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Fiction Writing Demystified: Techniques that Will Make You a More Successful Writer
     

Fiction Writing Demystified: Techniques that Will Make You a More Successful Writer

by Thomas B. Sawyer, Tom Sawyer
 

Full of expert, effective advice from a producer and professional writer for 15 network television series, this book offers pragmatic techniques for constructing a compelling story and developing rich characters and extraordinary dialogue. In clear and concise language, this lively guide explains that the same methods used in the high-pressure world of writing for

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Full of expert, effective advice from a producer and professional writer for 15 network television series, this book offers pragmatic techniques for constructing a compelling story and developing rich characters and extraordinary dialogue. In clear and concise language, this lively guide explains that the same methods used in the high-pressure world of writing for television can be applied to fiction storytelling in all its forms, from poetry, short stories, and novels to memoirs, stage plays, and movie scripts. Included is advice on such writing elements as building a story, constructing action sequences, creating memorable characters, developing scene structure, and avoiding cliché dialogue. Also covered are problem-solving strategies for polishing the final product.

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“Sawyer’s analysis of the craft and observations on the process are not only true, they’re universal. If you use only half of what’s in this book, your writing will be twice as good!” —John Wirth, screenwriter and executive producer, The District

“Exceptional, and not just for those who’ve thought about writing a novel. Concise, authoritative, a refresher course in basics. Masterful!” —Robert S. Levinson, author, The John Lennon Affair and The James Dean Affair

Barnaby Conrad
"Really wonderful . . . the most specific helpful book I've ever read-not only for the beginner but for the experienced writer." -- bestselling author of Matador/ Director
Jerry B. Jenkins
"Absolutely devoured this book! Pages folded back, underlinings, margin notes . . . a treasure trove, brother. Fabulous." -- writer of the mega-selling Left Behind novels
Pat Browning
"The best technique book I've seen. Fun . . . I began using it the day I got it." -- novelist, author of Full Circle
Angela Zeman
"Am loving it! Very concise and clear. Tom was exactly right." --author of The Witch and the Borscht Pearl
Robert S. Levinson
"Exceptional, and not just for those who've thought about writing a novel...Concise, authoritative, a refresher course in basics...masterful!" -- author of the bestselling novels Hot Paint, The John Lennon Affair and The James Dean Affair
John Wirth
"If you use only half of what's in this book, your writing will be twice as good!" -- Screenwriter, Executive Producer of The District
Jim Kearney
"How refreshing! If today's novelists listened to Tom Sawyer, they'd have more readers, and better zip codes." -- Loyola Marymount Faculty/Network TV Consultant
Linda Fairstein
"A brilliantly practical primer . . . Smart, funny, dead-on accurate - like putting a down-payment on a ticket to the bestseller list." -- bestselling novelist, author of The Bone Vault and The Deadhouse

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780962747618
Publisher:
Ashleywilde, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,364,664
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author


Thomas B. Sawyer is a teacher of creative writing and screenwriting and was an Emmy-nominated head writer and producer of Murder, She Wrote. He is the author of The Sixteenth Man and Plots Unlimited. He lives in Malibu, California.

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