Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

by Donald Maass


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Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass

Capture the minds, hearts, and imaginations of 21st century readers!

Whether you're a commercial storyteller or a literary novelist, whether your goal is to write a best-selling novel or captivate readers with a satisfying, beautifully written story, the key to success is the same: high-impact fiction. Writing 21st Century Fiction will help you write a novel for today's readers and market, filled with rich characters, compelling plots, and resonant themes. Author and literary agent Donald Maass shows you how to:

  • Create fiction that transcends genre, conjures characters who look and feel more "real" than real people, and shows readers the work around them in new ways.
  • Infuse every page with an electric current of emotional appeal and micro-tension.
  • Harness the power of parallels, symbols, metaphors, and more to illuminate your novel in a lasting way.
  • Develop a personalized method of writing that works for you.

With an arsenal of thought-provoking prompts and questions, plus plenty of examples from best-selling titles, Writing 21st Century Fiction will strip away your preconceived notions about writing in today's world and give you the essential tools you need to create fiction that will leave both readers and critics in awe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599634005
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 348,187
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Donald Maass heads the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City, which represents more than 150 novelists and sells more than 150 novels every year to publishers in America and overseas. He is a past president of the Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and is the author of several books of interest to fiction writers, including Writing the Breakout Novel , The Fire in Fiction , and The Breakout Novelist (all from Writer's Digest Books).

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Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is great....have it at home in paperback too! Really recommend it for writers of all ages and all genres. Big help!
LauriejoLR More than 1 year ago
The book is full of great insight and new ideas.  The exercises are easy to follow.  
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
What makes a work of fiction written in the modern day --- the twenty-first century, that is --- worth reading? What makes some novels instant bestsellers with tremendous followings, and others just "good" or "okay"? Industry expert Donald Maass has studied the subject, being a writer and literary agent himself, and has answers to these questions. You'll find those answers in his nonfiction book on the craft of WRITING 21ST CENTURY FICTION from Writer's Digest Books, themselves an industry leader in all things related to writing. I always learn something when I pick up a nonfiction writing craft book, whether about plotting or characters or dialogue or setting or description or comma placement (hey, it's happened before). Rarely have I ever picked up a writing craft book that I so immediately and completely connected with and understood implicitly as being packed with guidance and wisdom absolutely crucial to improving my writing. WRITING 21ST CENTURY FICTION is an example of the latter. I inhaled the book from cover to cover. Every chapter offers practical tips on how to transform your novel from good to breathtakingly compelling. To illustrate his points, Maass includes excerpts from actual novels, already on the market and spectacular in their own respective rights and categories, making it easy to comprehend what he recommends. And he's quite forthright about his intentions. His suggestions are designed to help make authors' novels the best they can possibly be, but the tips are, in the end, just that: suggestions. He makes nothing a requirement or demand, and yet by the time I was finished reading, I saw the wisdom of nearly everything he recommended. If you write fiction in any genre, whether commercial or literary, there are probably fewer than five writing craft books I would require you to read (on the off-chance that you were, say, a creative writing major in my graduate-level course on the subject). WRITING 21ST CENTURY FICTION is one of the ones that makes the short list, in my admiring and enthusiastic opinion. # # # Author: Donald Maass Title: WRITING 21ST CENTURY FICTION: HIGH IMPACT TECHNIQUES FOR EXCEPTIONAL STORYTELLING Publisher: Writer's Digest Books ISBN: 978-1-59963-400-5 Disclaimer: The opinions I have expressed are my own.