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Meadow Field File Tote

Meadow Field File Tote

$20.00
You will have to smile as you organize and file your papers with Galison's sunny Meadow Field File Tote. It's made of extremely durable paper, so you can take it anywhere.
Ready, Set, Novel! : A Workbook

Ready, Set, Novel! : A Workbook

$16.95
This writer's block-busting workbook from the team behind National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) guides authors through planning and plotting a novel before writing it from the initial idea generation and brainstorming through character, setting, and story development. Full of helpful lists, plot maps, character Q&As, field trips, writing exercises, inspiring quotes, and plenty of space to write and outline, Ready, Set, Novel! provides ample inspiration and guidance to first-time novelists and more seasoned scribes alike.
Murder Your Darlings

Murder Your Darlings

Clark, Roy Peter
$16.99
From one of America's most influential teachers, a collection of the best writing advice distilled from fifty language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White.

With so many excellent writing guides lining bookstore shelves, it can be hard to know where to look for the best advice. Should you go with Natalie Goldberg or Anne Lamott? Maybe William Zinsser or Stephen King would be more appropriate. Then again, what about the classics -- Strunk and White, or even Aristotle himself?

Thankfully, your search is over. In Murder Your Darlings, Roy Peter Clark, who has been a beloved and revered writing teacher to children and Pulitzer Prize winners alike for more than thirty years, has compiled a remarkable collection of more than 100 of the best writing tips from fifty of the best writing books of all time.

With a chapter devoted to each key strategy, Clark expands and contextualizes the original author's suggestions and offers anecdotes about how each one helped him or other writers sharpen their skills. An invaluable resource for writers of all kinds, Murder Your Darlings is an inspiring and edifying ode to the craft of writing.

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Clarke, Roy Peter
$15.99
Writer's Compass

Writer's Compass

Dodd, Nancy Ellen
$19.99
Map out your idea and finish your story in 7 stages!

This book will show writers how to develop their ideas into a finished novel by working through it in 7 stages, while learning how to mapping out their story's progress and structure so they can evaluate and improve their work. It teaches writers to visualize their story's progress with a story map that helps them see all the different components of their story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what's missing.

The book simplifies Aristotle's elements of good writing (a.k.a. that each story should have a beginning, a middle and an end) into easily applicable concepts that will help writers improve their craft. The author helps readers strengthen their work by teaching them how to focus on one aspect of their story at a time, including forming stories and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, and structuring scenes and transitions. Thought-provoking questions help writers more objectively assess their story's strengths and weaknesses so they may write the story they want to tell.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition

King, Stephen
$17.00
Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King's critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

"Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999--and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it--fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

Oxford Treasury of Sayings & Quotations

Oxford Treasury of Sayings & Quotations

Ratcliffe, Susan
$29.95
From Thomas Jefferson's memorable "a fire bell in the night," to the Russian proverb "Do not call a wolf to help you against the dogs," and the English saying "Don't sell the skin till you have caught the bear," the delightful Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations offers a superb compendium of sage advice and colorful expressions, perfect to spice up your writing or a wedding toast, or to help while away a quiet afternoon.

Fully revised and updated, the fourth edition features a fresh design and format, new topics, and more than a thousand new proverbs and sayings from around the world and across the centuries. This rich collection is arranged under a wide range of subjects--from Ability and Advice to Youth and Taxes--making it a snap to find an apt or pithy expression on a particular topic, or to explore the background of an extensive selection of related sayings and phrases. As in earlier editions, the volume traces the links between these treasured sayings and explains their varied origins. In addition, Oxford's unique language research program has identified proverbs from non-Western languages newly adopted into English, and these join an abundance of well-chosen words from Biblical times to the present day. A full keyword index and generous cross- referencing allow the Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations to function both as a look-up resource and a browser's delight. Finally, the fourth edition includes a wide range of new American sources, such as Warren Buffett, Johnny Cash, Betty Davis, Walt Disney, and Barak Obama.

Based on The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation, this superb Treasury offers a handier and more affordable resource for writers, speakers, and students.

Scene Book : A Primer for the Fiction Writer

Scene Book : A Primer for the Fiction Writer

Scofield, Sandra
$17.00
A treasure-trove of scene-writing wisdom from award-winning author and teacher Sandra Scofield

To write a good scene, you have to know the following:
- Every scene has an EVENT
- Every scene has a FUNCTION in the narrative
- Every scene has a STRUCTURE: a beginning, middle, and end
- Every scene has a PULSE

The Scene Book is a fundamental guide to crafting more effective scenes in fiction. In clear, simple language, Sandra Scofield shows both the beginner and the seasoned writer how to build better scenes, the underpinning of any good narrative.

Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

VanderMeer, Jeff
$24.99
Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking. On top of all that, the book features sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names working in the field today, including George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Karen Joy Fowler.

For the fifth anniversary of the original publication, Jeff VanderMeer has added an additional 50 pages of diagrams, illustrations, and writing exercises creating the ultimate volume of inspiring advice that is also a stunning and inspiring object.