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Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between (Bell on Writing) by [James Scott Bell]

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"I needed advice before I tried to write a novel. The usual axiom — write what you know — wasn't helpful. So I turned to James Scott Bell. He taught me how to structure a great entrance — the equivalent of gliding down a spiral staircase in a wedding gown — and how to keep the next 400 pages from becoming as hopelessly tangled as the crumpled papers and wads of gum in my old desk. My novel sold." - Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"James Scott Bell is a master of writing craft with the rare ability to teach others, through his books and workshops. Rather than framing writing ability as gift bestowed upon a chosen few, Jim makes it accessible to anyone who is willing to dig deep and put in the time to learn the craft. I have learned more from Jim's books than any writing course, and this book is no exception. As a former teacher turned novelist, I know how to spot a talented  teacher when I see one. James Scott Bell doesn't just make the cut, he sets the standard." — 
Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Time well spent. I expect Jim's teaching to inform my writing for years." -
Jerry B. Jenkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"James Scott Bell is my go-to writing guru!" —
Terri Blackstock, New York Times bestselling writer 

"I am inspired by Bell's enthusiastic approach, and impressed with his numerous, helpful insights into the craft of storytelling." -
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Dear Writer: When I discovered the "mirror moment" it was like fireworks going off in my head. It immediately took front row center in the drafting of my own work. Then I started teaching it in workshops, and the fireworks went off there, too.

It was so gratifying to hear writer after writer tell me this was revolutionary for them. In one workshop a fellow was trying to form a mirror moment for his Lead, and it wasn't working. We discussed it then and there, and found out that he was resisting the moment that was trying to get out, because he thought it would make the reader not like the character. When I prompted him to go there, he did, and then read it out loud to the class. There was an audible gasp from the room, with several people going "Wow!" and "That's it!" His big fear had just turned into his huge breakthrough. When I asked for a show of hands how many now wanted to read his book now, all the hands went up.

I share this only because I've spent almost 30 years helping writers get better at their craft. I believe in paying it forward. When something works, I want writers to know about it. This book is written in that spirit. 

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00IMIXI6U
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Compendium Press (February 23, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 23, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 557 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 90 pages
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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the author of many bestselling thrillers. He is a popular writing instructor and conference speaker, and formerly served as the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine. Jim attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver, and graduated with honors from the University of Southern California Law School. He lives and writes in L.A. and blogs weekly at Kill Zone -- www.killzoneblog.com

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