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Cover Art: Self-editing for fiction writers : how to edit yourself into print /
Self-editing for fiction writers : how to edit yourself into print
Browne, Renni.
Ah, editing. Cue the cringe. But seriously, it is something that is extremely important. After all, you should always proofread carefully to see if you any words out
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 B
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Cover Art: How to write science fiction and fantasy /
How to write science fiction and fantasy
Card, Orson Scott.
This is more of a guide to sci-fi than fantasy, but still super interesting.
Adult Nonfiction Book PN3377.5.S3C37 1990
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Cover Art: The Writer's digest guide to science fiction & fantasy /
The Writer's digest guide to science fiction & fantasy
Card, Orson Scott.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3876 C 2010
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Cover Art: Writing fiction : an introduction to the craft /
Writing fiction : an introduction to the craft
Disher, Garry.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 D
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Cover Art: The pen commandments : a guide for the beginning writer /
The pen commandments : a guide for the beginning writer
Frank, Steven, 1963-
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.042 F
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Cover Art: Seize the story : a handbook for teens who like to write /
Seize the story : a handbook for teens who like to write
Hanley, Victoria.
Teen Nonfiction Book PN159 .H285 2008
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Cover Art: The tough guide to Fantasyland /
The tough guide to Fantasyland
Jones, Diana Wynne.
Teen Nonfiction Book 828.91407
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Cover Art: On writing : a memoir of the craft /
On writing : a memoir of the craft
King, Stephen, 1947-
This was more of a memoir than actual instructions of how to write, but if you read carefully you'll be able to find a gem of knowledge here and there. And plus, it's really interesting. Which is always nice.
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 K587
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Cover Art: Get that novel written! /
Get that novel written!
Levin, Donna.
Sit down in your reading chair! Pull out the pompoms! And (afterwards) get that novel written!
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 L
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Cover Art: Writing magic : creating stories that fly /
Writing magic : creating stories that fly
Levine, Gail Carson.
Children's Nonfiction Book808.3 L
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Cover Art: The first five pages : a writer's guide to staying out of the rejection pile /
The first five pages : a writer's guide to staying out of the rejection pile
Lukeman, Noah.
If you should ever desire to be published, it's very important to keep your work out of the rejection pile, because there it will never be published, but will sit and decompose in utter grief, while you chew your fingernails and wish that you had read "The first five pages : a writer's guide to staying out of the rejection pile."
Adult Nonfiction Book PN218 .L85 2000
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Cover Art: A writer's guide to fiction /
A writer's guide to fiction
Lyon, Elizabeth, 1950-
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 L
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Cover Art: How not to write a novel : 200 classic mistakes and how to avoid them--a misstep
How not to write a novel : 200 classic mistakes and how to avoid them--a misstep
Mittelmark, Howard
And equally important as learning how to write a novel, is learning how NOT to write a novel. Because if you know how not to write a novel, then you can reverse that information and deduce how TO write a novel. Which is why you were reading this book. (Note to innocent children and young manatees: there is a reason that this book is in the adult section. But, if you are determined to learn how not to write a novel, then I recommend you overlook a few particular words and skip a certain chapter that I also skipped.)
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 M
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Cover Art: Make a scene : crafting a powerful story one scene at a time /
Make a scene : crafting a powerful story one scene at a time
Rosenfeld, Jordan E., 1974-
Since a story is built up of many many many scenes, it's very important to learn how to write a scene. And if you read this book many many times, you'll be able to write many many scenes, and thus (hopefully) at least one book.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 R
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Cover Art: The Elements of style /
The Elements of style
Strunk, William, 1869-1946.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.042 S
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Cover Art: Keys to great writing /
Keys to great writing
Wilbers, Stephen, 1949-
Of course, if you want to learn to write, I'm sure that you want to learn to write well (unless you're a paperback romance novelist, in which case you're quite free to aspire to write crap). So please indulge in this book and learn to write great writing. The world will thank you.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.042 W
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On Sep 3, 2010 at 6:12, Petercb55 wrote:
Thanks for the interesting variety of writing guides suggested within this list.
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