck, or whatever you are reading about. Publication (and getting paid for it) makes a professional writer. Most pro-rate magazines have a acceptance rate of less than 5%. That means the editor has to like your story better than 95% of the other stories. Book publishers have just as high of a rejection rate. Neil Gaiman could write a shopping list tomorrow, and it would be nominated for a Hugo. Stephen King could write poetry that started with "There once was a girl from Nantucket..." and Esquire would publish it in the next issue. But until you are at that level, you are going to be rejected. Even professional writers who do this for a living deal with rejection. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really address that. Even if you have a strong story, it might get rejected, probably will, in fact. Look at the list of publishers that rejected Harry Potter, one of the best-selling series of all-time. This business requires a thick skin and a lot of time. If you follow this book step-by-step, you will have a story. But that is all you will have,and it probably won't be any good, especially if you are a beginner. Don't be afraid of that. Embrace it. Start writing another. Read a lot. Write a lot. Submit your strongest, most polished stories, shrug off the rejections and keep going, because that is really the only way to get there.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I wish I would've had Writing Fiction for Dummies when I wrote my first novel several years ago. Such a wealth of information! I appreciate the authors taking a multi-faceted approach, giving room for different types of plotters. I also applaud the attention to scene structure and self editing. If you're starting this journey, or you're partway through and you don't quite know how to continue, or you're farther along but want some excellent tips, this is an informational and inspirational read. I wish I would've had Writing Fiction for Dummies when I wrote my first novel several years ago. Such a wealth of information! I appreciate the authors taking a multi-faceted approach, giving room for different types of plotters. I also applaud the attention to scene structure and self editing. If you're starting this journey, or you're partway through and you don't quite know how to continue, or you're farther along but want some excellent tips, this is an informational and inspirational read. It's such a holistic resource that I plan on using it when I teach fiction.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Labeba Salameh

    الكتاب اكثر من رائع ان كنت تفكر في كتابة عمل روائي او كنت قد بدأت رواية ما ولكنك حائر في كيفية ضبطها.. نشرها .. او حتى انهائها فهذا هو الكتاب الأمثل متسلسل بخطوات واضحة لكنها لا تعني ابدا ان التأليف مجرد معادلة كيميائية

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Needs to be updated. The book is kinda old. It may not seem so since the copyright is only 2010, but a lot has happened in the publishing industry since then. The book doesn’t even mention self-publishing once. Also I think I was a little too advanced for it, I mean sure it’s a “for dummies” book but I was required to read it for a course I was taking and I realized as I was reading through it that I was learning nothing. There’s nothing in this book I couldn’t have found with a quick google sear Needs to be updated. The book is kinda old. It may not seem so since the copyright is only 2010, but a lot has happened in the publishing industry since then. The book doesn’t even mention self-publishing once. Also I think I was a little too advanced for it, I mean sure it’s a “for dummies” book but I was required to read it for a course I was taking and I realized as I was reading through it that I was learning nothing. There’s nothing in this book I couldn’t have found with a quick google search or a browse through a few of my favorite writing blogs. It’s a good handbook, but reading through it feels like reading an encyclopedia. Best to just keep this one on a shelf and pick it up when you get stuck on something and skim through the related chapter.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jill Williamson

    Review by Jill Williamson Randy Ingermanson is my hero. I have been learning from him since I discovered his website in 2005. The man is not only a wealth of information, he teaches in such a fun and friendly way, you can’t fail to learn. And now, everything Randy teaches is here in one convenient package. Man, how I wish he had written this a few years ago! It would have saved me a lot of trouble. I highly recommend this book to any writer, but especially to beginners who want to write a novel. Review by Jill Williamson Randy Ingermanson is my hero. I have been learning from him since I discovered his website in 2005. The man is not only a wealth of information, he teaches in such a fun and friendly way, you can’t fail to learn. And now, everything Randy teaches is here in one convenient package. Man, how I wish he had written this a few years ago! It would have saved me a lot of trouble. I highly recommend this book to any writer, but especially to beginners who want to write a novel. You’ll learn how to come up with a plot and test it to see if it’s strong, how to create amazing characters that are deep and engaging, how to plot your story and avoid the dreaded sagging middle, how to keep the tension and pacing strong, and how to edit your novel. This book even includes cool things like an interview between J.R.R. Tolkien and Frodo Baggins. Ahh, Randy. What a funny guy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara Farinha

