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Mugging the Muse: Writing Fiction for Love AND Money [Kindle Edition]

Holly Lisle
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Book Description

Want to Get PAID for Writing What You LOVE?

In this collection of thirty-one essays, workshops, quizzes, Q&As, and how-to-do-it articles, novelist Holly Lisle — who went pro with her award-winning first novel, Fire in the Mist, in 1992 and who’s been writing full-time ever since (more than thirty novels published by major publishers, and still writing) offers help, comfort, and wry practical advice to the beginning fiction writer looking for answers.

In the second edition of this book, Holly walks writers through Preparation, Practice, Writing & Selling, and Frequently Asked Questions, offering end-of-chapter exercises, workshops, and free downloadable worksheets designed to get the individual writer or members of writers’ groups working productively with publication as the goal.

In this newly updated writing course, you will discover:

Why you want to write...
What you want to write...
Who you want to write for...
How to write only what you love and what matters to YOU...
How to make your work good...
And how to get paid for doing it.

Writing is a learnable skill, not a magical process only those
touched by the Book Fairy, or the Muse, can ever reach.

If you want to write fiction, you can.

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About the Author

Holly Lisle is the author of more than thirty published novels (and counting), including the recent re-release of her award-winning first novel, Fire in the Mist, and her upcoming re-release of Cadence Drake: Hunting The Corrigan’s Blood, which will kick off the ten-book Cadence Drake series. Holly had an ideal childhood for a writer…which is to say, it was filled with foreign countries and exotic terrains, alien cultures, new languages, the occasional earthquake, flood, or civil war, and one story about a bear, which follows: “So. Back when I was ten years old, my father and I had finished hunting ducks for our dinner and were walking across the tundra in Alaska toward the spot on the river where we’d tied our boat. We had a couple miles to go by boat to get back to the Moravian Children’s Home, where we lived. “My father was carrying the big bag of decoys and the shotgun; I was carrying the small bag of ducks. “It was getting dark, we could hear the thud, thud, thud of the generator across the tundra, and suddenly he stopped, pointed down to a pie-pan sized indentation in the tundra that was rapidly filling with water, and said, in a calm and steady voice, “That’s a bear footprint. From the size of it, it’s a grizzly. The fact that the track is filling with water right now means the bear’s still around.” “Which got my attention, but not as much as what he said next. “ ‘I don’t have the gun with me that will kill a bear,’ he told me. ‘I just have the one that will make him angry. So if we see the bear, I’m going to shoot him so he’ll attack me. I want you to drop what you’re carrying, run to the river, follow it to the boat, get the boat back home, and tell everyone what happened.’ “The rest of our walk was very quiet. He was, I’m sure, listening for the bear. I was doing my damnedest to make sure that I remembered where the boat was, how to get to it, how to start the pull-cord engine, and how to drive it back home in the dark down the Kwethluk River’s looping, slough-crossed course, because I did not want to let him down. “We were not eaten by a bear that night…but neither is that walk back from our hunt for supper a part of my life I’ll ever forget. “I keep that story in mind as I write. If what I’m putting on paper isn’t at least as memorable as having a grizzly stalking my father and me across the tundra following us and our bag of delicious-smelling ducks, it doesn’t make my cut.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Holly Lisle; Second Edition edition (29 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OWGB4G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for wannabe writers 21 Feb. 2013
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This was thoughtful, stimulating and fun to read. I've browsed a few of this kind of book and found it engaging. I actually read it to the end. I would recommend it to anyone who knew little about writing or publishing but who were fairly serious about having a go. After this, I am encouraged to take the plunge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone writing their first novel 25 Mar. 2013
By suejeff
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I found this really hard to put down. If you are new to writing or if you have several unfinished novels like me, this will definitely help you to get things down and out there. Absolutely great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and inspirational 28 Jun. 2013
By Sue99
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I recommend this book to anyone setting out to write their first book. Fabulous! Buy it and try it. Thanks Holly for your insights and wisdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a getting started bible 14 April 2013
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One of the best books ive read on the subject. Inspiring and practical. Everything you need to know to start you on the writers path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most inspiring book on writing ever! 2 April 2012
By Unni M. Berg - Published on
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I am one of those who always wanted to be a writer. Or - more precisely - I've always wanted to have written.... The mere task of gluing my butt to a chair for so many hours at a time for the necessary days needed to finish a book, has always been a challenge. And I don't even have ADD! (only when it comes to writing, which is sooo weird, because that's when I lose myself... in writing). But, then I get bored with my own writing and the way I have approached it, and lose interest. And of course I lose faith in my ability to grab readers. I have bought (and read) countless books on writing for more than 25 years, attended writing classes, writing seminars and what not.

