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Books on the Art of Writing #3


Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories by Margaret Lucke

What the book offers

Exactly what it says on the tin…I mean, cover. This is one of the most easiest books I’ve read on writing, and it’s so quick to coming on the point, without all the fancy details on the side. It covers every aspect from major ones such as conflict and character, but also more subtle one such as setting and narrative voice (which is a brilliant, brilliant chapter). It will help to make your writing more developed and fulfilling, and with exercises at the end of every chapter, you know what to do, with the aid of some very helpful tipsheets.

After the end of all the talk about writing, there is also a very helpful chapter on what to do once you’ve finished your story and are ready for publishing, including how to format your manuscript.

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Books on the Art of Writing #2


Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron

What the book offers

Devised in four parts (planning, writing, revising and selling) you can really use this book as your guide from start to finish. If you are planning to write a mystery novel this is the only book you need, and the best thing is, it covers all aspects of the mystery genre from cosy right down to fem-jep and legal. There are tons of examples to help you understand the techniques explained and many useful fill out questions to help you brainstorm and develop to the right extent.

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