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Novel Preaching: Tips from Top Writers on Crafting Creative Sermons

Novel Preaching: Tips from Top Writers on Crafting Creative Sermons

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In this lively and accessible book, Alyce McKenzie explores how fiction writers approach the task of writing novels: how they develop their ideas, where they find their inspiration, and how they turn the spark of a creative notion into words on paper that will captivate the masses. McKenzie’s study shows how preachers can use the same techniques to enhance their own creativity and to turn their ideas into powerful, well crafted sermons. Novel Preaching offers a wealth of advice from successful fiction writers, including Isabelle Allende, Frederick Buechner, Julia Cameron, Annie Dillard, Natalie Goldberg, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Melanie Rae Thorn, and also includes a number of sample sermons from McKenzie herself.

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Blogging Reviews: Earning Money by Promoting Product Reviews Through Blogging or YouTube Marketing

Blogging Reviews: Earning Money by Promoting Product Reviews Through Blogging or YouTube Marketing

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Here are 2 Step by Step Method of Making Money Online & Creating a Six-Figure Business in One Year or Less

* NO BUSINESS EXPERIENCE NEEDED
* NO CURRENT EXPERTISE REQUIRED
* NO TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIRED

Here’s what you will discover:

Blogging for Money
– 5 of the best ways to choose a profitable blog topic
– The top 3 biggest niches in the world where 90% of blog money flows today!
– How to find un-resolve opportunities just by asking questions and learning to listen
– How to come up with possible blog topics
– How to create your own WordPress blog in 60 minutes or less
– How to install WordPress in your website…with just 1 click.
– How to set up your website settings for maximum SEO optimization
– The exact blogpost structure that you can use over and over again for most of your posts
– How to write your blog post step by step (with examples)
– How to monetize your blog in 4 different ways (and choose what best fits you and your business lifestyle)

YouTube Reviews
– Why you should target information products as a beginner affiliate marketer
– How to choose the best Clickbank products to promote online
– The number 1 thing that your product should have before you sell it on YouTube
– Why competion is actually a good sign for affiliate marketers
– How to create a video review from start to finish
– Some examples of video reviews to study
– How to best optimize your video on YouTube so you can rank faster and higher on Google
– How to send backlinks to your videos so could rank faster on YouTube and maintain your rankings afterwards

THESE BUSINESS MODELS ARE THE BEST WAYS TO GET STARTED ONLINE

If you’re an action taker and you’re now ready to make extra money while working from home, then this book bundle is for you.

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Structuring Your Novel Box Set: How to Write Solid Stories That Sell (Helping Writers Become Authors)

Structuring Your Novel Box Set: How to Write Solid Stories That Sell (Helping Writers Become Authors)

PenForASword PublishingPrice: Free




2 Bestselling Guides Packed With Tips to Help You Brainstorm and Plan Your Best Story


From Award-Winning and Internationally Published Writing Mentor K.M. Weiland


With almost 500 pages of step-by-step guidance, these two individual books have 340+ five star reviews on Amazon and have helped thousands of authors write better books.


Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?


These bestselling guides will teach you the secret to creating consistently good stories, show you how to spot and fix story problems before you start writing the first draft, and help you take your writing to the next level.


–STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL–


Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this IPPY and NIEA Award-winning guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story’s major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel’s pacing and progression.


Structuring Your Novel will show you:


  • How to determine the best methods for unleashing your unique and personal vision for your story.
  • How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.
  • How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”
  • Why you should NEVER include conflict on every page.
  • How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.

–STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL WORKBOOK–


Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles in Structuring Your Novel, the Structuring Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to writing solid first drafts, identifying and fixing plot problems, and writing consistently good stories.


Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will show you how to:


  • Implement a strong three-act structure
  • Time your acts and your plot points
  • Unleash your unique and personal vision for your story
  • Identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths
  • Eliminate saggy middles by discovering your story’s “centerpiece”
  • And so much more!

This accessible and streamlined workbook will empower you to create a powerful structure—and an outstanding novel.


Start writing your best book today!





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The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills

The ExperimentPrice: Free




Turn Every Walk into a Game of Detection

When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!





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The Art of Comic Book Writing: The Definitive Guide to Outlining, Scripting, and Pitching Your Sequential Art Stories

The Art of Comic Book Writing: The Definitive Guide to Outlining, Scripting, and Pitching Your Sequential Art Stories

Watson-GuptillPrice: $18.56 Free Shipping




A practical guide for beginner and advanced comic book writers that outlines the steps needed to successfully craft a story for sequential art.
     With this latest book in the SCAD Creative Essentials series from the esteemed Savannah College of Art and Design, comics writer and instructor Mark Kneece gives aspiring comic book writers the essential tools they need to write scripts for sequential art with confidence and success. He provides a practical set of guidelines favored by many comic book publishers and uses a unique trial and error approach to show would-be scribes the potential pitfalls they might encounter when seeking a career in comics writing. Supported by examples of scripting from SCAD’s students, faculty, and alumni,The Art of Comic Book Writing strips away the mysteries of this popular artform and provides real-world advice and easy-to-follow examples for those looking to write for the comics medium.Watson-Guptill



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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

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The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a ‘special rehearsal edition’ alongside the opening of Jack Thorne’s play in London’s West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.

This definitive and final playscript updates the ‘special rehearsal edition’ with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.





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The Hideaway

The Hideaway

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Now a USA Today and Amazon Charts Bestseller!

“A story both powerful and enchanting: a don’t-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author

When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew in life.

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering her grandmother’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.

Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career. Amid drywall dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected.

Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed her grandmother’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.

When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.

“Two endearing heroines and their poignant storylines of love lost and found make this the perfect book for an afternoon on the back porch with a glass of sweet tea.” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

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Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish

Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish

Writer’s Digest BooksPrice: $14.95 Free Shipping




Craft an Engaging Plot

How does plot influence story structure? What’s the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that’s gone off course?

With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you’ll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:

  • Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends
  • Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts
  • Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas
  • Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter
  • Story structure models and methods for all genres
  • Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems

Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

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On Editing: How to edit your novel the professional way

On Editing: How to edit your novel the professional way

John MurrayPrice: Free




“Highly recommended: On Editing is indispensable reading for anyone who is or wants to be a writer. Every desk should have a copy!”
– Dr Samantha J. Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing, UCL

“On Editing is a feast with many courses. When you have finished this book, you will feel encouraged, empowered, and indomitable. If you are writing-or editing-a novel, you could do no better than to have this book by your side. Comprehensive, easily digestible, it is a classic in the making.”
– Shaye Areheart, Director of the Columbia Publishing Course


Writing a novel is a magical but often difficult journey; and when your first draft is complete, that journey’s not over. As the editing process gets underway, authors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory. What does it mean to ‘map your plot’? How do you know if you’re ‘head-hopping’? When is your novel ready to send out to agents, and how do you make each submission count?

Written by the team behind one of the world’s most successful literary consultancies, On Editing will show you how to master the self-edit. You will learn to compose, draft, and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written, and ready for submission.

On Editing will help you harness your creative potential, transform the way you think about your writing, and revolutionise your editorial process.

“It’s easy for writers to be overwhelmed by the technicalities of writing, editing and getting published, but Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price share their decades of experience nurturing writers in On Editing. They know all the problems and how to fix them – including many you might not even think of – and explain it all in a clean, jargon-free, way that demystifies the whole process, with infectious enthusiasm that will have you ready, eager and bursting with the confidence to take your writing to the next level.”
– Writing Magazine





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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)

Broadway BooksPrice: Free





Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakesand to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start there’s the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz’s overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America’s last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.


From the Trade Paperback edition.



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