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This book provides solid instruction for persons who want to write and sell fiction, but just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.

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"This book tells the freelance writer, 'No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these skills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years.' Amen....The advice is practical, thorough, and easy to follow." Writer's Digest

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"An instructive book covering the processes and practical skills necessary for writing fiction that will sell-including how to communicate emotion, build conflict, develop your characters, and other aspects of writing technique." The Writer

Synopsis:

This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

About the Author

Dwight V. Swain spent a lifetime writing newspaper and magazine articles, pulp fiction, and screenplays. For more than twenty years he taught in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma. His popular books, Techniques of the Selling Writer and Creating Characters: How to Build Story People are published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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Cora, January 30, 2015 (view all comments by Cora)
Techniques of a Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain has been sitting on my bookshelf for years. I hadn’t read it because I didn’t like the cover. For me, the dollar sign in place of the “S” is a turn off. The cute ploy suggests the book is about making money rather than a practical writing guide for fiction writers.

Each time I thought about reading it, I put it back on the shelf. Oh foolish girl!!

Techniques... is a practical writing guide as well as a guide to producing writing that sells.
What I liked:

I’m tempted to say, “I liked everything,” which would be true, but here’s what sets this book apart from other books:

1) It’s organized in a logical progression from the smallest writing unit to the broad strokes of storytelling.

2) It’s detailed and specific.

3) There’s lots of examples.

4) The writing is clear and easy to understand.

5) Swain’s breaks down the techniques genre fiction writers use to tell compelling
stories.

6) I’ve tried his techniques and have seen a marked improvement in my writing.
Warnings:

I don’t want you to think this is a perfect book, or a quick and easy read. There are some potential issues. I didn’t mind these things, but I imagine they could be stumbling blocks for some.

1) The book is dense; he packs more into 300 pages than most writing books. I get frustrated with books that are thin on content.

2) It’s dated, which anyone would expect from a book published 45 years ago; be prepared for talk about typewriters and other outdated things. If you think this might annoy you, remember that this book is still in print for a reason.

3) This is the kind of book you’ll read slowly and study��"this is a plus for me, but I know some people want a quick an easy fix.

4) Some say that the writing is dry, but I didn’t notice. My academic background might make me jaded. The content is so valuable that I didn’t notice dry writing.
If you are an aspiring writer or a writer who want to improve, I recommend this book.


For me, it’s a must have.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780806111919
Author:
Swain, Dwight V.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19810131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.72 in 0.85 lb

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"Review" by , "This book tells the freelance writer, 'No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these skills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years.' Amen....The advice is practical, thorough, and easy to follow."
"Review" by , "An instructive book covering the processes and practical skills necessary for writing fiction that will sell-including how to communicate emotion, build conflict, develop your characters, and other aspects of writing technique."
"Synopsis" by , This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.
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