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The Constant Art of Being a Writer: The Life, Art & Business of Fiction

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The Fiction Writer's Guide to Creative Success

From that first story idea to publication and beyond, being a novelist is an evolving process. The Constant Art of Being a Writer helps you discover the mindset and skills you need to confidently approach each aspect of writing and publishing.

Award-winning novelist and short story writer N.M. Kelby explores core fiction writing
Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 23rd 2009 by Writer's Digest Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Meh - one of those books that gives me the feeling the author wrote it only because she wanted the income, not because she had anything new to say. I suppose if I'd never read any other books on writing, and I was still fourteen, I might be impressed, but I have, I'm not, and I'm not. Not left-brain enough to be useful, not right-brain enough to be inspiring.
Theresa Glover
Jul 06, 2016 Theresa Glover rated it really liked it
This one's worth the time for any writer, from a beginner to someone who is interested in the business and craft of writing who hasn't yet put butt in chair to get the work done. The information is a little dated in some chapters, but since I got it while Borders was thrashing about in death throes, that's to be expected. Overall, there's good information ranging from the "basics" of craft (story craft, character development) through surviving a book tour and NOT making a pest of yourself with ...more
Harry Roger Williams III
May 31, 2010 Harry Roger Williams III rated it really liked it
I read this book because Seth Godin writes on the back cover, “Don’t wait, don’t stall, don’t browse. Buy a copy right now.” Being a librarian who can get most books free – as well as being thrifty to the extreme - but who has purchased both books and CDs by Godin, I had to devour it. The reader is rewarded with a lot of insights including how to use social networking. I applaud her efforts to help you sell what you write while never letting you forget that the writing is an act unto itself and ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Sep 03, 2011 Kelly Lynn Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: writing
The writing how to sections are okay, but the business sections are very good and full of insights. I'm not yet at the point in my writing career where I need to worry about the business side of writing, but it's good to know what's coming!

P.S. I got this book for free from going to the Nanowrimo Night of Writing Dangerously in November 2009.
Christian McKay
Feb 22, 2010 Christian McKay rated it really liked it
Pretty good, straightforward advice. Kelby throws a lasso around all the great writing techniques that aren't normally found in books on writing: everything from to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I'll be referencing it in the future.
Mrs. Missive
Jun 04, 2010 Mrs. Missive rated it liked it
It was okay...lots of stuff I have heard before though, and I am learning that I need to read more how to's for romance books than for straight fiction. I want to have more fun with writing, and while writing is still producing a product, I don't want to be so clinical.
Kristen Rudd
Jun 16, 2011 Kristen Rudd marked it as to-read
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I keep misplacing this book and losing my bookmark out of it. I never remember where I was. Maybe I'll try again another time.
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Dr. Nicole Mary Kelby is the critically acclaimed international author of seven novels including THE PINK SUIT, WHITE TRUFFLES IN WINTER and the New York Times bestseller IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, Florida Book Award, and both the Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. She is toured and ...more
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