We have re-released BREAK INTO FICTION: 11 STEPS TO BUILDING A POWERFUL STORY

Available NOW from your favorite ebook store!

Getting a book published is hard enough, but what about building a loyal reader base? It’s been said that nothing sells a book – to an editor or a reader – faster than a great story.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser (write by the seat of your pants), Break Into Fiction® is the book that will help you find the weak spots (sagging middles, unlikeable characters, slow pacing and more) in your fiction stories. Editing is key to any story, but it starts with the author. Writing fast means nothing if the final story isn’t sound. But the sooner you grasp the power points for a story, the faster you’ll be able to build a strong backlist. Now you have a way to improve your writing one easy step at a time.

Written by a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelists, Break Into Fiction® is a workshop-in-a-book and the one resource all writers need to master the art of fiction. This book is based on the popular workshops Mary Buckham and Dianna Love taught in the US and internationally to beginning writers, multi-published authors and even a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Their innovative method shows writers how to create stories of depth, excitement, and emotion with:

  • Easy-to-understand templates that guide the new writer through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to deepen a plot and take a first draft to the next level much more quickly
  • Reference examples from strongly-plotted popular genre films of suspense, classics, children, and romance
  • Simple worksheets to build a strong story through Character-Driven™ plotting for any genre
  • Troubleshooting tips that reveal how to find and fix holes that weaken the plot
  • Insights from best-selling novelists representing a variety of fiction genres
  • A bonus dialogue guide that reveals how to make a character come alive through conversation
  • Break Into Fiction® is here to help aspiring-to-bestselling authors with a step-by-step guide!

Mary's Books for Writers

The Writing Active Setting Series

Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail

Have you tried to take your writing skills to the next level but don’t know where to begin? Do you dread the thought of writing narrative description because as a reader you skip over it when you read novels? Or are you a writer who ignores Setting description totally in your novel writing—but know your story needs it? You just don’t know where. Active Setting, explained in comprehensible bites with clear examples from a variety of published authors can help YOU breakthrough with your writing skills. Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Novel writing can be enjoyable once you’ve mastered a few of the writing skills necessary to bring a story to life. If you’re tired of your Setting descriptions being ho-hum and are ready to create a compelling story world, regardless of what you write, or your current level of writing skills, keep reading.

Writing Active Setting Book 2: Emotion, Conflict and Back Story

Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story — creating a compelling story world, regardless of what you write.

Learn to reveal your character’s back story through setting details. Power up the emotion in your story using your setting. Explore ways to maximize your characters conflict via setting. See how to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose.

Writing Active Setting Book 3: Anchoring, Action, as a Character and More

Learn to use Setting to quickly anchor the reader into the world of your story. Use Setting as movement through space effectively. Explore Setting in a series. Learn the most common Setting pitfalls.

Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but Setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story — creating a compelling story world, regardless of what you write.

The Writing Active Hooks Series

Writing Active Hooks Book 1: Action, Emotion, Surprise and More

Many writers have heard of hooks, and have heard we should use them in our manuscripts as a tool to engage readers and keep them engaged, but what we’re not told is how to identify what a hook is or where to use them to maximize them other than in that key opening line. In WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS, we’ll look at five specific types of hooks. There are more, but these are the most common, and the most universal, which means by understanding how to craft them, most readers will respond to them. Some will resonate more with you than others. That’s true with all readers, too. The important element to remember is to use hooks wisely and judiciously through your manuscript and to understand their intent. Why? Because hooks help guide your reader deeper and deeper into your book. They are road signs that intentionally entice and direct them to turn the page and keep reading.

Writing Active Hooks Book 2: Evocative Description, Character, Dialogue, Foreshadowing and Where to Use Hooks

Read this sentence: Kill the puppy.

Do you know what hooks are present? How many hooks?

If you don’t — you need this book.

Every story needs hooks. The best writers know how and where to create them to keep the reader turning the pages. Do you?

Within this book you’ll learn:

Four of the most universal of hooks to use, regardless of what you write.

How and where hooks MUST be applied throughout your novel.

Why, even with a great plot, theme or story, writers miss creating a compelling novel.

Where some writers miss the boat by not understanding the power of hooks.

Concrete, actions to improve YOUR writing. 

Great novels don’t happen by accident. Understanding how to compel a reader to keep reading doesn’t happen by accident. Powerful writing–no matter what you write–doesn’t happen by accident.

Want to create page-turning novels? If not – ignore this book.

The important element to remember is to use hooks wisely and judiciously through your manuscript and to understand their intent. Why? Because hooks help guide your reader deeper and deeper into your book. They are road signs that intentionally entice and direct them to turn the page and keep reading.

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