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How to Write a Blockbuster (Teach Yourself Creative Writing) Paperback – 25 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (25 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340916915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340916919
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the most useful book I've read about writng fiction and getting published." (A Reader)

"If you buy one book on writing, buy this one, won't you? It is FANTASTIC! " (A reader)

"Great if you are a beginner, and even if you are already published they give you a new insight into your craft." (Writing Magazine)

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a new introduction to writing bestselling fiction, by a literary consultant and published author

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No aspiring writer should be without a copy of "How to write a blockbuster." Full of good, practical advice this little gem covers everything from how to choose the right genre, how best to use feedback, all the way through to editing your work.

The layout is clear and unfussy and written in easy-to-understand language. It's pitch-perfect and non-patronising, not only covering the bascis of good novel writing; from explaining what a hiatus and a segue are, to showing how your story might fit on the 3 Act Graph, but also providing an insider's view of a publishing house and offering guidance on how to submit to an agent.

Read, studied, consulted and exploited, my own personal copy has been colorfully highlighted in many places.

If you're serious about becoming a successful writer this reference book will go a large part of the way to helping you achieve your goal.
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Having used the Cornerstones consultancy in the past, I was interested to read any `how to' book they might publish. I was suitably impressed.

The book is brimming with sound advice (I found the sections on plot/structure, blockbuster prose and dialogue particularly helpful). Also, unlike other books on the subject (which normally reserve only a chapter on the submission process) HTWAB has an entire section on it: 75 pages of insightful comments etc. The chapter `your submission package' is particularly good for anyone about to send off to an agent.

If you're looking for a lot of guidance in specific areas of writing (such as character or dialogue) this may not be the book for you. But as a single volume covering all the major aspects of writing I would highly recommend it. I certainly wish I'd had something this comprehensive when I started writing.
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If you buy one book on writing, buy this one, won't you? It is FANTASTIC!

Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner know their stuff and explain it so logically and their caring natures and personalities shine through. I am amazed they give so much away for the price of the book!

The exercises in the book have raised my level of writing ten fold. They have also given me wondrous treasures for the books I am currently writing. Thank you!

The layout of the book is so well done and full of riches, you can't put it down, greedy for the next gift.

Any level of writer will read, reread and refer to this book to ensure their highest levels of writing are maintained and that they walk into the industry, or proceed in it, informed.

WOW! Buy it!
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Writers, especially first timers, often struggle to see how they can take their work to the next level. This book will help you make that step change. It's full of sound advice, examples and exercises that are easy to follow. Read it through, or dip into specific subjects as you come across a particular problem; it's all in there, believe me.

There is, perhaps, an unexpected bonus, in that this book will make you a better reader, too. The more you understand about reading, the more effectively you write.
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This is the most useful book I've read about writng fiction and getting published. It is easy to read and full of truly helpful advice. I have just returned from a Cornerstones self-editing workshop (run by Helen and Lee) which is also highly recommended for people who want to improve their writing to a level where agents and publishers will take them seriously. The trouble is that if too many people buy this book, there'll be even more competition out there!
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I bought this book for a penny and gleaned a lot from Helen Corner's experience in the publishing world. No one teaches you Creative Writing at school, good grammatical English is not required, structure and planning are key.
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If you buy one book on writing, buy this one, won't you? It is FANTASTIC!

Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner know their stuff and explain it so logically and their caring natures and personalities shine through. I am amazed they give so much away for the price of the book!

The exercises in the book have raised my level of writing ten fold. They have also given me wondrous treasures for the books I am currently writing. Thank you!

The layout of the book is so well done and full of riches, you can't put it down, greedy for the next gift.

Any level of writer will read, reread and refer to this book to ensure their highest levels of writing are maintained and that they walk into the industry, or proceed in it, informed.

WOW! Buy it!
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If you have written a book, or are well on the way to writing one, keep this magical little book by your side. Not only is it inspirational, it is full of non-patronising wisdom that makes you want to look at your work with new eyes, and make it reveal the potential you know it has. Don't buy 'how to write a damn good novel' by James Frey, its banal, basic and trite - it is a shame they wasted a good tree. If you are serious about your writing and making it the best you can, buy this one and forget all others, it's a real gem.
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