Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course

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9780312287160: Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course

Covering the entire process of writing, from manuscript preparation to marketing, Jerry Cleaver shows the novice how to start writing and how to get immediate results. Readers will learn everything they need to know about managing time, finding an idea, getting that first word on the page, staying unblocked, shaping ideas into compelling stories, and submitting their work to agents and publishers. With insightful tips on how to manage doubts, fears, blocks and panic, Immediate Fiction will help readers develop their skills in as little as ten minutes a day, if necessary. Recommended for anyone who wants to write anything, from a short story to a screenplay.

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Musicians and artists might need talent to succeed, but writers don't, says Jerry Cleaver in Immediate Fiction. Cleaver allows that talent is needed to win a National Book Award, say, but otherwise, any of us can do it. All we need is the ability to "develop and exercise sadistic license." The operative word is conflict. As Cleaver puts it, "Happy lives make lousy novels.... If the characters are having a good time, the reader is not." He takes the mystery out of fiction writing. You don't have to write about what you know, he says; write what you can imagine. Don't fret if you can't find large chunks of time to write. Start with five minutes on weekdays and 20 on weekends, and you'll have 100 to 300 pages by year's end. Perhaps most refreshing about Cleaver's approach is the lack of directives. Some writing instructors demand that you work with an outline; others forbid it. Cleaver claims that teachers who tell you to do it one way or the other are telling you not how you work best, but how they work best. --Jane Steinberg

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The Only Writing Book You'll Ever Need

From the legendary creator of the Writer's Loft in Chicago, comes a writing course for those who want to see results now. Immediate Fiction covers the entire process of writing including manuscript preparation, time management, finding an idea, getting words on the page, staying unblocked, and submitting to agents and publishers.

With insightful tips and advice, Jerry Cleaver helps writers manage doubts, fears, blocks, and panic all while helping to develop their writing in minutes a day. A practical and accessible resource, this book has everything the aspiring writer needs to write and sell novels, short stories, screenplays, and stage plays.

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