The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction that Sells will help new writers and seasoned writers write their best story. Taken from twenty-three years of social work experience combined with a lifetime of writing, the author will show the relationship between real life and writing. You will learn how to make your characters feel like real people. You will receive step-by-step instructions through case scenarios, writing exercises, and articles.

Review: Patricia L. Fry

…Thompson claims to have learned these hush hush secrets from experiences
working with writers who have landed book deals or who have sold thousands of
books or who have been on the bestseller lists. And she gives generously of her
knowledge. I attempted to count her tips and information bites and I lost count
at around 125, about one-quarter of the way through the book.

This writer gives 22 ideas for choosing your setting and 40 things to help
you revise and self-edit your manuscript. She even offers a 14-step program for
writers who don’t like to read. She says that “writers who don’t
read” is an oxymoron. There are certain strengths that you build when you
read the type of books you write. However, if you still refuse to read,
Thompson’s 14 tips will help you to write as if you are well read.

Many of you will find Chapter 26 most interesting. It is called What
makes for Writing Compelling Fiction. The author tells you the elements
for a compelling fiction book. She suggests you show characterization that
involves an inner life as well as external life. What qualities can you add to
make a reader care? Thompson says, “Show the characters’ strengths as well
as vulnerabilities.”

Thompson’s book is easy to read and understand. I recommend it for any
author of fiction no matter your level of experience. Even seasoned novelists
will certainly learn something of value from this book.


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