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So You Want to Write (2nd Edition): How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and Memoir

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“This is a great book, no matter what stage of writing you’re at!”—The Writer Magazine

“Here is a must-have for would-be writers. Put this on the shelf right beside Strunk and White.”—Booklist

“Addresses all the elements of successful writing.”—Tampa Tribune

“Advice on getting your work published is worth the cost of the book alone.”—St. Petersburg Times

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Overview

“This is a great book, no matter what stage of writing you’re at!”—The Writer Magazine

“Here is a must-have for would-be writers. Put this on the shelf right beside Strunk and White.”—Booklist

“Addresses all the elements of successful writing.”—Tampa Tribune

“Advice on getting your work published is worth the cost of the book alone.”—St. Petersburg Times

A featured selection of the Writer’s Digest Book Club; chosen by The Writer Magazine as a Best Book of the Year; compared by the American Library Association to Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style; acclaimed by critics, students and teachers and adopted by universities across the country, the unique collaboration between a major American novelist and a publisher is back in a revised second edition, bigger and better than ever.

The most useful and entertaining writing book on the market, the updated second edition has new exercises and expanded essays, covering every aspect of writing and publishing fiction and memoir:

How to begin a piece so that a reader can’t put it down
How to create compelling characters
How professional writers use dialogue
How to narrow a strategy for telling the story of your life
How to write about painful material without coming off as a victim

Included are hundreds of insider tips, such as:

The seven important things when writing about loved ones
The 10 most destructive things writers do
What no one will tell you about rejection letters
FAQs about agents and how much writers really earn
What to do if your work is continually rejected

Marge Piercy is a New York Times best-selling novelist and memoirist. Ira Wood is a novelist and publisher. Their workshops, given nationally, address overcoming the inner and outer barriers to creativity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972898454
  • Publisher: Leapfrog Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 527,901
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Marge Piercy is the author of 16 novels, including the bestsellers Gone to Soldiers and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman On the Edge of Time, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir, Sleeping With Cats. The author of 16 books of poetry, she is the most anthologized poet of her generation. Her work has been translated into 18 languages. Ira Wood is a publisher as well as the author of two novels The Kitchen Man and Going Public and the co-author (with Marge Piercy) of the erotic thriller Storm Tide. His workshops, given nationwide, emphasize the importance of the writer's craft and overcoming the inner and outer barriers to creativity.
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Table of Contents

Sharpening your innate skills 17
Beginnings 27
Characterization 47
How to avoid writing like a victim 75
The uses of dialog 79
Plot in the novel 95
Personal narrative strategies 117
Choosing and manipulating viewpoint 129
Descriptions 141
When you have research to do 153
A few genres : historical fiction, mystery, science fiction 161
Writing short stories 177
Titles 191
Writing humor : learning survival techniques 197
A scandal in the family 217
Work and other habits 225
Fame, fortune, and other tawdry illusions 237
The 10 most destructive things writers can do 249
Practical information 257
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