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"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."

- Benjamin Franklin

For your favorite writer....
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We are pleased to showcase several engaging and informative books (and one calendar) for writers:
The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers by Laura Oliver

Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents 2012 by Jeff Herman

Daily Muse: Writer's Diary 2012 Calendar from Workman Publishing

Memo from the Story Dept: Secrets of Structure and Character by Christopher Vogler & David McKenna

Write-a-thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) by Rochelle Melander

The Art of Description by Mark Doty
Read on for excerpts and to learn how you could win a free copy of a featured title.

> Enter the Writer's Wish List Sweepstakes for a chance at one of 60 prizes for writers.
> Still shopping for the holidays? Then check out our Gift Guide for Writers.
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New Insights and Inspiration for Writers

Laura Oliver has been teaching aspiring writers how to plumb emotional contradictions for insight for more than a decade in workshops and university classes. Now she has written the book her students have been asking her for, a book that aspiring writers of every genre can use to guide, coach, and encourage them on their journey.

Here's a sneak peek:
How to Use Jealousy as a Productive Tool

When your best friend who has only published one (unremarkable) short story announces that he has just been accepted by a top literary agency, you congratulate him with a hearty “No way!” but you’re thinking, “No fair

Envy makes us crazy and literary envy is the worst. It fills us with self loathing, instantaneous gloom and infantile thinking. (Continue reading here)

> Order it online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
> ENTER TO WIN a copy of The Story Within
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Updated 2012 Edition Features New Advice For Writers

Jeff Herman's Guide is the must have, go-to reference for everyone who writes.

This book will get you past the slush piles and into the hands of the people who have the power to publish. You will learn the names and contact information for hundreds of agents and editors, and will be given the "code" for how to win them over.

More comprehensive than ever, this 22nd edition includes more than a dozen articles to provide you with all the insider information you need to get published. Here's a sneak peek:

Publishing in 2013 and Beyond
By Jeff Herman
Writing is innately immune from transformation because the need to communicate, learn, and be entertained is organically human, and not provoked or hindered by technology. Computers can process many kinds of information faster and more reliably than the human brain, but they are unable to purely create, imagine, dream, emote, or be a fulfilling social companion for most of us. As long as people have hearts and minds, there will be writers, readers, and other kinds of humans. (Continue reading here.)
> Order online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble
> ENTER TO WIN a copy of Jeff Herman's Guide to Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents
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> As Kindle Fire Faces Critics, Remedies Are Promised —The New York Times
> How do writers choose pen names? —The Guardian
> Can You Use Math to Write a Bestseller? —Publishers Weekly
Best Books of 2011 —GothamGram
> The New Pamphleteers: E-books are more than a publishing platform —New York Magazine
> The Precarious Portentious Perils of Self-Publishing —Terrible Minds
> Sven Birkets on Writer's Block —Los Angeles Review of Books
> A Year’s Reading: Reviewers’ favorites from 2011 —New Yorker
Kindle Fire vs Nook Tablet: Which is best? —GothamGram
> E-Books, Shmee-Books: Readers Return to the Stores —The New York Times

> Jobs @ Gotham —Immediate openings in NY for Web Developer and Office Intern
> Winter 2012 Classes Now Posted —What will you write in 2012?

> Writer's Wish List Sweepstakes —60+ prizes just for writers. No entry fee.
> Seminar Writing Contest —Final call. Deadline is Dec. 15. Entry is free.
> Selected Shorts - Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize —Call for entries.
> Sylvia K Burack Writing Award —Call for entries for students in 11th or 12th grade.
> What's the Buzz(word)? Contest —Entry is free.
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2012 Writer's Diary

The Daily Muse: Writer's Diary 2012 Calendar is a stylish week-at-a-glance planner that combines roomy grids (perfect for jotting down appointments, reminders, and moments of inspiration) with entertaining information including:

* Tried and True Cures for Writer’s Block
* The 10 Best Books on Writing
* Blogging: How and Why
* Writers on Twitter
* Cocktails named after writers
* Famous last lines, and more
The Daily Muse: Writer's Diary 2012 Calendar is an essential tool — and perfect holiday gift — for every writer.

> Order online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble
> ENTER TO WIN Five winners will receive Daily Muse: Writer's Diary
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How Many Have You Read?

Here's a recap of the most popular new books featured in the Writer's Bookshelf based on sales.

