Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel
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by Donald Maass

Required for Journeyman Fiction

A breakout novel is one that rises out of its category–such as literary fiction, mystery, romance, or thriller–and hits the bestseller lists. Maass explains the elements that all breakout novels share and shows readers how to use these elements to write a novel that has a good chance of succeeding in a crowded marketplace. They'll learn to:

  •  create a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place
  • develop larger-than-life characters
  • sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish
  • weave sub-plots into the main action
  • explore universal themes that will interest a large audience of readers