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Mugging the Muse: Writing Fiction for Love AND Money (English Edition) di [Lisle, Holly]
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Want to Get PAID for Writing What You LOVE?

In this collection of thirty-one essays, workshops, quizzes, Q&As, and how-to-do-it articles, novelist Holly Lisle — who went pro with her award-winning first novel, Fire in the Mist, in 1992 and who’s been writing full-time ever since (more than thirty novels published by major publishers, and still writing) offers help, comfort, and wry practical advice to the beginning fiction writer looking for answers.

In the second edition of this book, Holly walks writers through Preparation, Practice, Writing & Selling, and Frequently Asked Questions, offering end-of-chapter exercises, workshops, and free downloadable worksheets designed to get the individual writer or members of writers’ groups working productively with publication as the goal.

In this newly updated writing course, you will discover:

Why you want to write...
What you want to write...
Who you want to write for...
How to write only what you love and what matters to YOU...
How to make your work good...
And how to get paid for doing it.

Writing is a learnable skill, not a magical process only those
touched by the Book Fairy, or the Muse, can ever reach.

If you want to write fiction, you can.


Holly Lisle is the author of more than thirty published novels (and counting), including the recent re-release of her award-winning first novel, Fire in the Mist, and her upcoming re-release of Cadence Drake: Hunting The Corrigan’s Blood, which will kick off the ten-book Cadence Drake series. Holly had an ideal childhood for a writer…which is to say, it was filled with foreign countries and exotic terrains, alien cultures, new languages, the occasional earthquake, flood, or civil war, and one story about a bear, which follows: “So. Back when I was ten years old, my father and I had finished hunting ducks for our dinner and were walking across the tundra in Alaska toward the spot on the river where we’d tied our boat. We had a couple miles to go by boat to get back to the Moravian Children’s Home, where we lived. “My father was carrying the big bag of decoys and the shotgun; I was carrying the small bag of ducks. “It was getting dark, we could hear the thud, thud, thud of the generator across the tundra, and suddenly he stopped, pointed down to a pie-pan sized indentation in the tundra that was rapidly filling with water, and said, in a calm and steady voice, “That’s a bear footprint. From the size of it, it’s a grizzly. The fact that the track is filling with water right now means the bear’s still around.” “Which got my attention, but not as much as what he said next. “ ‘I don’t have the gun with me that will kill a bear,’ he told me. ‘I just have the one that will make him angry. So if we see the bear, I’m going to shoot him so he’ll attack me. I want you to drop what you’re carrying, run to the river, follow it to the boat, get the boat back home, and tell everyone what happened.’ “The rest of our walk was very quiet. He was, I’m sure, listening for the bear. I was doing my damnedest to make sure that I remembered where the boat was, how to get to it, how to start the pull-cord engine, and how to drive it back home in the dark down the Kwethluk River’s looping, slough-crossed course, because I did not want to let him down. “We were not eaten by a bear that night…but neither is that walk back from our hunt for supper a part of my life I’ll ever forget. “I keep that story in mind as I write. If what I’m putting on paper isn’t at least as memorable as having a grizzly stalking my father and me across the tundra following us and our bag of delicious-smelling ducks, it doesn’t make my cut.”

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  • Editore: Holly Lisle; Second Edition edizione (29 novembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B007OWGB4G
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Straight Stuff on Writing from a Pro 6 settembre 2013
Di Brian Groover - Pubblicato su
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This book about writing is by a successful writer who has been making a LIVING as a writer for twenty years. Not only that, she describes with brutal honesty what it takes and how to do it.

It would have been a bargain for me at ten times the price.

I've now read a couple of dozen books on writing, as I struggle to improve my craft. Every author brings something different to the table, and every one of them has useful insights for the writer. Every one of them has things which aren't so useful, too.

What I like about this book (and the others by her I've read) is that while she promotes her other works a lot, she is very open about what a difficult and vulnerable task it is to be a writer. You can't do it just for money without hating yourself. You have to do it for love, but you can also make money doing what you love.

She describes writing honestly as something like dancing naked on your rooftop when the neighborhood is watching. She goes into what that vulnerability means, and she describes how to keep yourself empowered in your writing, by paying attention as you live.

There may be better books about the craft of writing, but I haven't read one. This is the most inspirational work on writing I've found yet.