  1. Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Fogarty
  2. The Well-Spoken Thesaurus: The Most Powerful Ways to Say Everyday Words and Phrases by Tom Heehler
  3. The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life by Marion Roach Smith
  4. Maeve Binchy's Writer's Club by Maeve Binchy
  5. The Film Novelist: Writing a Screenplay and Short Novel in 15 Weeks by Dennis J. Packard
  6. The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante
  7. Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark
  8. You're Funny: Turn Your Sense of Humor Into a Lucrative New Career by D.B. Gilles
  9. Next Word, Better Word: The Craft of Writing Poetry by Stephen Dobyns
  10. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy


  1. Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School by Gotham Writers' Workshop
  2. Writing Movies: The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays by Gotham Writers' Workshop
  3. Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course by John Cheever
  4. Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
  5. Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay by Adair Lara
> For more books on the craft, visit the Writer's Bookshelf
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Secrets of Structure and Character

Memo From the Story Dept.: Secrets of Structure and Character offers a battery of story-generating engines and story-improving tools, and reliable methods tested on hundreds of Hollywood productions. It goes far beyond the standard advice given in most screenwriting manuals. Drawn from sources as varied as vaudeville, classical Greek comedies, and Russian fairy tales, the book outlines a series of practical templates for creating believable characters and emotionally satisfying plots.

Here's a peek:
Polar Opposites: An Essential Tool
by David McKenna

Polar Opposition is one of the tools that all good dramatic craftspeople value. On the most fundamental level, stories pit two opposing forces against each other and then stage scenes of physical, emotional and philosophical combat (i.e., Reciprocal Action) until the conflict is resolved. The conflict usually continues until one of the Polar Opposites prevails or until the two forge something new that wasn’t present in the early going. (Continue reading here)

> Order it online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble
> ENTER TO WIN a copy of Memo from the Story Department
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Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It)

Find the focus, energy, and drive you need to start—and finish—your book

According to a recent survey, 81 percent of Americans want to write a book. But finding free time to write can be difficult for Americans. According to Gallup's annual lifestyle poll, 60% of working Americans say that do not have time to do what they want to do.

So many would-be authors start writing only to stall out due to writer's block, mental fatigue, and other challenges. Write-A-Thon helps you overcome those stumbling blocks and complete your book once and for all. And you don't have to type away for years on end. Here's a plan that will help you write your book—in twenty-six days!

Here's a sneak peek:
Getting in the Zone

Runners talk about getting into the zone, the place where all the variables—breathing, stride, and weather—work together to create the perfect run. Runner Roy Palmer has studied the zone for more than ten years to discover how to reach that elusive place. Palmer has reviewed the studies on running in the zone and reports these seven common characteristics. (Continue reading here)

> Order it online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble
> ENTER TO WIN a copy of Write-a-thon
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World Into Word

“It sounds like a simple thing, to say what you see,” Mark Doty begins. “But try to find words for the shades of a mottled sassafras leaf, or the reflectivity of a bay on an August morning, or the very beginnings of desire stirring in the gaze of someone looking right into your eyes . . .” Doty finds refuge in the sensory experience found in poems by Blake, Whitman, Bishop, and others.

The Art of Description is an invaluable book by one of America’s most revered writers and teachers.

Read an excerpt: "A Tremendous Fish"

> Buy it online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble
> ENTER TO WIN a copy of The Art of Description
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The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers is published by Alpha Books/Penguin. Copyright © 2011 by Laura Oliver.

Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents 2012 (22nd Ed.) is published by Sourcebooks. Copyright © 2011 by Jeff Herman.

Daily Muse: Writer's Diary 2012 Calendar is published by Workman Publishing. Copyright © 2011 by Workman Publishing.

Memo from the Story Dept: Secrets of Structure and Character is published by Michael Wiese Productions. Copyright © 2011by Christopher Vogler & David McKenna.

Write-a-thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) is published by Writer's Digest. Copyright © 2011 by Rochelle Melander.

The Art of Description is published by Graywolf Press. Copyright © 2010 by Mark Doty.


When the Hero finally confronts his or her Greater Antagonisms, the battle most often occurs, from the Hero's perspective, somewhere dangerous and alien.

In Annie Hall (1977), Alvie must visit Annie in LA.

In Deer Hunter (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 1978), Michael must return to Vietnam and play Russian Roulette with Nick.

In Gladiator (Academy Award Winner Best Film, 2000), Maximus is alone, injured and surrounded by Roman soldiers in the colosseum.

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