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The First Five Pages
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Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: PRELIMINARY PROBLEMS 1: Presentation 2: Adjectives and Adverbs 3: Sound 4: Comparison 5: Style PART II: DIALOGUE 6: Between the Lines 7: Commonplace 8: Informative 9: Melodramatic 10: Hard to Follow PART III: THE BIGGER PICTURE 11: Showing Versus Telling 12: Viewpoint and Narration 13: Characterization 14: Hooks 15: Subtlety 16: Tone 17: Focus 18: Setting 19: Pacing and Progression Epilogue Index

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Novice and amateur writers alike will benefit from literary agent Lukeman's lucid advice in this handy, inexpensive little book. Lukeman draws on his years of editorial experience to present an inside look at manuscript submission. He provides suggestions, examples, and practice exercises designed to lift ordinary prose to a higher level. Covering writing fundamentals, including viewpoint, tone, pacing, character development, grammar, and more, Lukeman sprinkles examples of common writing problems and simple solutions throughout the text. Carrying the craft of writing beyond Strunk and White's classic Elements of Style, this book should find a wide audience; public libraries sponsoring writers' groups and workshops will want multiple copies. Academic libraries will want several copies to share with writing labs. Highly recommended.--Denise S. Sticha, Seton Hill Coll., Greensburg, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

`Review from previous edition Intelligent, important, valuable, and entertaining instructions. . . . It should be read by all novice writers - and by those whose books are already published but intend to write more.' Richard Marek, former editorial director of Kirkus Reviews `Mr. Lukeman has written a definitive handbook on the pitfalls to avoid in your work. . . . I highly recommend The First Five Pages to anyone who is serious about their writing.' PlanetShowbiz.com `Tricks of the trade add to The First Five Pages' value, as do tips on grammar, style, voice and dialogue, and writing exercises. . . . A bargain when you consider all the information packed into [it].' San Antonio Express-News `Novice and amateur writers alike will benefit from literary agent Lukeman's lucid advice in this handy, inexpensive little book. Carrying the craft of writing beyong Strunk and White's classic Elements of Style, this book should find a wide audience. . . . Writers' groups and workshops will want multiple copies.' Library Journal

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