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By Dwight V. Swain

This e-book offers sturdy guide for individuals who are looking to write and promote fiction, not only to speak and learn approximately it. It provides the historical past, insights, and particular methods wanted by way of all starting writers. the following you could find out how to staff phrases into replica that strikes, circulate into scenes, and scenes into tales; how one can enhance characters, easy methods to revise and varnish, and eventually, tips to promote the product.This is the ebook for writers who are looking to flip rejection slips into cashable tests.

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The way the experts describe this is to say that the words in question have both denotation and connotation. Denotation means the word’s “actual” or “dictionary” meaning. When, in addition to this “actual” meaning, a word implies or suggests something further, the things it implies or suggests are its connotations. These connotative or implied or associated meanings frequently hold overtones of approval or disapproval; and too often, the overtones outweigh the word’s “actual” meaning. Take a word like propaganda.

Put down words with which you seek to re-create the feelings that seethe inside you. That is, you hope the words re-create those feelings. And then? For some fortunate souls, that’s all there is to it. So talented are they . . so sensitive, so perceptive, so completely attuned to themselves and to their audience . . that they intuitively grasp everything they need to know of form and structure, style and process. They write, readers read, the world hails them as geniuses. . A happy state. However, don’t let the thought of such ability depress you.

Continued work and study often will carry you into American Girl or Men’s Digest or Real Confessions or Scholastic Newstime. But the higher you climb toward big name and big money, the steeper and rougher your road becomes. At the top, it’s very rough indeed. If you get there; if you place consistently at Post or McCall’s or Doubleday, you know it’s because you have talent in quantity; and innate ability that sets you apart from the competition. Now this doesn’t seem at all strange to me. The same principle applies when you strive for success as attorney or salesman or racing driver.

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