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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 ...


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 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


Scene and Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Jack M. Bickham

Writers Digest Books, 1993

Craft your fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability. An imprisoned man receives an unexpected caller, after which "everything changed. . ." And the reader is hooked. But whether or not readers will stay on for the entire wild ride will depend on how well the writer structures the story, scene by scene. This book is your game plan for success. Using dozens of examples from his own work - including Dropshot , Tiebreaker and ...


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.


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 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 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 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.


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 Book of Wisdom: 101 Rules for Mastering Your Craft
Steven Taylor Goldsberry

Writers Digest Books, 2004

All writers, regardless of experience, want tips on polishing their craft, but most don't have extra time to take writing workshops or even to read lengthy texts with confusing lessons. In The Writer's Book of Wisdom, the author teaches 101 concise - and proven - techniques on everything from tone to characterization that are guaranteed to get readers writing immediately. Each piece of quick instruction is geared toward both fiction and ...


Plot (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Ansen Dibell

Writers Digest Books, 1988

This book is about identifying the choices available when creating, fixing, steering, and discovering plots and then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move.


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

Writers Digest Books, 1989

How to Write Mysteries (Genre Writing Series)


20 Master Plots and How to Build Them
Ronald Tobias

Writers Digest Books, 1993

Presents 20 fundamental plots that recur through all fiction -- with analysis and examples -- outlining benefits and warnings, for writers to adapt and elaborate in their own fiction.


Songwriters on Songwriting

Writers Digest Books, 1991

In these fifty-two interviews, the greatest songwriters of our time go straight to the source of the magic of songwriting by offering their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on their art. Representing almost every genre of popular music, from folk to Tin Pan Alley to jazz, from blues to pop rock, these are the figures who have shaped American music as we know it. Here they share their secrets and personal methods for converting inspiration into ...


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 ...


Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively
Rebecca Mcclanahan

Writers Digest Books, 1999

Let Rebecca McClanahan guide you through an inspiring examination of description in its many forms. With her thoughtful instruction and engaging exercises, you'll learn to develop your senses and powers of observation to uncover the rich, evocative words that accurately portray your mind's images. McClanahan includes dozens of descriptive passages written by master poets and authors to illuminate the process. She also teaches you how to weave ...


Writing and Illustrating Children's Books for Publication: Two Perspectives
Berthe Amoss, E Suben

Writers Digest Books, 1995

Each lesson includes imaginative writing and illustrating exercises.


Description (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Monica Wood

Writers Digest Books, 1995

Description is most powerful when it's visible, aural, tactile. Make your descriptions fresh and they'll move your story forward, imbue your work with atmosphere, create that tang of feeling that editors cry for and readers crave. Monica Wood helps you squeeze the greatest flavor from the language. She segments description like an orange, separating its slices to let you sample each one. You'll learn about: Detail, and how you can use ...


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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