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Fiction Writing

A wide range of books on writing fiction, including titles on plotting the novel, creative writing and editing your own fiction.

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The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes


Jack M. Bickham
Writer's Digest Books

Useful beginner’s book which offers pithy advice for novice writers, suggestions for correcting common writing mistakes and advice on developing a fiction writer's attitude, refining ideas and language, and submitting manuscripts.


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How to Write a Blockbuster (Writers' guides)


Sarah Harrison
Allison & Busby

Lively personal guide to how to write a commercial blockbuster from bestselling author.


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45 Master Characters


Victoria Lynn Schmidt Ph. D.
Writer's Digest Books

Are you having difficulty in populating your fiction with interesting three-dimensional characters? This inspiring book will show you how to do it.


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Creating Suspense in Fiction


John Paxton Sheriff
Robert Hale Ltd

The author draws on 35 years of writing experience to show you how to develop this essential skill in an easily understood and practical book. Using examples from bestselling writers, he shows you how to create suspense through memorable characters, tight plots and linked sub-plots, using hooks, cliff-hangers and time limits. He also goes on to more advanced techniques such as foreshadowing and overlapping. A really useful book for popular fiction writers.


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The Complete Guide to Editing Your Fiction


Michael Seidman
Writer's Digest Books

The author draws on 30 years of editorial experience to demonstrate how to be your own book doctor, showing you how to think like an editor as you take your work from first draft to final revision.


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Solutions for Novelists: Secrets of a Master Editor


Sol Stein
Souvenir Press Ltd

Sequel to Solutions for Writers, master-editor Sol Stein’s practical guide shows you the secrets which can lift a piece of writing to a new level of quality and commercial appeal.


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How to Plot Your Novel (Writers' guides)


Jean Saunders
Allison & Busby

Described by bestselling author Sarah Harrison as ‘clear, encouraging and absolutely professional’, this uses many examples to help you improve your plotting.


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Bestseller: Secrets of Successful Writing


Celia Brayfield
SAGE Publications Ltd

The bestselling author of commercial blockbusters such as Pearls shows the reader the techniques of writing great popular novels through illuminating universal themes and showing the classic tricks of the trade. She also claims to give a sure-fire motivational strategy for overcoming first page nerves and writer’s block.


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Creative Writing (How to)


Adele Ramet
How To Books Ltd

This useful general guide to writing fiction will show you how to improve every aspect of your writing, including tips on creating believable characters, colourful settings, effective dialogue and intriguing plots. There’s also a section on submitting your work to a publisher.


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Fiction Writer's Workshop


Josip Novakovich
Writer's Digest Books

Ten creative writing classes with exercises for the writer to follow. Recommended by our Reviewer.


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Creative writing (Teach Yourself: writer's library)


Dianne Doubtfire
Teach Yourself Books

Straightforward practical handbook which shows you how to get started, develop your writing talent, acquire the necessary skills and get published.


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Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist can Learn from Actors


Brandilyn Collins
Jossey Bass

Draws on the Method school of acting to show novelists how to create characters and write good dialogue.


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What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers


Anne Bernays, Pamela Painter
HarperCollins Publishers

Useful book with short chapters and many exercises relating to various elements of fiction - dialogue, plot, characterization, point-of-view, etc. - and present specific problems to solve through writing. Directed toward both beginners and professional writers, it provides a mini-workshop for improving your own writing - particularly helpful for beginners.


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Handbook of Short Story Writing: v.1: Vol 1 (Writer's Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing)


Writer's Digest, Frank A. Dickson, Sandra Smythe
Writer's Digest Books

Collection of articles from the magazine on the art of short story writing, packed with useful tips and a positive approach to the genre.


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Write and Sell Your Novel: The Beginner's Guide to Writing for Publication (How to Books (Midpoint))


Marina Oliver
How To Books Ltd

The author of over 50 books provides a concise and practical step-by-step guide which is a useful introduction.


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Plotting the Novel


Michael Legat
Robert Hale Ltd

Comprehensive approach to the subject, which draws on the author’s background in publishing, as well as his skills as a novelist. More


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How to Write and Sell Your First Novel


Oscar Collier, Frances Spatz Leighton
Writer's Digest Books

An American literary agent and a freelance writer give 100 expert tips comprising solid writing instruction, expert marketing advice and actual case histories.


