Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel

Book - 2001
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Explains the elements that all breakout novels share & shows readers how to use these elements to write a novel that will stand out within the crowded marketplace. A breakout novel is one that rises out of its category -- such as literary fiction, mystery, romance, or thriller -- and hits the bestseller lists. Maass explains the elements that all breakout novels share and shows readers how to use these elements to write a novel that has a good chance of succeeding in a crowded marketplace. They'll learn to: -- create a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place -- develop larger-than-life characters -- sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish -- weave sub-plots into the main action -- explore universal themes that will interest a large audience of readers Then, using several of his clients' experiences -- including best-selling novelist Anne Perry -- as case studies, Maass provides real-life, insider examples to show how this type of novel can generate agent and publisher interest, creating or enhancing a novelist's career.
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [2001]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9781582971827
158297182X
9780898799958
0898799953
Branch Call Number: 808.3 M112W 2001
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 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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