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The Midpoint: How to Write the Central Turning Point with Emotion, Tension, & Depth

The Midpoint: How to Write the Central Turning Point with Emotion, Tension, & Depth

Mary L. MercerPrice: $9.95 Free Shipping




CRAFT AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED STORY THAT KEEPS READERS TURNING PAGES

Have you ever started writing a story, feeling full of inspiration and enthusiasm, only to lose direction somewhere in the middle?

Grab hold of a bright lifeline for writers trekking across their novel’s swampy middle. Like Ariadne’s thread guiding Theseus through the treacherous labyrinth, there exists a scarlet cord to help successfully navigate from beginning to end.

Much more than a “plot point” to energize pacing, the Midpoint is the central nervous system controlling the entire story. Mastering the Midpoint helps writers survive and thrive in the Everglades of the middle. Rediscover the spark in your story by learning how to–
  • Design a Midpoint with depth by crafting realistic, multi-dimensional character flaws that resonate emotionally with readers. 
  • Strategically position the Midpoint at the apex of a simple four-step story structure that reflects realistic human self-improvement. 
  • Connect the three key events (the Midpoint is one of them!) in every story that are absolutely vital to creating escalating tension. 
  • Translate the eight essential functions of the Midpoint into specific beats and scenes reflecting your unique creative vision. 
  • Apply three quick and easy “tools” to craft Midpoints with maximum dramatic impact. 
Ignite your creativity while enjoying dozens of examples from novels, television, and movies. Fantasy, inspirational, mystery, science fiction, superhero, thriller, war, western, young adult, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and historical romance–every genre contributes valuable insights.
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Length: 48,000 words. Real Page Numbers: 214.
 
Note: Brief quotations from other authors’ works are used in accordance with the “fair use” doctrine where appropriate to buttress points or clarify definitions. Multiple quotes from any single source cumulatively total less than 130 words. All quotations are fully credited within the text and in a separate “Texts Cited” resource at the back, and all together comprise less than 3 percent of the content in this book.




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Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer’s Toolbox Series)

Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer’s Toolbox Series)

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Learn the secret of how to write the heart of your story! This writing skills book, full of fiction writing technique, is like no other.

Some novelists write with the goal of becoming a best seller, hoping for wealth and fame. Some just want to write novels that earn them a steady income so they can feed their families and pay their bills. Some write to express their creativity and don’t care if anyone ever reads their books.

Then there are the other writers. They want to write an unforgettable novel—the kind of book that gets called a classic, that endures the ravages of time, that stays long in readers’ hearts and changes their lives.

These writers want to know the secret of how to reach the heart of their readers.

If you are one of those writers, Writing the Heart of Your Story is the book you’ve been waiting for.

Inside, you’ll learn:


  • what the most important key elements are that must be in the very first scene of your novel—and some in the first paragraph.

  • how to tap into the heart of your story, characters, setting, plot, and themes by employing specific writing exercises.

  • ways to brainstorm ideas for plot, themes, motifs, setting, and rich characters through asking a series of questions that will take you deeper below the surface of your story.

  • what the most important question is that must be asked in the opening scene in order to write an unforgettable novel.

  • what three things each character must be asked for them to become truly believable and compelling.

  • the secrets to structuring powerful scenes by focusing on the “high moment.”


Don’t just write a good novel. Write a great one—by mining the heart of your story!

Here’s what the best writing instructors and bloggers have to say about this essential writing craft book:

“A fresh and motivating take on conventional wisdom, but with unconventional heart. This is highly accessible teaching that transcends ‘how to’ and goes deep into ‘why to’ in a way that will force you to choose between reading it again and jumping on your own project. Bravo.”
—Larry Brooks, best-selling author of Story Engineering and Story Physics

“As authors, our job is to make people feel, and to do this we need to connect with our own deepest selves in the hope that we can meet the reader where they are. This book will teach you how to delve into your own heart in order to impact those who read your words.”
—Joanna Penn, author of From Idea to Book

“A veritable compendium of sound writing advice and technique. Written in a style that is both accessible and fun, Lakin’s book will be a welcome companion on your writing journey.”
—James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Conflict and Suspense and Plot and Structure

“I read dozens of writing craft books every year. All too many of them are ho-hum, been-there-done-that. This one is absotively posolutely not. Lakin offers a refreshingly structured—and yet freeing—approach to not just creating a solidly entertaining story but to crafting a tale of emotional resonance and resilience. Her useful writing exercises and spot-on story sense offer epiphany after epiphany. This is one I will read and reread.”
—K. M. Weiland, author of Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel

“C. S. Lakin once again shares her generous heart and knowledge and experience with writers in this inspiring and inspired Writing the Heart of Your Story. Ready to take your writing to the next level? Lakin offers practical exercises to help you bring heart to your own stories.”
—Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer series of writing books





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Revision And Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction)

Revision And Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction)

Writer’s Digest BooksPrice: $16.99 Free Shipping




Don’t let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won’t be able to forget.

In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings. You’ll learn how to:

  • Write a cleaner first draft right out of the gate using Bell’s plotting principles
  • Get the most out of revision and self-editing techniques by honing your skills with detailed exercises
  • Systematically revise a completed draft using the ultimate revision checklist that talks you through the core story elements
Whether you’re in the process of writing a novel, have a finished draft you don’t know what to do with, or have a rejected manuscript you don’t know how to fix, Revision & Self-Editing gives you the guidance you need to write and revise like a pro.





