Dimensions: 264 pages, 3.23 × 2.17 × 0.31 in
Published: July 11, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312354282
ISBN - 13: 9780312354282
About the Book
Evanovich details the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and addresses all categories of fiction--from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series.
Read from the Book
Part 1 Creating Great Characters How a Character Is Created . Supporting Characters . What''s in a Name . The Importance of Research . Creating Series Characters How a Character Is Created Q. I''m finally ready to start my novel. What are the important things I should know when creating my characters? JANET. A well-developed character is multidimensional, with quirks and flaws, dreams, motivations, and values. A mystery novel''s major character--the protagonist--must always want something. That desire is what sends him out in the middle of the night looking for a criminal when he could just as easily be sleeping in a warm, comfy bed. When something or someone stands in the way of your character getting what he wants, you get the beginnings of conflict. It''s the conflict that sets up the story. How that character meets the challenge and overcomes the obstacles of the conflict defines that character. Q. Your characters are funny, unpredictable, often eccentric--and yet they''re still so believable. How do you do it? JANET. All writers are people watchers. If you want characters that ring true, take a really close look at the people around you: that buttoned-up old lady on the train as well as the girl with fourteen facial piercings who hangs out at your local coffeehouse. Watch your hairdresser, your dog walker, your dentist. (Okay, maybe not your dentist.) Begin with them, and then let your imagination run wild. Also, keep your
From the Publisher
How many people would kill to be a bestselling novelist? Especially one like Janet Evanovich.Writers want to know how a bestselling author thinks, writes, plans, and dreams her books. And they are primed for a book from Janet Evanovich that tells, in a witty Q&A format:
. How she comes up with such remarkable characters
. How she nails the perfect name every time
. How she finds out insider details
. Just how she sets up those masterful plots
. What the life of a full-time writer is really like
. What she''d tell an aspiring author about the publishing industry
. And much, much more!
This book details the elements of writing and publishing a novel, and addresses all categories of fiction--from mystery/thriller/action titles to romance; from stand-alone narratives to series. It offers practical and inspiring advice on such subjects as structuring a plot and handling rejection. And it combines one of today''s most successful fiction writers with a published non-fiction writer who teaches creative fiction. HOW I WRITE is the perfect reference for anyone looking to improve their writing, and for those fans who are hungry to find out more about just how Janet Evanovich ticks.
About the Author
Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After 12 romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, in house with a view of the Connecticut River Valley.
Ina Yalof is a full-time writer with eight published books and countless magazine articles. She teaches writing at Dartmouth College’s continuing education program.
"No less than her plotting, Evanovich''s characterizations are models of screwball artistry. The intricate plot machinery of her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists." --The New York Times
"Evanovich''s series is as addictive as Fritos--and...not losing any of its salty crunch. Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies."--People
"Plum is one of fiction''s most irresistible heroines."--Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction."--Bookpage
"Evanovich is brilliantly evocative."--Denver Post