Writing the Heart of Your Story by C. S. Lakin

A Writing craft book designed to help novelists get to the heart of their story

Writing the heart of your story

Learn the secret of how to write the heart of your story! This writing skills book, full of fiction writing technique, is like no other. 

Some novelists write with the goal of becoming a best seller, hoping for wealth and fame. Some just want to write novels that earn them a steady income so they can feed their families and pay their bills. Some write to express their creativity and don’t care if anyone ever reads their books. 

Then there are the other writers. They want to write an unforgettable novel—the kind of book that gets called a classic, that endures the ravages of time, that stays long in readers’ hearts and changes their lives. 

These writers want to know the secret of how to reach the heart of their readers. 

If you are one of those writers, Writing the Heart of Your Story is the book you’ve been waiting for. 

Inside, you’ll learn:

Don’t just write a good novel. Write a great one—by mining the heart of your story! 


Secondary Genre: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing

Language: English


Word Count: 56,000

Sales info:

Writing the Heart of Your Story released in June 2014 and is consistently selling hundreds of copies a month, increasing monthly. It often ranks in the top ten for writing reference, writing skills, fiction writing books, and other related categories. It is one book in my new Writer's Toolbox series, with two books now out and two more to come in 2015. My award-winning blog and reputation in the US publishing industry as a novelist, writing coach, copyeditor, and workshop instructor help with the sales of my books. Followers of my blog, which provides writing instruction, are found in six continents around the world, and I believe there will be a great interest in other countries for this unique writing craft book, as people all over want to know how to write a great novel.

Sample text:

Chapter 1: Targeting the Heart

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”



What would you say is the difference between a good book and a great one? Between a forgettable novel and a classic that lingers long in your memory, maybe even for years? Between a book with a title and plot you’ve forgotten mere days after you read it and one with lines that haunt you for years, and characters that seem so real you find yourself thinking about them over a lifetime and wondering what they would say or do in a given situation? Some good books provide an entertaining read, much like a good meal will satisfy. But then there are those other books.

You know the ones I mean. Those are the ones you hope you’ll find as you look for something significant to read, the ones you earnestly search for as if seeking a precious gem, with the desperate hopefulness of a miner panning for gold, day in and out, waiting for the big strike. For when we find that rare book, we drink it in, the way a wanderer long lost in the desert falls upon an oasis full of cool, refreshing life-giving water. A book with that kind of magic—that resonates with our heart and somehow fulfils a need in our soul—that is the mother lode. Books like that are more than just a good, or even great, read. They speak to us on some integral, deep level and nourish us. They speak to our heart.

If your greatest desire as a novelist is to reach and affect a reader’s heart in a significant way, to “strike home” with some theme, message, or emotional resonance, then the lessons and observations in this book can be your guide. 




Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Thomas Wiedemann
Already translated. Translated by Emiliana Erriquez
Author review:
Emiliana is a terrific translator, very conscientious and diligent. I am having her translate all my books into Italian.
Translation in progress. Translated by Magne Solheim
Already translated. Translated by Ana Claudia Antunes
Already translated. Translated by Nieves Cumbreras

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