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Friday, April 26, 2013


Literary Agent Donald Maass has created another quality writing book showing that engaging writing must be deeply personal to snag and maintain the reader.

"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."
Have you read this or any other book by Maass? What did you think?


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your post which may I say how well it was written. I have not read any books by this author but perhaps one day,


Kathy Cannon Wiechman said...

I haven't read this book, but it sounds like a good & helpful one. I'll look for it. Thanks.
Kathy @ Swagger Writers

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I haven't read his book, however, I do follow him on twitter.

D.G. Hudson said...

I'm a fan of Don Maass' writing books, and have a couple - The Fire in Fiction, and Writing the Breakout Novel. His books tend to inspire me.

I'd recommend his books anyday. I also met him at a writer's conference. Took a master class of his as well. So, I'll check out this book next chance I get, Sylvia.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Never read one but this book sounds very informative.

Unknown said...

I've read a couple of his books and this one is definitely on my radar. Thanks for the reminder to get it in my library.

#1Nana said...

I just added this book to my wish list. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower.

Rob-bear said...

Right now, there's more in your post than I can comprehend. Yup, dozy ol Bear here. But when I decide to write my book, I'll come back for this.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting

Sue Elvis said...


My daughters and I all enjoy reading writing books ( and then going off and writing!) We have quite a collection. We don't have any by Donald Maass though. I shall put this one on my wish list. Sounds good!

Thank you for visiting my blog and following. That was kind of you! I hope you will visit again.

Pat said...

This sounds interesting! I think I will look into it! Thanks for the recommendation and thanks for stopping by my blog!