The Art of War for Writers

Fiction writing strategies, tactics and exercises
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The Art of War for Writers
by James Scott Bell
Writer's Digest Books, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-58297-590-0
ISBN-10: 1-58297-590-6
$14.99 paperback, 272 pages

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“Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.” —Sun Tzu

Successfully starting and finishing a publishable novel is often like fighting a series of battles. You not only have to work hard to shape memorable characters, develop gripping plot points, and craft dazzling dialogue, but you also have to fight against self-doubts and fears. And then there’s the challenge of learning to navigate the ever-changing publishing industry.

That’s why award-winning novelist James Scott Bell, author of the Write Great Fiction staples, Plot & Structureand Revision & Self-Editing, came up with the ultimate novel-writing battle plan: The Art of War for Writers.

You’ll find tactics and strategies for idea generation and development, character building, plotting, drafting, querying and submitting, dealing with rejection, coping with envy and unrealistic expectations, and much, much more.

With timeless, innovative, and concise writing reflections and techniques, The Art of War for Writers is your roadmap to victory.

About the Author
James Scott Bell is a best-selling novelist and popular writing teacher. His books for the Write Great Fiction series, Plot & Structure and Revision & Self-Editing, have become standards of the fiction craft. He lives in Los Angeles. His website is www.jamesscottbell.com

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