Donald Maass

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Donald Maass is the author of more than 16 novels. He now works as a literary agent, representing dozens of novelists in the SF, fantasy, crime, mystery, romance and thriller categories. He speaks at writer's conferences throughout the country and lives in New York City.

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Writing the Breakout Novel

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The Fire in Fiction: Passio...

4.15 avg rating — 1,439 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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4.27 avg rating — 722 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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Writing 21st Century Fictio...

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The Emotional Craft of Fict...

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The Breakout Novelist: Craf...

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The Career Novelist: A Lite...

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Reliable Partners: How Demo...

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Author in Progress: A No-Ho...

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“For me, where genre ends and literature begins doesn’t matter. What matters is whether a given novel hits me with high impact. If it does, it probably is fulfilling the purpose of fiction. It has drawn me into a story world, held me captive, taken me on a journey with characters like none I’ve ever met, revealed truths I’ve somehow always known and insights that rock my brain. It’s filled me with awe, which is to say it’s made me see the familiar in a wholly new way and made the unfamiliar a foundational part of me. It both entertains and matters. It both captures our age and becomes timelessly great. It does all that with the sturdy tools of story and the flair of narrative art.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

“High-impact 21st century fiction is built on unique voices, uncommon characters, and tales that can only be told by a particular author. They’re sui generis.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

“When a hot trend turns into a sub-category, new strictures arise along with it. Tropes turn into shortcuts, character paradigms become cardboard cutouts. Publishing pulls the bandwagon, true enough, but when feel-alike fiction floods the market its impact declines because it is starved of what makes fiction rich, surprising, moving, and masterful.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

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