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Three Men and a Manuscript

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The closer you listen to the writing conversation, especially when it comes from those who teach craft at workshops and write bestselling books on the topic (in addition to their own critically-acclaimed novels), the more commonality you notice. While it it possible to convey and cloak the basic principles of writing effective fiction with a variety of contexts and tones and approaches, which can sometimes cloud the issues, certain basic truths remain, and they are as universal among genres as they are eternal in their validity.

What's less evident, but nonetheless true, is that there remains some "wiggle room" within the parameters of those principles, as well as a deep well of subtleties that become the tie-breakers for writers who harness them to create truly remarkable and original fiction.

In this dialogue, three leading voices in the realm of fiction craft seek clarity and precision of those principles, while culling out the subtleties that empower stories and storytellers toward greater heights. The result is, rather than the creation of an ominously higher bar, an illumination of a clear and doable path toward the reaching of that bar, no matter what one's level of experience or genre of choice.

Larry Brooks is the author of two bestselling writing books, "Story Engineering" and "Story Physics," and the creator of, a leading website on the craft of fiction writing. He is the USA Today bestselling author of six critically-acclaimed thrillers.

Randy Ingermanson is the author of the #1 bestselling craft book, "Fiction Writing for Dummies," and writes the well known "Advanced Fiction Writing e-Zine," as well as the writing website, where his training products are available. He is the creator the highly regarded process model known as the Snowflake Method, and is the award winning author of the novels "Oxygen" and "The Fifth Man," as well as other science fiction titles.

James Scott Bell is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels "Don't Leave Me," "Blind Justice," "Deceived," "Try Dying," "Watch Your Back," "One More Lie" and other titles, including the #1 bestselling craft book "Plot and Structure," as well as other craft books. He appears frequently at writing conferences and is a regular contributor to the website The Kill zone (

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Title: Three Men and a Manuscript: Three Writing "Gurus" Discussing Craft, a Shifting Market and What it Takes to Create Successful Fiction
Author(s): Larry Brooks, Randy Ingermanson, James Scott Bell
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