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Commit to Your Writing Craft!

To write with quiet hands is to embrace the journey all writers must take: from seeking inspiration and shaping raw material to cultivating a personal support network, navigating the various pathways to publication, and committing to a lifelong practice. In Writing with Quiet Hands, author and literary agent Paula Munier helps you hone your
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Published October 19th 2015 by Writers Digest Books
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Julia Ash
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WRITING WITH QUIET HANDS is an excellent resource for writers. While the book focuses on the importance of approaching writing as a craft, the book reveals Paula Munier's voice. Writers need an encouraging voice and Paula's is that. It was as if she was sitting by me, saying: Here's what you need to know and you can do this! No doubt that quiet hands write much better when soft, learned, and encouraging voices are present! Great read!
Luke Walker
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely encouraging read for writers at all stages of their careers. I've been writing for most of my life and still found it a motivation to keep going and to always aim to improve. Also, interesting info on what editors are looking for as most of the time, you hear what the agents are looking for and editors don't get a mention.

Definitely a book to refer to for a kick up in the bum whenever you need it.
Cindy Fazzi
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What does it mean to write with quiet hands? Paula Munier reveals the answer using her observations and extensive experience as a literary agent, writer, editor, and writing teacher. “This holy trinity of good writing—competence, confidence, and creativity—are the keys to writing with quiet hands,” she says.

Munier talks about how to address writer’s block, the fear of starting a new manuscript, the challenges of revising a work, and how to develop writing discipline and nurture good habits. She
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Martin Weiss
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers
Recommended to Martin by: A Facebook friend
If you're interested in writing fiction, this book has great insights about everything from the craft to getting published. Author Paula Munier is a seasoned writer, editor, and literary agent, so her perspective is broad.
Billie Hinton
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice book on writing craft. Her chapter on narrative thrust is essential reading!
Vina Arno
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to write with quiet hands? Paula Munier reveals the answer using her observations and extensive experience as a literary agent, writer, editor, and writing teacher. “This holy trinity of good writing—competence, confidence, and creativity—are the keys to writing with quiet hands,” she says.

Munier talks about how to address writer’s block, the fear of starting a new manuscript, the challenges of revising a work, and how to develop writing discipline and nurture good habits. She
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Tiffany
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Writing with Quiet Hands" is a wonderfully helpful book for writers that are a bit further along in the process. From strong first lines to dramatization to voice to plot to characterization to dialogue to conflict to revision to (gasp!) publication, Munier guides the reader through her experiences as an agent and a writer. I particularly appreciated the exercises that appeared in each chapter, as well as Munier's unbelievably clear prose (she practices what she preaches). If a writer is not ...more
Cathy
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best writing craft book I've read this year, and one of the best I've read ever. Munier covers several aspects of the business of writing, including the editor's perspective and the agent's role. Her advice on query letters is priceless, not to mention all the spot-on tips on creating and revising every aspect of the manuscript. Munier has worn all the hats she explains in this book (journalist, editor, agent, author) and so has the expertise to make the reader listen. Highly ...more
Alicia Byers
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Writers
Recommended to Alicia by: Paula Munier
This book is rife with terrific advice and encouragement for the writer who has committed to their craft and is ready to become published. Also highly recommended for anyone who wants to further their craft and delve into their deepest writing mind. This book is filled with activities and ideas to help readers do just that. Paula Munier is a writing genius, with a great sense of humor to boot. Not only do I put this book on my shelf feeling more inspired, but I now have a toolkit with which to ...more
Wendy Beckman
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing with Quiet Hands: How to Shape and Sell a Compelling Story Through Craft and Artistry by Paula Munier was a good read. I met Munier at the "Books by the Banks" event in Cincinnati and was drawn to the title. Strangely enough, I think the title is misleading and the subtitle is more accurate (and is what hooked me). At first I thought it would be about journaling, soul-searching, or spirituality perhaps. Nope. It is a great book for "boots on the ground" writing work from the perspective ...more
Sherry
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I retired, and admitted I’d like to become a writer, my friend gave me this book. (Thank you, Roberta!) It’s a practical guide listing the steps to authorship. It covers everything from making a practice of daily writing, to finding your voice, dealing with criticism, overcoming pitfalls, marketing your book and getting published. Lots of anecdotes color the advice given, making it an easy and fun read. I’ve marked up the margins with notes that I’d like to come back to. This will be very ...more
Kate Vogl
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saw her at an online conference. She said she wrote this for authors who are close to selling/getting an agent for their work but who just haven't yet, for those who are just missing the mark. Good tips here on characterization, point of view, big picture considerations, and great tips on setting.
Kenneth
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone who is a writer in the blog space, trying to create in the book arena, "Writing with Quiet Hands" is very useful for both helping the creation process, and looking at the business side of writing. I am looking forward to continuing the lessons learned in the book .
Kristin
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you are a writer, read this. You won't regret it.
Carolyn
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good writing book for my reference shelf.
Charul Palmer-Patel
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-tips
A lot of good, useful advice, but I’m afraid I skipped over a lot of the waffle. Some of the prose reads like a cooking blog, and there were tooooo many examples to illustrate a point.
Janelle Trees
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers, aspiring writers
Great book. I will return to it, as the exercises are useful and the good-humoured, workman-like tone makes it easy and enjoyable to approach and learn from. Thank you Paula.
Alton Fletcher
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It speaks with wit and wisdom about every aspect of the writing craft. Read it and be inspired. Follow it and be renewed.
Tim Suddeth
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book of tips and advice on writing and being a writer. Loved the quotes.
James Bauguss
Somewhat helpful, but there are many better books on writing out there. The author constantly plugs her clients (she is an agent), great for them but annoying to the reader.
Mary
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Writing with Quiet Hands: How to Shape and Sell a Compelling Story" contains anecdotes from the author's life and advice on writing. The exercises definitely got me writing. My biggest take away, however, was that I would benefit from developing my own writing prompts and exercises. I am not energized by writing exercises created by other authors.
Beverly McCall
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paula Munier presents a different type of “how-to” guide to help writers hone their craft. I walked away from this read with a better appreciation for the nuances of being a writer. People write for many reasons, but no matter what one’s reasons are, at each’s writer’s core is a commitment to the craft of writing. I was impressed the most is the book’s format particularly the inclusion of a quote with each chapter and the use of text boxes to highlight key points. I also liked the way Munier ...more
Susan Reynolds
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my 30+ years of writing, I've read a lot of instructional books on how to write novels, but this book feels truly unique. In focusing on the more subtle aspects of storytelling and the crafting of superior novels, it spurs deeper thought. As I read, I experienced "aha" moments in respects to elements of storytelling that I thought I’d grasped, but hadn't really understood the nuances of how it all coalesces into a cohesive, well-drawn, and marketable novel. The discussion on the subtle ...more
Terry Pearson
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway on goodreads.com

