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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 FICTION:
    A PRACTITIONER’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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    File Size: 465 KB
    Print Length: 376 pages
    Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984542701
    Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    Publisher: La Favorita Press (November 28, 2010)
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    Language: English
    ASIN: B0054E2KB4
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled



    art and craft of story.200 x 300
    THE ART & CRAFT OF STORY:
    2nd PRACTITIONER’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 Story: 2nd Practitioner’s Manual

    File Size: 468 KB
    Print Length: 316 pages
    Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    Publisher: La Favorita Press (September 29, 2011)
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    Language: English
    ASIN: B005R3CX8M
    Text-to-Speech: Enabled


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    “The freshest and
    most relevant advice
    you’ll find.”

    —Helen Gallagher,
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The Art & Craft of Fiction
    The Art & Craft of Story


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Authors


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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


TERISA GREEN, represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, is widely considered the foremost American authority on tattooing through her tattoo books published by Simon & Schuster, which have sold over 45,000 copies. Under the name M. TERRY GREEN, she writes her techno-shaman sci-fi/fantasy series. I worked with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. 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. . .


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, forthcoming from 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. . .


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 her up-coming The Eighth Summer. 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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


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

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