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Weekend Writing Finds – Donald Maass on the breakout novelist, LiveScribe, Pages and Paperrater

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

A writer's notebook

Handy writing tools to have around

In search of helpful websites and smart tools to make your writing life easier and more productive? This week’s finds might send you to the moon. They’ll certainly become handy for deadlines, lectures, and cafe writing.

The Weekend Writing Finds is a new feature where I post information about books, writing, publishing and writers.

 Smart pen, smart writing app, and goof-proof online checker

LiveScribe – A smart pen that records and works in tandem with a notebook? Now that sounds like a handy instrument to have around.

Pages – Here’s a cool app that allows you to work away from home and is Word compatible. Sit at Panera’s, write your story, email it to yourself, and return home to your desktop to edit. Might be a handy app to have for Nanowrimo in November.

Paperrater – In a hurry to meet a deadline and the critique group isn’t around? Try this site for free online proofreading. Worried about potential plagerism? Put it through the site’s detector.

This week’s book find

Master storyteller, NY literary agent, writer, and all around great guy, Donald Maass is deep in story and willing to share his discoveries.

Maass is no stranger to writing having started his career as a fiction writer. He’s a relentless miner and wide-ranging explorer when it comes to stalking story, and his books are full of information, explanation and exercises that allow writers to access the wonder of story.

Donald Maass and the Breakout Novel

What makes a book a bestseller? What’s at the heart of a good story? How can a writer forge that significant bond between the reader and the main character? Ask Don. Better yet, open up his books and you’ll find all those answers and more.

I have all Don’s books but I keep this one on my desk so it’s within fingertip range. It’s spiral-bound, easy to flip through, and full of solid information, needed reminders and helpful exercises.

The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers

Click here for more books by Donald Maass.

That’s it for this week. All week long I gather bits and notes and finds about reading, writing, books, the writing process, the writing life and writers. Come back next week for more.


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