Immediate Fiction

A Complete Writing Course

Jerry Cleaver

St. Martin's Press

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Covering the entire process from story building to manuscript preparation and marketing, Jerry Cleaver shows the novice and experienced writer how to start writing and how to get immediate results.

Readers will find everything they need to know about managing time, finding an idea, getting the first word down on the page, staying unblocked, shaping ideas into compelling stories, and submitting their work to agents and publishers.

Immediate Fiction goes beyond the old "Write what you know" to "Write what you can imagine." Filled with insightful tips on how to manage doubts, fears, blocks, and panic, Immediate Fiction will help writers develop their skills in as little minutes a day, if necessary.

Believing that all writing is rewriting, Cleaver says, "You can't control what you put on the page. You can only control what you leave on the page." With this book Cleaver shows how to get that control and produce results.

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Immediate Fiction
1Rules of the PageCreativity obeys an unusual and contrary set of laws. If you violate them, you will expend enormous amounts of energy and get nowhere--just as you would if you pressed the gas and the brake to the floor of your car at the same time. Many writers give up, feeling they're incapable, when the only problem is that they're unwittingly violating these natural laws. To put it simply, they're trying to do the impossible. Trying to do the impossible is the major cause of frustration, discouragement, and failure for writers.

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Praise for Immediate Fiction and Jerry Cleaver

"Plainly gifted."
--C. Michael Curtis, senior editor, The Atlantic Monthly

"The best there is."
--Michael Harvey, screenwriter/filmmaker, Emmy Award winner, and 1999 Academy Award nominee for Eyewitness

"A true story master."
--Bernard Sabbath, Broadway playwright, author of The Boys in Autumn

"I recommend it to everyone who writes."
--Linda Lael Miller, author of eight New York Times bestsellers

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About the Author

Jerry Cleaver

Jerry Cleaver is a writer, teacher, and writing coach who created The Writer's Loft, Chicago's most successful independent writers' workshop for the last twenty years. He has given special story seminars for Writers' Digest and created the "Write Your Novel Now" Internet course. Published in various magazines and a ghostwriter for several books, Cleaver lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife.

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Immediate Fiction
A Complete Writing Course
Jerry Cleaver

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St. Martin's Press
December 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429954006
ISBN10: 1429954000
304 pages
$9.99

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
December 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312302764
ISBN10: 0312302762
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$15.99
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