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  • Donald Maass
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Writing the Breakout Novel Free download Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Take your fiction to the next levelMaybe you're a first time novelist looking for practical guidance Maybe you've already been published but your latest effort is stuck in mid list limbo Whatever the case may be author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best seller listsMaass details the elements that all. In the year 2000 Maass saysMiddle eastern terrorists are not likely to attack us This is an implausible plot for a thriller Look me in the eye and repeat that at the end of 2001 DonaldA global financial crisis wouldn t affect people enough to be the topic of a thriller So what if Wall Street has a bad day or even a VERY bad day I ll check back with you when the unemployment and foreclosure rate is skyrocketing in 2008 Mr MaassConspiracies make a bad topic for a thriller so too do the so called treasure hunt stories This just a few years before The Davinci Code which basically combines the two came out and made millionsThen you have the long section on how e readers will never have an effect on the paper publishing business People don t want e readers Maass sniffs because they don t offer anything superior to reading it on paper There will never be a magic revolution wherein authors can skip the publishing houses and directly put their works up for ebooks so stop wishing for it I guess in 2000 that felt like a safe thing to think In 2013 I was reading him make this declaration ON MY KINDLE So yeah it was a little hard to take seriouslyI was bothered not just by these types of predictions which are in some sense understandable But early in the book he a literary agent talks about a book he got a huge nearly million dollar advance for praising it as an example of the kind of book he will help you learn to write He claims that he read the manuscript and saw a clear turning point where the author was maturing and transcending his earlier workLooking at its sales on in 2013 it has a sales ranking of 1000000 meaning one million books are placing above it and an average review of 2 12 stars out of 5 The author s fans consistently said This isn t as good as his prior books Admittedly it s a kind of old book 13 years later but ranking at the 1000000 level is still bad for a professionally published book If this is the kind of book he s going to teach us to write hated by the author s fans as a turning point into being worse and disappointing in sales well So that was a big turnoff to me as well Donald Maass and the book s readers both agreed this highly touted novel was a turning point The problem The guy promising to teach you to write like this thought it was where the author became brilliant and the readers thought it was where he ceased to write engaging fiction A bit of a problem if the premise of THIS book is learn to write better selling better reading fiction Also if you like successful thrillersscifihorror books be prepared to be insulted throughout The author takes for granted that his readers hate successful books with speculative elements so when he discusses the book Jurassic Park pointing out all the ways in which its themes and characters embody the virtues he is discussing in this book and really he does seem to understand JP and makes a good case for it being a weightier book than it gets credit for he follows it up with What s that you say You don t like Jurassic Park Let me talk about a different book then and then proceeds to discuss a book about a teenage girl being raised by a single father in a small town Which is fine but the unspoken implication is Now since everybody reading this book hates Jurassic Park let s see how a REAL book does this I would much rather learn to write Jurassic Park than a Hallmark made for TV movie in print Still despite the many elements which proved grating for me this is a useful book on writing It just seemed many times longer to me than it actually was because so much of it happened to rub me the wrong way It wouldn t have that effect on many people so don t be too turned off Its good points are still worth looking intoCONS The track record of this guy s predictions in 2000 is laughable with the hindsight of a 2013 reading All the books he champions that were not yet released at the time of writing did terribly Only in his analysis of books that had already proven themselves in 2000 did he prove accurate This kind of undermines his whole thesis in a lot of waysHe doesn t have a healthy respect for much genre fiction particularly horror which he said died out in the 80 s and that can cause a lot of friction between the reader and the book depending on what type of author you areAlso it might be a lesser point but SPOILERS to other works ABOUND in this book He ll happily describe the story arc to novel after entire novel even parenthetically throwing in the content of the last page even if it doesn t matter Up through the very final pages we as readers are left wondering Does she or doesn t she She does This isn t always welcomePROS Has some decent universally applicable advice One of his best bits of advice often repeated is that many other books have been written on insert writing topic Perhaps you