You can get information about all my nonfiction books and how to order them, plus books in bundles and other deals at:
Here is a sample of some of my nonfiction books:
— Writing a Novel in Seven Days
— Heinlein’s Rules
— How to Write Fiction Sales Copy
— Stages of a Fiction Writer
— Writing into the Dark
— Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing
— Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing
— How to Write a Novel in Ten Days
— Think Like a Publisher
— The First Tee Panic
I’m a fiend for fiction craft books. I’ve been reading any one I can get my hands on since I was 11 and that was over 25 years ago. WRITING INTO THE DARK is the DEFINITIVE book on writing for pantsers. Plotting and revising to death have always been a drag for me and blockade to getting anything done. Reading this book changed my writing life. It’s a must-read.
Wow, thanks, Philip. Glad it helped.
I am very interested in the book “Writing into the Dark”. Seems like a good idea for an obsessive man like me. BUT, I am living in Iran (well I’m Iranian, so…) and cause of those sanction and stuff I can’t order it or download it from those stores you’ve mentioned. Well not without paying a good amount of more money. So, what can I do? Is there any way for me to read it?
Keivan, I honestly don’t know what to tell you. Let me see what I can do. Write me directly.
Some of the nonfiction books I wrote here as posts, but can’t seem to spot Writing into the Dark back in the older posts. So e-mail me if you can.
Interesting stuff. Glad I came across your site. Only because I have an extremely limited budget I have accidently found myself following many of your principles. My 3 books are all modestly selling n a consistent bases. The subjects are historical so I know there is select audience. Seeing there is a regular pattern now, I know my achievements will only grow as I continue to write. Word is getting out and I am having more people and publishers come to me rather than me go to them. It seems my story is a simple case of strait business progression. You keep at it it will naturally grow on its own.
Hope this helps.
Is Magic Bakery ever going to be released as a stand alone paperback book to buy? I loved reading it online, but would like a paperback. I have your other books – Sacred Cows, Think Like Publisher, Writing Into Dark, Heinlein’s Rules. Good stuff.
Raymond, thanks for asking and yes, it is out in all forms, including paperback. You can find it at https://www.wmgpublishinginc.com/project/the-magic-bakery/
Which will get you to any store you want to buy it. Glad you like the books. Much appreciated.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to encouraging writers. I have read Writing Into the Dark twice now and am going through it a third time. M.L. Ronn (Author Level Up) recommended your video series. Can you tell me how the content of the Teachable video series differs from the information in your book? Are there suggested exercises, etc.? Would I benefit significantly from having access to both sources? Again, thank you for sharing your expertise. P.S. Any chance of an audio version of WITD coming out in the near future?
The Writing into the Dark has two incarnations on Teachable. It is first a lecture that is similar to the book. The second is a six week workshop that has five assignments in it and is far, far, more extensive than the book. We offer the workshop every two months. One just started now for November, the next will be in January. It is far, far more extensive and covers all the problems writers face while trying to write into the dark.
Any questions, feel free to write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I just read Writing into the Dark and it resonated greatly with me. My first book – and the only I managed to finish so far – was written into the dark, and it was the most fun I had writing ever.
I was wondering what’s your recommendation on writing into the dark when there’s a lot of world building (i.e. in fantasy/sci-fi). My guess is that you do your world building without regards to the characters and then write into the dark with characters based in/on the world you created. Is that about right? 🙂
Thanks, Helge. Nope, I world build as I go along typing, making up the world right with what the characters are doing. I write world building details down after I write something into a story or chapter, but never before.
That’s interesting. I’ll give that a try! 🙂
Just purchased and read Writing into the Dark and Heinlein’s Rules last night. Great stuff; helpful, easy to read, and easy to follow. Got up this morning, wrote a 1,000 word flash fiction piece, and sent it off. Followed your & Heinlein’s steps. It was so much fun. So much! Have another piece started as well.
Wanted to thank for you for these two pieces.
Been searching for a good piece by you or Rusch on writing mysteries. I’ll keep looking, but suggestions are appreciated.
We do workshops on it, but haven’t written much about it yet. We have a Classic Workshop called Writing Mysteries on Teachable.
Hey Dean, I’m wondering if you have any intentions of creating audible versions of your writing books? Thanks.
Not sure if we ever put them up on ACX or not. I’ll have to check with Allyson. I have no plans of doing it, but it might have gotten done. (grin)
I was just re-reading some of your older challenges posts, and I came across the 30 stories in 30 days while moving entries from back iin 2018.
Have you ever completed that book, a la the Stories from July book? I couldn’t find it on Amazon, thus the question.
If not, any plans to?
Nope, no book from that one. Just a challenge for me, in which I learned I could write four short stories in a day. Fun challenge and all the stories have been published in Smith’s Monthly along the way. Thanks for asking.