Nonfiction Writing Reference by Award-winning Author Karen S. Wiesner

Award-winning Author of Nonfiction Karen S.

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CPR FOR DEAD OR LIFELESS FICTION: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships
WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL!
BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity
WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas
FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
COHESIVE STORY BUILDING (formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building})
THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS
Miscellaneous Nonfiction
Reviews for Karen’s Writing Reference Titles
About the Author
Author Appearances

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New release! CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships. Find out more here!

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CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction

CPR FOR DEAD OR LIFELESS FICTION: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBNs: 978-1-925574-85-2 (electronic); 9798682957330 (trade paperback)
Available now

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Worksheets from CPR FOR DEAD OR LIFELESS FICTION:
Available now in RTF, PDF, and print formats

The worksheets, tables, and charts from CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction are available here in a usable digital format! Additionally, for those who prefer a printed version, a paperback booklet is also available.

Digital and print editions available from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
Print available from Amazon.com--coming soon

Characters: Do your characters have no obvious signs of life, nothing that gives them unique personality, perspective, and passion? Does it seem like their conflicts are ones they truly care about and have an intensely personal investment in? Can you visualize the author's hand holding the characters, pushing them around in response to action?

Plots: Are events randomly happening without a personal connection to them? Are plots and conflicts created spur of the moment with no set up, build up, curiosity, or tension? Is something miraculous stepping in to resolve story problems and "resetting" characters who seem to disintegrate rather than legitimately and cohesively evolve in response to conflict?

Relationships: Are relationships stilted, off-focus, not quite realistic, frequently with secondary characters that are little more than soundboards? Are your characters merely going through the motions with each other?

All of these and more are signs of dead or lifeless stories. The three core elements of story--Characters, Plots, and Relationships (CPR)--need to be developed three dimensionally with a present (the here and now of the active story), a past (backstory that directly impacts current events), and a future (the hint of hope and/or dread about where the story is and might be going, and where it may or may not end up) in order to allow each to live and breathe.

To truly be living, characters aren't simply existing and going through the motions. They possess fully developed external and internal conflicts. They're interacting in dynamic, realistic, and believable relationships. They have multidimensional character attributes that give them both vitality and voice. Finally, they're engaged in what makes life worthwhile with definable goals and motivations. Characters, plots, and relationships need to be breathing, blood and oxygen flowing through their veins in order to function, or they're in a vegetative state or just plain dead. The soul of the character is what turns an ordinary paper doll into a vibrant, memorable personality.

Poking and prodding your characters, plots, and relationships in all the compass points with in-depth sketches should exhibit some reaction one way or the other, or it's a safe guess some aspect is dead. Merely lifeless core elements, however, may show a few signs of life and that's what makes arrested CPR development so hard to spot. If something is actually happening in a story with all three of the CPR elements, the reader will want to stick around to find out more--to find out everything--with a sense of avid anticipation and participation rather than frustration and disengagement, uncertainty, and dissatisfaction.

CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships will teach writers:

-Identify dead or lifeless characters, plots, and relationships.

-Establish CPR development with the proper setup that introduces, anchors, and orients readers before leading them with purpose through your story landscape, looking back in careful increments to fill in realistic layers, and always making certain there's a whisper of what's to come.

-Plant the seeds of CPR development early with in-depth sketches so each element can be developed and advanced organically, steadily, and logically.

-Pinpoint weak areas in your story with two evaluation techniques that ensure solid CPR development and steady progression from beginning to end.

The genre-diverse, multi-award-winning author of more than 135 titles, including 19 series, provides an intensive care guide to deep, multidimensional Character, Plot and Relationship development. Karen S. Wiesner is the author of the bestselling First Draft in 30 Days as well as Bring Your Fiction to Life: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity, Writing the Fiction Series: The Guide for Novels and Novellas, WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL!, and Cohesive Story Building.

The only one-stop, everything-you-need-to-know 9-1-1 for deep, multifaceted Character, Plot, and Relationship development!

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WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL!

WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL!

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBNs: 978-1-925191-65-3 (electronic); 978-1723857201 (trade paperback)
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Make your book fly off the shelves!

