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Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

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After graduating from college, Jennifer isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she’s crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.



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The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells

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Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor explains step by step all the elements you need to write profesionally selling science fiction. Bova was editor of both Analog and Omni magazine, two of the best-ever markets for short fiction, as well as a best-selling novelist and former President of SFWA — so nobody knows what sells better than Ben Bova. The book breaks down every aspect of writing and analyzes it in depth, including with complete example short stories that he examines for how they tick. The book targets science fiction in particular since it’s one of the hardest genres to write, but his explanations are applicable to fiction of any genre. This is a must-read for anyone trying to break into the professional science fiction writing field. CONTENTS: Chapter One – How to Get Out of the Slushpile Chapter Two – Science Fiction Chapter Three – Character in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Four – Character in Science Fiction – Fifteen Miles – A Complete Short Story Chapter Five – Character in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Six – Background in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Seven – Background in Science Fiction – Sepulcher – A Complete Short Story Chapter Eight – Background in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Nine – Conflict in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Ten – Conflict in Science Fiction – Crisis of the Month – A Complete Short Story Chapter Eleven – Conflict in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Twelve – Plot in Science Fiction: Theory Chapter Thirteen – Plot in Science Fiction – The Shining Ones – A Complete Short Story Chapter Fourteen – Plot in Science Fiction: Practice Chapter Fifteen – Think Before You Write: Preparing for the Novel Chapter Sixteen – The Long Siege: Writing the Novel Chapter Seventeen – Into the Cold, Cruel World: Marketing Your Fiction Chapter Eighteen – The Thematic Novel Chapter Nineteen – Ideas, Style and Inspiration Bibliography ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ben Bova, author of more than eighty futuristic novels and nonfiction books, has been involved in science and high technology since the beginning of the space program. Formerly president of Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and President Emeritus of the National Space Society, Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and a popular lecturer. He has also been an editor and an executive in the aerospace industry. His novels, such as Mars, The Exiles Trilogy, and The Grand Tour series, combine romance, adventure, and scientific accuracy to explore the impact of technological developments on individuals and on society as a whole. His nonfiction books, such as Welcome to Moonbase and Assured Survival, show how modern technology can be used to solve economic, social and political problems. Bova has taught science fiction writing at Harvard University and at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He lectures regularly on topics dealing with the space program, energy, the craft of writing, and the art of predicting the future. His audiences have included the National Geographic Society, government and corporate executive groups, writers’ workshops and university students. He has worked with film makers and television producers, such as Woody Allen, George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry. Bova has appeared on hundreds of radio and television broadcasts. He was a regular guest on CBS Morning News, and has appeared frequently on Good Morning America and the Today show. He was editorial director of Omni magazine and editor of Analog magazine. He received the Science Fiction Achievement Award (the “Hugo”) for Best Professional Editor six times. Don’t keep making the same mistakes — take your writing to the next level by reading THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS today!



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Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay

Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay

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Learn the secrets to writing a GREAT screenplay from a major Hollywood movie studio Story Analyst who will show you how to BLOW AWAY THE READER! Master the structure and principles used by 95% of commercial movies by studying detailed breakdowns, or “Story Maps,” of several recent hit movies in all different genres, including The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Drag Me To Hell and the classics As Good As It Gets and Sunset Boulevard.

The book cites examples from hundreds of hit films, several television series and includes samples from actual produced screenplays to show you HOW TO DO IT. The book provides detailed lessons on format, capturing voice and tone on the script page and developing great characters with powerful dialogue.

The book also includes exclusive insights from major industry professionals with whom the author has interacted with at events in Los Angeles and New York City, including Robert Zemeckis, the screenwriters of Final Destination, Limitless, Armageddon, Antwone Fisher, Speed and Blade Runner, Louis C.K. and the President of Production of Columbia Pictures.

You are learning from the pros by studying their work and reading their advice.

This is NOT a formula or just another structure paradigm — it is the view from behind the desk of the people evaluating your screenplay, what they want to read and what they will buy. With all the competition in the Hollywood marketplace, your script can’t just be good, it must be GREAT.



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Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

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A Pulitzer Prize Finalist 

In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind brings a fresh perspective to the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell. In his poetry, Lowell put his manic-depressive illness (now known as bipolar disorder) into the public domain, and in the process created a new and arresting language for madness. Here Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison brings her expertise in mood disorders to bear on Lowell’s story, illuminating not only the relationships between mania, depression, and creativity but also how Lowell’s illness and treatment influenced his work (and often became its subject). A bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was—both despite and because of mental illness—a passionate, original observer of the human condition.