should read those Maybe that s advice you can follow without bothering to plunk down 999 for this book Journey to Ixtlan The Lessons of Don Juan your fiction to the next levelMaybe The SPCK Introduction to Karl Rahner: A Brief Introduction (SPCK Introductions) you're a first time novelist looking for practical guidance Maybe Progress in Mathematics, Grade 2, Vol. 7 you've already been published but Duty and Sacrifice – Saviors your latest effort is stuck in mid list limbo Whatever the case may be author and literary agent Donald Maass can show Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli you how to take Russian Imperialism Revisited your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best seller listsMaass details the elements that all. In the The Orphan Conspiracies 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy year 2000 Maass saysMiddle eastern terrorists are not likely to attack us This is an implausible plot for a thriller Look me in the eye and repeat that at the end of 2001 DonaldA global financial crisis wouldn t affect people enough to be the topic of a thriller So what if Wall Street has a bad day or even a VERY bad day I ll check back with Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis you when the unemployment and foreclosure rate is skyrocketing in 2008 Mr MaassConspiracies make a bad topic for a thriller so too do the so called treasure hunt stories This just a few A Liverpool Lass years before The Davinci Code which basically combines the two came out and made millionsThen The Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization you have the long section on how e readers will never have an effect on the paper publishing business People don t want e readers Maass sniffs because they don t offer anything superior to reading it on paper There will never be a magic revolution wherein authors can skip the publishing houses and directly put their works up for ebooks so stop wishing for it I guess in 2000 that felt like a safe thing to think In 2013 I was reading him make this declaration ON MY KINDLE So Chemistry Calculations in as you learn to write He claims that he read the manuscript and saw a clear turning point where the author was maturing and transcending his earlier workLooking at its sales on in 2013 it has a sales ranking of 1000000 meaning one million books are placing above it and an average review of 2 12 stars out of 5 The author s fans consistently said This isn t as good as his prior books Admittedly it s a kind of old book 13 Stig of the Dump years later but ranking at the 1000000 level is still bad for a professionally published book If this is the kind of book he s going to teach us to write hated by the author s fans as a turning point into being worse and disappointing in sales well So that was a big turnoff to me as well Donald Maass and the book s readers both agreed this highly touted novel was a turning point The problem The guy promising to teach The Art of Youth Work you to write like this thought it was where the author became brilliant and the readers thought it was where he ceased to write engaging fiction A bit of a problem if the premise of THIS book is learn to write better selling better reading fiction Also if Harold Finds a Voice you like successful thrillersscifihorror books be prepared to be insulted throughout The author takes for granted that his readers hate successful books with speculative elements so when he discusses the book Jurassic Park pointing out all the ways in which its themes and characters embody the virtues he is discussing in this book and really he does seem to understand JP and makes a good case for it being a weightier book than it gets credit for he follows it up with What s that Engendering Song Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology you say You don t like Jurassic Park Let me talk about a different book then and then proceeds to discuss a book about a teenage girl being raised by a single father in a small town Which is fine but the unspoken implication is Now since everybody reading this book hates Jurassic Park let s see how a REAL book does this I would much rather learn to write Jurassic Park than a Hallmark made for TV movie in print Still despite the many elements which proved grating for me this is a useful book on writing It just seemed many times longer to me than it actually was because so much of it happened to rub me the wrong way It wouldn t have that effect on many people so don t be too turned off Its good points are still worth looking intoCONS The track record of this guy s predictions in 2000 is laughable with the hindsight of a 2013 reading All the books he champions that were not The Soft Machine yet released at the time of writing did terribly Only in his analysis of books that had already proven themselves in 2000 did he prove accurate This kind of undermines his whole thesis in a lot of waysHe doesn t have a healthy respect for much genre fiction particularly horror which he said died out in the 80 s and that can cause a lot of friction between the reader and the book depending on what type of author Subidos de tono Cuentos de amor you areAlso it might be a lesser point but SPOILERS to other works ABOUND in this book He ll happily describe the story arc to novel after entire novel even parenthetically throwing in the content of the last page even if it doesn t matter Up through the very final pages we as readers are left wondering Does she or doesn t she She does This isn t always welcomePROS Has some decent universally applicable advice One of his best bits of advice often repeated is that many other books have been written on insert writing topic Perhaps The Time Paradox The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life you should read those Maybe that s advice Philippians (Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 43) you can follow without bothering to plunk down 999 for this book

