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Plot Gardening: Write Faster, Write Smarter
by Chris Fox

Language

English

Pages

150

Publication Date

April 21, 2018

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<b>Learn to Plot without sacrificing Creativity</b><br /><br />What separates great novels from mediocre ones? Story. Authors that master this vital skill keep their readers up at night, and suffer the deluge of 'when is the next book coming out' emails. <br /><br />Whether you are a first time novelist, or a seasoned author, Plot Gardening will teach you the fundamentals of storytelling, delivered in a practical way. Through exercises at the end of each chapter you will build your own outline, and you'll do it without sacrificing the creativity that is so vital to telling great stories.<br /><br />In this book you'll learn:<br /><br />-The basics of story structure, and how it is used<br />-How and why worldbuilding is important, and how to do your own worldbuilding<br />-The components of great characters, and how you can bring yours to life<br />-How to create a living outline that will change and adapt as your characters come to life
How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method (Advance...
by Randy Ingermanson

Language

English

Pages

146

Publication Date

May 18, 2018

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<h2>Want to Write a Dynamite Novel?</h2><br /><b>The secret</b> to writing a dynamite <i>novel</i> is to first write a dynamite <i>scene.</i><br /><b>Because if you can write</b> one terrific scene, you can write a hundred. And that’s a novel.<br /><b>This is a short book</b>, with just one goal—to teach you the simple principles you can use right now to design a powerful scene <i>before</i> you write it. <br /><b>If you’ve already written your novel</b>, you can use these same principles to make each scene better. <br /><br /><h2>About the Book</h2><br /><b>How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method</b> will give you the power tools you need to write scenes that move your reader’s emotions.<br /><br /><b>You’ll learn:</b><br /><ul><br /><li>The one thing your reader most desperately wants. And why.</li><br /><li>How to decide which character should have the point of view.</li><br /><li>The 2 kinds of scenes designed to give your reader a powerful emotional experience—and how to know which to use.</li><br /><li>5 ways to test that your lead character’s goal in each scene is perfect.</li><br /><li>How to end every scene so it leaves your reader <i>wanting more.</i></li> <br /><li>Why dilemmas are good, and how to know when they’re ruining your story.</li><br /><li>4 ways to know that your character’s decision will drive your story forward.</li> <br /><li>How to know when a scene is broken—and how to fix it.</li><br /></ul><br /><h2>Excerpt from Chapter 1:</h2><br />Your reader desperately wants one thing. <br />You have it in your power to give your reader that one thing.<br />And what is that one thing?<br />I could <i>tell</i> you what that one thing is, and you would nod and agree that yes, that one thing is clearly something all readers want. <br />But <i>telling</i> you that one thing wouldn’t make it stick in your mind forever.<br />I want it to stick. <br />I’d rather <i>show</i> you that one thing. Once you’ve seen it, once you’ve lived it, you’ll never forget it. That one thing will be inside you, fueling everything you write. <br />So let me tell you a quick story about one of our ancestors who lived many thousands of years ago in a small village on this planet we call home. <br />When I say he’s our ancestor, I mean it literally—he’s your ancestor and he’s my ancestor and he’s every human’s ancestor. <br />That ancestor of ours was once a thirteen-year-old boy, the newest man in the village, and the smallest.<br />Imagine you’re that boy on the day when word comes to the village that there’s a killer tiger ravaging the village’s herd of goats.<br />The Tale of the Tiger<br />You’re furious. A drought has been burning the land for many months. That herd of goats is all that keeps your village from starvation. <br />You’re also terrified. There’s only one way to get rid of a killer tiger. The village has to organize a hunt, find the tiger, and kill it. But that won’t be easy, because there’s nothing more dangerous in your world than a killer tiger.<br />The village headman sends word around to the whole village. <i>All men meet in the village square, and bring your spear.</i><br />When the messenger comes to your hut, he shakes his head and frowns. He thinks you’re too young to go.<br />In your heart, you’re afraid he’s right. You only just became a man in the last month. You’re small. You’re skinny. You’re weak.<br />But in your head, you know he’s wrong. <br />If the village doesn’t kill the tiger, it’s going to steal every last goat, and the village is going to die.<br />To save your people, you and every man in the village have to work together to kill the tiger.<br />You know very well you might not come back. A thousand times in the village square, you’ve heard the village story-woman tell the Tale of the Tiger. You know that when a tiger is surrounded by men with spears, it always looks for the weakest man—and attacks that man.<br />Sometimes the man kills the tiger. <br />Sometimes the tiger kills the man.<br />You’re terrified, but you know you have to go.<br />You grab your spear and run to the village square. <br /><br /><b>Click the book cover above to read more.</b>
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artis...
by Penguin Books