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How To Write Your First Book: Tips On How To Write Fiction & Non Fiction Books And Build Your Author Platform

How To Write Your First Book: Tips On How To Write Fiction & Non Fiction Books And Build Your Author Platform

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Calling all aspiring writers, speakers, coaches, experts, entrepreneurs, business professionals or anyone considering writing a book for the first time… If the thought of writing a book has been confusing for you in the past, then here’s the simplest strategy for writing your first book and ensuring you’re a successful author!

Do you have a book idea that you’ve wanted to write for a while but were confused on the steps? Are you overwhelmed by all of the books on writing, publishing and marketing?

With a proven formula for success How to Write Your First Book will help you to write better and to understand the fundamentals of writing your first book no matter your writing level or ability.

If you are motivated to take your career to the next level or simply want to publish the fiction idea that’s been floating around in your mind, the simple and easy to use formula called the W.R.I.T.E. method will help you to accomplish your goal of becoming a published author.

Whether you are a new author hoping to find success with your very first book or a professional using it to brand your business, this formula works!

The fact of the matter is a well-written book does not always guarantee success. With the W.R.I.T.E. method, you are given the tools you need to attract your audience and make a consistent passive income from your books so that you can write for a living.

In this book, all of the questions you didn’t even know you had will be answered.

You’ll learn:

– The formula for writing a book that ensures success!
– How to research your book idea to determine if it’s profitable before you write the book!
– How to choose between traditional or self-publishing based on your time, writing goals and budget!
– How to write specifically for your target audience so that you can sell more books!
– How to create a book title, cover, and book description that will garner you massive sales!
– What to consider with respects to your very first book launch and while creating an author platform!
– And much more!

Perfect Gift Idea For Writers!

It doesn’t matter if you are looking to write great fiction or an inspiring non-fiction book, whether you choose to self-publish or traditionally publish, this book will be of value to you!

If you’ve been waiting to write a bestseller because you just didn’t know how to get started, look no further! This step-by-step guide places you on the path to success!

Buy How to Write Your First Book today and be one step closer to becoming a published author in 2018!

Stefanie is an expert in her field and that shows through in her writing. I have been writing for quite some time, but this book gave me information I didn’t know anything about. This is definitely a must for anyone thinking about writing a book for publication. – Sarah S.



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The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay: Screenwriting bible 101 on the foundations of screenwriting basics, page screenwriting & editing, writer career advice book & more…

The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay: Screenwriting bible 101 on the foundations of screenwriting basics, page screenwriting & editing, writer career advice book & more…

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“Who else wants to quickly learn the fundamentals of Screenwriting?”

Screenwriting is a craft that starts with an idea. Screenwriting requires keenness of thoughts and a unique vision. A screenwriter is the one who generates the idea that can be converted into a script. A screenwriter can convert a simple idea into an interesting story that will draw people in your manufactured reality.

Investing your valuable time in this book will arm you with the things you need on how to become a successful writer and its many benefites.

You will learn:

  • Screenwriting 101
    The Writer’s Mind
    First Draft
    Script Rewrites
    Visual Thinking
    Fiction
    Stage Plays
    Studio Works And Poetry
    Screenplays
    The Mind Of A Screenwriter
    The Craft Of Screenwriting
    Ideas
    Beginnings– Plot
    Start The Journey
    How To Improve
    Middle- Plot
    What Come Next
    Activity Vs Action
    Endings- Plot
    Are You Done?
    Making The Conclusion
    Character Building
    Constructing Dialogue
    Characters Talking
    Audience Trust
    Planning The Screenplay
    Fighting Writer’s Block
    Screenplay Format
    Checklists:
    Common Misconceptions


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Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

Recorded BooksPrice: $17.95




The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher.

Draft No. 4 is an elucidation of the writer’s craft by a master practitioner. In a series of playful but expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he’s gathered over his career and refined during his long-running course at Princeton University, where he has launched some of the most esteemed writers of several generations. McPhee offers a definitive guide to the crucial decisions regarding structure, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces and presents extracts from some of his best-loved work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising – and revising, and revising.

More than a compendium of advice, Draft No. 4 is enriched by personal detail and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world, Draft No. 4 is the long-awaited master class given by America’s most renowned writing instructor.





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The Writing on My Forehead: A Novel

The Writing on My Forehead: A Novel

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A free-spirited and rebellious Muslim-American of Indo-Pakistani descent, willful, intelligent Saira Qader rejected the constricting notions of family, duty, obligation, and fate, choosing instead to become a journalist, making the world her home. But when tragedy strikes, throwing Saira’s life into turmoil, the woman who circled the globe to uncover the details of other lives must confront the truths of her own. In need of understanding, she looks to the stories of those who came before—her grandparents, a beloved aunt, her mother and father. As Saira discovers the hope, pain, joy, and passion that defined their lives, she begins to face what she never wanted to admit: that choice is not always our own, and that faith is not merely an intellectual preference.





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Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting

HarperCollins e-booksPrice: Free




Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the “magic” of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.





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