Saturday, March 12, 2011

How to Write Fiction Books--Really!

The process of publishing a fiction or non-fiction book follows basically the same guidelines. However, the composition of the two can be very different. As many of you are aware, I am a non-fiction writer and multi-genre book publisher. To date, my attempts at fiction writing have been “limited” to say the least. But of recent, I have reconsidered. Why? I think I may have found the instructor I need to complete my great story (which has been inside my head for years!).

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Writer’s Digest, a division F+W Media, Inc. and asked if I would review one of their upcoming releases. Yes, they also publish books. To put it mildly, I was honored; don’t we all love Writer’s Digest? I accepted of course.

I receive so many requests from writers of fiction seeking advice on how to develop characters, plots, and organize their story, and frankly speaking, I don’t know what to tell them! I’m simply not a fiction writer—not yet anyway.

I don’t often recommend books to my Blog visitors (except my own of course), but I read The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers by seasoned author Donald Maass, and I must admit, it hyped up my interest in making another attempt at my book idea—my fiction book. It may just do the same for you.

Fiction writers who have the “advantage” are often the ones who are most capable of working through their story without losing direction and focus. How do you develop interesting characters? How do you keep the reader’s attention? Where will you find an agent? How will you write your query letter? All difficult questions answered in simple English by author Donald Maass. The Breakout Novelist is an important addition to the personal library of all writers, new and seasoned.

About the Author:
Donald Maass heads the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City, which represents more than 150 novelists and sells more than 150 novels every year to publishers in America and overseas. He is a past president of the Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and is the author of several books of interest to fiction writers: The Career Novelist (now available as a free download from his agency’s Web site), Writing the Breakout Novel, and Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. His website is He can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter @DonniMaass.

Get your copy at Breakout Novelist or wherever fine books are sold; you won’t be sorry. The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers

I’ll certainly let you know when I’m ready to release my first fiction novel!


Joylene Butler said...

I have two of Donald's books, The Breakout Novel and the lab book. This one is definitely next. He has a nice way of explaining stuff that even I get. Thanks for sharing, Carol. Coming from you, it means a lot.

Carlene Rae Dater said...

W. Somerset Maugham once said, "There are three secrets to writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are."
I love to read craft books and have a lot. I still go to conferences and workshops but have to agree with him. I think the only way to learn to write a novel is to write one. You learn a tremendous amount about writing. Your next novel will be better, and the next....

Fiction novel is redundant. A novel is fiction.

Rebecca E. said...

A good review for a very good book. I have it on my list of books to buy.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Amen to that!

The Desert Rocks said...

Great blog. Thanks!

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