Writing the Breakout Novel (Paperback)

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781582971827
ISBN-10: 158297182X
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Publication Date: August 15th, 2002
Pages: 272
Language: English