Summary Writing the Breakout NovelWriting the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel Free download Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Tain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish develop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competitionThen using examples from the recent works of several best selling authors including novelist Anne Perry Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing You'll capture the eye of an agent generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising care. 2 stars for generalities not enough specifics 4 stars for some good ideas that are probably found in most writing booksAUTHOR IDEAS I LIKED the past perfect tense and its evil facilitator the word had will always rob a scene of its vital immediacy Even though we need to learn about events that have already happened the author keeps the action always in the present It has impact that way p143Maass encourages combining roles as in the lifelong friend who is also a doctor or the ex spouse who is also a tennis partner p127 Most of us do not for very long tolerate people who make us feel frustrated sad hopeless or depressed not in life not in books p 105 Every protagonist needs a torturous need a consuming fear an aching regret a visible dream a passionate longing an inescapable ambition an exuisite lust an inner lack a fatal weakness an unavoidable obligation an iron instinct an irresistible plan a noble ideal an undying hopewhatever it is that in the end propels him beyond the boundaries that confine the rest of us and brings about fulfilling change p77MY FAVORITE PART ualities that we ordinarily associate with greatness vision insight high intelligence leadership accomplishment wisdom to name a few If you were to construct a character that embodied all of those ualities however you would wind up with someone about whom it is not very interesting to read Why Because there is nothing left to discover nothing unresolved about such a paragon Accomplishment already accomplished does not hold our attention Striving to attain the impossible though is a struggle from which we cannot take our eyes Do you watch the Olympics on TV Who does not Do you still care what happens to the bronze medal winner a month or two after the closing ceremony No Who does p110MAASS ADMIRES THE FOLLOWING BOOK I IMMENSELY DISLIKED ITMaass considers Jennifer Crusie s Tell Me Lies a breakout novel I gave it 1 star At one point I was so angry I wanted to throw the book I did not like it for two reasons 1 heroine stupidity The heroine did at least five stupid things One of them was seeing a murder weapon touching it and putting her fingerprints on it 2 The heroine lied too much The lies were not interesting or entertaining They made me dislike herSo what did Maass like about Tell Me Lies The following which was too general and not specific enough Maddie s new boyfriend is an accountant Crusie chooses that profession for her hero not only to give him conflicting sides but to enhance her theme of accountabilityCrusie uses high moments and deathhas a number of interconnected plot layersThe fun of the novel though lies in the middle It is the sexual heat between Maddie and CL as well as Maddie s larger than life outlook that brings the story to breakout level The plot layers help So do the many distinctive characters and their interwoven destinies p 221Maass comments I wasn t feeling them I ve read 12 Crusie books I gave 5 stars to three of them But this book got 1 star I have a hard time using this book as a standard for other authorsMANY SUGGESTIONS WERE NOT SPECIFIC ENOUGHMaass has an exercise for the author to determine theme Ok so the author figures out the theme then what Maass doesn t say what to do with it or why a theme is necessary I believe Stephen King does not use themes when planning what to write because he does not plan his plots Following is a uote from Stephen King s book On Writing I plot as little as possible Plotting and the spontaneity of real creation are not compatible Situation comes first and then watch what happens as the characters try to work themselves out of it Most of the time the outcome is something I never expected Personally I don t like artificial cliff hangers at the end of scenes Maass names some popular authors who use cliff hangers and then says Cliff hangers may be clunky but can all these authors be wrong about them Clearly notFalse success at the end of a scene also suggests a coming disaster Readers are wise to certain authorial tricks A rise is likely to precipitate a fall p193 I don t understand those last three sentences stated together this way Instead of clarifying the next sentence after these is about another subject It s the