Love on the Rocks Men Women and Alcohol in Post World War II America dActers setting and other basic elements of structure presented in this book are as solid and useful now as they were when Donald Maass first published this book Five full stars This is a great read 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 Ion 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 #write a breakout novel as it is to write a novel worth readingMaas knows that what Beths Stable Stolen by an Alien drives book sales is word of mouth recommendations but what inspires word of mouth Read his book to see how well your book willo 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 As an aspiring novelist a friend gave me this book thinking I would like itI Aliens Vs Predator didn tFirst the pros On one hand the book gives a few basic pointers about storytelling and the publishing industry The book offers a few interesting extract from novels And maybe maybe you might like this book if you were a complete newbieBut On the other hand the author claims to have found the magic formula to write a hit book And this is where everything goes wrong The author of this book is an agent not a novelistThere s no magic formula or as some other reviewers have already mentioned the author would be a successful novelist himself And he s notReading this book made me cringed than once Repeatedly the author sounds arrogantpompous and gives horrible advice as if it were the gospel of truthThe chapter on E Revolution comes to mind Talking about e readers the author suggests it s a fad they stand little chance of replacing traditional paper books he saysYep tell that to Amanda Hockings This is so wrong and it s almost comical to read today This book was written in 2001 and it showsI found this book to be very condescending as well There is this overarching tone in the book implying I know better than youI suggest youiscover instead On Writing 10th Anniversary Edition A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King A much better volume on the craft of writing by someone who s actually ualified to talk about it and who oes it in a way that will inspire you In the year 2000 Maass saysMiddle eastern terrorists are not likely you In the year 2000 Maass saysMiddle eastern terrorists are not likely attack us This is an implausible plot for a thriller Look me *In The Eye And Repeat That At *the eye and repeat that at 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 ay or even a VERY bad Academic Writing, Real World Topics 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 tooo the so called treasure hunt stories This just a few years before The Davinci Code which basically combines the two came out Don is my agent so let s get that out of the way However I heard him speak and I read this book before I ever signed on with him One of his uestions made me rewrite a book I thought was finished I Repressed Memories A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse FiresideParkside Recovery Book d spent than a year of my life on that book and his uestions made me spend another nine months at it That book The Way of Shadows hit the New York Times bestseller list Low but 29 is something a lot of writers would kill to hit And that s the genius of this book not that it ll make you a bestseller but that it will ask you the uestions that may take your writing to the next levelDon Maass understands story in a way few people even few professionalso This book puts the work back in your lap If you can t or won t see your own flaws it won t help you If you can I think it willBest writing book I ve read Period WARNING The plot formulas exposed and lauded in this book can be toxic May lead to Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic dizziness fits of cynicism and paroxysms Do not take this product if you harbor unrealistic expectations about what sort of books the American book buying public actually consumes Do not read if you are offended by the notion that trite adolescent writing and conventional morality may be the most sellable commodity in today s literary marketplace Do not take if you are allergic to any of the followingMichael CrichtonJohn GrishamTom ClancyChicken Soup of the Anything If after reading you are seized by the sudden urge to write a highly commercial techno thriller take with John Gardner s On Becoming a Novelist and EM Forrester s Aspects of the Novel If problem persists write twenty non rhyming couplets on the intellectual an. Tain a highegree of narrative tension from start to finish evelop 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. ,
M still a few pages from being one "with Donald Maass s Writing the Breakout Novel and WOWFor YEARS I have been looking for what I "Donald Maass s Writing the Breakout Novel and WOWFor YEARS I have been looking for what I the perfect writing book And every time I go to a bookstore I find yet another book on writing or some aspect I find to be utterly indispensible I must have themI m not going to talk about how many writing books I have Let s just say A fewHowever there are only a few books I would recommend to people A lot of the books I ve purchased are Well they tend to repeat the same things over and over again Just in Alien Conquest different waysThis oneoes not In fact Writing the Breakout Novel has a TON of information you on t see in other writing books Why I have no idea but this information feels #like the information I have tried to findThis is a MUST READ #the information I have tried to findThis is a MUST READ any writer fiction or nonfictionDonald Maass is a literary agent yes one of those people we all would love to have represent us In fact he represents some of the big names in the industry Robert McCammon Anne Perry Elizabeth Bear You can find a list of his clients on his webpageAnd this book is a book EVERY writer needs to have on hisher shelfMaass takes a look at breakout novels the novels that get their author s names about and issects them for their uniue attributes What makes a novel great This book tells you what this agent thinks using examples from contemporary works as well as his own years of experience reading submission after submissionHe tells us what ideas that beginning novelists like to use and then proceeds to tell us why it usually oesn t work He gives us alternatives to these ideas as well as showing when they actually MIGHT work and how successful authors used themThe examples Maass uses are from many ifferent types of novels including both genre and literary fiction Yep there are spoilers for the books but we re not really reading for pleasure are we I m making a list of the books and categorizing them into books I want to read in order to study what the author has one I probably won t read them all but the ones that stand out for me I ll be all overMaass has also published a workbook to compliment this book It includes examples as well as exercises to incorporate Maass s ideas and thoughts into your novel I ll be using this and The Fire in Fiction Passion Purpose and Techniues to Make Your Novel Great to work on making my current WIP better than ever I ll probably use it also to go back and help flesh out my NaNoWriMo novel from 2008 as wellI m also a graduate of Holly Lisle s How to Think Sideways class as well as her How to Revise Your Novel class I