Language

English

Pages

279

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<b>A stunning masterclass on <b>the creative process</b>, the craft of writing, and the art of finding inspiration from Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, and more of the most acclaimed writers at work today<br /><br />"For artists in need of a creative fix, <i>Light the Dark</i> is as good as a visit from the divine muse." -<i>Bookpage</i><br /></b><br /> What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem—something that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love. From there, incredible lessons and stories of life-changing encounters with art emerge, like how sneaking books into his job as a night security guard helped Khaled Hosseini learn that nothing he creates will ever be truly finished. Or how a college reading assignment taught Junot Díaz that great art can be a healing conversation, and an unexpected poet led Elizabeth Gilbert to embrace an unyielding optimism, even in the face of darkness. LIGHT THE DARK collects the best of <i>The Atlantic</i>'s much-acclaimed "By Heart" series edited by Joe Fassler and adds brand new pieces, each one paired with a striking illustration. Here is a guide to creative living and writing in the vein of <i>Daily Rituals</i>, <i>Bird by Bird</i>, <i>Draft No. 4</i>, and <i>Big Magic</i> for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration—and to find some of your own.<br /><br /> <b>CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:</b> Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Díaz, Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Angela Flournoy, Jonathan Franzen, Yiyun Li, Leslie Jamison, Claire Messud,  Edwidge Danticat, David Mitchell, Khaled Hosseini, Ayana Mathis, Kathryn Harrison, Azar Nafisi,  Hanya Yanagihara, Jane Smiley, Nell Zink, Emma Donoghue, Jeff Tweedy, Eileen Myles, Maggie Shipstead, Sherman Alexie, Andre Dubus III, Billy Collins, Lev Grossman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Charles Simic, Jim Shepard,  T.C. Boyle, Tom Perrotta, Viet Thanh Nguyen, William Gibson, Mark Haddon, Ethan Canin, Jesse Ball, Jim Crace, and Walter Mosley.<br /><br />"As [these authors] reveal what inspires them, they, in turn, inspire the reader, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art." -<i>Booklist</i>
Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of I...
by Ryan Holiday

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English

Pages

331

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<b>A stunning story about how power works in the modern age--the book the New York Times called "one helluva page-turner" and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as "riveting...an astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read." Pick up the book everyone is talking about.</b><br /><br />In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. <br /><br />This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental--it had been masterminded by Thiel.<br /><br />For years, Thiel had searched endlessly for a solution to what he'd come to call the "Gawker Problem." When an unmarked envelope delivered an illegally recorded sex tape of Hogan with his best friend's wife, Gawker had seen the chance for millions of pageviews and to say the things that others were afraid to say. Thiel saw their publication of the tape as the opportunity he was looking for. He would come to pit Hogan against Gawker in a multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, while Gawker remained confidently convinced they would prevail as they had over so many other lawsuit--until it was too late. <br /><br />The verdict would stun the world and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean--for the First Amendment? For privacy? For culture?<br /><br />In Holiday's masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious--and successful--secret plots in recent memory.<br /><br />Some will cheer Gawker's destruction and others will lament it, but after reading these pages--and seeing the access the author was given--no one will deny that there is something ruthless and brilliant about Peter Thiel's shocking attempt to shake up the world.
The One Hour Content Plan: The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’...
by Meera Kothand

