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Make Your Words Work
Gary Provost

Writers Digest Books, 1990

Gary Provost practices what he preaches in Make Your Words Work. He helps you learn to write well by, among other things, writing well himself. His warm, witty, entertaining instruction teams with solid examples as well as exercises. Get the good word now. This is the writing course to help you make your work more powerful, more readable, more salable.


It's Here...Somewhere
Alice Fulton, Pauline Hatch

Writers Digest Books, 1991

Fulton & Hatch go step-by-step through every room, advising what to keep, and where to keep it.


Police Procedural: A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work (Howdunit)
Russell Bintliff

Writers Digest Books, 1993

This book takes you inside not only police investigations, but also the day-to-day world of police work. You'll learn how police officers work, when they work, what they wear, who they report to, and generally how they go about the business of controlling and investigating crime. You'll find valuable information on how police officers are trained, and how they move through the ranks; the equipment they use, including firearms and investigative ...


The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters
Marc McCutcheon

Writers Digest Books, 1996

Using this reference, readers can create characters who think, hope, love, cry, cause or feel pain, save the day - and seize readers by emotion. Mark McCutcheon eases the process of building convincing characters for stories and novels. He starts by conducting an inspiring and informative roundtable where six novelists reveal their approaches to characterization. Next, he provides a character questionnaire more detailed than the nosiest survey. ...


How to Write Mysteries (Genre Writing Series)
Shannon O'Cork

Writers Digest Books, 1989

How to Write Mysteries (Genre Writing Series)


Everyday Life in the 1800s: A Guide for Writers, Students & Historians (Writer's Guides to Everyday Life)
Marc McCutcheon

Writers Digest Books, 2001

This is a complete reference, offering pertinent information about the nineteenth century in a logical, accessible form. Fiction and nonfiction historical writers interested in this period will find this book a must. The wonderful and fascinating details of the 1800s have never before been gathered into one volume. And, to make the information even more interesting, McCutcheon has included quotes from 19th-century citizens concerning or ...


Scene of the Crime: A Writer's Guide to Crime Scene Investigation (Howdunit Series)
Anne Wingate

Writers Digest Books, 1992

Never before has such specialized information been so thoroughly compiled and easily accessible to writers! Each book is written by a professional in their respective field, providing the inside details that writers need to weave a credible -- and salable -- story.


The Craft of Lyric Writing
Sheila Davis

Writers Digest Books, 1984

Successful author and songwriter, Davis provides a complete guide to writing words for and to music, showing how to create lyrics with universal appeal.


The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s (Writer's Guides to Everyday Life)
Marc McCutcheon

Writers Digest Books, 1993

The wonderful and fascinating details of the 1800s have been gathered into one interesting volume, in which McCutcheon has included quotes from 19th-century citizens concerning or describing hairstyles and fashion, favorite swear words and slang, jokes of the period, courtship and marriage rituals, and more. A must for both fiction and nonfiction historical writers.


Writing the Blockbuster Novel
Albert Zuckerman

Writers Digest Books, 1994

Ken Follett and Eileen Goudge, among others, have something common: They have mastered the craft of building the compelling novels that appear on bestseller lists around the world. And here Albert Zuckerman, agent and editorial advisor to many successful authors in every genre, discloses the somewhat hidden nuts and bolts of what makes this type of book tick, and shows how you, too, could write a novel that might sell in the millions.


How to Write the Story of Your Life
Frank Thomas

Writers Digest Books, 1989

How to Write the Story of Your Life shows writers how to mine the depths of their experience to write an engaging and saleable memoir. Frank P. Thomas gives readers the instruction they need to write the stories of their lives, including: The five Rs essential to the completion and publishing of a life story; research, remembering, 'riting, reading and reproduction Hundreds of memory sparkers to get readers started Organizational techniques for ...


The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells
Ben Bova

Writers Digest Books, 1994

Guides writers step by step through the major elements of SF storytelling, showing how to construct strong, editor-attracting stories and novels.


The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life from Prohibition Through World War II (Writer's Guides to Everyday Life)
Marc McCutcheon

Writers Digest Books, 1995

Not just for writers, but historians, hobbyists, and anyone interested in the small details of life in other times. This volume, like the others in the series, includes chapters (with figures and illustrations) on food, clothing, family life, work, education, religion, leisure activities, social and political history, etc. Great for browsing, great for research. Well recommended.


How to Write and Sell Historical Fiction
Persia Woolley

Writers Digest Books, 1997

Woolley's one-of-a-kind guide teaches writers the fundamentals specific to creating compelling and accurate historical fiction.


How to Write and Sell Greeting Cards, Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts and Other Fun Stuff
Molly Wigand

Writers Digest Books, 1992

A successful freelancer shares her years of experience and advice in writing for the "social expression market".


Comedy Writing Secrets: How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny and Get Paid For It
Melvin Helitzer

Writers Digest Books, 1992

A comprehensive guide to writing, selling and performing all types of comedy. Includes comments, advice, gags and routines from top comics.


How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy (Genre Writing)
Orson Scott Card

Writers Digest Books, 1990

Orson Scott Card shares his advice on how to break into this field, how to develop fantastic story ideas, and evolve fresh plots.


Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide (Howdunit Series)
Mauro V. Corvasce, Joseph R. Paglino

Writers Digest Books, 1997

From accidental murder to a crime of passion, Murder One gives you the nuts and bolts necessary to build your fictional murder scenario. Prosecuting investigators Mauro Corvasce and Joseph Paglino take you step by step through motives, plans, murders and disposal of the bodies. You'll be taken to the scenes of familial murders, set off by simmering feuds; gang murders, from contract hits to drive-by shootings; business and financial murders, ...


The Writer's Complete Crime Reference Book
Martin Roth

Writers Digest Books, 1993

"The perfect crime-writer's reference book is here... a good quick reference book for editors, a source of plot ideas, and an invaluable collection of information..". -- Mystery Scene Magazine


The Writer's Guide to Creating a Science Fiction Universe
George Ochoa, Jeffrey Osier

Writers Digest Books, 1993

How-to-do-it reference shows SF writers how to use science to create plausible, imaginative and self-consistent worlds. Describes contemporary science, plus scientific conventions already established.



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