Elements of Fiction Writing Conflict and Suspense

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-conflict-and-suspense.
  • ISBN: 9781599632735
  • Release Date: 2012-01-12
  • Number of pages: 265
  • Author: James Scott Bell
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Describes how to create a more creative fictional story by adding conflict and suspense into the characters, settings, plot, and dialogue.

Elements of Fiction Writing Conflict Action Suspense

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-conflict-action-suspense.
  • ISBN: 0898799074
  • Release Date: 1999-03-15
  • Number of pages: 185
  • Author: William Noble
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Covers openings, setting, transition, dialogue, mood, character development, point of view, misdirection, time, pacing, and endings

Elements of Fiction Writing Characters Viewpoint

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-characters-viewpoint.
  • ISBN: 1599632691
  • Release Date: 2010-12-22
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Orson Scott Card
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options—the choices you'll make in creating fictional people so "real" that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families. You'll learn how to: Draw characters from a variety of sources Make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style" Develop characters readers will love—or love to hate Distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each appropriately Choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling Decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions, and attitudes

Elements of Fiction Writing Scene Structure

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-scene-structure.
  • ISBN: 0898799066
  • Release Date: 1999-03-15
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Author: Jack Bickham
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Offers advice to writers on constructing fiction that flows from one scene to the next with logic, discussing how to revise scenes for maximum effect and how to fix common errors

Elements of Fiction Writing Plot

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-plot.
  • ISBN: 9781599635101
  • Release Date: 1999-07-15
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Ansen Dibell
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



"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.

Between the Lines

  • Filename: between-the-lines.
  • ISBN: 158297392X
  • Release Date: 2006-04-25
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Jessica Morrell
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Comprehensive, never-before-seen instruction on the subtle elements of creative writing for multiple genres features step-by-step guidelines for the most difficult elements of fiction, from transitions and prologues to subtext, revelations, misdirection, and balance. Original.

Elements of Fiction Writing Beginnings Middles Ends

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-beginnings-middles-ends.
  • ISBN: 0898799058
  • Release Date: 1999-03-15
  • Number of pages: 149
  • Author: Nancy Kress
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Reveals methods for creating a compelling story from beginning to end, discussing solutions for potential problems at each stage of the creative process

Elements of Fiction Writing Description

  • Filename: elements-of-fiction-writing-description.
  • ISBN: 0898799082
  • Release Date: 1999-07-15
  • Number of pages: 171
  • Author: Monica Wood
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Make your descriptions fresh and they'll move your story forward, imbue your work with atmosphere, create that tang of feeling that editors cry for and readers crave.

Guide to Fiction Writing

  • Filename: guide-to-fiction-writing.
  • ISBN: 0871161575
  • Release Date: 1988
  • Number of pages: 141
  • Author: Phyllis A. Whitney
  • Publisher: Writer



Part I covers methods and processes for planning and plotting a novel. Part II covers the techniques the fiction writer must master.

Revision and Self Editing for Publication

  • Filename: revision-and-self-editing-for-publication.
  • ISBN: 9781599637105
  • Release Date: 2012-12-10
  • Number of pages: 282
  • Author: James Scott Bell
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Take your first draft from so-so to sold! You've finished the first draft of your novel--congratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and editors will fight for. Inside you'll find: Self-editing techniques for plot, structure, character, theme, voice, and more that can be applied as you're writing to reduce your revision workload. Methods for fine-tuning your first draft into a tight, well-developed piece of literature. The Ultimate Revision Checklist, which seamlessly guides you through the revision process, step by step. New Chapter! Exercises and techniques for "deepening" your work to engage and excite readers like never before. Whether you're writing a novel currently or have finished the first draft, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition will give you the guidance you need to revise your manuscript into a novel ready to be sold.

How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy

  • Filename: how-to-write-science-fiction-fantasy.
  • ISBN: 158297103X
  • Release Date: 2001-09-15
  • Number of pages: 140
  • Author: Orson Scott Card
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Offers tips and advice on writing science fiction, discussing the rules of fiction, and how to structure a successful story.

