E was simply focused on the craft of storytelling as f writing exists Iron Cross in a void beyond the strictures of culture and power Thats the void that most books about writing exist Zachary's Virgin in asf stories are not the most powerful form of the hegemony but some kind of artistic pursuit that finds success based solely on merit But I digress As a book about storytelling the Pfaueninsel information about plot characters setting and other basic elements of structure presentedn this book are as solid and useful now as they were when Donald Maass first published this book Five full stars This s a great read In the year 2000 Maass saysMiddle eastern terrorists are not likely to attack us This s an Torah With Ramban's Commentary Translated, Annotated, And Elucidated: Devarim/Deuteronomy (Artscroll) implausible plot for a thriller Look men the eye and repeat that at the end of 2001 DonaldA global financial crisis wouldn t affect people enough to be the topic of a thriller So what f Wall Street has a bad day or even a VERY bad day I ll check back with you when the unemployment and foreclosure rate s skyrocketing n 2008 Mr MaassConspiracies make a bad topic for a thriller so too do the so called treasure hunt stories This just a few years before The Davinci Code which basically combines the two came out and made millionsThen you have the long section on how e readers will never have an effect on the paper publishing business People don t want e readers Maass sniffs because they don t offer anything superior to reading t on paper There will never be a magic revolution wherein authors can skip the publishing houses and directly put their works up for ebooks so stop wishing for t I guess n 2000 that felt like a safe thing to think In 2013 I was reading him make this declaration ON MY KINDLE So yeah t was a little hard to take seriouslyI was bothered not just by these types of predictions which are n some sense understandable But early Time Capsule in the book he a literary agent talks about a book he got a huge nearly million dollar advance for praisingt as an example of the kind of book he will help you learn to write He claims that he read the manuscript and saw a clear turning point where the author was maturing and transcending his earlier workLooking at Hot Under the Collar its sales onn 2013 Horses it has a sales ranking of 1000000 meaning one million books are placing abovet and an average review of 2 12 stars out of 5 The author s fans consistently said This Goblin King isn t as good as his prior books Admittedlyt s a kind of old book 13 years later but ranking at the 1000000 level The Luthier's Apprentice is still bad for a professionally published book If thiss the kind of book he s going to teach us to write hated by the author s fans as a turning point Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California into being worse and disappointingn sales well So that was a big turnoff to me as well Donald Maass and the book s readers both agreed this highly touted novel was a turning point The problem The guy promising to teach you to write like this thought t was where the author became brilliant and the readers thought t was where he ceased to write engaging fiction A bit of a problem Villa Mendl: Leben und Schicksal der Ankerbrot-Erbin Bettina Mendl if the premise of THIS books learn to write better selling better reading fiction Also f you like successful thrillersscifihorror books be prepared to be nsulted throughout The author takes for granted that his readers hate successful books with speculative elements so when he discusses the book Jurassic Park pointing out all the ways Schlechter Sex 2 in whichts themes and characters embody the virtues he New Jewish Voices: Plays Produced by the Jewish Repertory Theatre is discussingn this book and really he does seem to understand JP and makes a good case for t being a weightier book than t gets credit for he follows The Disability Studies Reader it up with What s that you say You don t like Jurassic Park Let me talk about a different book then and then proceeds to discuss a book about a teenage girl being raised by a single fathern a small town Which Sword and Sorceress 24 is fine but the unspokenmplication s Now since everybody reading this book hates Jurassic Park let s see how a REAL book does this I would much rather learn to write Jurassic Park than a Hallmark made for TV movie n print Still despite the many elements which proved grating for me this s a useful book on writing It just seemed many times longer to me than t actually was because so much of The Riptide Ultra-Glide it happened to rub me the wrong way It wouldn t have that effect on many people so don t be too turned off Its good points are still worth lookingntoCONS The track record of this guy s predictions Die Sanduhr in 2000s laughable with the hindsight of a 2013 reading All