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The Best Fiction Has a Mind of Its Own

&break;&break;How do you create a successful story that captures readers from its first page and never lets them go until the final page is turned?

&break;&break;The secret is a delicate balancing act between allowing a story a mind of its own and holding tightly to its reins.

&break;&break;Award-winning author Lisa Lenard-Cook takes you through the entire writing process, showing you how to:

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The Best Fiction Has a Mind of Its Own

&break;&break;How do you create a successful story that captures readers from its first page and never lets them go until the final page is turned?

&break;&break;The secret is a delicate balancing act between allowing a story a mind of its own and holding tightly to its reins.

&break;&break;Award-winning author Lisa Lenard-Cook takes you through the entire writing process, showing you how to:

  • &break;&break;
  • nurture your ideas&#150the seeds of your fiction&#150so they bloom more fully&break;
  • develop nuanced characters with distinct voices that intrigue readers,&break;
  • manage your story's "mind"&#150carefully pacing your scenes&break;
  • navigate the intricacies of the revision process&#150so your own edits are more efficient and effective
&break;&break;Combining practical advice with down-to-earth candor, The Mind of Your Story illuminates the often-elusive elements of fiction and helps you turn your creative obsessions into that mysterious yet undeniable connection with readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582974880
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author


Lisa Lenard-Cook is the author of the award-winning novels Dissonance and Coyote Morning. She writes a monthly column about fiction writing called "The Art of Fiction" at Authorlink.com.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Seeds and Their Nourishment 1

Ch. 1 Fictional Seeds 2

Ch. 2 I've Got Voices in My Head! 14

Ch. 3 The Plot Thickens 27

Ch. 4 Where It's At 40

Ch. 5 What's Your Point? 53

Ch. 6 Getting Personal 64

Ch. 7 Look Who's Talking 75

Ch. 8 It's Not What You Say 88

Ch. 9 That Special Something 100

Pt. II The Mind of Your Story 112

Ch. 10 The Mind of Your Story 113

Ch. 11 Managing Time 124

Ch. 12 Keeping the Pace 135

Ch. 13 Tense and Tension 147

Ch. 14 Who Do You Love? 154

Pt. III Start All Over Again 165

Ch. 15 Start All Over Again 166

Ch. 16 Where Do I Begin Revising? 176

Ch. 17 Picking Up the Pieces 194

Ch. 18 Other Readers, Other Rooms 212

Ch. 19 The Big Picture 227

Ch. 20 Self-Confidence and the Writing Life 236

Appendixes 246

Appendix A "Wild Horses" 247

Appendix B Manuscript Page in Progress 255

Appendix C Scribble Sheet 256

Appendix D Bibliography 257

Index 260

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    I cannot by far understand why this title has no reviews, let al

    I cannot by far understand why this title has no reviews, let alone, five-star reviews.
    This book covers every obstacle a writer faces during the writing process. When I  
    first read this book, the craft of writing became very clear to me.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    This book is very basic in information on writing. Spend the ext

    This book is very basic in information on writing. Spend the extra money on Stephen King's On Writing or any of the other known writing books. You'll be better off. 

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