Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Learn how to believably weave conflict and suspense into a story, how to pace your story and keep the pressure on throughout, and Conflict pulls readers into a story and suspense carries them along until its conclusion. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Elements of Fiction Writing. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.
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I just stole this from the book because I agree with it completely "Getting the words down is what makes a disciplined writer. Getting them down with the craft working for you is what makes a professional writer. I picked this book up on a whim. I just signed up for the day free trial of Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited, and I snagged a bunch of books that had been languishing on my wish list, and this was one of the ten that made it from my list to my Kindle. So, first of all, confession time. I added the book to my wish list based on the cover and a misunderstanding of the title.
The cover shows a couple of chaps slashing at one another in a fencing display. The title also uses the word "conflict" and m I picked this book up on a whim.
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The title also uses the word "conflict" and my mind jumped to "how to write fight scenes". Stupid brain. This book has nothing to do with actual physical confrontation. It's about how to add conflict, drama, mystery and suspense in your writing through sentence structure, word choice, imaginative verbs, body language, appropriate use of cliff hangers, etc.
And it's not just a 35 page "wham bam thank you ma'am" sort of writing book. It's pages of detailed discussion on how to keep people turning the pages of your book. Many examples are utilized, and even though Mr. Bell has a tendency to reach for cinema examples along with many literary examples , I don't mind so much because he also discusses the decisions directors like Alfred Hitchcock made in designing scenes in their movies, how they turned the mundane into something different and exciting.
And before you turn away because you think this book is only useful for those writing thriller or horror novels, stop and reconsider. Conflict, tension, uncertainty That means you romance writers. You too chick lit, folks. What keeps us reading is wondering what is going to happen to the characters we've become invested in. You want to add interest to a boring scene where two friends meet for coffee? This book will explain what you're doing wrong and how to fix it.
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Turn that scene of boring, domestic, every day monotony into one that gets people's imaginations working. I was quite enamored of what I read, and bookmarked several sections to go back to and read as a reference or refresher. For once, I may actually enjoy reading my college textbook! Highly recommended. Mar 27, Vicki Hopkins rated it it was amazing. Fantastic book. I love writing conflict into my stories. Frankly, it's the spice that keeps them going like the Energizer Bunny. People accuse me of torturing my characters, and this books gives me affirmation I'm doing it right. James Scott Bell tells it like it is, with humor and great examples.
It's nice to know when I get to my cliffhanger in my current novel, it's okay to hang my antagonist over the edge and drag my reader with him. If you're a published author or aspiring writer, this is a Fantastic book. If you're a published author or aspiring writer, this is a wonderful reference. Frankly, it's the best of any how-to book I've purchased. Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. He writes for Writer's Digest magazine. Bell currently teaches fiction writing courses at Pepperdine University and is a regular on the conference circuit.
His website is www. He lives in West Hills, California. It's all here, in this handy guide to jumpstarting your novel. It doesn't matter if you've just started thinking about writing a novel or have done a dozen of them, getting started on a new project is always the hardest part. That's where this book saves the day. Inside, you'll discover all sorts of techniques and tips, including how to outline an entire novel in less than two hours.
That's less time that it takes to sit through a movie with previews , get across town in rush hour traffic, or vacuum your cat! What are you waiting for? If you can bake a cake, you can write a book. It's all in the directions, and Mark Teppo gives very good directions. So now is a good time to start that book you've always been meaning to write. Jumpstart your novel today! McNally has earned the right to dispense advice on this subject. He has published three novels, two collections of short fiction, and hundreds of individual stories and essays. He has edited six anthologies and worked with editors at university presses, commercial houses, and small presses.
But he has received far more rejections than acceptances, has endured years of underpaid adjunct work, and is presently hard at work on a novel for which he has no guarantee of publication. Accessing raw voice Listening to voices of childhood, public and private voices, and colloquial voices Working in first and third person: discovering a narrative persona Using voice to create characters Shaping one's voice into the form of a story Reigniting the energy of voice during revision.
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You'll learn how to:. In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.
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.
How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:. 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.
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