Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

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Make Your Novel Stand Out from the Crowd!

Noted literary agent and author Donald Maass has done it again! His previous book, Writing the Breakout Novel, offered novelists of all skill levels and genres insider advice on how to make their books rise above the competition and succeed in a crowded marketplace.

Now, building on the success of its predecessor, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook calls that advice into action! This powerful book ...

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Overview


Make Your Novel Stand Out from the Crowd!

Noted literary agent and author Donald Maass has done it again! His previous book, Writing the Breakout Novel, offered novelists of all skill levels and genres insider advice on how to make their books rise above the competition and succeed in a crowded marketplace.

Now, building on the success of its predecessor, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook calls that advice into action! This powerful book presents the patented techniques and writing exercises from Maass's popular writing workshops to offer novelists first-class instruction and practical guidance. You'll learn to develop and strengthen aspects of your prose with sections on:

  • Building plot layers
  • Creating inner conflict
  • Strengthening voice and point of view
  • Discovering and heightening larger-than-life character qualities
  • Strengthening theme
  • And much more!
Maass also carefully dissects examples from real-life breakout novels so you'll lean how to read and analyze fiction like a writer. With authoritative instruction and hands-on workbook exercises, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook is one of the most accessible novel-writing guides available.

Set your work-in progress apart from the competition and write your own breakout novel today!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582972633
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc
  • Publication date: 6/7/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 243,711
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part I Character Development
1 From Protagonist to Hero 8
Exercise: Adding Heroic Qualities 12
2 Multidimensional Characters 14
Exercise: Opening Extra Character Dimensions 18
3 Inner Conflict 19
Exercise: Creating Inner Conflict 24
4 Larger-Than-Life Character Qualities 25
Exercise: Creating Larger-Than-Life Qualities 31
5 Heightening Larger-Than-Life Qualities 33
Exercise: Adjusting the Volume 35
6 Character Turnabouts and Surprises 36
Exercise: Reversing Motives 38
7 Personal Stakes 40
Exercise: Defining Personal Stakes 48
8 Ultimate Stakes 50
Exercise: Capturing the Irrevocable Commitment 54
9 Exposition 56
Exercise: Deepening Exposition 59
10 Creating Secondary Characters 60
Exercise: Secondary Character Development 64
11 Antagonists 66
Exercise: Developing the Antagonist 69
Exercise: The Antagonist's Outline 71
12 Enriching Your Cast 73
Exercise: Combining Roles 76
Part II Plot Development
13 Public Stakes 80
Exercise: Raising Public Stakes 86
14 Complications 88
Exercise: Making Complications Active 91
15 Plot Layers 93
Exercise: Building Plot Layers 97
16 Weaving a Story 99
Exercise: Weaving Plot Layers Together 104
17 Subplots 106
Exercise: Adding Subplots 109
18 Turning Points 111
Exercise: Heightening Turning Points 115
19 The Inner Journey 117
Exercise: Inner Turning Points 120
20 High Moments 122
Exercise: Creating High Moments 127
21 Bridging Conflict 129
Exercise: Developing Bridging Conflict 132
22 Low Tension Part I: The Problem With Tea 134
Exercise: Brewing Tension 139
23 Low Tension Part II: Burdensome Backstory 141
Exercise: Delaying Backstory 146
24 Low Tension Part III: Tension on Every Page 148
Exercise: Adding Tension to Every Page 152
Part III General Story Techniques
25 First Lines/Last Lines 156
Exercise: Enhancing First and Last Lines 161
26 Moments in Time 163
Exercise: Freezing Moments in Time 168
27 Inner Change 170
Exercise: Measuring Inner Change 174
28 Setting 176
Exercise: The Psychology of Place 180
29 Point of View 182
Exercise: Strengthening Point of View 185
30 Character Delineation 187
Exercise: Improving Character Delineation 191
31 Theme 193
Exercise: Alternate Endings 200
Exercise: The Larger Problem 202
Exercise: Same Problem, Other Characters 204
Exercise: Making the Antagonist's Case 206
32 Symbols 208
Exercise: Creating Symbols 211
33 Brainstorming 213
Exercise: Developing Brainstorming Skills 217
34 The Pitch 218
Exercise: Constructing the Pitch 223
Appendixes
Appendix A Outlining Your Novel 225
Appendix B Follow-up Work Checklist 228
Index 229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

    I Just Ordered a Second Copy

    This is a true novel-building workbook: you write descriptions directly into the book in response to his questions. It is a great adjunct to the book 'Writing the Breakout Novel.' The workbook helped me explore my characters, setting, plot, etc. in a way that would not have otherwise occurred to me. I'm getting good responses from the readers who are reading my novel and I just ordered a new workbook for my second novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2010

    Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook

    Powerful - helps me dig right into my own book. Really helpful.

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