Are you an author who dislikes or dreads trying to write back cover blurbs for your stories, or have you started one and want help making yours sizzle with intrigue and impact?

Would you like to utilize a series blurb but you're not sure where to start in covering all the books in your series in one succinct, powerful paragraph?

Would you like to have a short, punchy version of your blurb that can be used in your marketing and author/series branding?

Are you a publisher with a stable full of books that need blurb overhauls?

Every author knows what a back cover blurb is, given its high-profile placement on the back cover of every book. At its crux, a back cover blurb strives to be a concise, breathtaking summary of the entire story that includes the major internal and external conflicts and the goals and motivations of the main character(s).

Unfortunately, crafting an effectively good back cover blurb is no easy task, and many writers outright dislike writing them or dread the process because so much is at stake if the blurb fails to engage. A sizzling back cover blurb needs to convince readers they absolutely have to read the story inside the pages…or they'll set the book down without ever opening it. Additionally, a powerful series blurb can sell not just one book but all of them in that set! High-concept blurbs are necessary in every author's marketing to provide intriguing "sound bites" for books and series'.

Writing Blurbs That Sizzle--And Sell! will teach writers and publishers:

-The basics of blurb crafting: When to write them, how long they should be, and the three types of blurbs including back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs.

-Tips and tricks for crafting blurbs including worksheets and checklists to make the process foolproof.

-Techniques in sizing blurbs for a variety of applications as well covering the timely and viable topic of branding with blurbs.

-Step-by-step, do-it-yourself exercises using published works to help you develop blurb writing, revising, and evaluating skills.

The genre-diverse, multi-award-winning author of almost 130 titles, including 19 series, provides an in-depth reference to all things blurbs that may help sell your books to publishers and readers alike. Karen Wiesner is the author of the bestselling First Draft in 30 Days, Bring Your Fiction to Life: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity, and Writing the Fiction Series: The Guide for Novels and Novellas, all available now from Writer's Digest Books. Additionally, Cohesive Story Building is available from Writers Exchange E-Publishing.

Karen has crafted back cover and high-concept blurbs for all of her own books and series as well as those for the stories in several award-winning anthologies. She's also evaluated, revised and crafted back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs for the entire backlist of nearly five hundred books in one publisher's catalog. She runs a blurb service for authors called Karen's Blurb Service Karen's Blurb Service, where you can find more details and gain access to a massive sampling of blurbs she's written and revised in nearly every category of fiction, nonfiction, and everything in-between.

Writing Blurbs That Sizzle--And Sell! is the definitive guide on how to craft back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs!

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Bring Your Fiction to Life

BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781440349829 (trade paperback); 9781440349843 (PDF download)
Published by Writer’s Digest Books
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Bonus Material! Expanded Three-Dimensional Example using Full Novel of BOUND SPIRITS by Karen Wiesner

Three-Dimensional Character, Plot and Setting Sketch Worksheet Example using BOUND SPIRITS by Karen Wiesner

P/P/F Dimension Development Chart Example using BOUND SPIRITS by Karen Wiesner

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Craft a Story That Towers Above the Rest

You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore.

But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging. Bring Your Fiction to Life teaches you how to build a solid narrative structure and layer in lush, textured scenes to create a story that rings true. You'll learn how to:

-Master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element.

-Develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through your fictional world.

-Construct and analyze an outline for your manuscript, using tools and techniques to analyze scenes that lack dimensionality.

-Brainstorm, research, and draft efficiently and effectively, and juggle multiple projects with ease.

Packed with story-development charts, worksheets, and checklists, Bring Your Fiction to Life shows you how to craft a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable.

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Writing the Fiction Series

WRITING THE FICTION SERIES:
The Guide for Novels and Novellas

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1599636900 (trade paperback)
Also available as a download
Published by Writer’s Digest Books
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The definitive guide to crafting a series!

From the Hunger Games Trilogy to the Jack Reacher series, from Harry Potter to Harry Dresden, there's no denying that writers--and readers--have caught series fever. But if you're contemplating writing a series, there are plenty of considerations you'll need to make first. Writing the Fiction Series is the complete guide to ensuring your series stays hot after the first, fourth, or even fifteenth book.

Inside, you'll learn how to:

  • Write a series that captures the hearts of readers and stands out in a sea of competition.

