Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Describes the elements that all "breakout novels" share and details writing techniques to make a book stand out and succeed.

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Take your fiction to the next level!

Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists.

Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share - regardless of genre - then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace.

You'll learn to:

  • establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place
  • weave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing story
  • create larger-than-life characters that step right off the page
  • explore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readers
  • sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish
  • develop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competition

Then, using examples from the recent works of several best-selling authors - including novelist Anne Perry - Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing. You'll capture the eye of an agent, generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising career.



Publisher: Cincinnati, OH : Writer's Digest Books, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781582971827
158297182X
9780898799958
0898799953
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 24 cm

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Lwordnerd
Jul 27, 2016

Probably a good idea for any aspiring writer to check this book out. It's full of really helpful information.

SLeeg Apr 18, 2013

I own this and have put tons of markings and post its in it. I haven't finished a novel but not for lack of advice from Donald Maass. It's an exciting book with lots of great advice and I recommend it. There is a separate workbook too.

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ladyshallot
Jun 16, 2012

Interesting read, even if you dont happen to be a writter. Maass writes about character development, plot structure, and many other bits that go into the craft of writting and publishing.

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Morrigancoady
Jun 22, 2010

THis book is so helpful! i reccomend it to all aspiring writers!

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JGOODRICK
May 03, 2010

tips from one of the best who knows the market, well worth investing time in.

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