Straight Talk on Writing: 20 Conversations with Authors about the Craft

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Showing & Telling: Learn How to Show
and When to Tell for Powerful & Balance
Wrìting

by Laurie Alberts

Writers are often told to write scenes, dramatize, cut exposition, cut summary —but it’s misguided advice. The truth is good writing almost always requires both showing and telling. The trick is finding the right balance of scene and summary—the two basic components of creative prose. This book shows you how to employ each of these essential techniques in the appropriate places within a narrative.

How to Be a Writer: Building Your
Creative Skills Through Practice and Play

by Barbara Baig

Athletes practice. Musicians practice. As a writer you need to do the same. Whether you have dreams of writing a novel or a memoir or a collection of poems, or you simply want to improve your everyday writing, this innovative book will show you how to build your skills by way of practice.

Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best
of Hemingway, Faulkner·, Salinger, and
Others

by William Cane

Comprised of practical, inspirational, easy-to-apply advice, this helpful guide analyzes the writing styles of twentyone great novelists, explaining how you can imitate these authors and, in the process, learn advanced writing secrets to fire up your own work.

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  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments i
  • Table of Contents ii
  • Introduction 1
  • Laurie Alberts 2
  • Barbara Baig 6
  • William Cane 9
  • Orson Scott Card 13
  • Sage Cohen 21
  • Sarah Dornet 25
  • Jeff Gerke 29
  • April Hamilton 32
  • Becky Levine 37
  • Donald Maass 41
  • Dinty W. Moore 43
  • Jessica Page Morrell 46
  • Steven Harper Piziks 49
  • Peter Seigin 53
  • George Singleton 57
  • James Alexander Thom 60
  • Fred White 62
  • Karen S. Wiesner 64
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