21 Days To a Novel is a collection of exercises which will set any writer up to successfully start and complete that novel they've been dreaming about. The exercises hit hard on the critical areas of book design: characterization, world building, plotting, description, dialogue and more. The excercises likewise serve as diagnostics for when things aren't quite working the way you'd like.
Distilled from over twenty-five years of writing experience, and rife with examples, 21 Days To a Novel is a clear roadmap to setting you up for writing success. If you've always dreamed of writing a novel, and didn't know where to start, you've found that place. 21 Days To a Novel is the booklet that will give your dreams all they need to grow into a fantastic and strong novel.
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Writing Fiction: A Short Course is a series of eight lessons on writing and career-building by New York Times Bestselling author, Michael A. Stackpole. Originally presented as a college-sponsored online class, these lessons address key issues in writing, like plotting and characterization; as well as trickier aspects of the art like writing realistic dialogue and making your writing engage readers.
In addition to the lessons are four of Mike's stories which are used in the lessons as examples:
*Least of My Brethren (A Purgatory Station story)
*The Cards Call Themselves (A Merlin Bloodstone story)
*No Rest For The Wicked (The first Trick Molloy story)
Sold separately, these stories would cost $9, but are provided as part of this educational package.
Here, addressed in eight information-packed lessons, you can learn from an acknowledged master of fiction the vital techniques that will raise your writing to a publishable level, and provide you a career.
The Secrets Newsletter is a how to write newsletter which Michael A. Stackpole has been writing and editing since 2003. The newsletter is full of hints, tips and techniques that make writing comprehensible. Mike's goal is to demystify the process of writing, so writers stop worrying about whether or not they're doing it right, and just get down to good storytelling.
The Secrets also covers current issues in publishing, like electronic publishing, rights grabs and any other concerns a working writer has.
A subscription to The Secrets covers 25 issues. They are delivered in pdf, epub and mobi formats.
The Secrets Newsletter is the best thing to an apprenticeship with a working writer. If you want to write well, and be commercially successful, The Secrets in an indispensable tool.