the books he champions that were not yet released at the time of writing did terribly 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his analysis of books that had already proven themselves n 2000 he prove accurate This kind of undermines his whole thesis analysis of books that had already proven themselves n 2000 he prove accurate This kind of undermines his whole thesis a lot of waysHe doesn t have a healthy respect for much genre fiction particularly horror which he said died out n the 80 s and that can cause a lot of friction between the reader and the book depending on what type of author you areAlso t might be a lesser point but SPOILERS to other works ABOUND n this book He ll happily describe the story arc to novel after entire novel even parenthetically throwing That Yankee Cat: The Maine Coon in the content of the last page evenf t doesn t matter Up through the very final pages we as readers are left wondering Does she or doesn t she She does This sn t always welcomePROS Has some decent universally applicable advice One of his best bits of advice often repeated Ghost Stories of Washington is that many other books have been written onnsert writing topic Perhaps you should read those Maybe that s advice you can follow without bothering to plunk down 999 for this book There are obvious reasons why adding this title American Espionage and the Soviet Target is embarrassingBut the books not what you thinkMaass Luxuspreissetzung in Der Theorie Und Implikationen F�r Die Praxis is a writer and agent with several decades of experience and he uses that to explain why some books work and some don t He analyzes both commercial and literary fiction He s basicallynterested n any book that reaches a wide audience and why regardless of ts categorizationThis book worked for me because t coalesced a year s worth of reading writing taking apart books and workshops on structure novel and plot Maass goes over how to create compelling characters plot and subplot theme etcAlso I d like to address some easy misconceptions and points other reviewers have made Maass s not discounting hard work He Maas title The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives is corny It s so corny that I might never have orderedt Urban Legend Detectives Case 4: The Samejima Case in the first placef I hadn t won a gift certificate to Writers Digest books It sounds like a writing hack s how to book I assure you Die vier Jahreszeiten it s anything butFirst off Maass a top literary agent Mituri, rituri, simboluri în societatea contemporană in New York Hes also the author of uite a few pseudonymous novels 14 as of 2001 probably now but since I don t know what his pseudonym Kyoko Karasuma Bd. 5 is I can t check He s made a successful career out of his studies on this topic and what he s writtens not so much how to write a breakout novel as t s how to write a novel worth readingMaas knows that what drives book sales The Huguenot Sword is word of mouth recommendations but whatnspires word of mouth Read his book to see how well your book will do and what needs to change to make Poetic Machinations: Allegory, Surrealism, and Postmodern Poetic Form it better I can t recommend Writing the Breakout Novel highly enough to aspiring novelistsIn fact I think I ll make a habit of re readingt every time I m about to start working on a new novel myself Don In the Shadow of Empires is my agent so let s get that out of the way However I heard him speak and I read this book before I ever signed on with him One of his uestions made me rewrite a book I thought was finished I d spent than a year of my life on that book and his uestions made me spend another nine months att That book The Way of Shadows hit the New York Times bestseller list Low but 29 s something a lot of writers would kill to hit And that s the genius of this book not that t ll make you a bestseller but that t will ask you the
uestions that may take your writing to the next levelDon Maass understands story n a way few people even few professionals that may take your writing to the next levelDon Maass understands story From Pocahontas to Power Suits: Everything You Need to Know about Women's History in America in a way few people even few professionals This book puts the work backn your lap If you can t or won t see your own flaws The Story of the Orchestra it won t help you If you can I thinkt willBest writing book I ve read Perio. Tain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish develop an Only Say the Word inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competitionThen using examples from the recent works of several best selling authorsncluding novelist Anne Perry Maass Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge illustrates methods for upping the anten every aspect of your novel writing You'll capture the eye of an agent generate publisher nterest and lay the foundation for a promising care. ,
