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The Fiction Writer's Guide to Creative Success From that first story idea to publication and beyond, being a novelist is an evolving process. The Constant Art of Being a Writer helps you discover the mindset and skills you need to confidently approach each aspect of writing and publishing. Award-winning novelist and short story writer N.M. Kelby explores core fiction writing The Fiction Writer's Guide to Creative Success From that first story idea to publication and beyond, being a novelist is an evolving process. The Constant Art of Being a Writer helps you discover the mindset and skills you need to confidently approach each aspect of writing and publishing. Award-winning novelist and short story writer N.M. Kelby explores core fiction writing techniques like idea generation, outlining, character development, and the use of black comedic moments and magic realism, as well as essential business-related topics like getting an agent, self-promotion, crafting a bestseller, the ins and outs of a successful author tour, and much more. With lively instruction, innovative writing tips, and original exercises, The Constant Art of Being a Writer is a guide you can count on every step of the way.


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The Fiction Writer's Guide to Creative Success From that first story idea to publication and beyond, being a novelist is an evolving process. The Constant Art of Being a Writer helps you discover the mindset and skills you need to confidently approach each aspect of writing and publishing. Award-winning novelist and short story writer N.M. Kelby explores core fiction writing The Fiction Writer's Guide to Creative Success From that first story idea to publication and beyond, being a novelist is an evolving process. The Constant Art of Being a Writer helps you discover the mindset and skills you need to confidently approach each aspect of writing and publishing. Award-winning novelist and short story writer N.M. Kelby explores core fiction writing techniques like idea generation, outlining, character development, and the use of black comedic moments and magic realism, as well as essential business-related topics like getting an agent, self-promotion, crafting a bestseller, the ins and outs of a successful author tour, and much more. With lively instruction, innovative writing tips, and original exercises, The Constant Art of Being a Writer is a guide you can count on every step of the way.

30 review for The Constant Art of Being a Writer: The Life, Art & Business of Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Meh - one of those books that gives me the feeling the author wrote it only because she wanted the income, not because she had anything new to say. I suppose if I'd never read any other books on writing, and I was still fourteen, I might be impressed, but I have, I'm not, and I'm not. Not left-brain enough to be useful, not right-brain enough to be inspiring. Meh - one of those books that gives me the feeling the author wrote it only because she wanted the income, not because she had anything new to say. I suppose if I'd never read any other books on writing, and I was still fourteen, I might be impressed, but I have, I'm not, and I'm not. Not left-brain enough to be useful, not right-brain enough to be inspiring.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Morgan

    I found one typo, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging the material is. Usually, books on writing advice are either dry and informative or inspirational and lacking usable guidance. This book couples information with a companion tone that neither preaches nor leaves you lost in the woods waiting for the sequel to drop.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joey Harpel

    Picked this up at the library. It’s a little dated—Borders and BlackBerrys anyone?—but I think it’s a good introduction for new writers. As a Minnesotan, I appreciated the author mentioning the programs here.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Glover

    This one's worth the time for any writer, from a beginner to someone who is interested in the business and craft of writing who hasn't yet put butt in chair to get the work done. The information is a little dated in some chapters, but since I got it while Borders was thrashing about in death throes, that's to be expected. Overall, there's good information ranging from the "basics" of craft (story craft, character development) through surviving a book tour and NOT making a pest of yourself with t This one's worth the time for any writer, from a beginner to someone who is interested in the business and craft of writing who hasn't yet put butt in chair to get the work done. The information is a little dated in some chapters, but since I got it while Borders was thrashing about in death throes, that's to be expected. Overall, there's good information ranging from the "basics" of craft (story craft, character development) through surviving a book tour and NOT making a pest of yourself with the media. It's a good resource for writers of any stage to add to their collection, but it's not a definitive volume.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Harry Roger Williams III

    I read this book because Seth Godin writes on the back cover, “Don’t wait, don’t stall, don’t browse. Buy a copy right now.” Being a librarian who can get most books free – as well as being thrifty to the extreme - but who has purchased both books and CDs by Godin, I had to devour it. The reader is rewarded with a lot of insights including how to use social networking. I applaud her efforts to help you sell what you write while never letting you forget that the writing is an act unto itself and I read this book because Seth Godin writes on the back cover, “Don’t wait, don’t stall, don’t browse. Buy a copy right now.” Being a librarian who can get most books free – as well as being thrifty to the extreme - but who has purchased both books and CDs by Godin, I had to devour it. The reader is rewarded with a lot of insights including how to use social networking. I applaud her efforts to help you sell what you write while never letting you forget that the writing is an act unto itself and worthy of your dedication, whatever the number of your readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Lynn Thomas

    The writing how to sections are okay, but the business sections are very good and full of insights. I'm not yet at the point in my writing career where I need to worry about the business side of writing, but it's good to know what's coming! P.S. I got this book for free from going to the Nanowrimo Night of Writing Dangerously in November 2009. The writing how to sections are okay, but the business sections are very good and full of insights. I'm not yet at the point in my writing career where I need to worry about the business side of writing, but it's good to know what's coming! P.S. I got this book for free from going to the Nanowrimo Night of Writing Dangerously in November 2009.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christian McKay

    Pretty good, straightforward advice. Kelby throws a lasso around all the great writing techniques that aren't normally found in books on writing: everything from TED.com to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I'll be referencing it in the future. Pretty good, straightforward advice. Kelby throws a lasso around all the great writing techniques that aren't normally found in books on writing: everything from TED.com to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I'll be referencing it in the future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Missive

    It was okay...lots of stuff I have heard before though, and I am learning that I need to read more how to's for romance books than for straight fiction. I want to have more fun with writing, and while writing is still producing a product, I don't want to be so clinical. It was okay...lots of stuff I have heard before though, and I am learning that I need to read more how to's for romance books than for straight fiction. I want to have more fun with writing, and while writing is still producing a product, I don't want to be so clinical.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Rudd

    I keep misplacing this book and losing my bookmark out of it. I never remember where I was. Maybe I'll try again another time. I keep misplacing this book and losing my bookmark out of it. I never remember where I was. Maybe I'll try again another time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Warner

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dave Jr

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vickymcfadden

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bergquist

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karin

  20. 4 out of 5

    D B DAVIES

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pbs

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tara

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha McGuire (Mirror Bridge Books)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

  27. 4 out of 5

    J.P.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christy Tarner

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ayse Bucak

  30. 5 out of 5

    Swati

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