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Writer's Digest presents an excerpt from my webinar, "Three Secrets of the Greats: Structure Your Story for Ultimate Reader Addiction."

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers, interviews me about storytelling, writing, independent editing, and the difference between literary fiction and genre, with an impromptu exercise on her own Work-in-Progress.

Editing client Stu Wakefield, author of the Kindle #1 Best Seller Body of Water, talks about our work together on Memory of Water, the second novel of his Water trilogy.






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    THE ART & CRAFT OF WRITING FICTION:
    FIRST WRITER’S MANUAL

    One of the elite handful recommended by Preditors & Editors, this book brings together in one place everything you need in order to begin your work as a storyteller—in both fiction and memoir.

    Through an in-depth exploration of the myriad aspects of the art and craft, Mixon welcomes you in a warm voice into the greater fellowship of all writers.

    “The freshest and most relevant advice you’ll find.”
    —Helen Gallagher, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    “Wonderfully useful, bracing and humorous.”
    —Millicent Dillon, five-time O.Henry Award winner & PEN/Faulkner nominee

    “I wish I’d had this when I began my first novel.”
    —Lucia Orth, author of the critically-acclaimed debut Baby Jesus Pawn Shop

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    The Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: First Writer’s Manual

    File Size: 465 KB
    Print Length: 372 pages
    ISBN: 978-1944227005
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    Publisher: La Favorita Press (November 28, 2010)
    Language: English
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled



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    THE ART & CRAFT OF WRITING STORIES:
    SECOND WRITER’S MANUAL

    Praised by #1 Kindle Best-Seller Stu Wakefield, in this book Mixon explores in detail the complex crafts of character development and plot structure, illuminating the work of canonical authors and applying their lessons to the creation of new stories.

    Join a passionate discussion of the grand art of storytelling.

    “This book changed my life.”
    —Stu Wakefield, #1 Kindle Best-Selling author of Body of Water

    “Highly recommended. As much a gift to writers as an indispensable resource.”
    —Larry Brooks, author of four best-selling thrillers & Story Engineering

    “Lessons of a writing lifetime.”
    —Roz Morris, best-selling ghostwriter & author of Nail Your Novel

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    The Art & Craft of Writing Stories: Second Writer’s Manual



    File Size: 468 KB
    Print Length: 314 pages
    Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    Publisher: La Favorita Press (September 29, 2011)
    Language: English
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled


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    THE ART & CRAFT OF WRITING:
    SECRET ADVICE FOR WRITERS

    Written for her blog over the years as Victoria’s editing business blossomed, this advice has become hard to find and hidden – and is now collected just for you. For free.

    “Clarity, intelligence, and an abundance of warm, conspiratorial humor. Only one problem: I kept having to put the book down to pin quotes to the wall.”

    “I love Victoria’s easy style and her witty takes on making the process of writing more efficient and inspired. Chapter #7 is some of the best advice I’ve ever read. Filled with wisdom, insight, and charm.”

    “Victoria’s blog advice has helped me a lot, and this is some of her best. For those interested in getting the most out of writing!”

    “This is a great reference–you can go back to it anytime, re-read it, and learn something new.”

    “The ‘short and sweet’ format is easy to understand because of the examples Mixon gives. I’ve found myself highlighting several sections that I want to keep.”

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    The Art & Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers

    Print Length: 78 pages
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    Publisher: La Favorita Press (October 29, 2015)
    Language: English
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled



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    THE ART & CRAFT OF WRITING:
    FAVORITE ADVICE FOR WRITERS

    Written for her friends at the most elite blogs of the online writing community, this advice from Victoria has become scattered across the blogosphere – now collected here in one place just for you.

    WRITER UNBOXED:
    “Damn Spectacular Feet”
    “It Sounds Like Your Stuff”
    “Burdened by Idjits, We Push On”
    “The 3 Layers of Layering in Fiction”

    PLUS:
    “The 7 Secrets of an Indie Editor”
    “Profiles in Courage: 5 Aspiring Writers”
    “The 4 Most Common Fiction Mistakes”
    “Beyond the 4 Most Common Fiction Mistakes”
    “Making the Most of Procrastination”
    “The Bootstrapping Writer”
    “Sharing WIPs, or The Milk of Human Kindness”
    “Stumbling to a Pause, Gasping for Breath”
    “The Attitude-Dipped Teenager in Your Head”

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    Art & Craft of Writing: Favorite Advice for Writers

    Print Length: 69 pages
    Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    Publisher: La Favorita Press (April 29, 2016)
    Language: English
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled


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MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .


SASHA TROYAN is a Professor of English at Montclair University and author of the critically-acclaimed novels Angels in the Morning and The Forgotten Island, both Booksense Selections, tragic and beautiful stories based upon her childhood in France. I worked with Troyan to develop her new novels, Marriage A Trois and Semester. Read more. . .


LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .


BHAICHAND PATEL, retired after an illustrious career with the United Nations, is now a journalist based out of New Dehli and Bombay, an expert on Bollywood, and author of three non-fiction books published by Penguin. I edited Patel’s best-selling debut novel, Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers, published by Pan Macmillan. Read more. . .


SCOTT WILBANKS, represented by Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, is the author of the debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, published by Sourcebooks in August, 2015. I'm working with Wilbanks on his sophomore novel, Easy Pickens, the story of the world’s only medically-diagnosed case of chronic naiveté. Read more. . .


SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .


M. TERRY GREEN enjoys a successful self-publishing career with her three sci-fi/fantasy series based on her dual careers in anthropology and technology. I worked with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .


DARREN D. BEYER is an ex-NASA experiment engineer who worked on every Space Shuttle orbiter but Challenger. In Casimir Bridge, the first novel of his debut sci-fi series, Beyer uses every bit of his scientific expertise to create a galaxy in which "space bridges" allow interstellar travel based upon the latest in real theoretical physics. Read more. . .


ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .


STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .


GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans' fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .


JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .


LISA MERCADO-FERNANDEZ writes literary novels of love, loss, and friendship set in the small coastal towns of New England. I edited Mercado-Fernandez' debut novel The Shoebox and second novel The Eighth Summer. Read more. . .


JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff's abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .


LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star, which agents had told him to throw away. Read more. . .


In addition, I work with scores of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this wonderful literary art and craft.

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