FIRE UP YOUR FICTION - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories earned a Silver Medal for Readers' Favorite Awards for 2014, a Silver Medal in the Florida Authors & Publishers President's Book Awards, 2013, and an Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest E-Book Awards for 2013.
CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS is all about engaging readers and immersing them in your story world through techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, writing riveting dialogue, and basically stepping back and letting the characters tell the story.
Jodie's WRITING A KILLER THRILLER is also valued by writers and aspiring authors of many genres who are looking to pick up the pace of their stories and add tension, suspense, and intrigue. Her first book, published in 2012, it continues to sell steadily to aspiring authors.
Also look for Jodie's handy, clickable writers' e-resources, QUICK CLICKS: WORD USAGE and QUICK CLICKS: SPELLING LIST. These resources, like Jodie's other books, can also be read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Fire up Your Fiction- An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories
“What a wonderful resource for writers at any stage of their career! I wish I had this book when I first started writing. [...] I can’t think of anything important that you haven’t addressed succinctly and clearly. [...] This should be on the booklist for Master’s Programs in Writing for Publication. [...] You must be a wonderful editor to be able to write such a readable, but comprehensive book.”
~ Judge, Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards, 2013
Fiction writers – if you want a concise, to-the-point guidebook with great tips for honing your style, bringing your scenes to life, tightening up your writing, picking up the pace, writing more natural dialogue, and developing a more authentic, appealing voice, Fire up Your Fiction is the perfect choice.
Topics include: style blunders to avoid, showing instead of telling, streamlining cluttery sentence structures, avoiding repetitions, choosing words that nail it, pacing for power, avoiding info dumps and awkward structures, writing natural-sounding dialogue, expressing thoughts, showing character reactions, avoiding melodrama, finding your authentic voice, and more.
from the IndieReader review:
“Jodie Renner’s FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is a handy manual for writers looking to make the biggest impact with their craft.
“Renner shows and tells: Each chapter offers precise rules of what to do, and what not to do, with plenty of concrete examples. … With a whole draft in hand, the chapters serve as a trusty map, practical checklist and action plan all in one. … “Renner specialized in editing thriller fiction – and it shows. There is a certain rush in seeing the sloppy, awkward “before” transform into the lean, mean “after.” Chapters are clear and succinct. … Chapter 21 offers a priceless lesson in the importance of choosing the right word, by demonstrating alternatives to such ordinary choices as “walked,” “run” and “looking.”
“FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is the Strunk and White for writers who want to be not just mere storytellers but master story-compellers."
~ IndieReader review, March 2014
~ Randy Ingermanson, bestselling author of Writing Fiction for Dummies
“A handy checklist and self-editing guide that will get any fiction writer to a
stronger, well-told tale.”
– James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Revision and Self-Editing, Plot and Structure,
The Art of War for Writers, and more writing guides
Writing a Killer Thriller
- An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction
Captivate Your Readers
This third guide to writing compelling fiction by respected editor and award-winning author Jodie Renner provides concrete advice for captivating readers and immersing them in your story world. It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, writing riveting dialogue, and basically stepping back and letting the characters tell the story.
Today’s readers want to lose themselves in an absorbing story. Renner shows you how to provide the immediacy and emotional involvement readers crave in fiction, the direct, close connection to the characters and their world. And she does it in her usual highly accessible, reader-friendly style, with plenty of subheadings, concrete tips and examples.
This book is available in both e-book form and print, through all Amazon websites, and in print at many independent bookstores and libraries.
“Jodie’s books are packed with practical writing and editing advice. Get ready to improve your manuscript today.”
– Steven James, author of many bestselling novels and Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
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