If you like how she walks you through developing a world or a plot or a character, you may want to check out her other books on those, which go into much greater detail.

Not all her suggestions work for me, but she is also clear about that: There are as many ways of doing some of these things as there are writers, but this is what works for HER. In getting her explanations, I have come much closer to what works for me.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Good addition to your craft library 15 giugno 2012
Di Kay Hudson - Pubblicato su
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Mugging the Muse combines discussion and advice about the writing life with exercises on the craft of writing and solid (recently updated) information on the business of writing in a changing industry. The book takes advantage of the electronic platform to include links to Lisle's web site and to downloadable worksheets for the exercises in each section.

The first section of the book includes a collection of essays about the writing life, including "How to Tell Who Won't Make It in Writing," and a quiz that told me I'm doomed: "You'll probably make a great writer," Lisle says. "You should think very carefully before getting married, having children, or buying a pet, however. Walking into your living room and discovering the dust-covered skeleton that was your cat -- or your spouse -- can be really bad for morale." The exercises in this section are introspective, designed to make you consider your goals, strengths, and weaknesses.

Section II covers craft topics in brief but useful sections on building characters, plotting, description, pacing, and maps for world building; this is where the downloadable worksheets come in. Section III, Writing and Selling, includes essays on theme, voice, collaborating and querying, among other topics, all solid (and interesting) advice. Section IV covers Frequently Asked Questions about self-publication, money, and the business of writing in general, and Section V throws in a few bonus essays.

Definitely worthwhile!
5.0 su 5 stelle Don't expect JUST to read this... 8 febbraio 2013
Di Mike C. Baker - Pubblicato su
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I'm a little torn about giving this a full five-star rating: as good as the presentation is, as professional as the presentation, there are some production issues that nag at me a bit. Perhaps not glaring: typos have become an expectation for WAY too many digital productions, and there are fewer here than most. However, they are still there -- and in at least a couple of instances just close enough to meaningful as to have created confusion upon first read.

Okay, have that out of my system. Now for "the good stuff", and it is practically ALL good as long as you understand that this is a hands-on writing exercise and not just a breeze to speed through on your way to a nap. Holly is a professional, earned her stripes the hard way, and does not candy-coat the message. If you want to become a successful professional writer, you are going to have to work at it, and not just to get the original thoughts down on the page or into a file.

Still have your attention? There are other books out there for the beginning writer. Some are seriously outdated (pre-Internet / pre-eBook) but still usable to a point. The revisions Holly has made, and the support provided via her website(s) and other courses, work well.

AND the exercises here while technically relatively basic are well worth repeating at any stage of a writer's career.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Jam Packed with Writing Tips from A to Z! 19 luglio 2012
Di Donna Monday "Daydreaming Author" - Pubblicato su
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As the author of Fun to Write Fiction: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing Your First Novel, I've gotta say that this is one of the best books I've read on how to become a good fiction author. In the first part of the book, Holly Lisle shares her own journey to becoming a writer. Most of us are going to have a unique path to figuring out that what we really wanna do is tell stories. Understanding how to successfully tell stories is key if you wish to actually make money entertaining people with your creative writing.

The rest of the book gets down to the nitty gritty of writing tips and exercises that is done in a very detailed manner. Even if you don't do the exercises, you can still use what she shares as a reference guide. The author does an exceptional job of explaining the ins and outs of creating a story and putting it all into a finished novel. This is a good resource whether you wish to obtain a traditional publisher or are going the self-publishing route.

As someone who also enjoys sharing writing tips with beginning authors, I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book and give it two thumbs up!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Tells it like it is, for better or worse! 9 agosto 2012
Di Edward A. Averill - Pubblicato su
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I've read some of Hollys writing books before and been impressed, amused, and educated by them. The title intrigued me and the other reviews pulled me in.

This is the book I wish I'd read about 10 years ago! No beating around the bush or "making nice", this book lays it on the line as to what it's like to be a writer, what to expect, and how to deal with it all. It's not a "nuts and bolts" grammar lesson or vocabulary tutor, it's about what you're going to go through and how to handle it and come to terms with being A WRITER.

A lot of what Holly says matches my experience thus far, and seeing what she did and how she's dealt with it and proceeded has been inspirational to me (to say the least).

I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone struggling with writing and the eternal (and sometimes not terribly pleasant) process of becoming a wordsmith.
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