Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling By Donald Maass, Writing st Century Fiction High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling Capture the minds hearts and imaginations of st century readers Whether you re a commercial storyteller or a literary novelist whether your goal is to write a best selling novel or captivate read
  • Title: Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
  • Author: Donald Maass
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  • Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling By Donald Maass, Capture the minds, hearts, and imaginations of 21st century readers Whether you re a commercial storyteller or a literary novelist, whether your goal is to write a best selling novel or captivate readers with a satisfying, beautifully written story, the key to success is the same high impact fiction Writing 21st Century Fiction will help you write a novel for today s r Capture the minds, hearts, and imaginations of 21st century readers Whether you re a commercial storyteller or a literary novelist, whether your goal is to write a best selling novel or captivate readers with a satisfying, beautifully written story, the key to success is the same high impact fiction Writing 21st Century Fiction will help you write a novel for today s readers and market, filled with rich characters, compelling plots, and resonant themes Author and literary agent Donald Maass shows you how to Create fiction that transcends genre, conjures characters who look and feel real than real people, and shows readers the work around them in new ways Infuse every page with an electric current of emotional appeal and micro tension Harness the power of parallels, symbols, metaphors, and to illuminate your novel in a lasting way Develop a personalized method of writing that works for you With an arsenal of thought provoking prompts and questions, plus plenty of examples from best selling titles, Writing 21st Century Fiction will strip away your preconceived notions about writing in today s world and give you the essential tools you need to create fiction that will leave both readers and critics in awe.
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    1. Donald Maass

      Donald Maass is the author of than 16 novels He now works as a literary agent, representing dozens of novelists in the SF, fantasy, crime, mystery, romance and thriller categories He speaks at writer s conferences throughout the country and lives in New York City.

    554 thoughts on “Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling”

    1. Those suck ups who rate this book a 5 are obviously hoping to get on Donald Maass good side He heads a big literary agency in New York The book is a 4, and mainly because of the questions at the end of each chapter The text contains some wisdom, but I don t honestly believe it will benefit writers who have not already read about the topics in detail elsewhere If you have, you ll enjoy the review and the fresh examples lots of contemporary ones Rereading about topics such as characters may set s [...]


    2. I would rank this book up with STORY by Robert McKee as one of the most intelligent books ever written about writing fiction And frankly, this book is accessible than McKee s textbook.I ve always loved Maass s writing how to materials, and this was no disappointment However, I have published 45 novels and taught novel writing for years, and this book challenged even me to absorb the full message within it It is so dense packed with ideas and expressed so deeply that I literally had to read this [...]


    3. Don s my agent I m a New York Times best selling novelist already This book is making my next book better Lots better.This isn t a How To Write a Best Seller paint by numbers This is a book that asks YOU questions that make YOU dig deep to write the best book you can, if you re willing to do the work.


    4. One of my favorite books on the craft of fiction is literary agent Donald Maass s classic, Writing the Breakout Novel Maass followed that up with The Fire in Fiction Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great His latest work, Writing 21st Century Fiction High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling, focuses on what it takes to write high impact fiction in today s genre driven age.Maass decided to write the book after he noticed commercial, genre fiction dominated The New Yor [...]


    5. A thought provoking look at writing fiction It was the right book for me to be reading now As with all of Maass s book there is insight and then practical exercise to push your writing further It s a book I will return to again and again.


    6. How I Came To Read This Book I was researching some good, recent writing tomes and this one is pretty high ranked on , so I gave it a whirl The Plot Essentially Donald Maass is deconstructing what makes runaway bestsellers in today s literary world what they are He notes early on that many of today s top books defy genre but still have commonalities, namely by tapping into the toolbox of high impact storytelling techniques Each of those general techniques and sub activities are expounded upon w [...]


    7. The first time I read this book I skimmed over the questions at the end of each segment they really require deep thought, and the time and space for it , and I still found it quite useful in wrapping my head around where I wanted my work to go I knew I d have to revisit it before I went back to the revision drawing board, and this time I focused on the questions I just finished, and it has catapulted my outlook on my writing life and the work itself into a whole new light and I ve been at this f [...]


    8. I always find Donald Maass books on writing enormously helpful, and this book was no exception Although some of the content seemed to be similar to his book The Fire in Fiction, the sections on deepening the emotional intensity were excellent and much needed at this stage in my current work in progress I enjoy the exercises questions he gives at the end of each chapter I don t sit down and implement them all, but they are certainly good food for thought, especially if you have a scene that just [...]


    9. Maass, as always, has some great advice here for livening up your fiction if your draft is feeling stale Much of it sounded similar to what he offered in The Fire in Fiction and Writing the Breakout Novel, though the spin here is that the modern audience and agent doesn t have the time for your boring assed fiction Do EVERYTHING YOU CAN to make sure your characters are memorable, your plots well paced, and your endings so astounding their heads will explode It s a tall order.I came away feeling [...]


    10. Maass has done it again Hands down the best book on writing I ve read.Update Upon second reading, yup, still the best book on writing novels I ve read.


    11. Let s face it there a lot of books about writing and most say the same thing What was refreshing about this book seemed to me that it was advanced than most and took off where most stopped.What was most interesting for me was the concept that to be engaging the writing must be deeply personal What I found most interesting about his writing is that it did that I m not sure why I didn t imagine that to become a true literary artist the process should be any different from that of other forms of a [...]