Donald Maass ✓ 3 free readM still a few pages from being done with Donald Maass s Writing the Breakout Novel and WOWFor YEARS I have been looking for what I consider the perfect writing book And every time I go to a bookstore I find yet another book on writing or some aspect I find to be utterly ndispensible I must have themI m not going to talk about how many writing books I have Let s just say A fewHowever there are only a few books I would recommend to people A lot of the books I ve purchased are Well they tend to repeat the same things over and over again Just n different waysThis one does not In fact Writing the Breakout Novel has a TON of Talking Cures and Placebo Effects information you don t seen other writing books Why I have no dea but this nformation feels like the The Bewitched Wolf information I have tried to findThiss a MUST READ for any writer fiction or nonfictionDonald Maass An Unreasonable Match / An Unconventional Duenna is a literary agent yes one of those people we all would love to have represent us In fact he represents some of the big namesn the Voodoo Woman ( New Orleans Mysteries industry Robert McCammon Anne Perry Elizabeth Bear You can find a list of his clients on his webpageAnd this books a book EVERY writer needs to have on hisher shelfMaass takes a look at breakout novels the novels that get their author s names about and dissects them for their uniue attributes What makes a novel great This book tells you what this agent thinks using examples from contemporary works as well as his own years of experience reading submission after submissionHe tells us what Finn (Anderson Billioniares Book 1) ideas that beginning novelists like to use and then proceeds to tell us whyt usually doesn t work He gives us alternatives to these Last Chance Hero ideas as well as showing when they actually MIGHT work and how successful authors used themThe examples Maass uses are from many different types of novelsncluding both genre and literary fiction Yep there are spoilers for the books but we re not really reading for pleasure are we I m making a list of the books and categorizing them Officer Buckle and Gloria into books I want to readn order to study what the author has done I probably won t read them all but the ones that stand out for me I ll be all overMaass has also published a workbook to compliment this book It Antolog�a Patri�tica includes examples as well as exercises toncorporate Maass s Political Theory: An Introduction ideas and thoughtsnto your novel I ll be using this and The Fire Two Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Fiction Passion Purpose and Techniues to Make Your Novel Great to work on making my current WIP better than ever I ll probably uset also to go back and help flesh out my NaNoWriMo novel from 2008 as wellI m also a graduate of Holly Lisle s How to Think Sideways class as well as her How to Revise Your Novel class I think Maass s work will be a substantial source of What Is Madness? information to help me along my journeyI m glad I bought this book and I ll be usingt MUCH than most of my others 2 stars for generalities not enough specifics 4 stars for some good This Pagan Heaven ideas that are probably foundn most writing booksAUTHOR IDEAS I LIKED the past perfect tense and Paladin's Redemption its evil facilitator the word had will always rob a scene ofts vital mmediacy Even though we need to learn about events that have already happened the author keeps the action always n the present It has Zum Ruhme Reifer Geister: Eine Flaschenpost Mit Brennrezepten Wunderwassern Und Beschwingten Versen Von Babylon Bis Heute (German Edition) impact that way p143Maass encourages combining roles asn the lifelong friend who s also a doctor or the ex spouse who s also a tennis partner p127 Most of us do not for very long tolerate people who make us feel frustrated sad hopeless or depressed not Dreamsnake in life notn books p 105 Every protagonist needs a torturous need a consuming fear an aching regret a visible dream a passionate longing an Dark Water: A Siren Novel inescapable ambition an exuisite lust annner lack a fatal weakness an unavoidable obligation an Muse ironnstinct an Silence irresistible plan a nobledeal an undying hopewhatever Dr. Koto Vol. 9 its that Sworn Sword: A Free Preview in the end propels him beyond the boundaries that confine the rest of us and brings about fulfilling change p77MY FAVORITE PART ualities that we ordinarily associate with greatness visionnsight high ntelligence leadership accomplishment wisdom to name a few If you were to construct a character that embodied all of those ualities however you would wind up with someone about whom t Lanalphabète qui savait compter is not verynteresting to read Why Because there s nothing left to discover nothing unresolved about #Such A Paragon Accomplishment Already Accomplished Does Not Hold Our #a paragon Accomplishment already accomplished does not hold our Striving to attain the mpossible though s a struggle from which we cannot take our eyes Do you watch the Olympics on TV Who does not Do you still care what happens to the bronze medal winner a month or two after the closing ceremony No Who does p110MAASS ADMIRES THE FOLLOWING BOOK I IMMENSELY DISLIKED ITMaass considers Jennifer Crusie s Tell Me Lies a breakout novel I gave t 1 star At one
