Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms

By Linda Berdoll

At a loss for phrases, hockey puck? you could regularly quote Shakespeare...

Or delve into this unique compendium of insults and verbal abuse, all couched in language of the main uplifting nature. full of universal and not-so-common zingers that might either surprise you and make you snicker your @$$! off.


  • Exactly the way to handle person mounds of foul, undigested lumps of donkey entrails
  • That "F"-ing observe and different intensives
  • Many, many ways to consult the half that is going over the fence last
  • More euphemisms, synonyms, words and outlines than you knew existed for sexual actions, proclivities, untoward incidents, injuries of nature and the beast with backs
  • Addressing the mentally incompetent, the cerebrally challenged, the absurdly bureaucratic, the impossibly rational and different situations of ineptitude, obfuscation or obstruction and masses more!

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Clear Writing: A Step-By-Step Guide (A Fifty-Minute Series Book)

By Diana Bonet

This simple, self-study publication can assist you increase a right away, transparent, and concise writing type. It offers a step by step strategy for writing powerful sentences, paragraphs, and different informational codecs. Self-editing recommendations for averting universal writing difficulties are conscientiously defined.

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77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected

By Mike Nappa

Discover the tips and tricks to keeping off the rejection pile.

You've performed it! you will have written the subsequent "must have" publication and everybody you recognize who reads your manuscript consents – it is bound to be a bestseller. So why cannot you discover a writer for it? For a few cause (maybe much more than one) editors and brokers alike maintain rejecting your proposal.

So what are you doing wrong?

Discover seventy seven of the most typical explanation why millions of e-book proposals are rejected each year, and discover what you are able to do to make your idea stick out from the remainder. operating as an writer, editor, and agent from greater than two decades, publishing veteran Mike Nappa is familiar with the main common errors authors make of their proposals after which easy steps you could take to prevent catching a journey at the teach to Rejection-ville.

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Writing Fiction For Dummies

By Peter Economy, Randy Ingermanson

A whole advisor to writing and promoting your novel

So you must write a novel? nice! That’s a invaluable target, it doesn't matter what your cause. yet don’t accept simply writing a singular. objective excessive. Write a singular that you simply intend to promote to a writer. Writing Fiction for Dummies is an entire consultant designed to educate you each step alongside the trail from starting author to royalty-earning writer. listed below are a few issues you’ll examine in Writing Fiction for Dummies:

  • Strategic Planning: Pinpoint the place you're at the roadmap to book; notice what each reader desperately desires from a narrative; domestic in on a marketable type; choose between one of the 4 most typical inventive kinds; and examine the self-management tools writers.
  • Writing robust Fiction: build a narrative international that jewelry precise; create plausible, unpredictable characters; construct a robust plot with all six layers of complexity of a contemporary novel; and infuse all of it with a powerful theme.
  • Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to carry them absolutely to existence; edit your tale constitution from the head down; repair damaged scenes; and varnish your motion and dialogue.
  • Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a question letter, a synopsis, and a suggestion; pitch your paintings to brokers and editors with out fear.

Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. it might happen—if you've got the expertise and patience to do what you must do.

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Nunca mientas a un idiota. Póker para guionistas y demás escribientes (Fuera de campo)

«Empecé siendo una jugadora calling station, de esas que juegan muchas manos porque no saben muy bien a qué están jugando y me he convertido en una jugadora gambler, a los angeles que le gusta arriesgar porque le gusta jugar. Igual ante l. a. página en blanco. Ahoro valoro tanto mi trabajo de guionista que quiero escribir para sorprenderme y sorprender a los demás.» Alicia Luna

Este libro tiene algo de juego porque a escribir guiones también se aprende jugando, poniendo al máximo nuestra capacidad de ser originales, diferentes. Aprendiendo a defender una thought como si se tratara de una peligrosa jugada de póker: dobles parejas contra quien sospechas que lleva una pareja de ases. Escribir guiones supone generar tramas arriesgadas y a l. a. vez verosímiles para los personajes que inventamos. Pero ¿cómo vas a crear un gran personaje sin saber el tipo de escritor que eres? ¿Arriesgado o convencional? ¿Astuto o ingenuo? En este libro descubrirás quién es el idiota al que se puede engañar en una mesa de póker y, cuando vayas a escribir tu guión, te divertirás poniendo a prueba tu talento con las mismas estrategias. ¿Lo tienes?