    12. It starts well, and some of the chapters make a lot of sense Especially when he is talking about genre, and the need to break some of the rules, and stressing authenticity But then the whole thing is let down by some of the exercises What s a foundational attribute of your protagonist Create an odd tic or habit that implies the opposite Add six times Voila, a quirk That seems to me to be pretty much the opposite of seeking emotional authenticity, and we are back into writing by numbers territory [...]


    13. Absolutely great read Very inspiring I am ready to apply all that he says to my WIP He really challenges us writers to go way beyond our comfort levelsd I agree that it probably is necessary A must read.



    14. I can t decide which Maass book I prefer Oh wait, yes I can Emotional Craft of Fiction I liked this book hence 4 stars, and I will likely read it again, as I do with all my craft books Matt Bird s Secrets of Story was interesting and better developed, in my opinion Maass hits some high notes in this, but never goes into enough detail.


    15. At a recent International Thriller Writers conference I was lucky enough to squeeze myself into a workshop lecture conducted by Donald Maass, founder of the prestigious Donald Maass Literary Agency, who is a fiction writer himself and one of the most sought after writing teachers in the country He s someone who has read thousands of great, bad and indifferent works of fiction and has a lot to say It was an extraordinary learning experience I quickly found out why his name evokes awe in certain w [...]


    16. I grabbed this book because it was recommended reading for the upcoming workshop I ll be attending with the author, Donald Maass, as its host Break Out Novel Initiative BONI After reading Writing the Breakout Novel last year, nearly a year ago actually, I find that Don still has the ability to shake my resolve as an author This is not your average advice This is a gut check that makes you see yourself pimples, laziness, clich s and all.Thankfully, I know that I m in this writing business for the [...]


    17. Go big or go home This latest offering from non fiction author and literary agent agency, Donald Maass, basically talks about the melding of literary and genre writing, or beautifully written, character driven novels with page turning, plot driven novels, to create what he calls literary commercial fiction Maas liberally quotes about a quarter of the book from his favorite examples Another big chunk of pages are taken up by exercises which I found interesting to read, but tedious to undertake Ot [...]


    18. Right up there with Thrill Me Essays on Fiction, On Writing A Memoir of the Craft and Self Editing for Fiction Writers How to Edit Yourself Into Print as the best and most useful craft books I ve ever read Anyone interested in writing literary genre fiction, genre fiction, literary fiction or whatever you want to label what you write should read this book Each chapter ends with sections of review and checklists that are so helpful I know I will be coming back to this book many times Highly recom [...]


    19. For me, this book is worth it for the thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter Dozens and dozens of questions that help writers dissect their scenes and characters to deepen, intensify, and add complexity Practical applications of how to add tension and micro tension are invaluable if you re looking to write and sell a commercial novel I ve also heard him teach a workshop based on this book, and he goes into many of these questions and prompts in detail.As for the content of the re [...]


    20. Sometimes one book can be one book to many.In its favour, in a niche that is often populated my many cookie cutter help guides, this book does cover new and different territory Much of what is presented is worth consideration and may prove enlightening and help aspiring writers push their work to a better level.After Larry Brooks book, I was inspired, clear of mind and purpose However, after this book, my mind is cluttered and confidence is shot.While Donald Maas raises some interesting points, [...]


    21. Mr Maass had me from chapter one when he suggested that writers tear down the wall between genre and literary fiction Great stories told with beautiful writing is how he puts it That is what I love to read and what I aim for in my writing I wanted to cry and kiss him by the time I finished Chapter One Would this be characterized as warm writing Mr Maass The writing prompts are a little overwhelming, like a ten pound box of chocolates, Used judiciously they can t help but improve your writing Jus [...]


    22. This book was recommended to me by a booktuber when she talked about writing craft I m glad I picked this one up and enthusiastically read it because, personally, it s by far my top favorite book about writing craft It, in my opinion, is a book that every new thriller or mystery writer should read at least once I love how the writer describes the progression and includes useful steps of writing fiction What s , the summery at the end of each chapter is exceptional which makes readers find import [...]


    23. This book ranks high on the list of craft books I recommend to writers, either new to the craft or with years of storytelling under their belt Maass, a respected literary agent, doesn t talk down to writers, or offer a winning formula Instead, he breaks down key concepts such as micro tension and emotional layering Like any great teachers, he doesn t give you the answers, but leads the way to asking the right questions of your characters and their stories.


    24. Common and obvious symbols are lame dove, eagle, rose, sunrise, winter, lightning Others are so obtuse that they are eternal fodder for term papers albatross, white whale, the Valley of Ashes If you don t see anything wrong with that statement and if you prefer, say, the brash oomph of the Breakfast at Tiffany s movie to the slippery nuance and ambiguities of the novel, then this is the book for you.


    25. A great premise, lots of value, but not as excellent as I thought it would be diving in The book promises a journey into the center of yourself, but I felt like it stayed at surface level for most of the pages.I m glad I read this book, and I will save the checklists to apply to my manuscript once I have a completed first draft But not the magic it promises in the introduction.


    26. This is easily the best Donald Maass book that he s written If you re looking for easy, then don t bother with this book Donald loves to challenge writers to become great writers, and this book is no exception If you apply his techniques to your writing, you will be sweating and cursing It s that hard but worth it.


    27. If you haven t started writing yet, and you don t know how, this is not the book for you If you re working on a novel that you care about and want to know how to craft it into something that can change the world, get this book.


    28. This is a book that novelists should have on their MUST read list I think I underlined about half the sentences on each page Highly recommended.


    29. There are some good pointers and suggestions in this book I particularly liked the Inner Journey section.


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