- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (Sept. 19 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312354282
- ISBN-13: 978-0312354282
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author Paperback – Sep 19 2006
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Much of the advice Evanovich offers here can be found in numerous sources. What you can't find in most writers' guides is her inimitable voice and a wealth of examples taken from her wildly popular series starring the intrepid bounty-hunter Stephanie Plum. Cowriter Yalof covers some of the basics, but the draw here, naturally, is Evanovich's commentary, along with answers to questions readers have sent to her Web site. (When asked how to get over the embarrassment inherent in writing sex scenes, Evanovich notes she finds "a couple of glasses of cheap champagne and a bucketful of M&Ms to be helpful, but, hey, that's just me.") Along with substantial advice about point of view, exposition, and dialogue, fans get behind-the-scenes info about the Plum novels (Evanovich blew up a car in her first book because she wanted to sell it to the movies, and she had so much fun that she has been blowing them up ever since). Despite the best-selling author's willingness to share how she does it, readers shouldn't expect the same results. Not many can find the right combination of laugh-out-loud high jinks and ingeniously wrought thrills. Ilene Cooper
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“No less than her plotting, Evanovich's characterizations are models of screwball artistry. The intricate plot machinery of her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists.” ―The New York Times
“Evanovich's series is as addictive as Fritos--and...not losing any of its salty crunch… Evanovich serves up consistently craveable goodies.” ―People
“Plum is one of fiction's most irresistible heroines.” ―Seattle Post Intelligencer
“Evanovich is the crown princess of detective fiction.” ―Bookpage
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Then she shares examples of her explainations of writing by quoting sections of her works.
She answers questions from wanna-be writers on topics that range from dialog and grammer to writing discipline and foods she eats. Insightful, some adult content within her examples.
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