The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career by Donald Maass

By Donald Maass

The all-inclusive advisor for novel writers

If you're thinking about making your fiction shiny, attractive, and marketable, you've chanced on the suitable booklet. The Breakout Novelist delivers the craft and enterprise information you must make your booklet stand out.

Inside, veteran agent Donald Maass brings jointly the main cutting edge and sensible info from his workshops and former books to steer you thru each point of atmosphere your novel except the remainder. Maass stocks examples from modern writers throughout all genres to equip you with the ideas nice writers use to craft nice fiction - from middle fiction-writing parts like personality, atmosphere, description, and plot, to extra complex concepts together with viewpoint, voice, and suspense. Plus, you'll locate over 70 useful workouts that will help you circulation your writing from blah to breakout.

You'll additionally study from Maass' stories over greater than 3 many years within the publishing undefined. Get immediately speak from an insider approximately brokers, contracts, how the is altering, and the way to be the type of writer who builds a profitable profession ebook after book.

Get the simplest of Maass' services and guide in a single easy-to-use reference.

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This can make them both more fun and more challenging, since you have to think outside the normal human box. Immortals don't worry about death (though they may worry about being killed) and have a rather different idea of what “a long time” means. Paranormals who feed on humans or otherwise depend on humans to exist may look at people as cattle, as possessions to be protected, or as prey that might turn dangerous. Paranormals who haven't interacted with humans before the book opens may be mystified by human behavior, treat humans with condescension, or even be frightened of them.

Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Objects can also be lost, stolen, or destroyed. Take away your hero's magic widget just before the final battle and see what happens. Or maybe the original owner comes back for it. Or it breaks, and the only person who can repair it is in a coma. Another character might unwittingly sell it on eBay. Or even worse — hand the thing over to the villain. The villain's power rises just as the hero's power drops. This is wonderful for conflict. One thing you must not do is give an object a convenient new power that solves the hero's current problem.

Selkies from Irish and Scottish folklore are seals that change into humans, for example. They sometimes fall in love with ordinary mortals, but eventually return to the sea, leaving a sorrowful husband or wife behind. The Manitou from Peter Straub's Ghost Story is an evil shape-shifter that can take many forms, as can Mulgarath, the ogre villain from The Spiderwick Chronicles books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. Shape-shifters often have abilities beyond changing shape. Their human forms might have the sharp senses of an animal, for example, and their animals forms are oft en bigger, faster, and stronger than a normal animal of the same kind.

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