think Maass s work will be a substantial source of information to help me along my journeyI m glad I bought this book and I ll be using it MUCH than most of my others 1 The writing in this book is marvelous By that I mean the style is smooth sophisticated and flowing It makes me guess that the craft of writing must really be valued at Donald Maass s literary agency Yay 2 The level of literary knowledge is off the charts Donald pulls in so many examples from so many novels it ll make you izzy I ve read a million There are obvious reasons why adding this title is embarrassingBut the book is not what you thinkMaass is a writer and agent with several Womens Political Activism in Palestine decades of experience and he uses that to explain why some books work and someon t He analyzes both commercial and literary fiction He s basically interested in any book that reaches a wide audience and why regardless of its categorizationThis book worked for me because it coalesced a year s worth Of Reading Writing Taking Apart reading writing taking apart and workshops on structure novel and plot Maass goes over how to create compelling characters plot and subplot theme etcAlso I Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, d like to address some easy misconceptions and points other reviewers have made Maass is notiscounting hard work He s not saying a person can spit out a novel in a month He acknowledges that novel writing reuires practice and years of work This book The alphas abused mate doesn t contain formulas either However Maassoes show how a successful career novelist must write many books He tracks several novelist s careers and Word Alchemy demonstrates how they build audiences usually after amassing a body of work He argues for writing an excellent book and another and another and another and so on So for the rare authors who are able to live off of writing they haven tone it with the first book they ve spent years writing books before they re able to retire from their The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures day jobs andevote themselves to full time writing 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. 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 etails the elements that all. .
In the present It has impact that #Way P143Maass Encourages Combining Roles As In #p143Maass encourages combining roles as in lifelong friend who is also a octor or the ex spouse who is also a tennis partner p127 Most of us ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) do not for very long tolerate people who make us feel frustrated sad hopeless orepressed not in life not in books p 105 Every protagonist needs a torturous need a consuming fear an aching regret a visible ream 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 th As a manual on storytelling craft this 2001 publication by author and
SUCCESSFUL AGENT DONALD MAASS WRITINGliterary agent Donald Maass Writing Breakout Novel Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level remains one of my favoritesI first read this book in 2004 or 2005 and came across it again this year 2018 at my library s fundraising sale I bought a very notated very worn hardback copy and reread it finding as much truth in these pages as I id as an aspiring writer than a After the Tears decade agoI have kept track of Donald Maass over the years I also enjoy reading his posts about writing craft on the website Writer Unboxed where he is a freuent contributor I would love to meet him at a writers conference or other such literary event He has so much wisdom and industry expertise about how and why stories work It honestly saddens me that so many people have given this book such scathing reviews here on Goodreads There are plenty of craft books on the market but very few are as good as this oneThe bones of what makes a good story are all here raising stakes transformation resolution All the big plot elements are brokenown into the simplest language So are thornier subjects like theme and voice Donald Maass knows the market and what readers crave from their books and he knows how to Daddy Blames Me distill that knowledge into the fewest words possible I have learned some uglier truths about publishing since the first time I read this book truths Donald Maassoesn t ever mention And I Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) don t blame him for it he probably was unaware of such things then and now But those truths are still there Most people who aspire to call themselves authors come from a particular socioeconomic background and the publishing market favors stories told from the viewpoint of that particular socioeconomic background The market also favors stories that feature people from bad circumstances falling on hard times through their own poor choices andor addictions and then overcoming their internalemons rather than facing or changing external forces of oppression White savior tales remain as popular as they ever were for a reason So Facing the Rising Sun do popular tropes like the Magical Negro character which has morphed into another popular trope ofiversity checkboxing to soothe the sting of a modifiedslightly exoticized white savior tale on an audience that claims to be progressive and wokeaware of oppressionDonald Maass Best African American Fiction 2010 doesn t speak to these things But all of that hegemoniciscourse exists in novels in the stories that are chosen for publication and certainly in the stories that become breakout novels that sell well in the marketplace Privilege Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, does not like to be seen or heard Privilegeefinitely oes not want to be changed As a white able bodied upper middle class neurotypical heterosexual man Donald Maass has found success in an industry that seeks to reward what he is and how he thinks None of that however means that his wisdom about the craft of storytelling isn t useful or true uite the opposite I love this book and highly recommend it to any novelist But there are a great many truths I would add to these pages if I could For aspiring breakout novel authors there are a lot of ugly things that should be taken into consideration before writing for the market or writing a book that might perform well in the market Donald Maass is a member of the inner circle so he can t speak to those things For any aspiring breakout novelist who was born and raised in the same inner circle sharing those truths would also be unnecessary Those truths are often a birthright inherited through the osmosis of one s upbringing For people outside of the circle the worldview of the publishing industry and successful novelists must be learned as the s and codes of conduct of any ifferent class in society must be learned Donald Maass New Trends Generations in African Literature Today, Alt 20 did not write an ethnography book about the publishing industry he was simply focused on the craft of storytelling as if writing exists in a void beyond the strictures of culture and power That is the void that most books about writing exist in as if stories are not the most powerful form of the hegemony but some kind of artistic pursuit that finds success based solely on merit But Iigress As a book about storytelling the information about plot char. 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. ,