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THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS
How to Craft Story Openings That Sell
The best beginnings possess a magical quality that grabs readers from the first word and never lets them go. But beginnings aren't just the door into a fictional world. They are the gateway to the realm of publishing--one that could shut as quickly as it opens.
But you can craft flawless beginnings that impress agents, engage editors, and captivate readers. With The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, you'll learn how to develop the big idea of your story and introduce it on page one, structure opening scenes that encompass their own story arc, kickstart your writing with effective brainstorming techniques, and introduce a compelling cast of characters that drive the plot. You'll also examine the best-selling novels from different genres to learn the secrets that experienced writers use to dive straight into a story. With thorough examinations of voice, point of view, setting, dialogue and conflict, The Writer's Guide to Beginnings is a must-have tool for luring your readers in with your opening pages--and convincing them to stick around for the ride.
WRITING WITH QUIET HANDS
How to Shape Your Writing to Resonate with Readers
To write with quiet hands is to embrace the journey you as a writer must take: from seeking inspiration and shaping raw material to publishing your work and
committing to a lifelong practice. In Writing with Quiet Hands, you'll learn how to hone your words into well-crafted stories and balance that purely creative work with the realities of the publishing world.
How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene
This one-of-a-kind plotting primer reveals the secrets of creating a story structure that works--no matter what your genre. It gives you the strategies you need to build a scene-by-scene blueprint that will help elevate your fiction and earn the attention of agents and editors. Filled with writing exercises, plotting templates, and expert advice, Plot Perfect helps you dive into the intricacies of plot--and write a compelling story that readers won't be able to resist.
A True Story about a Boy, a Mom, and a Very, Very Bad Beagle
There are bad dogs--and then there are bad beagles. In this hilarious and heartwarming memoir, single mother Paula Munier takes on the world’s worst beagle--and loses every time. She tries everything to fix Freddie--but nothing really works. As her youngest son grows up and prepares to leave her soon-to-be empty nest, Paula’s worst fear is that after more than thirty years of raising kids, she’ll be left all alone--with Freddie.
Simple Daily Shortcuts to Transform Your Life
Mindfulness is just a moment away! You don't need to hide yourself away on a mountaintop for decades to achieve enlightenment. You can do it right in your own home, at work, even in the car on your daily commute. All it takes a 5 minutes—and an open mind. With 5-Minute Mindfulness, readers find quick and easy ways to calm their minds, soothe their psyches, and sustain their spirits. These potent, portable practices, meditations, postures, and exercises can be done anywhere, anytime—mini-enlightenments that can create a lifetime of joy, peace, and serenity.