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Write, Revise, Rejoice!: How to Write a Book, From Start to Finish, Using Emotional Prose to Raise Your Voice Paperback – 27 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Purlington Press (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991263006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991263004
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,502,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Raynes was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1984. With a lifelong passion for reading and writing he won multiple awards in high school and received a scholarship to Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, which hands out the Sophie Kerr Prize; the largest undergraduate literary award in the country. While a student there, he studied poetry, short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. Screenplays may have been Daniel’s first love, but novels ended up as his true love. After taking a long (too long!) absence from his dream of being a writer, Daniel has finally begun to write again. This book was largely written not only to help others, but to help himself remember everything he had learned and to shake off the rust from his finger tips.

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This book fits the title. With enthusiasm and at speed the author takes a would be writer through the steps - and pitfalls - of writing. From the just do it, you can always revise start, to the scientific analysis of how it should be done, if you think you have a novel in you, or would like to find one, this is the book. Now we need a book on how to get published.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Write Choice To Success! 29 Aug. 2014
By StevieV - Published on Amazon.com
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The right way to success as a writer is of course to... Write. Absolutely, and in Daniel Raynes Write, Revise, Rejoice : How To Write A Book, From Start To Finish, Using Emotional Prose you will learn techniques to hone your skill as a writer. Is this the only book you'll ever need on writing? Of course not. This is a starting point, a beacon to light the way in the choppy seas of diversions, distractions and what-not-to dos. I love it, the inspiration, the techniques, the hints, all from personal experience. Two particular points that I gravitated towards was one - utilizing musical scores in the background to inspire your writing; no lyrics, just the sweeping soundtrack that can give flight to your imagination while you're writing your scene. I'll have Pandora playing tracks from Narnia or Lord of the Rings, scribbling away, trying to get it all in as tears stream down my cheeks. Okay, forget the tears, it's an emotional thing, you know what I mean. The bottom line is results happen if the timing is right.

The next factor is emotions are addictive and like fast food you got to have your hit right here and now. Whether you're in the mood for Chinese, Italian or hot and spicy, if you serve it up right they've got your number and will be eating out of your hand time and time again. It's not going after the Big Bucks, but satisfying your readers with the right combination of ingredients that will set their hearts, imaginations and loins on fire and establish you my friend as the master chef, qualified to deliver the goods. If you know nothing about writing a novel this is a good place to start. Take the plunge, jump off that cliff and realize that once you start to incorporate the techniques in this book and consistently write and learn your craft you'll not only discover you have wings, but a way to captivate readers attention and sky rocket to a place where dreams do come true...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `I hope this book carries the torch.' 4 Jun. 2014
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Daniel Raynes - we should hear more about this writer as he has shared writing tips to create a successful book as well as anyone who has addressed this subject. Hopefully one of his own novels will appear soon. Raynes is a young, handsome lad born in Baltimore, Maryland. His own writing to date has resulted in multiple awards and helped earn a scholarship to Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland where he studied poetry, short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. Apparently screenplays are his forte but writing novels is his passion. This excellent book feels very much like a deep breath on his part to open the door to writing serious novels again.

Not only is this book bound to become a bible for writers of all stages of their careers, it is a very accessible seminar on writing. As he states in his opening remarks, `By using many examples from great authors and looking at what their prose is supposed to achieve within their story, I aim to show you how and why they did it, and hopefully their success can help you as well. I have chosen select passages from classic novels to illustrate their techniques, and I will compliment the published examples with some of my own, which I created just to highlight and expand upon the lessons.'

