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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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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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...
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
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."
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.
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!