Story Trumps Structure

  • Filename: story-trumps-structure.
  • ISBN: 9781599636559
  • Release Date: 2014-04-29
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Steven James
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



Don't limit your fiction - LIBERATE IT All too often, following the "rules" of writing can constrict rather than inspire you. With Story Trumps Structure, you can shed those rules - about three-act structure, rising action, outlining, and more - to craft your most powerful, emotional, and gripping stories. Award-winning novelist Steven James explains how to trust the narrative process to make your story believable, compelling, and engaging, and debunks the common myths that hold writers back from creating their best work. Ditch your outline and learn to write organically. Set up promises for readers - and deliver on them. Discover how to craft a satisfying climax. Master the subtleties of characterization. Add mind-blowing twists to your fiction. When you focus on what lies at the heart of story - tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery - rather than plot templates and formulas, you'll begin to break out of the box and write fiction that resonates with your readers. Story Trumps Structure will transform the way you think about stories and the way you write them, forever.

Fiction The Art and the Craft

  • Filename: fiction-the-art-and-the-craft.
  • ISBN: 9781782794349
  • Release Date: 2014-09-26
  • Number of pages: 206
  • Author: Colin Bulman
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing



Fiction - The Art and the Craft is a highly practical exposition of all the major elements of fiction - such as plot, conflict, suspense, the hook, inference, character and dialogue - and how these elements are combined to make a compelling story. Using examples from well-known works of literature and incorporating exercises, research suggestions and activities, this informative, interesting and accessible book is a must-read for any author.

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue

  • Filename: how-to-write-dazzling-dialogue.
  • ISBN: 0910355142
  • Release Date: 2014-07-14
  • Number of pages: 135
  • Author: James Scott Bell
  • Publisher:



There is one sure-fire way of improving your novel "fast." . . You may know the fundamentals of how to write fiction. You may be more than competent in plot, structure and characters. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story down. On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it "immediately" grabs the reader. And if that reader is an agent or editor, sharp dialogue will give them instant assurance that you know what you're doing as a writer. Writing a bestseller or hot screenplay is no easy task, but dazzling dialogue is an absolute essential if you want to get there. The best part is, the skills of the dialogue craft are easy to understand and put into practice. #1 bestselling writing coach James Scott Bell has put together and expanded upon the dialogue lectures from his popular writing seminars. In "How to Write Dazzling Dialogue" you'll learn: What fictional dialogue is ... and isn't The 11 secrets of crafting memorable dialogue The 5 essential tasks of dialogue 5 ways to improve your dialogue ear 4 can't-miss methods to increase conflict and tension in any dialogue exchange The top 10 dialogue issues, and how to resolve them You'll also see dazzling dialogue in action with examples from hit novels and screenplays. Don't sabotage your chances of selling your work to readers or publishers because the dialogue is unexceptional. Dazzle them with what the characters say. "How to Write Dazzling Dialogue" will give you the tools to do it.

Write Your Novel from the Middle

  • Filename: write-your-novel-from-the-middle.
  • ISBN: 0910355118
  • Release Date: 2014-03-15
  • Number of pages: 92
  • Author: James Scott Bell
  • Publisher: Compendium Press



A powerful secret and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction! What's the best way to write a "next level" novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan. They are called "pantsers," because they write by the "seat of the pants." Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they start. These are the "plotters." The two sides never seem to agree with each other on the best approach. But what if it's not the beginning or the end that is the key to a successful book? What if, amazing as it may seem, the place to begin writing your novel is in the very middle of the story? According to #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell, that's exactly where you'll find your story's heart and heat. Bell's "Mirror Moment" is the secret, and its power is available to any writer, at any stage of the writing process. Bringing together years of craft study and personal discovery, Bell presents a truly unique approach to writing a novel, one that will stand the test of time and serve you all your writing life. "I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft!"- Kami Garcia, #1 NYT Times & International Bestselling author

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