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Novels always must be working plot individual scene and line by line the level that I call micro tension The journey can be outward or inward and in fact is best when it is both novel has a tension deficit disorder If your fiction is great then your agent will return your callsDonald Maass admits parts of this book are taken from his earlier books good writing skills don t change These concepts are presented with passages from successful novels to show not tell the point They cover every genre memoir literary fiction thriller with not just what s right but how a good section can go wrong Thanks to this book I now have a massive list of new books I want to readHere are some of my favorite parts A breakout premisemust have the energy of a ranium isotope Formative reading experiences stay with The Mangrove Tree us like comfort food No breakout novel leavess feeling neutral Every protagonist needs a torturous need a consuming fear an aching regret a visible dream a passionate longing an inescapable ambition an exuisite lust an inner lack a fatal weakness an Guided Approach to Intermediate and Advanced Coding + ICD-10-CM/PCs Coding unavoidable obligation an iron instinct an irresistible plan a noble idea anndying hope If you truly wish to write the breakout novel commit yourself to characters who are strong as in the oft attempted but rarely successful comic relief sub plot Breakout novelists hold backstory back for just the right moment If your heroine and her sidekick are standing still it ought to be because they disagree One problem that can keep a novel from breaking out is a failure to draw a clear line between good and bad There is also the decline of editing fiercely denied by publishersbut widely reported by readers many authors begin their climb with no support whatsoever from their publishers Two other factors can work against building an audience jumping genres and changing publishers chain stores today only sell 30 percent of trade titles Online retailers now account for 20 percent of trade salesOverall I highly recommend this book to authors who wish to make a career of writing making money doing what they love Isn t that the American Dream As much as a chicken in every pot don t we all want paying our bills and loving our job not to be an oxymoron Donald Maass provides the toolkit You must provide the energyI have only one point of disagreement and it s the same one I had with his prior book Writing the Breakout Novel that in his words the only plan that doesn t work that well for commercial fiction writers is self publishing I think that depends pon your definition of the words work that well How about works well enough I believe the e revolution has empowered writers to take charge of their own careers to be the captains of their own future No matter that sales may be smaller than if an agent is involved sales are there and that means bills are paid Who out there earns hundreds of thousands of dollars Most people are middle class The publishing industry is as much about ebooks digital readers self publishing as the traditional path through an agent Though one might estion the Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand uality of digital books self pub makes it possible for Everyman to write books from his soul sell them to his niche and make a living or have a passionate hobby notnlike skiing acting or ballroom dancing Donald Maass admits the Kindle e book reader has let loose pent p frustrations across the spectrum Authors see them as salvation Publishers see them as a vein of ore What do you think I ve been reading writing books since I started writing Some of them are really helpful they have helped me improve my craft fix a couple of recurring flaws adjectives show verses tell that sort
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thing After ve read thirty plus writing craft books they all kind of start to feel derivative Actually you start to skim Not with this book It s insightful relevant and offers the greatesr example of craft pieces done well Not only does it stop there it talks about the business of writing of making a career And this I found most helpful I m currently erying agents for my novel and it s given meafresh perspective to take to my erying process I m not only a stronger writer because of it but savvy too Thanks Donald This may be one of the best non fiction books on writingauthorship that I ve ever read Don Maass not only addresses a number of craft issues that explain breakout novel successes but also discusses long term strategies that have helped or hurt authors hoping to build long term careers One of my favorite otesIn both life and fiction when people act in ways that are Leaders Eat Last unusualnexpected dramatic decisive full of conseuence and irreversible we remember them and talk about them for yearsTWO TYPES OF AUTHORSHe also argues that authors fall into one of two categories those who write from a desire to tell stories storytellers and those who do it for fame and recognition status seekers I worry a bit about how I d be classified by this method since I pay attention to things like trends and marketing in the publishing industry But hey that s my own demon THE BOTTOM LINEIt s a great book and I highly recommend it to authors at any stage in the game Regardless of how long one has been writing good how to and inspirational books on the topic can offer how to and inspirational books on the topic can offer perspectives and solutions to problems with a manuscript Every writer needs to pause and reflect on where they ve come and where they want to go #every writer has weaknesses and concerns that need # writer has weaknesses and concerns that need be addressed before obtaining the type of contracts and sales that will enable them to earn a living from their work The Breakout Novelist book can helpI like that it addresses published authors who ve be. U through every aspect of setting your novel apart from the rest Maass shares examples from contemporary writers across all genres to euip you with the strategies great writers se to craft great fiction from core fiction writing elements like character setting description and plot to advanced techniues including point of view voice and suspense Plus you'll find over 70 practical exerci. The first half of the book was mostly repetitive if you ve read a lot of books