  • Find the focus of your series, develop your idea, and plan ahead.

  • Hone in on the two most important aspects of series writing: characters and consistency.

  • Utilize a variety of series organization techniques, complete with downloadable worksheets and checklists.

  • Market your series effectively and increase your sales.

With insights from nearly 100 series authors and publishers, as well as Grow Your Series Muscles" exercises, Writing the Fiction Series is the only book you'll need to write a series that sizzles.

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First Draft in 30 Days FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 1582972966 (trade paperback);
9781582977089 (PDF download)
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Finish an outline so complete it reads like a first draft--in just 30 days!

Say goodbye to writing and rewriting with no results. Starting--and finishing--your novel has never been easier!

FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS provides you with a sure-fire system to reduce time-intensive rewrites and avoid writing detours. Award-winning author Karen S. Wiesner's 30-day method shows you how to create an outline so detailed and complete that it actually doubles as your first draft. Flexible and customizable, this revolutionary system can be modified to fit any writer's approach and style. Plus, comprehensive and interactive worksheets make the process seem less like work and more like a game. This invaluable resource also includes:

  • Itemized and flexible schedules to keep you focused each and every day

  • Dozens of detailed worksheets to guide you through the outlining process

  • Completed sample worksheets inspired by best-selling novels

  • Tips for outlining projects already in development

  • Brainstorming techniques to keep you motivated

  • Goal sheets for getting--and keeping--your career on track

Many aspiring and experienced novelists toss out hundreds of pages (and waste valuable time) before they have a workable first draft of a novel. You don't have to fall into this category anymore. With FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, you'll have the tools you need to write your masterpiece!

FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
Extras:
Worksheet 1: Character Sketch
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Microsoft Word Version
Worksheet 15: Story Evolution
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Worksheet 16: Formatted Outline Capsule
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Cohesive Story Building

COHESIVE STORY BUILDING
(formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building})

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-922233-64-6 (electronic);
978-1-925191-12-7 (paperback)

Note: The Writer’s Digest Books edition is out of print. This title has been revised, updated, expanded, and reissued in trade paperback and electronic formats by Writers Exchange E-Publishing under the title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. An optional, bonus worksheet booklet is also available!

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Worksheets, Checklists, and Exercises from COHESIVE STORY BUILDING:
Available in digital and print formats

The worksheets, checklists, and exercises from COHESIVE STORY BUILDING are available here in a usable digital format! Additionally, for those who prefer a printed version, a paperback booklet is also available.

Download available from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
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Without layering, a story is one-dimensional, unbelievable, boring. Layers mean stronger characters, settings, plots, suspense, intrigue, emotions and motivation. Layering also produces cohesion of all elements. Characters must blend naturally with the setting the writer has placed them, just as plot becomes an organic part of character and setting. If a story doesn’t work, it could very well be because the elements aren’t cohesive. COHESIVE STORY BUILDING shows how each element hinges on the other two and how to mix them until they fuse irrevocably. Additionally, COHESIVE STORY BUILDING carefully explores each of stage of story development from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revision. From a thorough look at the fundamentals of writing to comprehensive story building techniques, as well as submission guidelines and etiquette, this must-have guide will see writers through the entire novel writing process from start to finish.

Set within the framework of comparing the process of building a house to the process of building a story, COHESIVE STORY BUILDING gives a solid plan of action from start to finish through in-depth examples and exercises, and leave-no-stone-unturned checklists that will help writers take the plan into their own writing. Features detailed examples from published novels to illustrate story-building principles.

Many who have read Karen Wiesner’s reference FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, which focuses on in-depth outlining and goal-setting, will find COHESIVE STORY BUILDING a perfect companion to that book.

COHESIVE STORY BUILDING (formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building})
Extras:
View or download The Cohesion Test worksheet
View or download an example of a Story Plan Checklist filled out with DEAD DROP, Book 4 of the Incognito Series by Karen Wiesner
View or download an example of a synopsis created using a Story Plan Checklist (DEAD DROP, Book 4 of the Incognito Series by Karen Wiesner)

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The Power of Promotional Groups

THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS

Reissued Edition
by Karen S. Wiesner

Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-300-33432-3 (trade paperback)
Available now from Lulu

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Most authors--regardless of whom they're published with and how long they've been published--often use a loose-cannon approach to promotion. They fire at anything that appears in their marketing scope. They live for the moment promotionally-speaking because the moment is a lot cheaper than worrying about the long haul. Successful authors, however, have two things in common: Their marketing is focused and long term, and they've developed an irresistible lure. So how do authors get their books into the hands of readers all year round without breaking the bank?

THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS teaches authors how to jumpstart their careers by advertising in long-term, affordable ways within the safety and strength of a promotional group. These authors accomplish together what few can do alone by sharing the cost of promotion and market their releases individually and as a group.

The book makes full use of the most valuable promotional resource available to all authors--the internet. With 130 writing organizations listed where authors can find other like-minded published authors and nearly 700 links to Web sites to find marketing opportunities, dozens of unique ideas are explored. The innovative plans for group and individual promotion included in THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS are both flexible and affordable for nearly any budget. Promotional groups offer authors the means to gain focused, irresistible promotion--indefinitely!

Visit Karen's award-winning promotional group, Jewels of the Quill.

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Miscellaneous Nonfiction

Novel & Short Story Market 2016 I'm featured in Jennifer Foster’s article "The Ins and Outs of Outlines" included in Writer’s Digest Books’ 2016 Novel & Short Story Market. Order from Amazon.com or BN.com.

Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition My article "The Stuff Series Are Made Of" is included in Writer’s Digest Books’ The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Sell Your Work, 3rd Edition. Buy from Amazon.com; or BN.com.

2015 Novel and Short Story Market My article "The Stuff Series Are Made Of" is included in Writer’s Digest Books’ 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. Buy from Amazon.com or BN.com.

2015 Guide to Literary Agents My article "Series Writing" is included in Writer’s Digest Books’ 2015 Guide to Literary Agents. Buy from Amazon.com or BN.com.

Writing a Book in 30 Days Writing a Book in 30 Days: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses 5)
This is an edited extract of FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS (Writer's Digest Books) by Karen Wiesner. Find out more here: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Book-Days-Masterclass-Masterclasses-ebook/dp/B009TH5U96/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=Karen%20Wiesner&linkCode=ur2&qid=1403376638&sr=8-1&tag=theworldofawa-20&linkId=BOZYOSVBQKVJBYEC.

How to write a book in 30 days How to Write a Book in 30 Days (Guardian Shorts): This is an edited extract of FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS (Writer's Digest Books) by Karen Wiesner. Find out more here: http://www.amazon.com/Write-Book-Guardian-Shorts-ebook/dp/B009TH5U96/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=How%20to%20Write%20a%20Book%20in%2030%20Days%20(Guardian%20Shorts)&linkCode=ur2&qid=1355944410&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&tag=theworldofawa-20 and here http://www.theguardian.com/how-to-write/sign-in.

Karen’s article “The Stuff Series Are Made Of” has been reprinted on the Writing-World.com website.

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About the Author

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time…

In addition to being a popular writing reference instructor and writer, professional blurbologist and freelance editor, Karen Wiesner is the accomplished, award-winning author of 140 titles published in the past 22 years, which have been nominated/won 134 awards, with more than 20 releases contracted for spanning many genres and formats. Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, inspirational/Christian, thriller, horror and action/adventure. Her fiction releases have won or been nominated for RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award, the Dream Realm Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, eCataromance Reviewer's Choice Award, The Romance Studio's CAPA Award and Sweetheart Award, FTHRW's The Lories Award, the FCRW Published Beacon Contest, the Frankfurt Award, many L-Edit Slip contest awards, and multiple EPIC Awards.

Karen is also the multi-award-winning author of poetry, children's books, and writing reference titles including the bestselling FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS as well as WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas, BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity, WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE--AND SELL!, and COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. Her new writing reference is titled CPR FOR DEAD OR LIFELESS FICTION: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships. For more information, visit Karen's nonfiction page. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003. The group disbanded in 2014.

Interested in what Karen is working on? Click here for Karen's WIP, along with information on new and/or unsold projects.

Find out more about Karen by visiting her website at http://www.karenwiesner.com.

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