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The Story Cure

  • Paperback $14.99

    May 02, 2017 | 192 Pages

  • Ebook $10.99

    May 02, 2017 | 192 Pages

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“Professor and veteran writer Moore delivers a clear, compact writing guide. . . . few guides are as tight, thorough, and engaging as this one. . . . In a field littered with gimmicky advice, this strong, lean title stands out.”

“. . . a handbook for writers who have encountered artistic ailments such as writer’s block, character anemia, flat plot, and silent voice. Moore’s signature wit and wisdom are once again on display in this useful guide for writers of all levels of experience.”
— Poets & Writers

Praise for Dinty W. Moore’s Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy:

“. ­. . a guide to writing essays that is both brilliantly instructive and wonderfully entertaining. ­. . . Highly recommended for writers and anyone who loves to laugh out loud while they read.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] witty and disarming new book. . . . he sneaks in answers so we are left with a touch of wisdom as well as laughter.”

“Moore at his best. It’s witty but also substantial, and the conversations between Moore and his interlocutors get to the heart of what makes the essay such a compelling form: its capacity to render, on the page, the human experience.”
— The Rumpus

“. . . the book as a whole will leave you feeling educated, amused, and perhaps even inspired.”
— The A.V. Club

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy is an enjoyable read . . . Its witty, modest tone belies the artistry of the essays contained, which are exemplars of the short form.” 
— Shelf Awareness 

Table Of Contents


Introduction: Notes from a Book Doctor 1


1 | The Story Cure: Diagnosing Problems of the Heart 7
2 | Your First Breath: Where Story Begins 31
3 | Prescriptions for Healthy Prose: Character, Dialogue, and Setting 57
4 | The Lifeblood Test: Scene and Sensory Detail 79
5 | A Visit with the Throat and Eye Doctors: Voice and Point of View 97
6 | The Strong Skeleton: Plot and Structure 125


7 | Keeping Fit: Moving from First Draft to Fifteenth Draft 143
8 | An Apple a Day: Healthy Habits for Any Writer 151
9 | The Book Doctor’s Final Illegible Scribbles 159

Notes 163

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