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How To Write A Blockbuster (Teach Yourself)

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"Teach Yourself How to Write a Blockbuster" is unlike other writing guides in that it instructs you on how to write a plot-based, action-focused book specifically for the commercial market. In addition, it covers one of the most important aspects of publishing a novel: finding an agent. Covers various genres, including romance, thrillers, and mysteries Steers writers towar

Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Teach Yourself
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Anthony Fox
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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This should interest those of you who are budding writers or wannabe’s. I read this book called ‘How to write a blockbuster’ about a year ago now, in part preparation for my task of writing a book. The book is from the ‘teach yourself range’ by Helen Corner & Lee Weatherly, and contains all the semantics of crafting a story plus all the ins and outs of getting published. In fact, I contacted one of the agents mentioned in the book. I ended up re-reading much of the book
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this when I was a reader for the Cornerstones literary consultancy a few years ago, as one of the authors is the founder. At the time I found it a useful refresher....but, completely bizarrely, I didn't take on much of the advice myself even though I was trying to write a novel at the time!! Insane!! Of course, what I actually was writing was a memoir...but I didn't know that at the time.
Years later, in the midst of writing a new novel that actually IS fiction, I have found this book to b
Colin Hoad
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-books
With a title like this, seasoned writers might be forgiven for thinking the scope a little ambitious, particularly for such a slender volume. And whilst it is true that reading this book won't make you the next Dan Brown or J. K. Rowling, it is still a very worthwhile place to start in the "how to" market. Topics covered include building a character, planning a plot, improving dialogue and the key lesson of nearly all creative writing tomes: show, not tell. The book has been written in a very ea ...more
Dinah Jefferies
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I thought this was a great starter book. It gives you just enough information to get you going in the right direction. Sadly I didn't read this, or several other 'how to' books I owned, before I began my writing career because they were mostly soooooo boring. I just wanted to get on with it and learn by my mistakes. This book might well haved saved me time if I'd bothered to read it at the start. It is basic but you need to grasp the basics before you fly, so yes it's well worth a shot, even if ...more
Joe Donley
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-writing
This book has a lot of the same information on writing fiction that other books like it have. But it is good info, nonetheless. The exercises throughout were nice I plan on trying some of them in the future. This book was published in 2006, so the second half of the book on agents and publishing seemed a bit out of date. I feel that e-books have changed the way publishing has worked substantially in the past 12 years. This book is still well worth your time as a writer who wishes to produce qual ...more
Laura Wilkinson
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Little Book that Packs a Big Punch

If you’re hoping to write commercial fiction that is attractive to the trade and readers alike, and you need some help (and at the beginning who doesn’t?) a how-to guide written by the founder of one of the most well respected consultancies operating today – Cornerstones – is a good place to begin. This book won’t disappoint. Not merely good, it’s great.
Helen Corner and co-author Lee Weatherly take the novice writer through the various stages of the craft tha
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Oh, God. Together with Orson Scott Card's book on character,t hsi how-to depressed me more than anything by Camus or Kafka. Why? because some of my own favourite light reading would fail allt hese tests. I quite like wandering discursive novels like Gaudy Night, just as I like plump women. Plainly, I'm not going to be seing much of either. These rules, especially the ones for making character likeable, are just laughable. A likeable character is this driving person,t eh kind of person who is alw ...more
Molly Looby
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is going to be slightly different from my normal book reviews as this is a non-fiction book and I wouldn't call myself an expert in non-fiction. I'm afraid it's going to be quite short because I loved this book!

Write a Blockbuster and Get it Published is a book that gives you great advice about both the writing and publishing process.

Blockbuster shocked me in how easy it was to read. Usually books like this are full of jargon and it makes you nervous, but not this book. It was so easy to un
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: new writers
Shelves: non-fiction, how-to
Pretty much does as says on the cover, this is a practical guide to writing novels for publication and how to proceed from a first draft through the editing process and then submission to agents, etc.

It's been a book I've dipped into over the past couple of weeks and found it provided some interesting tips that I'll likely apply to my next NaNoWriMo project.

Lee Weatherley had certainly put these ideas on pacing, characterization and the like to good use in her own novels (Angel Trilogy). She wr
Engagingly written with some appealing and effective writing tips. Too bad it loses so much credibility for a minor yet glaring mistake - do we blame the abominable recurrences of unnecessarily apostrophe'd "Hogwart's"es on shoddy copy editing or a careless author? And I'll admit I skimmed the end as I wasn't looking for publishing advice so I have no idea how "good" the advice is.
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