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Friday, May 4, 2012

Free Download: Crafting Novels and Short Stories

It’s been a while since I’ve shared news of a free download. So, here you go. I’ve been hearing good things about this book for quite some time, but had not yet purchased it since my “To be Read” pile is so high. Luckily for us, this is now available as a free download to both Kindle and nook users.
From the editors of Writer's Digest, with a forward by James Scott Bell, the overview states:
Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike!
Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more.
This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft:
  • Define and refine your characters.
  • Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense.
  • Hone your story's point of view.
  • Create a rich setting and backstory.
  • Craft dialogue that rings true.
  • Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story.
  • Revise your story to perfection.
Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career.
Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.
Happy reading and writing!


Dana said...


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Thank you. I will order it right now.

Unknown said...

Great suggestion. ..will look it up.

Pat Carroll Marcantel said...

What a nice surprise. I just received it on my Kindle. Sorry I missed the BWG meeting today (again!), but I did not sleep last night, finally getting some zzzs after 6 am. This is getting to be a pattern for me and I will have to figure out how to change it.
Thanks, Sylvia.

shelly said...

I'm going to download it now. Thank you.

MK McClintock said...

Thanks for head's up! Just ordered it.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Ooo, thanks for the head's up!

AuthorAlden said...

Awesome. I'll add it to the stack! Thanks. :)


Karen Jones Gowen said...

Thanks for the tip!