“There are ways to create, fix, steer and discover plots – ways which, over a writing life, you’d eventually puzzle out for yourself,” writes Ansen Dibell. “They aren’t laws. They’re an array of choices, things to try, once you’ve put a name to the particular problem you’re facing now.”
That’s what this book is about: identifying those choices (whose viewpoint? stop and explain now, or wait? how can this lead to that?), then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move.
Inside you’ll discover how to:
- test a story idea (using four simple questions) to see if it works
- convince your reader that not only is something happening, but that something’s going to happen and it all matters intensely
- handle viewpoint shifts, flashbacks, and other radical jumps in your storyline weave plots with subplots
- get ready for and write your Big Scenes
- balance scene and summary narration to produce good pacing
- handle the extremes of melodrama by “faking out” your readers – making them watch your right hand while your left hand is doing something sneaky
- form subtle patterns with mirror characters and echoing incidents
- choose the best type of ending – linear or circular, happy or downbeat, or (with caution!) a trick ending
Whether your fiction is short or long, subtle or direct, you’ll learn to build strong plots that drive compelling, unforgettable stories your readers will love.
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Have your characters gone on strike? Find yourself explaining your story instead of telling it? Do your scenes race by so quickly you put only the barest hint of what you want on the page? Not sure what a scene really is?
Pro novelist Holly Lisle teaches the simple, fun, effective techniques she’s used to plot her 30+ published novels (and counting). Learn the five types of conflict that keep readers hooked, the two elements EVERY scene must have, know when scenes are going to be good (or bad) BEFORE you write them, discover how to misdirect most of your readers most of the time, and much more.
Holly Lisle’s How To Write Page-Turning Scenes is a funny, relaxed, and comprehensive start-to-finish course with a step-by-step process that includes worksheets, examples, and how-to advice for writers of every genre, and for every experience level—from absolute beginner needing basics, to the published pro looking to notch up suspense and bring in new readers while thrilling existing ones.
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Essential Tools, Tips, Checklists & Tests To Help You Make A Fulltime Income As A Non-Fiction AuthorThe publishing game is changing. The playing field has been flattened. There has never been a better time to be a non-fiction author . . . if you know the
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Beginning drawing and writing lessons for children ages five to ten. The Boxed Set includes Books 1 through 8 of the Draw Write Now series. The books are simple enough for a young child to do independently, but a teacher or parent may present the lessons. Each drawing lesson includes a colorful picture and step-by-step instructions, while the writing lesson includes four simple handwritten sentences. The teacher or parent may introduce letter formation, have the children copy the sentences for handwriting practice, or use the lessons as a springboard for creative writing or report writing. Developed by an elementary school teacher and co-authored by her daughter.
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Fully updated to include the latest information on crossover fiction and new electronic equipment, this guide is designed for writers of any children’s literature—be it fiction or non-fiction, this popular and successful title has been fully updated and expanded to include the latest developments in the field of children’s publishing. You will understand the implications of television and film projects, learn new ways of producing your work, the latest technologies and even how to self-publish, guided by two authors who are highly experienced with the genre.
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