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Writing Fiction For Dummies

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Writing Fiction For Dummies

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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-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.

    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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    About the Author-
    • Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels. He is known around the world as "the Snowflake Guy," thanks to his Web site article on the Snowflake method, which has been viewed more than a million times. Before venturing into fiction, Randy earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. Randy has taught fiction at numerous writing conferences and sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers. He also publishes the world's largest e-zine on how to write fiction, The Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine. Randy's first two novels won Christy awards, and his second novel Oxygen, coauthored with John B. Olson, earned a spot on the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list. Visit Randy's personal Web site at www.ingermanson.com and his Web site for fiction writers at www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.
    Table of Contents-
    • Introduction 1

      Part I: Getting Ready to Write Fiction 7

      Chapter 1: Fiction Writing Basics 9

      Chapter 2: What Makes a Great Story? 21

      Chapter 3: Finding Your Audience and Category 37

      Chapter 4: Four Ways to Write a Great Novel 59

      Chapter 5: Managing Your Time . . . and Yourself 71

      Part II: Creating Compelling Fiction 85

      Chapter 6: Building Your Story World: The Setting for Your Story 87

      Chapter 7: Creating Compelling Characters 107

      Chapter 8: Storyline and Three-Act Structure: The Top Layers of Your Plot 135

      Chapter 9: Synopsis, Scene List, and Scene: Your Middle Layers of Plot 157

      Chapter 10: Action, Dialogue, and More: The Lowest Layer of Your Plot 177

      Chapter 11: Thinking Through Your Theme 203

      Part III: Editing and Polishing Your Story and Characters 215

      Chapter 12: Analyzing Your Characters 217

      Chapter 13: Scrutinizing Your Story Structure 239

      Chapter 14: Editing Your Scenes for Structure 259

      Chapter 15: Editing Your Scenes for Content 273

      Part IV: Getting Published 291

      Chapter 16: Getting Ready to Sell Your Book: Polishing and Submitting 293

      Chapter 17: Approaching Agents and Editors 315

      Part V: The Part of Tens 327

      Chapter 18: Ten Steps to Analyzing Your Story 329

      Chapter 19: Ten Reasons Novels Are Rejected 337

      Index 345

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