following What if you have no idea about your novel s pacing Do not worry You cannot go too far wrong if your focal character is strong your central conflict is clear and established early and the main plotline always strides forward and is rarely than a scene or two away Work with solid plot fundamentals in this way and your story probably will maintain its drive of its own accord p193 These phrases sound good but they are not specific enoughMaass mentions a book What ties it together is not plot but a powerful framework provided by a young woman s yearning p223 My thought How does an author know if she has a powerful framework Breakout novelists are willing to experiment reverse direction throw out large chunks of manuscript add length in short do whatever it takes to wrestle the many interwoven elements of a large scale novel into shapeBreakout novels sprawl If not long they generally are lavish in other ways depth of character setting detail theme and so on p225 How does this tell an author what they need to do It sounds like they need an editor to tell them what to throw add etc In contemporary stories of breakout caliber a sense of the historical moment is also captured What makes our time this very moment in history similar to or different from any other As I am sure you can anticipate the answer once again lies in your characters perceptions of these things p 88 Your characters live in an era but which one And in what stage of its life Find the moments in the story that delineate that distinction detail them from a prevailing point of view and you will be on your way to enhancing your novel with a sense of the times p 91 breakout novelists employ many approaches to setting but all have one element in common detail A setting cannot live unless it is observed in its pieces and particulars A place is the sum of its parts The emotions that it evokes are most effective when they are specific better still when they are uniue p 97DATABook length 260 pages Swearing language none Sexual content none Copyright 2001 Genre nonfiction how to writeOTHER BOOKSFor excellent books on the craft of writing consider the following I gave 5 stars to both of themStein on Writing A Master Editor shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies by Sol SteinOn Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Graham Greene: A Life in Letters your novel apart from the competitionThen using examples from the recent works of several best selling authors including novelist Anne Perry Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of Tragedy Hope A History of the World in Our Time your novel writing You'll capture the eye of an agent generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising care. 2 stars for generalities not enough specifics 4 stars for some good ideas that are probably found in most writing booksAUTHOR IDEAS I LIKED the past perfect tense and its evil facilitator the word had will always rob a scene of its vital immediacy Even though we need to learn about events that have already happened the author keeps the action always in the present It has impact that way p143Maass encourages combining roles as in the lifelong friend who is also a doctor or the ex spouse who is also a tennis partner p127 Most of us do not for very long tolerate people who make us feel frustrated sad hopeless or depressed not in life not in books p 105 Every protagonist needs a torturous need a consuming fear an aching regret a visible dream a passionate longing an inescapable ambition an exuisite lust an inner lack a fatal weakness an unavoidable obligation an iron instinct an irresistible plan a noble ideal an undying hopewhatever it is that in the end propels him beyond the boundaries that confine the rest of us and brings about fulfilling change p77MY FAVORITE PART ualities that we ordinarily associate with greatness vision insight high intelligence leadership accomplishment wisdom to name a few If Journey to Ixtlan The Lessons of Don Juan you were to construct a character that embodied all of those ualities however The SPCK Introduction to Karl Rahner: A Brief Introduction (SPCK Introductions) you would wind up with someone about whom it is not very interesting to read Why Because there is nothing left to discover nothing unresolved about such a paragon Accomplishment already accomplished does not hold our attention Striving to attain the impossible though is a struggle from which we cannot take our eyes Do Progress in Mathematics, Grade 2, Vol. 7 you watch the Olympics on TV Who does not Do Duty and Sacrifice – Saviors you still care what happens to the bronze medal winner a month or two after the closing ceremony No Who does p110MAASS ADMIRES THE FOLLOWING BOOK I IMMENSELY DISLIKED ITMaass considers Jennifer Crusie s Tell Me Lies a breakout novel I gave it 1 star At one point I was so angry I wanted to throw the book I did not like it for two reasons 1 heroine stupidity The heroine did at least five stupid things One of them was seeing a murder weapon touching it and putting her fingerprints on it 2 The heroine lied too much The lies were not interesting or entertaining They made me dislike herSo what did Maass like about Tell Me Lies The following which was too general and not specific enough Maddie s new boyfriend is an accountant Crusie chooses that profession for her hero