Read Before Writing

Read Before Writing

Read Before Writing

what you need to know before publishing fiction

by Gila Green
Price: $8.99 + $1.00 (service charges)
Total Price: $9.99

After publishing my own short stories, feature articles, website articles, and other works, working as a professional writer and editor for 15 years and conducting ongoing writing workshops, I've assembled a creative writing guide for writers who have publishing in mind.

What is in this book?
I have written a list of the six seminal issues that are crucial to getting published. I have used examples from my own published literary fiction, and included writing exercises you can do on your own to help you hone your writing skills, spur new ideas, and also break through writer's block.

Why buy this book?
Does the world need another how-to-write book? Yes. How-to-write books tend to focus on the writing process itself. Yet, there is much effort that needs to be put into the pre-writing phase. This preparation stage is vital if you are going to succeed. This book is called Read Before Writing for a reason; if you do your homework before you even begin to write, you will save valuable time, money and heartache.

This book will force you to take a giant step backwards in the writing process so that you can leap forward when you are ready.

A useful, practical tip to start you on the road to better writing

Here are three first lines from popular authors:
“A squat grey building of only 34 stories.” (Aldous Huxley)
“It was 7 minutes after midnight.” (Mark Haddon)
“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.“ (Douglas Adams)

What are these writers doing? They are locating you in time and space. Location or setting is critical to your story and these writers know it, too. Readers won’t remain lost for long before they stop reading. Don’t misunderstand me; a first line may certainly hook a reader, but the first line must be working on one of the elements of a story. This means the writer has to be setting the stage for the story, not willy nilly trying to come up with “gotchya” first lines that are essentially in a vacuum.

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