Fiction Writing Demystified: Techniques That Will Make You a More Successful Writer

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Full of expert, effective advice from a producer and professional writer for 15 network television series, this book offers pragmatic techniques for constructing a compelling story and developing rich characters and extraordinary dialogue. In clear and concise language, this lively guide explains that the same methods used in the high-pressure world of writing for television can be applied to fiction storytelling in all its forms, from poetry, short stories, and novels to memoirs, stage plays, and movie scripts. Included is advice on such writing elements as building a story, constructing action sequences, creating memorable characters, developing scene structure, and avoiding cliché dialogue. Also covered are problem-solving strategies for polishing the final product.

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Thomas B. Sawyer is a teacher of creative writing and screenwriting and was an Emmy-nominated head writer and producer of Murder, She Wrote. He is the author of The Sixteenth Man and Plots Unlimited. He lives in Malibu, California.

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“Sawyer’s analysis of the craft and observations on the process are not only true, they’re universal. If you use only half of what’s in this book, your writing will be twice as good!” —John Wirth, screenwriter and executive producer, The District

“Exceptional, and not just for those who’ve thought about writing a novel. Concise, authoritative, a refresher course in basics. Masterful!” —Robert S. Levinson, author, The John Lennon Affair and The James Dean Affair

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