    Cinco estrelas. Um autêntico e útil manual de escrita ficcional que nos ensina, passo a passo, a desmistificar alguns dos paradigmas da boa ficção. Um livro a ter à mão quando pensamos em escrever, quando analisamos a nossa produção literária, ou quando nos predispomos a rever de forma séria o que escrevemos. Parte de uma colecção que se predispõe a ajudar o leitor a compreender de forma fácil, mas aprofundada, diversos temas, este exemplar não foge a esse princípio. Com a tónica no ‘for dummies’ Cinco estrelas. Um autêntico e útil manual de escrita ficcional que nos ensina, passo a passo, a desmistificar alguns dos paradigmas da boa ficção. Um livro a ter à mão quando pensamos em escrever, quando analisamos a nossa produção literária, ou quando nos predispomos a rever de forma séria o que escrevemos. Parte de uma colecção que se predispõe a ajudar o leitor a compreender de forma fácil, mas aprofundada, diversos temas, este exemplar não foge a esse princípio. Com a tónica no ‘for dummies’ cuja tradução transformou em ‘para tótós’, é um livro que deve fazer parte dos manuais de escrita de qualquer escritor principiante de ficção. Ler opinião completa aqui: http://sarinhafarinha.wordpress.com/2...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abdullah

    I've not read the whole book cover to cover. I actually skipped the parts I already know. It is a good reference for starters. It certainly gives you some useful insights about developing characters, scenes...etc. I'm going to keep it as a reference and refer to it whenever needed. While it mostly concentrates on novel writing, it is definitely recommended for any one interested in fiction writing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.M. Skiera

    This book has a lot of good information and is a very helpful writing guide. The main reason I only gave it three stars is because it suffers from the same type of bloat I see in a lot of writing guides. Too much repeating the same information and too much cross-referencing (i.e., "we discuss this topic more in Chapter Two...etc., etc.).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I read this book for my creative writing class and found it pretty helpful. It's an easy read and full of relevant advice for aspiring writers. I'll probably hold onto it for future reference when I need to troubleshoot specific issues.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Metz

    Fun to read with lots of helpful insights. I liked the way they used known books as examples. They did a very good job of using examples all the way through. Some writing books just tell and don't show. ;o) This is one I can see myself referring to again in the future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Macster

    ithink it was a really good books because now i know what fiction is

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jodie Renner

    An excellent resource for anyone who's getting started writing fiction!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiana Dalichov

    Full of amazing advice. I highly recommend this to all authors!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Copeland

    Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy make a great team. This is an excellent book for aspiring writers of any age. I loved the examples they gave to illustrate their points as well as the touches of humor. One flaw that kept coming up was the repetition of points. But overall, well worthwhile.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kirstie

    For beginners this would be an awesome book: plenty of info on a broad range of subject and able to walk you from woe to go. Sadly for me there was very little new info, just occasionally different terms. Probably why it took me so long to read ;p I read it as required reading for a course I'm doing. Worth it if you're new or reasonably new.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thibaldo Manrique

    Excellent entertaining and informative As a novice writer I got this book to help me develop my craft. I was actually writing a novel at the time and took a break to finish this book first. Truly invaluable advice and information. Technical help as well as business guidelines. A must have for fiction writers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Quote from 2013: "I liked it because I can now refer to myself as an "kind of, if you squint your eyes a bit, almost, but at the same time not at all, but still a little bit, at least more than average" expert on how to write books. Which is cool."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dalletta Reed

