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Writing 21st Century Fiction

High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling in Modern Fiction

By Donald Maass

Format: Paperback

SKU# W5543

You'll Love This Book If:

  • You are writing a literary/commercial novel
  • You need advanced fiction writing techniques to improve your novel or book
  • You are looking for examples of modern fiction from recent novels

Do you want to become the next bestselling literary or commercial author? In order to write high impact twenty-first century fiction, you must start by knowing your voice and who you are then going beyond that and challenging yourself to become your most authentic self.

Maass analyzes fiction techniques from recent novels such as The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum, Changes by Jim Butcher, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, The Magician King by Lev Grossman, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin, The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obrhet, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

The first book to provide a concrete framework for writing powerful literary/commercial novels. Practical tools in each chapter allow novelists to apply these methods immediately to create fiction that transcends genre, creates realities unique to its authors, conjures characters who feel more "real" than real people, and shows readers the world around them in new ways. What is it that makes twenty-first century fiction different from twentieth-century fiction? It's a real issue, attested by slush piles that are chock full of stories that are weak because they adhere to "rules," feel old-fashioned or in some other way are written the (outdated) way that writers think they should write in order to get published.

By explaining the techniques of high-impact (and often best-selling) recent novels, expert author and literary agent Don Maass will push novelists beyond genre boundaries, beyond outdated styles, beyond their safety zone to ways of writing fiction that are personal, unique, contemporary, and excellent in ways that are both literary and commercial. Like Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction, this is intended to be a how-to with extensive "practical tools" and plenty of examples from recent novels.

In This Book You'll Learn:

  • How to create compelling plots
  • How to write high impact 21st century fiction through a combination of examples, techniques, and exercises
  • How to achieve literary quality writing and win critical respect

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A Word From The Author

"Literary/commercial fiction is the Holy Grail of every editor. To publishers it’s black ink. For booksellers it’s pure joy. Reading groups embrace these novels, as do librarians, reviewers, teachers, award committees and movie producers.

For me, though, literary/commercial fiction is a forecast of where fiction is heading in the 21st Century. It’s an approach to novel writing that eschews both snobby pretense and genre dogma. It is personal, impassioned and even downright quirky, yet through its rebellious refusal to please it paradoxically achieves universal appeal. It panders to no one. It speaks to everyone. My purpose in writing this book is to uncover its secrets and make its methods a part of every novelist’s working practice.

Whether your purpose is literary or commercial, regardless of your aim to enlighten or entertain, no matter whether you want to give readers what they want or explore and push boundaries, there are techniques you can take from high impact fiction to enrich yours. After all, it’s a new century. Everything is changing and fiction is too. Keeping up is okay but better still is to zoom ahead of the curve. In these pages I’ll show you how to do that." — Donald Maass

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SKU W5543
Author/Speaker/Editor Donald Maass
File/Trim Size 6 x 9
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781599634005
Number Of Pages 224

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Thorough, wonderful exploration of current fiction Review by ScottC

Maass explores what makes fiction reach people in the 21st century, in terms of plot, character, scenes and overall concepts. He even has a chapter titled "Beautiful Writing," a phrase you see in reviews but not in books about writing. I loved every minute of this book, especially as he discussed novels I have enjoyed. I bought some novels after reading his ideas about them. He finishes by examining how a fiction writer builds and maintains a career. Excellent book.

(Posted on 10/17/2012)

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