“The locale of your story is the picture frame within which you weave the action.” —William Noble


William Noble



Show Dont TellShow, Don’t Tell: A Writer’s Guide illustrates how to use similes and metaphors, a focused point of view, steady pacing, increasing tension, and an appeal to the senses to create solid dramatic impact.Make That SceneMake That Scene: Setting Mood and Atmosphere gives you plenty of examples of great writing and demonstrates the influence mood, setting, and atmosphere have on your characters.

"Shut Up!" He Explained“Shut Up!” He Explained: A Writer’s Guide to the Use and Misuse of Dialoguewill teach you how to write dialogue that sounds right and contributes to the telling of the story; when to use narrative instead of dialogue; how to write in dialect; and how to deal with interior monologue (your character’s thoughts). It even covers the misuse of dialogue from the legal viewpoint, exploring libel and right-to-privacy.

Steal This PlotSteal This Plot: A Writer’s Guide to Story Structure and Plagiarism is about the craft of writing and telling a tale. It is about how to use other people’s stories, and what we are allowed to do with them. The plot is the story within the story that propels the action and develops the tale. In Hamlet, for instance, the story deals with who will be the rightful king of Denmark, but the plot is concerned with revenge and ambition.

Three Rules for Writing a NovelThree Rules for Writing a Novel: Guide to Story Development guides you through the art and craft of writing your novel by asking three questions: What’s happening? Where am I? Who am I? The answers are provided with anecdotes and examples that show how to add motivation to your story, establish a sense of place, create tension, develop characters, use dialogue, and more.

Writing Dramatic NonfictionWriting Dramatic Nonfiction reveals how to write factual information in a manner that makes it as gripping as fiction. Learn to create nonfiction works that rise to the level of great literature without sacrificing credibility. Dramatic techniques such as flashbacks, foreshadowing, building tension and suspense, character development, and scene intercuts are described in plain words along with instruction on how you can use such devices in your own writing.

William NobleWilliam Noble has authored or co-authored more than 20 nonfiction books, writing about stepfamily relationships, the need for inner privacy, psychiatry’s alarming power over our lives, the art of writing, the art of classical ballet, censorship, the Watergate affair and life in the Aztec Empire. Many were chosen as book club selections by Book-of-the Month Club, Writers Digest Book Club and/​or Dance Book Club.His short work, both nonfiction and fiction, has appeared in more than one hundred magazines and newspapers. A representative list includes: Yankee Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Salon.com, Adirondack Life Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, Baltimore Sun, Garden State Golf Magazine, Northeast Golf Magazine, World War II Magazine, Vermont Ski News. He’s been a contributing editor for six regional golf magazines of Divot Communications, and in 2008 he was Editor-in-Chief of New York Golf Magazine, Garden State Golf Magazine and Pennsylvania Golf Magazine.

First and foremost a writer, his career took turns as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for more than three years and seven years as a practicing attorney and member of the Pennsylvania bar before he made writing and teaching a full-time pursuit.

Since 1985, he’s taught Creative Writing at Community College of Vermont, both on campus and online. In 2002, he began teaching Creative Writing, as an adjunct, at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ.

Noble appears as lecturer and workshop presenter at numerous writer’s conferences and festivals from coast to coast and has also appeared on more than 40 television shows, including the Today! Show.