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During the week Robert J. Ray was a teacher. On weekends he learned the fiction writer's craft and produced his first novel. He ended up selling six books in six years. The same success as a writer can happen to you.
His step-by-step program, the same one he uses himself and teaches in his popular fiction-writing class, organizes your writing around the weekends. Each weekend you work through the basics of character, scene, and plot, the construction of the novel in scenes and chapters, and the actual writing and editing of your book.
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Robert J. Ray, Ph.D. has written eight novels, five in the
Matt Murdock Mystery series. His short fiction has appeared in Tri-Quarterly. Ray teaches writing for the University of Washington's School of
Distance Learning. He lives in Seattle.
Bret Norris is the founder of the Norris Literary Agency. He has extensive
experience as both a writer and editor of creative manuscripts. He lives in Seattle.
Ray, the author of seven mystery novels including Bloody Murdock , LJ 7/86, and The Hitman Cometh , LJ 2/1/88, offers potential writers an opportunity to craft a novel over a year by following 52 weekend work sessions. During weekends one through 14, readers are instructed in the basics of character, scene, and plot. The remaining weekends focus on the classic Aristotelian three-act dramatic structure of the novel. Each weekend assignment includes guidelines and examples from well-known writers' works (especially Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist ), plus exercises and "Learning from Other Writers" tips to practice during the week. A brief appendix includes a section on finding a publisher; a glossary, and a bibliography. This reviewer cannot vouch for the effectiveness of this book without actively working through its lessons, but many readers may find it worth pursuing.
- Cathy Sabol, Northern Virginia Comm. Coll., Manassas
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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