NEW EDITION – REVISED & UPDATED!!
“A highly recommended guide from one of the most creative people around.”
– William Reichard, author of This Album Full of Angles
UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL!
Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, whatever your genre or form, The Voice of the Muse will deepen your creative experience and awaken you to new skills, new stories and a renewed confidence in your innate gifts.
YOU'LL NEVER FEEL THE SAME ABOUT WRITING AGAIN!
“Mark David is a master of the word...absolutely a catalyst for my writing.”
– Joan Cerio, author of Hardwired to Heaven
“Whenever I feel blocked, I open this book, read a couple of pages and feel inspired again.”
– Anna Blagoslavova, Moscow, Russia
"Mark David Gerson's The Voice of the Muse book and recording saved my languishing novel!"
– Katie Thomas, Lynchburg, VA
Works well in conjunction with The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers, a recording that includes the author's recording of ten of the guided meditations in the book and is also available on Google Play.
"No writer could ask for a more encouraging guide."
– The Written Word
"The words lie within you. They hover in the shadows, longing to be noticed, yearning to heard, aching to be shared. Together, through this book, you and I will give them voice."
– Mark David Gerson, The Voice of the Muse
Author of more than a dozen books whose readers span the globe, Mark David Gerson electrifies groups and individuals around the world with his inspiring stories and motivational talks and seminars.
Mark David's books include critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction and compelling memoirs. His screenplay adaptations of his Q'ntana fantasy series are on their way to theaters as a trio of epic feature films, and his latest books are the novels of The Sara Stories.
Known as The Birthing Your Book Guru, Mark David works with an international roster of clients to help them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease. Passionate, inspiring, insightful and intuitive, Mark David Gerson is a highly sought-after speaker, coach, editorial consultant and media guest.
Visit the author’s website at www.markdavidgerson.com. Follow Mark David on Facebook at www.facebook.com/markdavidgerson.page and on Twitter @markdavidgerson.
McNally has earned the right to dispense advice on this subject. He has published three novels, two collections of short fiction, and hundreds of individual stories and essays. He has edited six anthologies and worked with editors at university presses, commercial houses, and small presses. He has earned three degrees, including an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and taught writing to thousands of students at nine different universities. But he has received far more rejections than acceptances, has endured years of underpaid adjunct work, and is presently hard at work on a novel for which he has no guarantee of publication. In other words, he’s been at the writing game long enough to rack up plenty of the highs and lows that translate into an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to become a writer or anyone who is already a writer but doesn’t know how to take the next step toward the writing life.
In the sections The Decision to Become a Writer, Education and the Writer, Getting Published, Publicity, Employment for Writers, and The Writer’s Life, McNally wrestles with writing degrees and graduate programs, the nuts and bolts of agents and query letters and critics, book signings and other ways to promote your book, alcohol and other home remedies, and jobs for writers from adjunct to tenure-track. Chapters such as “What Have You Ever Done That’s Worth Writing About?” “Can Writing Be Taught?” “Rejection: Putting It in Perspective,” “Writing as a Competitive Sport,” “Seven Types of MLA Interview Committees,” “Money and the Writer,” and the all-important “Talking about Writing vs. Writing” cover a vast range of writerly topics from learning your craft to making a living at it. McNally acts as the writer’s friendly drill sergeant, relentlessly honest but bracingly cheerful as he issues his curmudgeonly marching orders. Alternately cranky and philosophical, full of to-the-point anecdotes and honest advice instead of wonkish facts and figures, The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide is a snarky, truthful, and immensely helpful map to being a writer in today’s complex world.
Creative Writing For Dummies covers:
Part I: Getting startedChapter 1: Can Everyone Write? Chapter 2: Getting into the Write Mind Chapter 3: Finding the Material to work with
Part II: The Elements of Creative WritingChapter 4: Creating Characters Chapter 5: Discovering Dialogue Chapter 6: Who is telling the story? Chapter 7: Creating your own world Chapter 8: Plotting your way Chapter 9: Creating a Structure Chapter 10: Rewriting and editing
Part III: Different Kinds of Fiction WritingChapter 11: Short stories Chapter 12: Novels Chapter 13: Writing for children Chapter 14: Plays Chapter 15: Screenplays Chapter 16: Poetry
Part IV: Different kinds of Non-fiction writingChapter 17: Breaking into journalism - Writing articles/ magazine writing Chapter 18: Writing from life and autobiography Chapter 19: Embroidering the facts: Narrative non-fiction Chapter 20: Exploring the world from your armchair - Travel writing Chapter 21: Blogging – the new big thing
Part V: Finding an audienceChapter 22: Finding editors/ publishers/ agents Chapter 23: Becoming a professional
Part VI: Part of TensChapter 24: Ten top tips for writers Chapter 25: Ten ways to get noticed