not only to give him conflicting sides but to enhance her theme of accountabilityCrusie uses high moments and deathhas a number of interconnected plot layersThe fun of the novel though lies in the middle It is the sexual heat between Maddie and CL as well as Maddie s larger than life outlook that brings the story to breakout level The plot layers help So do the many distinctive characters and their interwoven destinies p 221Maass comments I wasn t feeling them I ve read 12 Crusie books I gave 5 stars to three of them But this book got 1 star I have a hard time using this book as a standard for other authorsMANY SUGGESTIONS WERE NOT SPECIFIC ENOUGHMaass has an exercise for the author to determine theme Ok so the author figures out the theme then what Maass doesn t say what to do with it or why a theme is necessary I believe Stephen King does not use themes when planning what to write because he does not plan his plots Following is a uote from Stephen King s book On Writing I plot as little as possible Plotting and the spontaneity of real creation are not compatible Situation comes first and then watch what happens as the characters try to work themselves out of it Most of the time the outcome is something I never expected Personally I don t like artificial cliff hangers at the end of scenes Maass names some popular authors who use cliff hangers and then says Cliff hangers may be clunky but can all these authors be wrong about them Clearly notFalse success at the end of a scene also suggests a coming disaster Readers are wise to certain authorial tricks A rise is likely to precipitate a fall p193 I don t understand those last three sentences stated together this way Instead of clarifying the next sentence after these is about another subject It s the following What if Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli you have no idea about Russian Imperialism Revisited your novel s pacing Do not worry You cannot go too far wrong if The Orphan Conspiracies 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy your focal character is strong Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis your central conflict is clear and established early and the main plotline always strides forward and is rarely than a scene or two away Work with solid plot fundamentals in this way and A Liverpool Lass your story probably will maintain its drive of its own accord p193 These phrases sound good but they are not specific enoughMaass mentions a book What ties it together is not plot but a powerful framework provided by a The Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization young woman s Chemistry Calculations in as you can anticipate the answer once again lies in Stig of the Dump your characters perceptions of these things p 88 Your characters live in an era but which one And in what stage of its life Find the moments in the story that delineate that distinction detail them from a prevailing point of view and The Art of Youth Work you will be on Harold Finds a Voice your way to enhancing Engendering Song Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology your novel with a sense of the times p 91 breakout novelists employ many approaches to setting but all have one element in common detail A setting cannot live unless it is observed in its pieces and particulars A place is the sum of its parts The emotions that it evokes are most effective when they are specific better still when they are uniue p 97DATABook length 260 pages Swearing language none Sexual content none Copyright 2001 Genre nonfiction how to writeOTHER BOOKSFor excellent books on the craft of writing consider the following I gave 5 stars to both of themStein on Writing A Master Editor shares His Craft Techniues and Strategies by Sol SteinOn Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

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Writing the Breakout Novel Free download Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Breakout novels share regardless of genre then shows you writing techniues that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplaceYou'll learn to establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place weave subplots into the main action for a complex engrossing story create larger than life characters that step right off the page explore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readers sus. Maas title is corny It s so corny that I might never have ordered it in the first place if I hadn t won a gift certificate to Writers Digest books It sounds like a writing hack s how to book I assure you it s anything butFirst off Maas is a top literary agent in New York He is also the author of uite a few pseudonymous novels 14 as of 2001 probably now but since I don t know what his pseudonym is I can t check He s made a successful career out of his studies on this topic and what he s written is not so much how to write a breakout novel as it is how to write a novel worth readingMaas knows that what drives book sales is word of mouth recommendations but what inspires word of mouth Read his book to see how well your book will do and what needs to change to make it better I can t recommend Writing the Breakout Novel highly enough to aspiring novelistsIn fact I think I ll make a habit of re reading it every time I m about to start working on a new novel myself