So You Want
How To Master the Craft of Writing
A Featured Selection of the Writers Digest Book Club
"Best Book of the Year for Writers"The Writer Magazine
Short-listed for Best Book of the YearForeWord Magazine
For over ten years, Marge Piercy and Ira Wood have been teaching two popular master classes in the crafting of fiction and memoirs. They attract students nationwide who have failed to improve their work in courses concentrating on the process of writing, encouraging their potential but failing to supply them with the tools. Encompassing two complete writers' workshops, and never before available in book form, So You Want To Write:
Uses talks, exercises, anecdotes and examples proven in the
classroom, to address:
How to proceed if your work is continually rejected by publishers.
Drawing on over seventy years of combined writing experience, other chapters include:
The overlooked powers of dialogue,
Creating descriptions that move readers emotionally,
FAQs about agents, rejections, submitting work effectively, how much writers really earn,
Overcoming shame and the difficulties of writing about loved ones.
"Here is a must-have for would-be writers: a how-to book written by a popular novelist and a successful publisher . . . This fine book is a distillation of the wisdom they have accumulated and dispensed over the years. They start at the beginning with beginnings (story openings) and move smoothly through character building, the importance of dialogue and plot, and how to craft compelling narrative passages . . . Piercy and Wood have a fundamental audience in mind: anyone who has a good story to tell but isn't quite sure how to tell it. Put this on the shelf right beside Strunk and White." Booklist
"This book is a product of the workshops [they] have given
for many years and those not lucky enough to have participated in the workshops can now
benefit from their no-nonsense wisdom. Readers will appreciate the hardcore approach of
these two dedicated writers."
"Seamless and exceptionally engaging
the book is a valuable tool for
the apprentice in search of practical advice on the craft of fiction and memoir writing
from accomplished novelists."
"The authors conduct well-known writing seminars, and they have put much of
this information into book form. They address plot, character development, dialogue and
all the other elements of successful writing. They also go into work habits, overcoming
the "inner censor" and dealing with publishers. A good primer for new writers; a
fine reference book for any writer."
"Best-selling writer Piercy and her husband, novelist-publisher Wood, have been co-teaching writers workshops for about ten years [and] . . . they have reproduced their master course in this useful manual. Advising against how-to bookseven their ownthe two authors encourage would-be writers to read as much as possible (included is a list of recommended books), as reading plays the key role in the process of learning how to write. The authors go on to discuss character, plot, dialog, and some of the nuts and bolts of the publishing industry. They also discuss how much writers can expect to earn, what those rejection letters from publishers really mean . . . The exercises at chapter ends are short and to the point, just enough to get the juices flowing. Because of the clear writing style and the authors reputations, this book, although joining an already saturated market, is worth the shelf space." Library Journal
"This is a great book, no matter what stage of
writing you're atwhether you're just dabbling with ideas thatv have been rolling
around your head for years, between doing the dinner dishes and bedtime, or whether you
are sending out 20 query letters a day and have three completed manuscripts in your bottom
"This new column, The Writing Life,
helps to choose the best [of the how-to-write books]... Writers seriously looking to have
their work published should pick up SO YOU WANT TO WRITE. The
combined experience of Marge Piercy and Ira Wood make a good combination for a
how-to-write-and-get-it-into-print book. Wood's advice on getting your work
published is extremely heplful worth the cost of the book alone."
"SO YOU WANT TO WRITE is a lively, informative,
and down-to-earth guide for anyone who's ever thought of writing and publishing a novel,
story, or personal memoir.It answers all the questions you may haveas well as
some you didn't think of."
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