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Publisher's Summary

Every novelist dreams of it - writing the book that rockets to the top of the best-seller lists. Now, they can see how it's done, up close, in an audiobook by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Here Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books. Zuckerman covers the subject thoroughly, from creating outlines and building larger than life characters to injecting suspense and more. His instruction is decisive, direct and clear and is supported with examples from Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, and other blockbusters.

©2013 Al Zuckerman (P)2013 Random House Audio

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Good but unnecessarily toooooo long

He makes some great points but I get lost in all the long written examples. If only this book could be shortened, and we don't have to hear long examples of other books, it would be a much much better book. It seemed as though he had to fill a word count for a publisher.

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treasure

A treasure for writers, willing to put a lot of hard work in their manuscript, in order to make it as commercially good as possible.

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The book was heavily dated, inexact and sweeping in its descriptions of writing techniques, and it leaned too much on lengthy examples without distilling from them the core of the craft.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No redeeming qualities, alas.

Any additional comments?

One wonders why audible does not instead produce the really good books on writing, such as Dwight Swains Techniques of the Selling Writer.

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I’ll be honest. I knew most of what was discussed in this book and from more engaging sources. Still, what was covered was good. A lot doesn't work well as an audiobook, such as examples of work that's been rewritten for study purposes. I'd recommend buying the paperback for that reason.

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The Exception

Much of the writing "self-help" guides out there are similar to celebrity rehab facilities, rarely beneficial and most likely a lost cause. Zuckerman's guide is the exception. Full of practical examples and actual outlines, first drafts, and revisions, Writing the Blockbuster Novel takes your from the crib to the grave of the writing process.

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Awesome!

The way he used real examples from existing novels to show the journey of the outline through 4 drafts is priceless. Highly recommended

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Crucial for Authors or soon to be authors!

The outlining tutorials, revising stakes and beats in each chapter were so helpful. Zuckerman helps you visualize what your book can be.