I was so I wanted to throw the book I did not like Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective it for two reasons 1 heroine stupidity The heroine did at least five stupid things One of them was seeing a murder weapon touchingt and putting her fingerprints on Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues it 2 The heroine lied too much The lies were notnteresting or entertaining They made me dislike herSo what did Maass like about Tell Me Lies The following which was too general and not specific enough Maddie s new boyfriend s an accountant Crusie chooses that profession for her hero not only to give him conflicting sides but to enhance her theme of accountabilityCrusie uses high moments and deathhas a number of nterconnected plot layersThe fun of the novel though lies Cabal in the middle Its the sexual heat between Maddie and CL as well as Maddie s larger than life outlook that brings the story to breakout level The plot layers help So do the many distinctive characters and their Phases of War Crimes Trials of WWII interwoven destinies p 221Maass comments I wasn t feeling them I ve read 12 Crusie books I gave 5 stars to three of them But this book got 1 star I have a hard time using this book as a standard for other authorsMANY SUGGESTIONS WERE NOT SPECIFIC ENOUGHMaass has an exercise for the author to determine theme Ok so the author figures out the theme then what Maass doesn t say what to do witht or why a theme s necessary I believe Stephen King does not use themes when planning what to write because he does not plan his plots Following s a uote from Stephen King s book On Writing I plot as little as possible Plotting and the spontaneity of real creation are not compatible Situation comes first and then watch what happens as the characters try to work themselves out of Young Junius it Most of the time the outcomes something I never expected Personally I don t like artificial cliff hangers at the end of scenes Maass names some popular authors who use cliff hangers and then says Cliff hangers may be clunky but can ALL THESE AUTHORS BE WRONG ABOUT THEM CLEARLY NOTFALSE these authors be wrong about them Clearly notFalse at the end of a scene also suggests a coming disaster Readers are wise to certain authorial tricks A rise s likely to precipitate a fall p193 I don t understand those last three sentences stated together this way Instead of clarifying the next sentence after these s about another subject It s the following What Tales From Greenfuzz 3 if you have nodea about your novel s pacing Do not worry You cannot go too far wrong Ambush if your focal characters strong your central conflict Leaves and Stems from Fossil Forests: A Handbook of the Paleobotanical Collections in the Illinois State Museum is clear and established early and the main plotline always strides forward ands rarely than a scene or two away Work with solid plot fundamentals Milk Teeth: Poems in this way and your story probably will maintaints drive of ts own accord p193 These phrases sound good but they are not specific enoughMaass mentions a book What ties t together Ein Paradies aus Nichts is not plot but a powerful framework provided by a young woman s yearning p223 My thought How does an author knowf she has a powerful framework Breakout novelists are willing to experiment reverse direction throw out large chunks of manuscript add length The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry in short do whatevert takes to wrestle the many Glory, Passion, and Principle: The Story of Eight Remarkable Women at the Core of the American Revolution interwoven elements of a large scale novelnto shapeBreakout novels sprawl If not long they generally are lavish On The Fence in other ways depth of character setting detail theme and so on p225 How does this tell an author what they need to do It sounds like they need. Take your fiction to the next levelMaybe you're a first time novelist looking for practical guidance Maybe you've already been published but your latest efforts stuck n 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 listsMaass details the elements that all. ,Point I Was So
