Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel – one that . Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Writing the Breakout Novel

I took a break from fiction to read this a second time – my first reading was almost ten years ago, and I was writing a different novel then. While it was first published in yearprint publishing and ebooks have gone through many changes in the indjustry.

Mixed feelings on this book. On the other hand, the author claims to have found the “magic formula” to write a hit book. I love this book, and highly recommend it to any novelist. Imagine all you can build. It was full of practical information. He tracks several novelist’s careers and demonstrates how they build audiences usually after amassing a body of work.

Also, I tired of the phrase “breakout novel. I did not like it for two reasons. Writing the Breakout Novel: I thought it was great.

Maass is an industry giant, so heeding his words is not a bad practice.

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Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass breaoout you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience for readers. Do not take this product if you harbor unrealistic expectations about what sort of books the American book-buying public actually consumes. He seems to dislike Jurassic Park which he singles out to point out some writing examples in one of the chapters and genre fiction in general, especially horror.


Just in different ways. Apr 14, Rebekah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Honestly, I thought it was nearly done – it was close to the end, I knew basically where it was going and I took a break because the writing was starting to feel less inspired after nearly two months of I-can’t-stop-writing-this-story earlier this year.

Then you have the long section on how ‘e-readers’ will ‘never have an effect on the paper publishing business. So if I was having a problem with plot I could just go to that chapter, no funny names for things.

Don’t buy this book. I bought a very notated, very worn hardback copy and reread it, finding as much truth in these pages as I did as an aspiring writer more than a decade ago.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. So are thornier subjects, like theme and voice. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. For sixteen years, Donald Maass and Free Expressions Seminars have novfl in offering one of the industry’s most acclaimed writing workshops. There are quite a few definitive ideas in here that I believe every writer should know. We are all masters of our own destiny.

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Maybe you’re a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Yes, the author mazss this mmaass is an agent, but really who better to write a book about writing and selling commercial fiction? It was a very fast read, well broken out.

Hood River, OR April 8 — 14, Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Certain examples like terrorism, economic problems as plot structures and themes are also te A must read breakouf anyone in the writing business.


That said, the book shows its age, especially when talking about self-publications and e-books. I loved the specific examples he used to show how to take your novel to the next level.

Keep that in mind as you read.

Writing the Breakout Novel: Also, there’s a discussion of theme, which is always a red flag. I’m not sure that my writing will ever reach the level of respectability that he holds out for, but I think I can easily see where I need to improve and that’s what counts as to how this book works as a tool.

Fhe you’ve already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo.

What makes our time – this very moment in history – similar to or different from any other? For excellent books on the craft of writing consider the following. If you were to construct a character that embodied all breqkout those qualities, however, you would wind up with someone about whom it is not very interesting to read.

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He argues for writing an excellent book and another and another and another and so on. Situation comes first and then watch what happens as the characters try to work themselves out of it. I’m an aspiring novelist, so I bought this book hoping for some key insight to improve my novel. Open Preview See a Problem? If not long, they generally are lavish in other ways: I must have them.