on writing craft which in the last year I have but the last part of the book in which Maass deep dives into publishing from agents to editors to contracts to how to make sure you re getting the best rights for your work to why getting paid a lot for your book can actually hurt than it helps is invaluable Rating 45 The Breakout Novelist is a fantastic handbook that should be on every writer s desk It should be marked p highlighted paper clipped and sticky noted if that s a word Let s pretend it is There is so much great advice and information in here it would take weeks and multiple readings to really get it all but it s not meant to be read through from start to finish It s a handbook workbook dictionary type tool There are many categories such as plot theme characters chapters on voice and hyper reality protagonists vs heroes and information about what to do when you ve got your manuscript done and ready There are exercises The New Competition uestions prompts and examples carefully explained and outlined It s easy to read andnderstand and doesn t feel like an instruction manual it s fun and enjoyable and interesting to read I wholeheartedly recommend any serious writer just starting or multi published to grab a copy of The Breakout Novelistcheck out my blog for an excerptguest post A man who s not a writer tells people how to write What could go wrongI found this book extremely content thin I ll sum Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution by Francis Wayland and Richard Fuller up the experience You need high stakes Here are some examples of high stakes You need vibrant descriptions Here are a ton of examples You need strong characters Here are examples Et cetera Maass does to his credit somewhat vaguely define what a strong character is though I find his taste cheesy and makes aseful distinction between public and private stakes But it s all just categories of things you should have in a story Maass knows what he likes but not how to write itHonestly I skimmed Something about Maass style is grating It might be that he writes this weak tea which is literally a best of book from his previous work one wonders what he cut and talks in the intro about how writers have his other books at their bedsides for Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Stop Dieting. 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Change Your Lifestyle Without Suffering. uick access I could have given this another star it s not thoughtless there are a few nuggets and you never expect much from these kinds of books but did I mention how disorganized it is Some sections are eerily similar to previous ones but with examplesI didn t read much of the section on the writing lifestyle which may ironically be closest to Maass expertise because I m skeptical that there s any particularly timeless advice beyond practice and perseverance I also skipped the exercises provided for each chapter not my thing so they may beseful But again it s not like this guy sed any of them himself I loved Donald Maass last book Writing the Breakout Novel and the title of this new one intrigued me How timely with the empowerment of writers by and the title of this new one intrigued me How timely with the empowerment of writers by publishing on Maass thoughts on self pubs later and digital book sales blowing past traditional offerings Data shows a slew of new authors emboldened by a successful novel success being a relative word who want a career in writing I wanted Maass thoughts on the viability of that as well as how to do itFor those of you who don t know Donald Maass he is a veteran agent currently the head of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York which represents than 150 novelists and sells than 100 novels every year to publishers in America and overseas By his own count he receives annually about 7500 ery letters partial manuscripts and completed novels 999% of which disappoint him This amazing statistic must be the inspiration behind his new book The authors he declares are not incompetent merely not in command of their techniue This book provides the tools to change thatIt s organized into three parts 1 Mastering Breakout Basics how to write fundamentals including exercises for the wanna be breakout novelist That s right homework There are no shortcuts but there are icker ways to do it and he shares those 2 Achieving Breakout Greatness factors that vault an author to success This includes a singular voice tension all the time hyper reality scenes that can t be cut If you think you know those concepts you don t know Maass even includes a section on how to write humor Chapter 16 explaining how to ban banal with his methods of mirth like hyperbole ironic juxtaposition being extremely literal and 3 Building a Breakout Career which addresses the nuts of bolts of agents contracts numbers and career patterns that work Most bolts of agents contracts numbers and career patterns that work Most this material I have not read before though I ve read many how to write books His chapter on Numbers Numbers Numbers is fundamental to moving beyond the one great novel we all have inside of s to a successful career He itemizes What Breaking Out means When to write full time and how to do that How to build an audience word of mouth is prominent What distracts you from writing lectures short story anthologies these he considers distractions from the real work of writing a novel How to create your voice The life cycle of a career writerBut don t skip the introduction I know we often do Agents even recommend against prologues and introductions because so many readers skip them Don t do it in this case Here are some snippets I m looking for writers who can write one great book after another Commercial novelists freuently feel pressure to manage that feat of strength Intuitive novelists often have markers moments and scenes that they know must be in the book the three primary levels on which. The all inclusive guide for novel writersIf you're serious about making your fiction vibrant engaging and marketable you've found the right book The Breakout Novelist gives you the craft and business know how you need to make your book stand outInside veteran agent Donald Maass brings together the most innovative and practical information from his workshops and previous books to lead yo. ,
