Writing Voice

The Complete Guide to Creating a Presence on the Page and Engaging Readers

Author: Writer's Digest Books Editors

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440349126

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

View: 4798

"From the editors of Writer's Digest."--Cover

Crafting Novels & Short Stories

The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction

Author: Editors of Writer's Digest

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635712

Category: Reference

Page: 368

View: 3186

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.

Creating Characters

The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction

Author: Writer's Digest Books Editors

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638768

Category: Reference

Page: 341

View: 9193

"Populating your fiction with authentic, vivid characters is a surefire way to captivate your readers from the first sentence to the last. Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life"--Publisher.

Finding Your Writer's Voice

A Guide to Creative Fiction

Author: Thaisa Frank,Dorothy Wall

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250093406

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 238

View: 5160

An illuminating guide to finding one's most powerful writing tool, Finding Your Writer's Voice helps writers learn to hear the voices that are uniquely their own. Mixing creative inspiration with practical advice about craft, the book includes chapters on: Accessing raw voice Listening to voices of childhood, public and private voices, and colloquial voices Working in first and third person: discovering a narrative persona Using voice to create characters Shaping one's voice into the form of a story Reigniting the energy of voice during revision

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue

The Complete Guide to Speaking, Conversing, Arguing, and Thinking in Fiction

Author: Writer's Digest Books Editors

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440345548

Category: Dialogue

Page: 304

View: 6144

WRITING & EDITING GUIDES. Dynamic Dialogue provides the absolute best writing instruction that WD has to offer on dialogue. The essays and articles will help readers successfully approach and overcome issues such as: pacing, suspense, conflict, effectively using dialect and jargon, manipulating mood, developing themes, creating subtext, revealing background, and more. Each chapter builds on the last, providing as comprehensive an examination of the nuances and details of dialogue as possible.

Writing Down Your Soul

How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within

Author: Janet Conner

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781609250058

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 4881

You could pray, or meditate, or dream, or visit a shaman, or a minister, or a hypnotherapist. With so many routes into inner consciousness, why write? Of all the ways to get in touch with God, as you understand God... to hear the small, still voice pointing you in the right direction... why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just a hair below your conscious awareness, write. Write every day, at approximately the same time, with passion, honesty, and the intention of speaking with and listening to the voice within. Janet Conner was escaping a terrible situation of domestic abuse. While trying to figure out how she and her son could live and how they could eat, she realized she had hit rock bottom. With no other advisors, she listened to her own inner voice, which told her to start writing. As she did, Janet’s inner voice gained clarity and strength, and she felt an incredible connection to the divine, and almost immediately miracles began to happen. Today, research scientists in psychology, physics, biochemistry, and neurology are providing peeks into what consciousness is and how it works. Their findings give us intriguing clues as to what is actually happening in and through our bodies, minds, and spirits as we roll pen across paper. Writing Down Your Soul explores some of this research and instructs readers how to access the power and beauty of their own deepest selves.

The Writer's Guide to Wattpad

The Comprehensive Guide to Building and Sustaining a Successful Career

Author: Benjamin Sobieck

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440352935

Category:

Page: 256

View: 6642

Engage with the Next Generation of Writers! Wattpad is an online storytelling community where users can post their writing, such as articles, stories, novels, fan fiction, and poems. This platform offers writers the chance to connect directly with readers, fans, and story enthusiasts. With the ability to release stories and chapters one at a time, authors can receive continual encouragement and real-time feedback on their work. The Wattpad staff supports successful writers through their Stars program, which provides them opportunities to work with successful brands, publish to print, connect to film and television industries, and more. The potential of Wattpad for writers is limitless, and, for the first-time ever, the staff, writers, and stars of Wattpad have created the guide to help you launch and sustain a successful writing career through this platform. In The Writer's Guide to Wattpad, you'll learn how to: Get started using Wattpad, prepare your writing to be published, and develop a unique cover design. Interact with readers, use multimedia to enhance and tell stories, and leverage social media to create a stronger platform. Attract the attention of an agent or publisher and sell copies of your work elsewhere. Tap into the brand of Wattpad to understand their Stars Program, brand campaigns, and what success looks like. Written to be accessible to beginners and veterans alike, The Writer's Guide to Wattpad is your essential companion to navigating the Wattpad platform and brand, and leveraging your writing to millions of users worldwide.

Finding Your Writer's Voice

Author: Bria Quinlan,Jeannie Lin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781545087015

Category:

Page: 152

View: 4659

Voice. That IT Factor. The Holy Grail. Every writer has one. Every writer knows what it is, but not everyone can put their finger on how to develop it. Join Jeannie Lin and Bria Quinlan, two award-winning, best-selling authors, as they chase down this elusive element. This book discusses the hierarchy of developing a professional voice as well as concrete tips and techniques for discovering and enhancing your writing voice so it emerges as a unique and compelling force that has readers turning the pages for more.