Alicia Luna se inició como guionista de cine en 1999 con los angeles película Pídele cuentas al rey dirigida por José Antonio Quirós que fue Premio del Público en los angeles Seminci de Valladolid y Premio al Mejor Guión en el pageant de Comedia de Peñíscola. En 2004 obtuvo el Premio Goya al mejor guión y el Premio al Mejor Guión Europeo por l. a. película Te doy mis ojos, que escribió junto con l. a. directora Iciar Bollaín. Más tarde vendrían títulos como Sin ti y La vida empieza hoy, esta última galardonada con el Premio de los angeles Crítica en el competition de Málaga. Ha escrito el libro Matad al guionista, un libro de entrevistas a guionistas sobre metodologías de trabajo. Es directora de los angeles Escuela de Guión de Madrid e imparte talleres y cursos de guión. Es coordinadora docente del Máster de Guión de l. a. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

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The Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition)

The unequalled guide―and ideal gift―for stymied scribes and dealing wordsmiths far and wide, now accelerated and updated.

a unique and essential reference device, The Describer's Dictionary―now accelerated and updated―has served for over two decades because the go-to source for writers who're made up our minds to trap the area in precisely the proper phrases.

The dictionary makes use of a different opposite definition-to-term structure that makes it effortless to 0 in at the time period you are looking. flip to the recent part on sensory impressions, for instance, to discover brilliant phrases for "loud or jarring," similar to "grating," "harsh," "piercing," "blaring," "thunderous," "cacophonous," and "raucous." And on the finish of every part dozens of illustrative passages by way of extraordinary fiction and nonfiction authors―including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux―bring the terminology to life.

New during this edition:

• 1000s of extra definitions, phrases, and synonyms

• Brand-new different types, together with "Physical States and Symptoms," "Temperament and Behavior," "Rooms and inside Spaces," "Weather and Forces of Nature," and "The sun System"

• Over four hundred new quotations from books, periodicals, and electronic media via confirmed and emerging literary stars

• An index of the greater than six hundred authors quoted within the book

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Making Shapely Fiction

By Jerome Stern

A deft research and appreciation of fiction―what makes it paintings and what could make it fail.

here's a publication in regards to the craft of writing fiction that's completely precious from the 1st to the final page―whether the reader is a newbie, a professional author, or a instructor of writing. you can see how a piece takes shape and form when you snatch the rules of momentum, stress, and immediacy. "Tension," Stern says, "is the mum of fiction. whilst stress and immediacy mix, the tale begins." discussion and motion, beginnings and endings, the genuine that means of "write what you know," and a memorable directory of don'ts for fiction writers are all coated. a distinct part positive aspects an Alphabet for Writers: entries diversity from Accuracy to Zigzag, with enlightening reviews approximately such concerns as Cliffhangers, perspective, Irony, and Transitions.

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Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

By Sandra M. Gilbert

A number of essays that reexamine literature via a feminist gaze from "one of our such a lot flexible and proficient writers" (Joyce Carol Oates).

"We imagine again via our moms if we're women," wrote Virginia Woolf. during this groundbreaking sequence of essays, Sandra M. Gilbert explores how our literary moms have stimulated us in our writing and in existence. She considers the results of those literary moms by way of reading her personal background and the paintings of such luminaries as Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath. through the booklet, she charts her personal improvement as a feminist, demonstrates methods of knowing the dynamics of gender and style, and strains the redefinitions of maternity mirrored in texts through authors resembling Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Eliot.

all through, Gilbert asks significant questions about feminism within the 20th century: Why and the way did its principles develop into so essential to girls within the sixties and seventies? What have these feminist options come to intend within the new century? And certainly, how have our highbrow moms formed our suggestions this day?

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Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction

By Lee Gutkind

The one consultant each artistic nonfiction author must flip to whilst being "creative."

Writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction are experiencing tricky days with the invention that a few famous works within the style comprise exaggerations--or are in part fabricated. yet what are the parameters of artistic nonfiction? Keep It Real starts off by means of defining artistic nonfiction. Then it explores the flexibleness of the form--the liberties and the bounds that permit writers to be as fair, actual, and crafty as attainable. A succinct yet wealthy compendium of rules, phrases, and strategies, Keep It Real clarifies the fine details of writing inventive nonfiction. beginning with acknowledgment of assets, working via fact-checking, metaphor, and navel watching, and duties to their matters, this e-book offers all of the details you must write with verve whereas last actual for your tale.

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