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Structuring Your Novel Workbook: Hands-On Help for Building Strong and Successful Stories

Structuring Your Novel Workbook: Hands-On Help for Building Strong and Successful Stories

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Discover the Proven Blueprint for Creating Stories That Sell! Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the award-winning Structuring Your Novel, showed writers how to create stories with strong and compelling plot structure. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, 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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Outlining Your Novel Box Set: How to Write Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors)

Outlining Your Novel Box Set: How to Write Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors)

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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 over 300 pages of step-by-step guidance, these two individual books have 440+ five star reviews on Amazon and have helped thousands of authors write better books.


Can Outlining Help You Write a Better Story?


These bestselling guides will help you choose the right type of outline to unleash your creativity, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, and aid you in discovering your characters.


–OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL–


Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s bestselling Outlining Your Novel shows you how to embrace outlines in a way that makes the writing process fun, inspiring, and easy.


Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal.


Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will help you choose the right type of outline for you, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, aid you in discovering your characters, show you how to structure your scenes, explain how to format your finished outline, instruct you in how to use your outline when writing the first draft, reveal the benefits of outlining, and dispel the misconceptions.


–OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL WORKBOOK—


Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! The Outlining Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to getting the bones of your story down on paper, identifying plot holes, and brainstorming exciting new possibilities.


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


  • Create your own personalized outlining process
  • Brainstorm premise and plot ideas
  • Discover your characters
  • Choose and create the right settings
  • Organize your scenes
  • And so much more!

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


Start writing your best book today!





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

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

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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.

Winner, International Moving Image Book Award



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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

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Acclaim for Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

“Not into outlining? Then someone did not demonstrate it for you the way Weiland has in her book. If you can make a quick trip grocery list, you can outline your next manuscript to benefit your process, using Weiland’s guide.”—Leslie Hultgren

“…this is one of the few writing craft books I have read start to finish, was easy to apply to my writing immediately, and helped me follow through on my first draft.”—F. Colley

“Ms. Weiland presents a wonderful roadmap for writing while still encouraging you to take those sidetrips that will make your story better. I feel like I can walk the ‘high wire’ of my imagination because I have the safety net of my outline below it all.”—D. Hargan

About the Book

Let outlines help you write a better book!

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will:

  • Help you choose the right type of outline for you
  • Guide you in brainstorming plot ideas
  • Aid you in discovering your characters
  • Show you how to structure your scenes
  • Explain how to format your finished outline
  • Instruct you in how to use your outline
  • Reveal the benefits:
    • Ensures cohesion and balance
    • Prevents dead-end ideas
    • Provides foreshadowing
    • Offers assurance and motivation
  • Dispel misconceptions:
    • Requires formal formatting
    • Limits creativity
    • Robs the joy of discovery
    • Takes too much time

More Praise for Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

“…this book has revolutionized the way I think about plotting and outlining and, after months of wishing I could find the ‘joy of writing’ again, I finally have it.”—Ashley March

“Each chapter deals with a specific topic and builds a clear idea of the task ahead, and as a great plus every chapter ends with an interview with a published author, explaining how they work their outlines and their personal methods.”—Marcus J. Pinto

“…a brilliant tool for any person wanting to learn more about the craft of writing.”—Cherie Reich





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Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)

Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)

Writer’s Digest BooksPrice: $14.99 Free Shipping




Craft your fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability.

An imprisoned man receives an unexpected caller, after which “everything changed…”

And the reader is hooked. But whether or not readers will stay on for the entire wild ride will depend on how well the writer structures the story, scene by scene.

This book is your game plan for success. Using dozens of examples from his own work – including Dropshot,Tiebreaker and other popular novels – Jack M. Bickham will guide you in building a sturdy framework for your novel, whatever its form or length. You’ll learn how to:

  • “worry” your readers into following your story to the end
  • prolong your main character’s struggle while moving the story ahead
  • juggle cause and effect to serve your story action

As you work on crafting compelling scenes that move the reader, moment by moment, toward the story’s resolution, you’ll see why…

  • believable fiction must make more sense than real life
  • every scene should end in disaster
  • some scenes should be condensed, and others built big

Whatever your story, this book can help you arrive at a happy ending in the company of satisfied readers.

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Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story

Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story

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Story loves structure…and so do readers! Super Structure represents over two decades of research on what makes a novel or screenplay entertaining, commercial, original, and irresistible. Contrary to what some may think, structure is not a nasty inhibitor of creativity. Quite the opposite. Properly understood and utilized, structure is what translates story into a form readers are wired to receive it. And it is only when readers truly connect with your story that they turn from casual readers into fans. The material in this book greatly expands upon the chapter on structure in Write Your Novel From the Middle. Super Structure can be considered a companion to that book, but it also stands alone in its treatment of the elements of a solid and pleasing plot. Here’s more good news: Super Structure will work for any type of writer–those who like to outline, those who just fly by “the seat of the pants,” and those who do a little of both. That’s because Super Structure stresses the concept of “signpost scenes.” There are fourteen signpost scenes, or beats, that can be used to create an entire plot, the skeleton of an idea, or a map to help you figure out what to write next. Every signpost is given its own chapter and explanation, along with a section called “Helpful Hints for Plotters and Pantsers,” showing you how to apply what you’ve learned and adapt it to your own style of writing. Never write a weak novel or screenplay again. Super Structure is a proven foundation that never fails. It frees you to add your original voice and vision, all of which adds up to bestselling fiction and hit screenplays. “I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell’s books on writing craft!” – Kami Garcia, #1 NY Times & International Bestselling author



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