First let me say that I am not a professional writer whatsoever but I did want to read this because I am passing it on to my son afterward who has been writing since the age of thirteen. In the meantime I wrote a little story so I could actually see if this book could help an unpolished writer such as myself.

This book was extremely informative. Full of tips, prompts, and tools to help your creative self develop a noteworthy story. Some of
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Paullette
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. This was a library re-borrow, since I didn't have time to read it the first go-round. And truthfully, the Lifetime Television book title and paperback's cloudy cover art didn't lend itself to *Read Now* status. If you're lucky enough to read this on Kindle--so you don't have to see the cover--you will find one of the most pragmatic, useful and unsentimental books on the craft of writing ever published (NOW, the cover blurb from Lee Child amidst the clouds makes sense!). Not to say ...more
Kristy McCaffrey
In this informative and easy-to-read guide, author and literary agent Paula Munier shares guidance and inspiration for writers at any stage of their career. She stresses that an adherence to craft is crucial for success. “Poor craftsmanship can ruin a perfectly good story idea, yet good craftsmanship can transform that perfectly good story idea into a classic—and salable—work.” She touches on voice, style, and tone, as well as structure and the importance of narrative thrust. Ms. Munier has been ...more
Ellison
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A load of information about writing. Topics include craftsmanship, writing one million words, tips on things to do, exercises, list of books and examples.

Practice daily, examine where time is spent, possible sabotage, pacing, plot, and setting.

Examine hero and villain. What does the writer know and not know. Ask "What if?" Think BIG!

Second draft, polish. Some comments on agents. Insightful, some swearing.
L.C. Rooney
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
This book is very much in the vein of On Writing by Stephen King in that it blends the author’s personal experiences and anecdotes with solid writing advice. Where the two books differ — and where this one is superior, in my opinion — is that Paula provides some really game-changing exercises for improving your writing. Incredibly helpful, this book has truly earned its place on my reference shelf.
A.K. White
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book eagerly, greedily soaking up the information presented by Ms. Munier. Having skipped over the exercises listed with each chapter, I will now go back, re-read each chapter and diligently do the exercises. Writing with quiet hands is a lovely concept and this book will help authors achieve it.
Renee
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that will be studied, re-read, dissected by highlighter, tagged, dog eared and cherished. Thank you dear Paula Munier.
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PAULA MUNIER is the author of the bestselling Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and the acclaimed memoir Fixing Freddie. The first novel in her mystery series, A BORROWING OF BONES (Minotaur, 2018) was inspired by the hero working dogs she met through Mission K9 Rescue, her own Newfoundland-retriever-mix rescue Bear, and her lifelong passion for crime ...more
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