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  1. The Writers’ Toolkit by Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

    The Writers’ Toolkit by Penny Grubb and Danuta Reah

    Toolkits for writers of commercial fiction covering all elements of the commercial novel.

    The structure of the novel is analysed, pulled apart and put back together showing how and why different techniques are used at different points. As the authors say, although there are no rules as such, it’s best to know how the so-called rules work if you want to be effective in either following or breaking them. The award-winning authors have pooled their experience to write about the things that helped them on their way to publication.

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    Starting at: £5.00

  2. Reading a Writer's Mind by Linda Acaster

    Reading a Writer's Mind by Linda Acaster

    From initial idea, through the story itself, to a commentary explaining the decisions made during its creation, this book leads the reader through the detailed thinking behind ten stories across a range of genres:

     

    * Lyrical narrative v terse dialogue (Mainstream)

     

    * Characterisation through deed and thought (Horror)

     

    * A calendar structure using the Tell technique (Women’s Fiction)

     

    * The importance of pacing (Twist in the Tail)

     

    * Use of alliteration, rhythm & subliminal detailing (Romance)

     

    * Using the Show technique to elicit a reader response (Drama)

     

    * Building fiction with an unsympathetic narrator (Crime)

     

    * Working with parallel storylines via past and present tense (SF)

     

    * Conjuring the weird from the everyday (Fantasy)

     

    * Writing for performance and sound effects (Historical)

     

    * Editing: ten common problems explored

     

    Written by the author of over 70 short stories and five novels, this guide offers a unique insight into one writer’s creative process, setting a path to follow and showing the tools to use.

     

    10% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society (www.alzheimers.org.uk)

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    Starting at: £7.99

  3. How to be a Fantastic Writer

    How to be a Fantastic Writer

    This is the book our editors recommend.

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    Starting at: £3.99

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