Then I enrolled in Holly Lisle's writing classes, and as soon as I got my hands on this book "Mugging the Muse", I have been glued to the chair. Amazing! Holly writes and describes, and shows what to do and how to do it. All in an entertaining way. And - not the least important - WHY to do it or not to do it. No lofty theory here. Practical, easy to follow step by step instructions on how to get started. Really get started, I mean. Yet, she shows you how you can write things that matters! First and foremost to your own soul! Then, of course to grab your readers. I just love this approach. How can the writing be superficial and boring if you write from your soul? She shows you how you can structure your writing in a way that prevents you from falling asleep of boredom while you write. This book is exactly what I need. Now I will make a serious attempt at writing AND finish a book again. And this time I think I can write a book that matters - at least to me - and manage to stay awake to the end, thanks to Holly Lisle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to your craft library 15 Jun. 2012
By Kay Hudson - Published on
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Mugging the Muse combines discussion and advice about the writing life with exercises on the craft of writing and solid (recently updated) information on the business of writing in a changing industry. The book takes advantage of the electronic platform to include links to Lisle's web site and to downloadable worksheets for the exercises in each section.

The first section of the book includes a collection of essays about the writing life, including "How to Tell Who Won't Make It in Writing," and a quiz that told me I'm doomed: "You'll probably make a great writer," Lisle says. "You should think very carefully before getting married, having children, or buying a pet, however. Walking into your living room and discovering the dust-covered skeleton that was your cat -- or your spouse -- can be really bad for morale." The exercises in this section are introspective, designed to make you consider your goals, strengths, and weaknesses.

Section II covers craft topics in brief but useful sections on building characters, plotting, description, pacing, and maps for world building; this is where the downloadable worksheets come in. Section III, Writing and Selling, includes essays on theme, voice, collaborating and querying, among other topics, all solid (and interesting) advice. Section IV covers Frequently Asked Questions about self-publication, money, and the business of writing in general, and Section V throws in a few bonus essays.

Definitely worthwhile!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Writer 26 April 2012
By Dassie - Published on
Holly Lisle is the best writing teacher you could have. In Mugging the Muse, she brilliantly breaks down the processes on all levels of developing & publishing a novel, enabling you to bring out the best in your own writing.

What exactly is so great about this book?

1) Reading this book is pure pleasure -- I secretly wish Holly would write even more non-fiction because she is so deliciously good at it.

2) Every aspect of creating a novel is covered, from the technical (creating conflict, moving the story forward, goals, scheduling, business stuff, what prevents writers from succeeding, and a whole lot more) to the psychological aspects (finding the courage to say what you mean, dealing with self-censorship & discouragement from others, motivation, and much more). And this all applies whether you self-publish or go through a publishing house.

3) The exercises are invaluable. They helped me break through certain blockages with which I'd been struggling for years.

4) If you've already read many of the articles -- as I have -- that appeared on her website, know that this book has updated those articles and is juicy with tons of new stuff.

Holly seems to actually care whether you succeed. She also obviously loves writing and knows exactly how to go about developing a novel that will grab your readers by the head -- and these qualities burst through every word of this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 14 May 2012
By Duckie - Published on
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Holly Lisle has a gift for teaching the art of writing, and manages to make it both a valuable reference and a fun read in its own right.

I've purchased the majority of her writing guides now, and I find myself re-reading and consulting them often.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants write.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 9 July 2012
By Elle B - Published on
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This author is very candid and blunt about her life and the writing industry as a whole. I am enjoying this book and I really like the common sense approach that the author takes. This was a good buy!
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