#Writing tips: Literature (Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular #Fiction)

Hello, everyone! Paul here again today to bring you some more helpful tips for your writing. The other day I talked about my experience with Scrivener (Click here to read). I will post more about that in the future, but today I want to tell you about a wonderful book that will most certainly help your writing. A friend of mine, Heidi Ruby Miller, sent me this book, and I must confess I have been so happy she did. I have read quite a few books about writing as I am continually working to improve my craft. Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction is far and away the most informative and helpful book I have personally read.



Many Genres, One Craft has insights and tips from numerous writers that cover at least eight different genres. I am still working my way through the book, but I am excited to incorporate what I’ve learned so far. Let’s take a second and share the blurb from Amazon shall we?

From the Back Cover

Romance. Fantasy. Mystery. Science Fiction. Young Adult. Horror. Picture Books. Suspense.Many Genres, One Craft brings together award-winning authors, bestselling novelists, and hot new writers from all these genres to offer an amazing novel writing workshop in a book. Modeled on Seton Hill University’s acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction–where all of its sixty contributors have taught, studied, or been a special guest–this stunningly comprehensive guide for writers offers insights into crafting effective genre fiction of any kind, and provides an array of practical advice on selling novels in today’s marketplace that you simply won’t find anywhere, short of enrolling in graduate school.Learn everything from beating writer’s block to building suspense, making monsters to marketing mysteries, approaching agents to writing romance…all from experts who have actually done it.

Contributors: Michael A. Arnzen, Rebecca Baker, Shelley Bates, Michael Bracken, Gary A. Braunbeck, Crystal B. Bright, Jennifer Brisendine, Sally Bosco, Christopher Paul Carey, Ginger Clark, Lawrence C. Connolly, David J. Corwell, Susan Crandall, Kaye Dacus, Penny Dawn, John DeChancie, C. Coco DeYoung, Matt Duvall, Natalie Duvall, Ron Edison, Elaine Ervin, Timons Esaias, Tess Gerritsen, Venessa Giunta, Leslie Davis Guccione, Anne Harris, W. H. Horner, Lee Allen Howard, KJ Howe, Russ Howe, Scott A. Johnson, Nancy Kress, Chun Lee, Patrice Lyle, Susan Mallery, Dana Marton, Lee McClain, Mike Mehalek, Sharon Mignerey, Barbara J. Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, M. A. Mogus, Thomas F. Monteleone, David Morrell, Catherine Mulvany, Nicole Peeler, Adrea L. Peters, Patrick Picciarelli, Steven Piziks, Rachael Pruitt, Lynn Salsi, Mary SanGiovanni, David Shifren, Randall Silvis, Lucy A. Snyder, Maria V. Snyder, Victoria Thompson, Diane Turnshek, Tim Waggoner, Albert Wendland, Teffanie Thompson White, Karen Lynn Williams, Ryan M. Williams, K. Ceres Wright

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After reading the segment on opening lines, I promptly wrote the opening line to a project I’d been thinking about. I don’t know about you, but opening scenes, and opening lines specifically, give me trouble. Many Genres, One Craft defines three primary types of opening lines that will help you tremendously in crafting yours in the future. This book covers a wide array of topics in language that is easy to understand, and more importantly, to apply. Many of the segments provide real world examples to strengthen the point and content.
So whether it’s opening lines, avoiding info dumps,  or strengthening your story’s framework you will find help and guidance here. These are only a few examples of what this book has to offer. If I mentioned them all we might be here all day, and I have to get back to reading Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular FictionNo matter what you write or your experience level you’ll find what you need in this book. Until next time, keep writing!
Paul R. Hewlett

Paul R. Hewlett

Paul R. Hewlett is the author of the Lionel's Grand Adventure Series, beginning chapter books for children. He is also the co-author of the kidlit blog Sher A. Hart: Written Art. His debut book, Lionel and the Golden Rule, was released in December of 2011. He released his second book, Lionel's Christmas Adventure, in November of 2012. You can learn more about Paul and his books at his website: paulrhewlett.weebly.com.

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