What follows is a step by step approach to offering advice on how to avoid pitfalls, overcome tendencies that may indicate failure, and in general how to go about writing - from the beginning idea to the finished product. It seems his flow is best defined by simply outlining the names of his chapters with a few excerpts dotting the landscape:

Chapter 1 Getting Started, Chapter 2 The Importance of Writing Quickly, Chapter 3 Writing in Layers, Chapter 4 How to Develop a Style (The way an author expresses their story, with word choice, grammar, sentence structure, and how they use many types of literary devices.), Chapter 5 How to Find Your Voice (The culmination of style, tone, themes, and morals that the author presents in a work of fiction.), Chapter 6 Writing a Setting, Chapter 7 Writing Action (In many ways the mood of the action is more important than the action itself.), Chapter 8 Writing Description, Chapter 9 Writing Dialogue (All the poetic prose in the world isn't going to cover up a lousy story.), Chapter 10 Dialogue or Description? (In the end, people are all people, and the differences are subtle at best.), Chapter 11 Writing Emotional Prose (You can break the rules whenever you feel you need to. Whenever you feel your story needs it. Break the rules while keeping your prose readable and don't apologize for it.), Chapter 12 Writing to an Audience (Something has to happen early in the story to get the reader to commit to finishing the novel.), Chapter 13 Doing Research, Chapter 14 To Prewrite or Not to Prewrite?, Chapter 15 The Importance of Murphy's Law (They don't want crisis averted. They want crisis overcome.), Chapter 16 Choosing Your Narrator, Chapter 17 Pacing a Story, Chapter 18 Writing an Ending, Chapter 19 Read with Your Ears!, Chapter 20 Genre Novels vs. Literary Novels, Chapter 21 Where Ideas Come From, Chapter 22 Should You Write What You Know?, Chapter 23 Writing Other Formats As Well, Chapter 24 Writing and Videogames, Chapter 25 Writing Classes and Groups, Chapter 26 Why We Write, Chapter 27 Breaking Through Writer's Block, Chapter 28 General Writing Tips, and Chapter 29 Final Thoughts.

This is considerable information well related and the aspect that helps the `student' buy into Raynes' flow of ideas is his personalization and his very wise reference examples from the great authors of our time and the past. This is an excellent book that may just help writing dreams be realized!
Grady Harp, June 14
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Regarding The Making Of A Great Novel 16 Aug. 2014
By Nora - Published on Amazon.com
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Daniel Raynes offers advice to all who are interested in writing a great novel. A novel is a complex project that includes: plot, story, protagonist, antagonist, theme, setting, style and moral. He coaches people to write everything, every thought, every direction and dialogue in the novel, and do it quickly. He states, "It's far easier to edit a bad draft into a good draft than to turn a blank page into a final draft."
He approaches the subject of novel writing like an artist about to paint on a canvas, it takes work and skill to produce a masterpiece. This book is a great tool for writers to be inspired, the very reason he wrote it. Here is another of his sound wisdom: "Writing takes time and maturity, two things you can't speed up or fake." He continues until the end of the book to inspire people to write and never quit.
I appreciate his inspiration, knowledge, insight and experience, but I believe that a great editor also improves upon a writer's work and is vital to the finished product.
All the publishers with great editors who polished the finished product said, "Amen."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start Writing! 20 Sept. 2014
By Johann Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't finished this, but it's a combination of pep talk, and solid advice to get you off your rear, and writing prolifically.

This book has a lot of practical advice. Although there is info on the basic aspects of writing that most books cover, most books talk about the nuts and bolts of what you should achieve. The dialog, the exposition, etc.

This is more of a road map to actually getting the book written.

Just jump in there and start writing. It doesn't have to be good at this stage, it just has to be on paper (or in an electronic file). At that point, you've DONE something.

THEN, you go back and revise and polish it. Suddenly, this massive project seems far more doable, maybe even easy.

I keep thinking about writing a book, but somehow never do it.

This book may change all that.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, as an author I really need this book 9 Jun. 2014
By Sierra Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little. Do what you can." - Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

Daniel Raynes spends a lot of time thinking about this quote.

Wow, this book is great! I really need this. I am currently trying to write my first novel and yes, I feel like I don't have time to sit down and just write. Then some times when I do, I get stuck as I am a 'by the seat of your pants' type of writer. No story board for me! These exercises in this book encouraged me to pick up my story again with some fresh new ways of writing! I'm also going to re-read through the first part and add some more flare! I highly recommend this book to writers starting out on the journey of author-ism!
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