Keys to Great Writing

Mastering the Elements of Composition and Revision

Author: Stephen Wilbers,Faith Sullivan

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440345807

Category: English language

Page: 288

View: 3271

"Mastering the elements of composition and revision"--Cover.

Sell Your Book Like Wildfire

The Writer's Guide to Marketing and Publicity

Author: Rob Eagar

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599634210

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 284

View: 1078

Promote and Sell Your Work! You've written a book, but if it doesn't sell, what's the point? In Sell Your Book Like Wildfire, marketing expert Rob Eagar explains how to use the best promotional methods available to get your book noticed and drive sales. You'll learn how to: Increase your book sales by driving readers to bookstores and online retailers Build a brand that makes your books stand out from the crowd Secure more media interviews and speaking engagements Connect with key influencers who spread word of mouth Create raving fans who buzz about your book on social media Ignite your confidence to sell more books and make more money as an author. Whether you're a first-timer or an old-hand, self-published or traditionally published, a novelist or non-fiction writer, this is the only marketing guide you'll ever need.

Million Dollar Web Presence

Leverage The Web to Build Your Brand and Transform Your Business

Author: Chad Barr,Alan Weiss

Publisher: Entrepreneur Press

ISBN: 1613081715

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 244

View: 9864

Hidden among the chaos and hype, there are secrets to success on the web. Globally renowned internet expert Chad Barr and business strategist and bestselling author Alan Weiss, reveal them - and show you how to use them to amploify your web presence and profits. Using the unmatched reach of the web, entrepreneurs are empowered to take a more tactical, brand-driven approach to attracting new clients and reinforcing the relationships with their current clientele—quickly raising the bar to produce better results for their brand and their business. Starting with their website, Weiss and Barr reveal five critical areas that can be immediately enhanced to emphasize creditability and instantly build trust among visitors. Entrepreneurs also discover how to outfit their site with new tools, products and offerings that pull visitors in, keep them captivated, and compel them to keep coming back. Weiss and Barr then coach thought leaders in capitalizing on today’s social web, delivering a strategic plan to uncovering opportunity in online communities, social networks, and other popular platforms—allowing them to showcase their greatest business draw: their expertise. Entrepreneurs also learn which components are critical to their success as a thought leader, gaining valuable insight into trending technologies like mobile devices to help them in determining which avenues are of the greatest gain. Offering support such as assessments, real-life examples, screen shots, and access to free downloads, tutorials, and more, Weiss and Barr deliver a comprehensive plan to help entrepreneurs enhance their online efforts and strategically elevate their brand, and ultimately, their business.

Story Genius

How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

Author: Lisa Cron

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607748908

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 4040

Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). In Story Genius Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Engage

The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web

Author: Brian Solis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470619694

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 2760

The Teen Years Explained

A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

Author: Clea McNeely,Jayne Blanchard

Publisher: Jayne Blanchard

ISBN: 0615302467

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 103

View: 7311

We idealize childhood and demonize adolescence, often viewing the typical teenager as a bundle of problems. Yet according to a new book, The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development, by Clea McNeely, MPH, DrPH and Jayne Blanchard, adolescence can be a time of opportunity, not turmoil. By understanding the developmental stages and changes of adolescence, both teens and adults can get the most out of this second decade of life. In plain English, this guide incorporates the latest scientific findings about physical, emotional, cognitive, identity formation, sexual and spiritual development with tips and strategies on how to use this information in real-life situations involving teens. Whether you have five minutes or five hours, you will find something useful in this book. This practical and colorful guide to healthy adolescent development is an essential resource for parents, teens, and all people who work with young people.

Art-Write

Crafting Effective Artist Statements and Promotional Materials: the Writing Guide for Visual Artists

Author: Vicki Krohn Amorose

Publisher: Luminare Press

ISBN: 9781937303129

Category: Art

Page: 110

View: 760

Practical information for artists trying to sell their work. Formatted in a workbook style with fill exercises and examples.

The Case Writing Workbook

A Self-Guided Workshop

Author: Gina Vega

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315455889

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 2602

This book offers a modular set of chapters that focus specifically on the challenges related to case writing. Exercises, worksheets, and training activities help guide readers sequentially through the entire process of writing both a case and an instructor’s manual (teaching note). Designed as an individualized workshop to assist case authors to structure their writing, this book combines the easy-to-understand, student-focused language of the first edition with new material covering the latest developments and challenges in the world of case writing. These include: ? A section on writing cases in condensed time frames ? A new module on writing short cases in various formats ? A new module on turning research papers into teaching tools ? A section about growing communities of practice in a university ? An expansion of the student case writing module to include a section on case writing for graduate students ? Twelve new worksheets ? A complete index to facilitate use of the book Finishing all the book’s assignments will result in a complete case and instructor’s manual that can be tested in the classroom and submitted to a conference or journal. The Case Writing Workbook is a must for the shelf of any academic or student conducting qualitative research and looking to enhance their skill set.

Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO

Author: Harrison Monarth

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071634649

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 2729

Get the Key to the Boardroom with Powerful Executive Presence! “This book can be a key aid in helping you make it to the next level! Great coaching for anyone who is even thinking of becoming an executive!” Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There “On the corporate battlefield a true leader’s success is based upon his or her ability to communicate effectively, persuade others to follow a goal, and execute it. This leads to success for all. When the stakes are high, you’re well advised to read this book first.” Scott A. Gaines, vice president, Hertz Corporation “If you are seriously looking to be perceived in the light you choose, Executive Presence is the book that not only answers the question, but shows you how to apply the answers.” Kevin Hogan, author of The Psychology of Persuasion “Harrison Monarth is a first-rate thinker who writes as clearly as he thinks. No matter where you are on the career ladder, Executive Presence will put you a step ahead of your competition.” T. Scott Gross, author of Positively Outrageous Service “Most people know that to move up in your career, you need to have self-awareness and the ability to manage the perceptions of those whose opinions count. . . . Executive Presence is your comprehensive guide to help you become more profi cient at self-marketing and the art of ethical persuasion to achieve your personal and professional goals.” Larina Kase, PsyD, MBA, author of The Confident Leader and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Confident Speaker About the Book An expert in coaching high-level players in the art of perception management, Harrison Monarth reveals the critical difference between CEOs and those of us who wish to be CEOs. It’s not a matter of intelligence, connections, or luck. It can be summed up in two words: executive presence. While most of us toil in obscurity and expect great things to follow, those on the path to corporate leadership spend their time perfecting the types of leadership communication skills that generate respect and get others to share their vision. They use these skills to establish how they are perceived by others and to manage their reputation throughout the organization. In other words, these soon-tobe top players have developed the presence of an executive through careful image management—and they make sure they have the goods to back it up. In Executive Presence, Monarth shows how you can seize control of your own career using the same skills. Inside, he explains how to: Accurately “read” people and predict their behavior Influence the perceptions of others Persuade those of opposing views to your side Create and maintain a personal “brand” Manage and control your online reputation Perform damage control when things go wrong Monarth’s conclusions aren’t based solely on his keen insight and extensive experience; they’re the result of the latest scientifi c research in interpersonal communication and human behavior. Talent and skills are important, but they alone won’t take you to the top of your organization. People reach highly infl uential positions because they deeply understand the power of perception and know how to leverage it in their favor. The good news is, anyone with the will to succeed can do it. Executive Presence provides all the techniques you need to take your career to the highest level of any organization.

Crafting Presence

The American Essay and the Future of Writing Studies

Author: Nicole B. Wallack

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 1607325357

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 260

View: 9108

Essays are central to students’ and teachers’ development as thinkers in their fields. In Crafting Presence, Nicole B. Wallack develops an approach to teaching writing with the literary essay that holds promise for writing students, as well as for achieving a sense of common purpose currently lacking among professionals in composition, creative writing, and literature. Wallack analyzes examples drawn primarily from volumes of The Best American Essays to illuminate the most important quality of the essay as a literary form: the writer’s “presence.” She demonstrates how accounting for presence provides a flexible and rigorous heuristic for reading the contexts, formal elements, and purposes of essays. Such readings can help students learn writing principles, practices, and skills for crafting myriad presences rather than a single voice. Crafting Presence holds serious implications for writing pedagogy by providing new methods to help teachers and students become more insightful and confident readers and writers of essays. At a time when liberal arts education faces significant challenges, this important contribution to literary studies, composition, and creative writing shows how an essay-centered curriculum empowers students to show up in the world as public thinkers who must shape the “knowledge economy” of the twenty-first century.

Writing Your Legacy

The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life Story

Author: Richard Campbell,Cheryl Svensson

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638775

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 3788

Craft a meaningful life story! A written legacy of your life--one that encompasses experiences, lessons learned, failures and triumphs--is a gift your family and friends will cherish for years to come. Writing this story may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Writing Your Legacy is a step-by-step guide to chronicling a life story that reflects your true self. Through a series of 35 guided themes, as well as supplementary exercises, you'll explore milestones, relationships, career paths, and major choices, and leave an eloquent record of your life for future generations. You'll also learn how to: Become the hero of your story Employ vibrant sensory details Discover your unique voice Dig up memories from your childhood and teen years Overcome writer's block, address common fears, and stay motivated Prepare your story for publication Writing your life story can grant you insight and clarity, help you heal past wounds, and serve as a treasured account you'll be proud to share. Your story deserves to be told. Capture the spirit of your life with Writing Your Legacy.

The Things They Carried

Author: Tim O'Brien

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547420293

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3105

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.