Language

English

Pages

108

Publication Date

August 14, 2017

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<h3><strong>Unlock Countless Content Ideas.  Sell Your Products And Services With Ease. Get Your Content to Work Harder For You.</strong></h3><p><br /></p><h3><strong>Does any of this sound like you?</strong></h3><p><strong>1. You NEVER know what to write</strong></p><p>On most days you struggle to come up with blog post ideas and haven’t planned in advance what your content is going to be about. You're always looking to <em>fill </em>a publishing queue.  </p><p><strong>2. You chase after content trends</strong></p><p>You go after what you think will make your post go viral or get more shares. There isn’t necessarily a thread in any of your content pieces.</p><p><strong>3. Your content doesn’t have a strong link to the products or services you offer</strong></p><p>You’re not sure how to create content to promote your products or services. </p><p>If you’re nodding yes to any of the above,<strong> The 1- Hour Content Plan </strong>will help you generate COUNTLESS ideas. To be exact, a full year’s worth of<strong> traffic building and sales boosting</strong> content ideas in 60 minutes or less. </p><p><br /></p><h3><strong>Here’s what’s packed in this how-to guide: </strong></h3><p><br /></p><ul><li>Three core ways to <strong>INSTANTLY generate content ideas</strong> with ease. Ditch the content overwhelm and never ever struggle with what to write again. </li><li><strong>5 types of content</strong> that will inch your subscriber towards becoming a buyer and sell your products and services with ease. <em>(And why you need </em><strong><em>ALL </em></strong><em>five!) </em></li><li>The fastest way to <strong>determine your BRAND VOICE</strong> so that you create content that fits you like a glove. No “whishy-washy” ideas. No guessing. </li><li><strong>8 MUST-NOT neglect elements</strong> that either make or break your blog posts and how to optimize each of them. </li><li><strong>The trap</strong> that bloggers and solopreneurs fall into with producing content and how ways to <strong>HOOK more eyeballs </strong>on your content. </li></ul><p>Imagine for a minute how your blog and business would change if you <strong>NEVER run out of blog post ideas</strong>…</p><p>You know<strong> <em>exactly</em> what to create,</strong> when and what results it’ll drive.</p><p>Your offers (paid and free) become <strong>SEDUCTIVE magnets of YES!</strong> that readers cannot resist.</p><p><br /></p><p>Every single piece of content has a purpose in growing your blog and business,<strong> sells your products and services </strong>for you and <strong>builds your online presence…</strong></p><p><strong>That’s the power of a content strategy and the promise behind the ‘One Hour Content Plan.’</strong></p><h3><br /></h3><h3><strong>Intrigued yet?</strong></h3><p>Then scroll to the top and click or tap <strong>"Buy Now".</strong></p><h3><strong>Get your content to work harder for you with the One Hour Content Plan!</strong></h3>
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays
by Alexander Chee

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English

Pages

297

Publication Date

April 17, 2018

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<DIV><B>From the author of <I>The Queen of the Night</I>, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art.</B><BR /><BR /> As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incendiary” by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the <I>Washington Post</I>. With <I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel,</I> his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.<BR />  <BR /><I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel </I>is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel, <I>Edinburgh,</I> and the election of Donald Trump.<BR />  <BR /> By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, <I>How to Write an Autobiographical Novel</I> asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.</DIV>
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.<BR><BR>“Long live the King” hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King’s <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
Become a Successful Indie Author: Work Toward Your Writing Dream
by Craig Martelle

