Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel

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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

  • Author: Donald Maass
  • Publication Date: 2002-08-15
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • Product Group: Book
  • Manufacturer: Writer's Digest Books
  • Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
  • Item Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 902L x 606W x 78H
    • Weight: 92
  • Package Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 880L x 600W x 90H
    • Weight: 95
  • List Price: $16.99
  • UPC: 035313108440
  • ISBN: 158297182X
  • ASIN: 158297182X

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