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En writing a while but who haven t yet achieved bestseller status Maass offers great advice and The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard useful exercises to help achieve that goal New writers will also benefit from the nuts and bolts aspects of creating memorable charactersseful subplots and Quantum (Captain Chase understanding the importance of theme for exampleThe weakest part of the book was the last section which focuses on the business side of things Given that the book was written in 2010 and that technology and ebook publishing have moved at a rapid pace some of the information isnderstandably out of date Still the Introduction to Mythology useful information makes this book a necessary addition to any novelist s library regardless of genre The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass published by Writers Digest is about the factors that make a book become a best sellerIt s mostly about what characteristics a book or story needs to have to move beyond mediocre or good to really greatDonald Maass is a well known agenteditor who has helped several famous authors toward breakout success He s seen lots of books and knows what makes them greatI really enjoyed the chapters in this book that deal with writing helpHow to create characters that matter Making the impossible seem real and the role of co incidence and connections between characters Mr Maasssed real world examples of well known books some of which he s edited To me this was the most helpful seeing practical examples of what he s referring toThe book also includes practical writing exercises and Perilous Love (Sinful Souls MC uestions It is a workbook about how to create a breakout novel It caused me to consider how my own first novel attempts are fitting into the mold of the breakout novelThe third section of the book deals with the realities of the publishing industry Even though some of the information is dated now copyright 2010 it is still helpfulAn over riding premise of the book is that authors should worry less about the publishing politics and marketing machinations and focus on producing a great story More than anything else a breakout novel is the most important marketing factorThe Breakout Novelist is highly recommended for any author hoping to write a novel that will be enjoyed by many Veteran agent Donald Maass has put together another valuable book for writers I m not surprised If you ve read any of his writing books then you know it s some serious stuff for serious writers A must have for fiction writers of all levelsIf you re determined to learn how to be a breakout novelist this is the book for you This comprehensive writing reference can help whether you re ready to submit or are just now learning the craft Donald s words of wisdom will lead you every step of the wayThe spiral bound formatting allows for trouble free access and the practical tools section shows you how to add larger than lifealities an excellent guide to apply toward a work in progress or a completed manuscriptThe Breakout Novelist includes three parts Mastering Breakout Basics Achieving Breakout Greatness Building a Breakout Career You ll learn about setting description plot character
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contracts and The list is endlessThe book contains invaluable material from four of his bestselling books Writing the Breakout Novel Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook The Fire in Fiction and The Career Novelist plus Children of Blood and Bone updated contentHow awesome is thatTop New York literary agent Donald Maass has than thirty years experience in the publishing industry This is one easy tose reference you do not want to miss GuaranteedDonald Maass is president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York which he founded in 1980 He Represents Than 100 Fiction Writers In The SF Fantasy Crime than 100 "Fiction Writers In The SF "writers in the SF crime romance and thriller categories He sells than 100 novels per year to top publishers in America and overseas Recently he has obtained six and seven figure advances from publishers such as Warner Ballantine GP Putnam s Sons Harcourt Brace Penguin Canada and others for authors like mystery writer Anne Perry thriller writer Gregg Keizer historical novelist Jack Whyte and science fiction writers Diane Duane and Todd McCaffreyHe the author of than 16 novels Some of his writing books include The Career Novelist Heineman 1996 Writing the Breakout Novel Writers Digest Books 2001 The Breakout Novel Workbook Writer s Digest Books 2004 and The Fire in Fiction Writer s Digest Books 2009 He is a past president of the Association of Authors Representatives Inc AAR MrMaass speaks at writer s conferences throughout the country and lives in New York CityReviewed by Martha Ramirez of Bookpleasures While this might not have been my absolute favorite book on writing it ranks Laird of Shadows (MacDougall Legacy Book 1) up there with some of the best I especially appreciated the passion he espoused for simply writing a damn good book above and beyond any other consideration Sounds simple no Well the advice is taken across a wide board of problem areas be it agents editors publishing platforms and best of all every writer s worst enemy themselves Never get complacent Don t aim for status Aim for great storytelling and the rest will follow suitSimplicity itself So if I ve given away everything that makes this book so valuable then why should anyone else read it Because it s pretty damn exhaustive on the big points that make any novel a great novel and enjoinss to partake of some pretty decent workbook exercises that focus on connections and character development than things like plot It was Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Selected: An Interlinear Translation uiteseful and the rest was for the most part positive and Stowaway uplifting if you re trying to be an author that doesn t mind staring the hard facts in the faceFew punches were pulledFor this I was greatly amused. Ses to help you move your writing from blah to breakoutYou'll also learn from Maass' experiences over than three decades in the publishing industry Get straight talk from an insider about agents contracts how the industry is changing and how to be the kind of author who builds a successful career book after bookGet the best of Maass' expertise and instruction in one easy tose referenc.