Thanks, but This Isn't for Us

Thanks, but This Isn't for Us

A (sort Of) Compassionate Guide to Why your Writing Is Being Rejected

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:

fun, practical guide that reveals the essentials of good fiction and memoir writing by exposing the most common mistakes literary writers make.

All great works of fiction and memoir are unique - but most bad novels, stories, and memoirs have a lot in common. From clunky dialogue to poorly sketchedout characters, sagging pacing to exaggerated prose, these beginners' mistakes drive any agent or editor to their stock rejection letter, telling the aspiring writer 'Thanks, but this isn't for us,' and leaving many to wonder what exactly it is that they're doing wrong.

Veteran writing coach, developmental editor, and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell will fill in the gaps in every rejection letter you've ever received. In Thanks, But This Isn't for Us , Morrell uses her years of experience to isolate the specific errors beginners make, including the pitfalls of unrealistic dialogue, failing to 'show, not tell,' and over-the-top plot twists. These are just a few of the problems that keep writers from breaking through with their work. Sympathetic and humane, but pulling no punches, Thanks, But This Isn't for Us shows writers precisely where they've gone wrong and how to get on the right track. In sixteen to-the-point chapters, with checklists, exercises, takeaway tips, and a glossary, Morrell helps readers transcend these mistakes so that they don't have to learn the hard way- with another rejection letter.


Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher-Penguin, c2009.
ISBN: 9781585427215
1585427217
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 21 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

MaryCatherine8183 Aug 22, 2015

Perfect for those who are just starting out writing and are seriously considering making it a vocation.

g
gkz4wve7_splib
Nov 19, 2013

Writing cheerleader manual 101. Handy, but not something you read for enjoyment. It could make your writing tighter if you followed all the stuff here.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at MCPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top