And there’s a useful checklist at the end of each chapter. However, I heard him speak, and I read this book before I ever signed on with him. I guess in that felt like a safe thing to think. One of his questions made me rewrite a book I thought was finished. For me, the last few chapters is what made the book. Jul 18, Jane Stewart rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 19, Jessie rated it it was amazing Shelves:

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None of that, however, means that his wisdom about the craft of storytelling isn’t useful or true. On the other hand, the author claims to have found the “magic formula” to write a hit book. I suppose actually reading a good novel could have reminded me of those ideas too. Which is fine, but the unspoken implication is ‘Now, since everybody reading this book hates Jurassic Park, let’s see how a REAL book does this.

This is probably 4. On one hand, the book gives a writing the breakout novel by donald maass basic pointers about storytelling and the publishing industry. Maas doesn’t really say anything that isn’t reiterated in countless other books on the subject of writing. Dec 27, Troy Blackford rated it liked it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows how to make that happen. So for the rare authors who are able to live off of writing, they haven’t done it with the first book; they’ve spent years writing books before they’re able to retire from their day jobs and devote themselves to full-time writing.


I found some chapters to be more thought provoking t Maas doesn’t really say anything that isn’t reiterated in countless other books on the subject of writing.

If problem persists, write twenty non-rhyming couplets on the intellectual anguish of having to watch Sex in the City then read Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Dec 17, Anna Staniszewski rated it it was amazing. God, this writing the breakout novel by donald maass was irritating. He does use a lot of examples of published literature to illustrate his points and he seems to be more versed on the subject of thrillers and crime novels than any other genre of fiction.

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View all 13 comments. But for those of you who are serious about writing commercial fiction, and taking your career as a writer seriously, this is a good point of reference Readers can simply read a novel … or they can experience it.

And there’s a useful checklist at the end of each chapter. May lead to dizziness, fits of cynicism, and paroxysms.

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Donald Maass and the book’s readers both agreed this highly-touted novel was a turning point. There is this overarching tone in the book implying “I know better than you. The Best Books of If you want to learn to write bigger and better novels, this book should be first on your reading list.


This book was written inand it shows. Crusie uses high moments and death He acknowledges that novel writing requires practice and years of work. I think the best thing that I came away with, from this reading, was something I’d already suspected.

This is the best book I’ve ever read about plotting — something I’ve almost never seen well addressed. From plot to characterization to layering, this book covers it all with checklists at the end of each chapter to make sure you caught everything, or to refer to as you write your next novel.

But all of that hegemonic discourse exists in novels: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. I have a hard time using this book as a standard for other authors.