Language

English

Pages

202

Publication Date

March 26, 2018

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Demystifying the tangled web of self-publishing to put you on the road to success.<br />This is a motivational guide based on my two and a half million published words (mostly with Amazon) to help you see past the hurdles that are keeping you from climbing the mountain of success. Nothing is overwhelming once it's been explained. If you are smart enough to write a book, you are smart enough to do everything else needed to make your indie author business a success.<br /><br />"Craig, thanks to the book, I went from kicking around vague concepts for my first series to knowing exactly how to proceed with it, and because of that I know it'll be far more successful than it would have been if I hadn't read this."<br /><br />"This was insightful and motivating, I'm inspired and wiser for it. Thank you, Craig."<br /><br />"Over the years, I’ve read many How To Books, Self Help Biographies, and Industry Books. Become a Successful Indie Author is one of the best. It reads like a novel, teaches specifics like a field manual, and shines light on pathways through the dark jungle of self-publishing."<br /><br />Clocking in at nearly 50,000 words, this guide has something for every budding author as well as those who have already published, but for whom success remains elusive. In this business there is only one hard and fast rule - you must find readers willing to pay for your stories. It starts with the first sentence. You have to write a gripping story that people want to read, wrap a cover around the book, and then do the marketing. There’s no doubt that you can do it. Let me show you how.
How to Write a Swoon-Worthy Sweet Romance Novel
by Victorine E. Lieske

Language

English

Pages

348

Publication Date

April 04, 2018

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Romance novels aren't like other genres and hitting all the things that romance readers want can be tricky. How do you make your readers believe your characters are falling in love? How do you show that sizzle of attraction? How do you write a good kissing scene? How do you bring in the much-needed tension but still have your characters flirting and getting closer? <br /><br />In this book I take one of my romance novels (Acting Married) and I go through the entire novel with you, basically interrupting myself to tell you what I was thinking as I was writing the novel. It's like watching a movie with commentary. I pull back the curtain so you can see why I started it the way I did, why I decided to put certain scenes in, and what pushes the romance forward in the book.<br /><br />I preface all this with what I consider the essentials of a good romance novel, and I end with my list of well-loved romance tropes that you can draw from in order to write your own bestselling romance novel.
Strangers To Superfans: A Marketing Guide to the Reader Journey (...
by David Gaughran

Language

English

Pages

136

Publication Date

April 25, 2018

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From the author of <i>Let's Get Digital</i> and <i>Let's Get Visible</i>, this book will change how you think about marketing. <b><i>Strangers to Superfans</i></b> puts you in the shoes of your Ideal Readers, and forces you to view your marketing from their perspective.<br /><br />*Learn the five stages in The Reader Journey.<br />*Identify where your blockages are and how to fix them.<br />*Optimize each stage to increase conversion.<br />*Boost sales by making the process more frictionless.<br />*Build an army of passionate readers who do the selling for you.<br /><br />It's not enough to know who your Ideal Readers are, you also need to imagine how they feel when a recommendation email arrives containing your cover. You must figure out why they hesitated before clicking the Buy button. And it's crucial to determine why they liked your book enough to finish it... but not sufficiently to recommend it to their friends.<br /><br />The Reader Journey is a new marketing paradigm that maps out the journey your Ideal Readers take in their transformation from strangers to superfans.<br /><br /><i>TABLE OF CONTENTS</i><br /><br /><b>PART I: A NEW PARADIGM--THE READER JOURNEY</b><br /><br />1: The New Marketing<br />2: Defining Your Ideal Reader<br />3: The Importance of Granular Targeting<br />4: Buyer Personas & The Stages of Selling<br /><br /><b>PART II: READER ROADBLOCKS</b><br /><br />5: The Discoverability Myth<br />6: Visibility Chokepoints<br />7: Consideration Distraction<br />8: Purchase Pains<br />9: Advocacy Issues<br /><br /><b>PART III: OPTIMIZING THE READER JOURNEY</b><br /><br />10: The Escalating Challenge of Conversion<br />11: Getting Discovered<br />12: Increasing Visibility<br />13: Browsers to Buyers: How To Make A Product Page Convert<br />14: DNF to OMG<br />15: Handing Out Megaphones<br /><br /><b>PART IV: THE FAILURE MATRIX</b><br /><br />16: Locating Failure Points<br />17: Discovery Fail<br />18: Visibility Fail<br />19: Consideration Fail<br />20: Purchase Fail<br />21: Advocacy Fail<br /><br /><b>PART V: SOLVE IN REVERSE</b><br /><br />22: Why We Work Backwards<br />23: The Product<br />24: The Presentation<br />25: The Promotion<br />26: The Superfan Factory

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