Dec 27, Troy Blackford rated it liked it In the year , Maass says: "Middle-eastern terrorists are not likely to attack us. This is an implausible plot for a thriller. I guess in that felt like a safe thing to think. So yeah, it was a little hard to take seriously.
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Insider advice for taking your fiction to the next level By Donald Maass Many people have felt that urge to write a novel, but we all wonder if we have what it takes to write a novel a publisher would be interested in and the public would buy.
Donald Maass is a literary agent who shares his expertise on what makes a novel good and a good novel break out. Maass explains what that is and how we can use those aspects in our own novels.
Maass leads us on a tour through our own bookcases to see what is contained in our favorite novels. But the truth is that Maass is telling us how to write in the most widely accepted format during the current time.
Maass discusses character development, personal and public stakes, creating tension on every page, multiple viewpoints, subplots, pace voice, and endings.
Maass has been criticized in the respect that he has written some 17 novels but does not make his living as a writer, so how useful can his advice be? As someone else pointed out, many great coaches are not superstar athletes themselves. For me, it was the vast majority of what he had to say.
A big advance and an editor is no guarantee. But mostly craft.
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