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Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer's Toolbox Series) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

C. S. Lakin

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Learn the secret of how to write the heart of your story! This writing skills book, full of fiction writing technique, is like no other.

Some novelists write with the goal of becoming a best seller, hoping for wealth and fame. Some just want to write novels that earn them a steady income so they can feed their families and pay their bills. Some write to express their creativity and don’t care if anyone ever reads their books.

Then there are the other writers. They want to write an unforgettable novel—the kind of book that gets called a classic, that endures the ravages of time, that stays long in readers’ hearts and changes their lives.

These writers want to know the secret of how to reach the heart of their readers.

If you are one of those writers, Writing the Heart of Your Story is the book you’ve been waiting for.

Inside, you’ll learn:


  • what the most important key elements are that must be in the very first scene of your novel—and some in the first paragraph.

  • how to tap into the heart of your story, characters, setting, plot, and themes by employing specific writing exercises.

  • ways to brainstorm ideas for plot, themes, motifs, setting, and rich characters through asking a series of questions that will take you deeper below the surface of your story.

  • what the most important question is that must be asked in the opening scene in order to write an unforgettable novel.

  • what three things each character must be asked for them to become truly believable and compelling.

  • the secrets to structuring powerful scenes by focusing on the “high moment.”


Don’t just write a good novel. Write a great one—by mining the heart of your story!

Here's what the best writing instructors and bloggers have to say about this essential writing craft book:

“A fresh and motivating take on conventional wisdom, but with unconventional heart. This is highly accessible teaching that transcends ‘how to’ and goes deep into ‘why to’ in a way that will force you to choose between reading it again and jumping on your own project. Bravo.”
—Larry Brooks, best-selling author of Story Engineering and Story Physics

“As authors, our job is to make people feel, and to do this we need to connect with our own deepest selves in the hope that we can meet the reader where they are. This book will teach you how to delve into your own heart in order to impact those who read your words.”
—Joanna Penn, author of From Idea to Book

“A veritable compendium of sound writing advice and technique. Written in a style that is both accessible and fun, Lakin's book will be a welcome companion on your writing journey.”
—James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Conflict and Suspense and Plot and Structure

“I read dozens of writing craft books every year. All too many of them are ho-hum, been-there-done-that. This one is absotively posolutely not. Lakin offers a refreshingly structured—and yet freeing—approach to not just creating a solidly entertaining story but to crafting a tale of emotional resonance and resilience. Her useful writing exercises and spot-on story sense offer epiphany after epiphany. This is one I will read and reread.”
—K. M. Weiland, author of Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel

“C. S. Lakin once again shares her generous heart and knowledge and experience with writers in this inspiring and inspired Writing the Heart of Your Story. Ready to take your writing to the next level? Lakin offers practical exercises to help you bring heart to your own stories."
—Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer series of writing books

Biographie de l'auteur

C. S. Lakin is a multipublished novelist and writing coach. She works full-time as a copyeditor and critiques about two hundred manuscripts a year. She teaches writing workshops and gives instruction on her award-winning blog Live Write Thrive. Her grammar book—Say What? The Fiction Writer’s Handy Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage—is designed to help writers get a painless grasp on grammar. Connect with her on Twitter (@livewritethrive) and Facebook.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 777 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 214 pages
  • Editeur : Ubiquitous Press (23 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00L9CJQIU
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read and Re-Read 29 juin 2014
Par K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I read dozens of writing craft books every year. All too many of them are ho-hum, been-there-done-that. This one is absotively posolutely not. Lakin offers a refreshingly structured—and yet freeing—approach to not just creating a solidly entertaining story, but to crafting a tale of emotional resonance and resilience. Her useful writing exercises and spot-on story sense offers epiphany after epiphany. This is one I will read and re-read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Top of My List for "How To" Books for Writers 8 juillet 2014
Par Florence Osmund - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you write fiction, there's a high likelihood you'll benefit from reading this book. Lakin does an exemplary job not only talking about, but providing excellent tools for, hooking the reader with the first page of your book, use of back story, developing effective scenes, plot development, creating fully fleshed out characters, use of themes, the importance of setting, and so much more. Her advice is detailed and supported with rationale and reasoning. I think I may have to re-read this one before I start writing every book from now on. The sections that involve doing the work upfront, before you start writing, is worth it alone. I've read numerous books on how to write compelling fiction--this one is now at the top of my list.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent guide - clear, logical, actionable advice! 28 juillet 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've had a load of writing instruction, so I'm not usually up for reading a writing how-to. That said, I was immediately pulled in by Lakin's guide. I'm a confident nonfiction writer, but as a new fiction writer, I made many rookie mistakes: backstory dumps, characters with no clear goal or obstacle. I knew the draft wasn't working, but I couldn't identify the problems until I read Lakin's guide. She presents a clear, understandable template (love the checklists!) for planning and writing a compelling story. Really good stuff, and I'm a tough audience for this kind of thing. (I did skip the parts where she makes a case for her method. The book is actually a quicker read than it looks if you don't need to read the persuasive parts.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Straight From the Heart 25 juillet 2014
Par Ed Markel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is one of the best, if not THE best book I have ever read about writing, and I have read dozens of them. Susanne writes from the heart and in this wonderful book, she teaches the rest of us how to do it. If you are an aspiring writer, you need to have a copy of this book and you need to read it several times, and take notes. You will learn how to create real characters who have real emotion and motivation, but be careful -- in order to do this, you will have to learn to experience these emotions for yourself and then describe them on paper. The Heart of Your Story comes from your heart.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 shots and background is amazing. 1 juillet 2014
Par BinderWoman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
As soon as I saw the blog post today on Live Write Thrive I jumped over to buy this book and port it directly into my cloud reader. Both the author's blog posts and this book are time well spent for any writer. I have learned so much from both! It's worth noting that the author grew up around scriptwriting, and the information she pulls in about character development, angles, shots and background is amazing.
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