An editor to tell them what to throw add etc In contemporary stories of breakout caliber a sense of the historical moment s also captured What makes our time this very moment n history similar to or different from any other As I am sure you can anticipate the answer once again lies n your characters perceptions of these things p 88 Your characters live Fenway Fiction: Short Stories from Red Sox Nation in an era but which one Andn what stage of Highschool of the Dead, Band 2 its life Find the momentsn the story that delineate that distinction detail them from a prevailing point of view and you will be on your way to enhancing your novel with a sense of the times p 91 breakout novelists employ many approaches to setting but all have one element Rick Stein’s Secret France in common detail A setting cannot live unlesst Guide to the History of the Laws and Constitutions of England: Consisting of Six Lectures, Delivered at the Colleges of Ss. Peter and Paul, Prior Park, Bath is observedn The Legend of the Jersey Devil its pieces and particulars A places the sum of Black Men in Britain: An Ethnographic Portrait of the Post-Windrush Generation its parts The emotions thatt evokes are most effective when they are specific better still when they are uniue p 97DATABook length 260 pages Swearing language none Sexual content none Copyright 2001 Genre nonfiction how to writeOTHER BOOKSFor excellent books on the craft of writing consider the following I gave 5 stars to both of themStein on Writing A Master Editor shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies by Sol SteinOn Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King As an aspiring novelist a friend gave me this book thinking I would like Tactics Illustration Works Kinoshita Sakura x Higashiyama Kazuko itI didn tFirst the pros On one hand the book gives a few basic pointers about storytelling and the publishingndustry The book offers a few Understanding Communication and Aging: Developing Knowledge and Awareness interesting extract from novels And maybe maybe you might like this bookf you were a complete newbieBut On the other hand the author claims to have found the magic formula to write a hit book And this Der Beobachter is where everything goes wrong The author of this books an agent not a novelistThere s no magic formula or as some other reviewers have already mentioned the author would be a successful novelist himself And he s notReading this book made me cringed than once Repeatedly the author sounds arrogantpompous and gives horrible advice as An Egyptian Satire About a Condemned Building ift were the gospel of truthThe chapter on E Revolution comes to mind Talking about e readers the author suggests Barack Obama For Beginners, Updated Edition: An Essential Guide it s a fad they stand little chance of replacing traditional paper books he saysYep tell that to Amanda Hockings Thiss so wrong and Drôle De Mariage it s almost comical to read today This book was writtenn 2001 and From Dare to Due Date it showsI found this book to be very condescending as well Theres this overarching tone n the book mplying I know better than youI suggest you discover Hold Me Again instead On Writing 10th Anniversary Edition A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King A much better volume on the craft of writing by someone who s actually ualified to talk aboutt and who does Nomad itn a way that will nspire you WARNING The plot formulas exposed and lauded n this book can be toxic May lead to dizziness fits of cynicism and paroxysms Do not take this product Heaven Can Wait if you harbor unrealistic expectations about what sort of books the American book buying public actually consumes Do not readf you are offended by the notion that trite adolescent writing and conventio 1 The writing Friends for 300 Years: The History and Beliefs of the Society of Friends Since George Fox Started the Quaker Movement in this books marvelous By that I mean the style Rattlesnake Rock is smooth sophisticated and flowing It makes me guess that the craft of writing must really be valued at Donald Maass s literary agency Yay 2 The level of literary knowledges off the charts Donald pulls Manhattan Muffdiver in so many examples from so many novelst ll make you dizzy I ve read a million how t0 write a novel books Most are Zhuangzi and the Becoming of Nothingness in the ra ra I already knew that category This one was The biggest thing I took away from this book was themportance of the main character Certainly high concept and flawless writing are mportant but mostly we remember the character At least so than the story and writing We remember Jack Reacher Bosch Katnis Everdeen and Harry Potter even than all of the events n a novel we experienced with them If you read this and his other books his premise Black Knight Squadron: Book 1: Foundations is that writing a breakaway novels not luck Tennessee in turmoil: Politics in the Volunteer State, 1920-1932 it s a result of excellent craft That puts the power of being a successful author suarelyn the hands of the author I don t entirely agree with the premise but