Elements of Fiction Writing – Beginnings, Middles & Ends

Elements of Fiction Writing – Beginnings, Middles & Ends

Get Your Readers’ Attention — And Keep It — From the First World to the Final Page

Translating that initial flash of inspiration into a complete story requires careful crafting. So how do you keep your story from beginning slowly, floundering midway, and trailing off at the end? Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story?essential lessons for strong start-to-finish storytelling.

  • Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs.
  • Make and keep your story?s implicit promise to the reader.
  • Build drama and credibility by controlling your prose.
  • Consider the price a writer pays for flashbacks.
  • Reveal character effectively throughout your story.

Get the tools you need to get your story off to an engaging start, keep the middle tight and compelling, and make your conclusion high impact. You?ll also find dozens of exercises to help strengthen your short story or novel. Let this resource be your guide to successful stories—from the first word to the last.

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One Response to Elements of Fiction Writing – Beginnings, Middles & Ends

  1. Cikizwa says:

    I like your plot synopsis. They are just the right letgnh. I like to know what the book is about first. If I don’t like what the book is about I don’t really care what you thought of it and skip over that review. If I already know what the book is about my eyes skip the synopsis and get to the part about what you thought. Easy enough to do. But if you just gave your thoughts and didn’t tell me what the book was about I’d have no clue whether I’d want to read it or not. One thing I do not like is copying publisher’s synopsis. I like the synopsis to be in your own words as each individual will concentrate on something different when describing the plot. Some publisher’s descriptions are highly misleading anyway and I like to point that out in my own synopsis.