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Publisher's Summary

David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels, Morrell teaches you everything you need to know about:


Plot
Character
Research
Structure
Viewpoint
Description
Dialogue
The business of publishing
And much more.

©2008 David Morrell (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“I found the acute observations and his narrative philosophy more valuable for the new writer than the contents of any 100 other texts.” (Dean Koontz)
“For anyone interested in the craft of writing, from beginners to seasoned veterans, this is a must read.” (Booklist)
“This is the best guidebook to both writing and the business of writing that I've ever read.” (Peter Straub)
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By avoidthelloyd on 09-30-11

REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical.

I have been debating on attempting a novel and have no experience writing, other than college papers 15 years ago. What is really good about this book is that the author really seems to care about people who are interested, but not sure where to start. This book really is for people like me, who have this plot in their head and it needs to be written...now what. He includes very practical "getting started" advice, common mistakes, good advice on what seems like every concern to a novelist. He constantly uses himself and his experiences to show good and bad ideas, which is immensely helpful! He wrote First Blood (Rambo movie) and since most people are familiar with the movie, its easy to follow his examples using it. He also includes everything to expect from brainstorming your plot and characters, to actual writing, to organizing, to submitting drafts, to agents, to publishing, to movie contracts...all very interesting. The time spent on "how" to write in perspective was great. It feels graduate school quality. The biggest plus for me is that in all of this knowledge he is sharing, he is constantly writing to me, encouraging me to not write to achieve any of those things, but to write to satisfy myself. Mr. Morrell, this has been such a reality check and informing. It was a pleasure to read it. Thank You!

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By Ocean on 08-10-12

Love, love, loved it

I've read too many books to count on the subject of writing so wasn't expecting anything earth-moving when I purchased this other than perhaps "something to remind me to do things that I'd otherwise forgotten about". Boy was I wrong. This was a wonderful book - I enjoyed every moment of. Not only informative - it's always great to hear from someone who has "been there and done that" tell how the real deal is - but it's also full of lots of great tips and motivations AND a fair amount of doses of reality - not always pleasant but heck, that's the real world, right? I loved this book and thank you David Morrell for writing it and for sharing such a wealth of information.

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By Mat Q. on 05-03-15

Worth the purchase

A smidge dated in some areas, and a little trenchant in some of his outlooks (Morrell's in depth reasoning for first person POV is pretty full in), none the less a thorough, practical and entertaining writing guide by a practising professional

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