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How to Write a Million: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Succesful Author


Orson Scott Card, Michael Ridpath, Ansen Dibell, Lewis Turco
Robinson Publishing

Top-value collection of three books in one volume, covering plot, characterisation, viewpoint and dialogue, and amounting to an essential fiction writer’s manual.


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Rewriting: A Creative Approach to Writing Fiction (Books for Writers)


David Michael Kaplan
A & C Black Publishers Ltd

Thorough guide to reworking your novel, which may be just what you need if you’ve got stuck. The author looks at 'sacred' first ideas, slow starts, out-of-sequence events, imprecise language, inflated imagery, weak sentence structure, insufficient dialogue, action and description. He uses contemporary examples to make his points.


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Marshall Plan for Novel Writing


E Marshall
Walking Stick Press

The author, an experienced editor and agent, imposes a specific structure, giving a clear approach to planning, plotting, writing and finishing a successful novel in 16 steps designed to simplify the novel-writing process. Many novices will find this extremely helpful. Includes how to lay the foundations for writing a successful novel, targeting a specific genre and using basic guidelines to determine length and plot.


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How to Write a Novel


John Braine
Methuen Publishing Ltd

The author of Room at the Top gives his own tough prescription for writing fiction. 'If you have the ability, you will achieve a result, he said, and that surely is what every serious writer looks for' our Reviewer commented.


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Your First Novel: 1


Ann Rittenberg, Laura Whitcomb, Dennis Lehane
Writer's Digest Books

An author and agent team shares the keys to achieving your dream of getting your first novel written and published. This work includes all the start to finish fundamentals you need to produce and launch a first novel.

Our reviewer said:

'Your First Novel is an excellent tutorial and reference source for anyone who wants to become more than a weekend scribbler... with a book like this on your desk, you stand a much better chance of succeeding.'


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Dynamic Characters: How to Create Personalities That Keep Readers Captivated


Nancy Kress
Writer's Digest Books

The author of nine works of fiction and a regular columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine explores the fundamental relationship between characterization and plot in successful fiction, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story. Includes exercises to help you build strong characters from the outside in and breaks down character creation and development into clear and concise segments, with detailed discussion on each topic. Genuinely useful for all aspiring novelists.


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How to Write Damn Good Fiction: Advanced Techniques for Dramatic Storytelling


James N Frey
Macmillan

A follow-up to How to Write a Damn Good Novel from an experienced creative writing course lecturer, this shows serious fiction writers how to write dramatic fiction by producing strong narrative lines, fascinating characters, steadily building conflicts and satisfying conclusions. ‘There are very many books about how to write books that will sell, but I think this is one of the best.’ was Carole Blake’s verdict.


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Fiction First Aid


Raymond Obstfeld
Writer's Digest Books

A highly accessible and useful quick-fix approach to getting your fiction right, with chapters on plot, characterisation, setting, style and theme, plus a handy FAQs section. If you don’t know how to doctor your fiction, this book which will help you to pinpoint and solve any problem quickly and easily.


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The Creative Writing Coursebook: Forty Authors Share Advice and Exercises for Fiction and Poetry


Julia Bell, Andrew Motion
Macmillan

Useful course in creating writing with practical advice from top authors, including David Lodge and Maureen Freely. Our Reviewer called it 'probably the best book on the business of writing that I’ve ever read.'


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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Stephen King
Hodder Paperbacks

Based very much on his own experience, Stephen King's own guide is tremendously helpful for the aspiring writer. Part memoir, tracing his own path to bestsellerdom and his recovery from a terrible accident, and part-guide, this provides a tool-kit with lots of specifics and help for writers learning their craft.


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Three Rules for Writing a Novel: A Guide to Story Development


William Noble
Paul S. Eriksson

Noble’s three essential questions will help you get started: ‘what’s happening’, ‘where am I?’ and ‘who am I?’. For anyone who doesn’t quite know how to get going, or who has been suffering from writer’s block, this personal advice is what you need. Noble’s rules provide a sound springboard for creativity.


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Writing Popular Fiction (Writing Handbooks)


Rona Randall
Methuen Drama

The author of over 60 books gives her own creative and practical guidelines, covering the development of ideas, characters, motivation, dialogue and style, with practical examples. She covers all kinds of fiction, including short stories.


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