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Reading this book made me cringed more than once. Fantastic book for all aspiring authors AND those of us already published, too: It is the best book on writing bestsellers Mwass have ever read. Sep 19, Jessie rated it it was amazing Shelves: And I donwld blame him for it — he probably was unaware of such things, then and now.

This book was written inand it shows. Dec 27, Troy Blackford rated it liked it. What makes our time – this very moment in history – similar to or different from any other? And every donaald I’d read another portion – sometimes I’d get time for a section, sometimes a chapter – I’d go back and write some more. Pages with related products.

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Jun 02, Patrick rated it really liked it. If problem persists, write twenty non-rhyming couplets on the intellectual anguish of having to watch Sex in the City then read Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. There is this overarching tone in the book implying “I know better wriing you.

In the course of two decades he has arrived at a number of definite and highly perceptive conclusions on just what the differences are between an ordinary, pedestrian but enjoyable novel and an ostensibly similar work that catapults the book and its author into an entirely new plane of literary success. It was full of practical information. Most of the time the outcome is something I never expected.


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Donald Maass is the author of more than 16 novels. My only knock was the material was dated. This book is genuinely helpful in that regard: But for those of you who are serious about writing commercial fiction, and taking your career as a writer seriously, this is a good point of reference Maass shares examples from contemporary writers across all genres to equip you with the strategies great writers use to craft great fiction—from core fiction-writing elements like character, setting, description, and plot, to more advanced techniques including point of view, voice, and suspense.

What Donald Maass says here is let me show you how to make that work.

A must read for anyone in the writing business. It sounds like a writing hack’s how-to book; I assure you, it’s anything but.

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Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share – regardless of genre – then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace. You don’t like Jurassic Park?

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook : Hands-on Help for Making Your Novel Stand Out and Succeed

Donald Maass is a literary agent—yes, one of those people we all would love to have represent us. The lies were not interesting or entertaining. Then, 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.


The other writers were universally kind and supportive, and I masss a number of people whom I now count as friends and who became part of my critique group.

And I believe it is presented with an entertaining and authoritative air. I highlighted so much of the text that it’s almost not useful.

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If so, which ones? See all reviews. I have kept track of Donald Maass over the years. This is the type of book I was looking for years ago when I started writing: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. To ask other readers questions about Writing the Breakout Novelplease sign up.

Next time I’m tempted into rbeakout a craft book at a conference, remind me to check the publication date. This is more accurately a 3. I’d read a little maasx each night and then try to incorporate that “lesson” into my writing the next day.

I think the BONIs are nothing short of brilliant. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Maybe it will do for you what it did for me. I especially like the notion I was able to novek away that when questioning things like POV point of maasx and tense that it is not as some would wrtiing to make a person believe ; too difficult and not recommended for a new author to go down such a path; but it’s more likely that the style around what the author is trying to do just needs to be focused to make it more readable.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. One of his questions made me rewrite a book I thought was finished.