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!
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
|Part I||Character Development|
|1||From Protagonist to Hero||8|
|Exercise: Adding Heroic Qualities||12|
|Exercise: Opening Extra Character Dimensions||18|
|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|
|Exercise: Defining Personal Stakes||48|
|Exercise: Capturing the Irrevocable Commitment||54|
|Exercise: Deepening Exposition||59|
|10||Creating Secondary Characters||60|
|Exercise: Secondary Character Development||64|
|Exercise: Developing the Antagonist||69|
|Exercise: The Antagonist's Outline||71|
|12||Enriching Your Cast||73|
|Exercise: Combining Roles||76|
|Part II||Plot Development|
|Exercise: Raising Public Stakes||86|
|Exercise: Making Complications Active||91|
|Exercise: Building Plot Layers||97|
|16||Weaving a Story||99|
|Exercise: Weaving Plot Layers Together||104|
|Exercise: Adding Subplots||109|
|Exercise: Heightening Turning Points||115|
|19||The Inner Journey||117|
|Exercise: Inner Turning Points||120|
|Exercise: Creating High Moments||127|
|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|
|Exercise: Measuring Inner Change||174|
|Exercise: The Psychology of Place||180|
|29||Point of View||182|
|Exercise: Strengthening Point of View||185|
|Exercise: Improving Character Delineation||191|
|Exercise: Alternate Endings||200|
|Exercise: The Larger Problem||202|
|Exercise: Same Problem, Other Characters||204|
|Exercise: Making the Antagonist's Case||206|
|Exercise: Creating Symbols||211|
|Exercise: Developing Brainstorming Skills||217|
|Exercise: Constructing the Pitch||223|
|Appendix A||Outlining Your Novel||225|
|Appendix B||Follow-up Work Checklist||228|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Donald Maass is a star agent that all writers are clamoring to work with. He represents over 100 writers, who together sell more than 100 books per year. I've seen presentations by him on writing effective query letters and on editing your manuscript, and he is first class all the way. A gifted speaker, presenter and agent. Buy this book, and the text that goes with it!
The follow up to Donald's book of the same name. If you can only afford one go for the workbook, but both are must haves.
I got this workbook before realising there was actually a book beforehand, but there was enough information contained within to make the whole thing work standalone. I read this from cover to cover as I was planning a novel, and each area really made me stop and think, meaning I achieved the planning well enough to allow me to achieve the first draft in one month, of 150,000 words, with no loose plots etc. I now plan to use Wriing the Breakout Novel Workbook when tackling the first (and probably second) edit of the novel I wrote, actually doing most of the exercises systematically when needed. Donald Maass' inclusions of example passages from what he considers breakout novels also meant I became aware of quite a few novels I would want to read myself. And I went out and bought three of them, and have since read them. I liked this Workbook a lot, and would recommend it to many new writers contemplating fiction novels.
The exercises in this book are excellent. If you already have a rough draft of a novel, and are looking to deepen your characters, plots and themes, this book will help you with specific exercises.Each writing exercise is preceded by a section explaining why the exercise is important, and includes examples from "breakout" novels. Unfortunately, most of the examples are dreadful. I got so sick of reading excerpts of mystery novels and thrillers, most of them involving men avenging the murder/rape of their girlfriends, wives and daughters that I finally skipped the expository sections and went ahead and did the exercises. It's too bad he uses the examples he does, because Maas' exercises do a wonderful job of helping you deepen your characters and plot as well as help you figure out what should be scrapped. I can think of plenty of good novels which would have illustrated his points much better.
Powerful - helps me dig right into my own book. Really helpful.