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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.
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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
  
  











  



  
Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary
Barbara Ann Kipfer

Writers Digest Books, 2000

You know what you want to say but can't think of the word. You can describe what you're thinking but you don't know the name for it. Perhaps you have a general word in mind but you need a more specific term. The Writer's Digest Flip Dictionary solves these common problems! Best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer has crated a huge reference that offers cues and clue words to lead writers to the exact phrase or specific term they need. It goes ...
  
  











  



  
How to Write Best Selling Fiction
Dean R. Koontz

Writers Digest Books, 1981

From dust jacket notes: "...In this book, Dean Koontz, whose own books have sold more than 25 million copies, shares his insight into the publishing world and shows writers how to write the kind of book that a publisher can promote as a lead title - a well-written, thoroughly researched, complex, wide-appeal novel that can sell the millions of copies necessary to finance an extensive advertising and promotion campaign. Koontz takes a practical, ...
  
  











  



  
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. ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
How to Write Western Novels (Genre Writing Series)
Matt Braun

Writers Digest Books, 1988

Here you'll learn *Why the future of the Western looks bright, even for beginners. *how to glean gripping novel plot ideas from old West history *how to put real flesh-and-blood people on your pages. *how to put dialogue into your characters' own parlance *about narrative voice-which to use, and when to use it *why crisp, tight writing strengthens your story *how to layer on suspense- and resolve it with a wallop *how to do library research, ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
Evan Marshall

Writers Digest Books, 1998

Evan Marshall draws on his years of experience as a literary agent, editor and published novelist to perfect this methodical, effective approach to planning, plotting, writing - and most importantly - finishing a truly great novel. In 16 basic steps, you'll learn to view novel writing in a new way. Rather than attempting to dive straight into writing, haphazardly trying to connect plot, characterization and other narrative elements as you go, ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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, ...
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
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.
  
  











  



  
Setting: How to Create and Sustain a Sharp Sense of Time and Place in Your Fiction (Elements of Fiction ...
Jack Bickham

Writers Digest Books, 1994

Even with great characters, a gripping plot and outstanding dialogue, a story isn't complete without the appropriate setting-the unifying element in most fiction. Jack Bickham shows how to use sensual detail, vivid language and keen observations to craft settings which help tell credible, interesting stories and heighten dramatic and thematic effects. Over the course of his esteemed career, Jack Bickham published more than novels and ...
  
  











  



  
Writer's Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing (Vol 1)
Dickson, Smythe

Writers Digest Books, 1982

Some of the best advice available on how to create character, use description, create a setting and plot a short story.
  
  











  



  
The Complete Book of Scriptwriting
J. Michael Straczynski

Writers Digest Books, 2002

Here, together for the first time, are the first three Freddy books that Walter Brooks wrote, in a single volume, in the order in which they first appeared. Freddy Goes to Florida (first published as TO and Again), alongside Freddy Goes to the North Pole (More To and Again), followed by the unforgettable Freddy the Detective -- each lavishly illustrated by Kurt Wiese. These are Walter Brooks's first forays into the world of Freddy and his Bean ...
  
  











  








   



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