Fun, practical guide that reveals the essentials of good fiction and memoir writing by exposing the most common mistakes literary writers make.
All great works of fiction and memoir are unique - but most bad novels, stories, and memoirs have a lot in common. From clunky dialogue to poorly sketchedout characters, sagging pacing to exaggerated prose, these beginners' mistakes drive any agent or editor to their stock rejection letter, telling the aspiring writer 'Thanks, but this isn't for us,' and leaving many to wonder what exactly it is that they're doing wrong.
Veteran writing coach, developmental editor, and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell will fill in the gaps in every rejection letter you've ever received. In Thanks, But This Isn't for Us, Morrell uses her years of experience to isolate the specific errors beginners make, including the pitfalls of unrealistic dialogue, failing to 'show, not tell,' and over-the-top plot twists. These are just a few of the problems that keep writers from breaking through with their work. Sympathetic and humane, but pulling no punches, Thanks, But This Isn't for Us shows writers precisely where they've gone wrong and how to get on the right track. In sixteen to-the-point chapters, with checklists, exercises, takeaway tips, and a glossary, Morrell helps readers transcend these mistakes so that they don't have to learn the hard way: with another rejection letter.
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Comments about Thanks, But This Isn't For Us:
One of the best writing books I have come across- I have been searching for one like this for a while - fantastic for any writer who is interested in getting published. This provides pithy, useful tips - the author is honest and humorous and this makes taking the "medicine" even more enjoyable. I have read many "how to write" books and this is now in my top five.
Number Of Pages: 357
Published: 20th August 2009
Publisher: TARCHER JEREMY PUBL
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0 x 2.489
Weight (kg): 20.8