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Writing to the Point

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The classic work of writing instruction back in print!
The complete, concise guide to writing fiction that sells from one of the most popular instructors of the Writers of the Future and Clarion workshops.Get a master's competitive edge in the writing business.
Bestselling writer, editor and renowned writing teacher Algis Budrys, known as “AJ” to his many students, has disti
Published October 20th 2015 by WordFire Press (first published October 1994)
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Jim Reddy
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
I found this to be a clear, concise, and very useful introduction to writing fiction. The author talks about the difference between the manuscript and the story, the seven parts of a story, common mistakes of beginning writers, natural dialogue vs. declaration, agents, and reminding the reader that when you are not actually writing, you are doing something other than writing. Lots of useful advice in a small package.
Miguel Ángel Alonso Pulido
Una guía directa y al grano para escritores, en la que Budrys te explica cómo construir tus historias y qué tienes que hacer para que estas tengan un mínimo de calidad. Con un estilo conciso y sin florituras, es una guía muy recomendable para todo escritor que quiera ahondar en la base de este oficio, las historias. Muy recomendable para evitar que te pierdas en la forma y te concentres en el fondo.
Karl El-Koura
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib, writing
A charming book culled from Algis Budrys' articles in various places, especially his own magazine Tomorrow SF. Describes his views on what a story is (including why the written-story is not the story-story, and why writing is not the reverse of reading) and explains his 7-point structure for stories. ...more
Serena W. Sorrell
Very basic, easy to understand, approachable writing guide. I read an article lauding this book, suggesting that if writers read the book and used the words inside to write one short story each month for a year their craft would improve dramatically. I believe it. And will be trying it.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Straightforward and written in a friendly, approachable tone this book lays out the 7 key factors needed for any story to be whole.

Great resource because if it’s lack of bulk and/or rambling that so many books of this kind seem to possess.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding short that provides well written directions for writing stories!
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
Timeless advice delivered in crystal clear language. I've heard all this before but wish I had this clarity of instruction years ago. The appendix had some good essays as well, except one that got a bit trippy and seemed to be recommending mind altering substances for idea generation. I was skimming at that point, so maybe I misunderstood something. Anyway a great read. ...more
David Macpherson
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
A smart concise work on how to structure short stories for success. It all made sense, though the last essay, about science fiction, was a little dense and took away from my total enjoyment of the book a little bit.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Writers
Very specific and narrowly focused, this is the book to have if you want to get stories published in science fiction magazines.
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Algis Budrys was a Lithuanian-American science fiction author, editor, and critic. He was also known under the pen names Frank Mason, Alger Rome, John A. Sentry, William Scarff, Paul Janvier, and Sam & Janet Argo.

Called "AJ" by friends, Budrys was born Algirdas Jonas Budrys in Königsberg in East Prussia. He was the son of the consul general of the Lithuanian government, (the pre-World War II gover

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