The Poincaré Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe it s a powerful place to start from As a writers manual on storytelling craft this 2001 publication by author and successful literary agent Donald Maass Writing the Breakout Novel Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level remains one of my favoritesI first read this bookn 2004 or 2005 and came across t again this year 2018 at my library s fundraising sale I bought a very notated very worn hardback copy and reread t finding as much truth n these pages as I did as an aspiring writer than a decade agoI have kept track of Donald Maass over the years I Also Enjoy Reading His Posts enjoy reading his posts writing craft on the website Writer Unboxed where he s a freuent contributor I would love to meet him at a writers conference or other such literary event He has so much wisdom and Asphaltsommer industry expertise about how and why stories work It honestly saddens me that so many people have given this book such scathing reviews here on Goodreads There are plenty of craft books on the market but very few are as good as this oneThe bones of what makes a good story are all here raising stakes transformation resolution All the big plot elements are broken downnto the simplest language So are thornier subjects like theme and voice Donald Maass knows the market and what readers crave from their books and he knows how to distill that knowledge Far from the Place We Called Home into the fewest words possible I have learned some uglier truths about publishing since the first time I read this book truths Donald Maass doesn t ever mention And I don t blame him fort he probably was unaware of such things then and now But
Those Truths Are Still There Most People Who Aspire Totruths are still there Most people who aspire to themselves authors come from a particular socioeconomic background and the publishing market favors stories told from the viewpoint of that particular socioeconomic background The market also favors stories that feature people from bad circumstances falling on hard times through their own poor choices andor addictions and then overcoming their When the Circus Came to Town internal demons rather than facing or changing external forces of oppression White savior tales remain as popular as they ever were for a reason So do popular tropes like the Magical Negro character which has morphednto another popular trope of diversity checkboxing to soothe the sting of a modifiedslightly exoticized white savior tale on an audience that claims to be progressive and wokeaware of oppressionDonald Maass doesn t speak to these things But all of that hegemonic discourse exists Der verpasste Mann in novelsn the stories that are chosen for publication and certainly The Korean Intercept in the stories that become breakout novels that sell welln the marketplace Privilege does not like to be seen or heard Privilege definitely does not want to be changed As a white able bodied upper middle class neurotypical heterosexual man Donald Maass has found success Hernando de Soto in anndustry that seeks to reward what he Tales from the Kathasaritsagara is and how he thinks None of that however means that his wisdom about the craft of storytellingsn t useful or true uite the opposite I love this book and highly recommend Pokemon: Essential Handbook it to any novelist But there are a great many truths I would add to these pagesf I could For aspiring breakout novel authors there are a lot of ugly things that should be taken Slave to Dawn, Master to the Twilight into consideration before writing for the market or writing a book that might perform welln the market Donald Maass Making Life Rich Without Any Money: Finding Joy in What Really Matters is a member of thenner circle so he can t speak to those things For any aspiring breakout novelist who was born and raised Ansatze Zu Einer Pragmatischen Sprachgeschichte: Zurcher Kolloquium 1978 in the samenner circle sharing those truths would also be unnecessary Those truths are often a birthright Turbulente Zeiten inherited through the osmosis of one s upbringing For people outside of the circle the worldview of the publishingndustry and successful novelists must be learned as the s and codes of conduct of any different class William Eggleston in society must be learned Donald Maass did not write an ethnography book about the publishingndustry Breakout novels share regardless of genre then shows you writing techniues that can make your own books stand out and succeed Astrobiology: The Search for Life in Space in a crowded marketplaceYou'll learn to establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place weave subplotsnto the main action for a complex engrossing story create larger than life characters that step right off the page explore universal themes that will nterest a broad audience of readers sus. .