    This is a good reference book to better understand the writing process. It gives a foundation to build from. You go from learning the importance of layering characters and plot, writing a synopsis and even finding an agent.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This is the most practical book I have read about writing and publishing. I am sure I will use it again in the future. I recommend this book to all the writers out there; a great and fun read. Thank you :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Excellent!! I read it from cover to cover, which I think is the first time for me with a "For Dummies" book. I'm ready to start writing that novel I've been putting off. Highly recommended!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A resource any and evey fiction writer needs.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I definitely learned a lot from this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    T.H. Hernandez

    This is a good entry level book for wannabe writers. It’s certainly not the ultimate guide or the only source you’ll ever reference, but if you don’t know anything about writing fiction, it’s a really good book to start with. Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy break writing fiction down into its fundamental components so that it’s easy to understand. They then build up from there to show how all of those components work together to help you write fiction in a way that works. There are sections This is a good entry level book for wannabe writers. It’s certainly not the ultimate guide or the only source you’ll ever reference, but if you don’t know anything about writing fiction, it’s a really good book to start with. Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy break writing fiction down into its fundamental components so that it’s easy to understand. They then build up from there to show how all of those components work together to help you write fiction in a way that works. There are sections on structuring your story, building strong character bios, creating scenes step-by-step, and how to get one scene to flow seamlessly into the next until you have a story. As a pantser, one who writes by the seat of their pants, I found the idea of structuring my novel up front to be interesting and I tried it for the second novel I wrote. I was concerned that having an outline wouldn’t stifle my creativity, but instead it gave me a trail to follow. I now write everything with a very loose outline and that often changes as I go, but it helps to know where I’m going before I write my first word. Like all Dummies books, Writing Fiction for Dummies contains checklists at the end of each chapter to help you review and retain the information you just read. Probably the sections I found most useful were those on editing. For me, first drafts come easy, but editing is the bane of my existence. Dummies helped me structure and execute drafts in the same way that I structured and outlined my first draft. Additionally, the book contains useful information on writing a pitch, synopsis, query letter, and how to go about searching for and identifying appropriate agents in order to get published. Bottom Line How to Write Fiction for Dummies is a solid entry-level reference and if you’ve never written any fiction and don’t know where to start, I highly recommend it. Randy Ingermanson is also known as The Snowflake Guy and takes a scientific approach to writing. He developed a software application for structuring and writing fiction, called Snowflake Pro. If you buy Writing Fiction for Dummies, Randy offers a 50% discount off of Snowflake Pro. Not a bad deal.

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Roberts

    The book I wrote to research this post was Writing Fiction For Dummies by Peter Economy et al which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This book is about how to write a novel and get a publishing contract. It covers all the different genres and tells you what general rules there are for each. One sub genre is literary fiction were the book can be any genre but in addition is beautifully written and quite complex. Children's fiction doesn't generally allow swearing. Of course a very The book I wrote to research this post was Writing Fiction For Dummies by Peter Economy et al which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This book is about how to write a novel and get a publishing contract. It covers all the different genres and tells you what general rules there are for each. One sub genre is literary fiction were the book can be any genre but in addition is beautifully written and quite complex. Children's fiction doesn't generally allow swearing. Of course a very skilled writer can break certain rules in a novel to dramatic effect but you need to really understand what you are doing. One of the best ways to write a novel is to use the snowflake technique. With this you write a description for things like the characters, plot and world in which your novel is set. The aim is at first do a rough description and keep adding to it until you can see where the novel is going. With different genres there is different emphasize on what parts are important. In fantasy and science fiction the emphasize is often on the world it is set. In thrillers the emphasize should be on the plot. Many books are rejected because the world it is set in is quite frankly boring. When you write a novel most authors use 3rd person point of view which is the easiest and means that the book is written so the lead isn't the author or the reader. If you use 2nd person point of view the book is written so you are the lead character, this requires a lot of skill to pull off. The novel The Maltese Falcon does this very well and you must make the reader want to do the things the lead character does. When you submit a novel to a publisher do your homework and make sure they are interested in that genre, it's surprising how many make this mistake. Also listen to the publishers suggestions as they usually know what sells. Of course you can always distribute the book as an ebook and it's a well known fact Amazon sells more ebooks than books.

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