Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint

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Author: Nancy Kress

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Create Complex Characters How do you create a main character readers won't forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character's past into a story? Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of these questions and more! This accessible book is filled with interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to: Choose and execute the best point of view for your story Create three-dimensional and believable characters Develop your characters' emotions Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story With dozens of excerpts from some of today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint provides you with the techniques you need to create characters and stories sure to linger in the hearts and minds of agents, editors, and readers long after they've finished your book.

Write Great Fiction - Dialogue

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Author: Gloria Kempton

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 3811

Craft Compelling Dialogue When should your character talk, what should (or shouldn't) he say, and when should he say it? How do you know when dialogue--or the lack thereof--is dragging down your scene? How do you fix a character who speaks without the laconic wit of the Terminator? Write Great Fiction: Dialogue by successful author and instructor Gloria Kempton has the answers to all of these questions and more! It's packed with innovative exercises and instruction designed to teach you how to: Create dialogue that drives the story Weave dialogue with narrative and action Write dialogue that fits specific genres Avoid the common pitfalls of writing dialogue Make dialogue unique for each character Along with dozens of dialogue excerpts from today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Dialogue gives you the edge you need to make your story stand out from the rest.

The Write Great Fiction Collection Bundle

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Author: James Scott Bell,Nancy Kress,Gloria Kempton

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599631868

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1216

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SPECIAL SHRINKWRAPPED BUNDLE! The tools you need to take your fiction to the next level are all right here with the Writer's Digest Write Great Fiction Collection. From creating irresistible plots and rich characters, to crafting engaging dialogue and authentic settings, to techniques to help you polish your manuscript off before submitting it for publication, you'll have your bases covered with this series of five books each devoted to a specific aspect of the craft of fiction writing. Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell shows you how to develop a believable and engaging plot that keeps readers enchanted from beginning to end. Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress delivers proven methods for creating characters readers will believe in with scenes that deliver emotional impact. Dialogue by Gloria Kempton offers advice on writing dialogue that sizzles regardless of genre, ways to fix common problems and more. Description & Setting by Ron Rozelle helps you master the important, but often-overlooked subject of your story's setting and how it's described. Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell gives you tips on how to successfully develop first drafts into a final draft as well as techniques that improve your chance of publication. Take your work from good to great with the Write Great Fiction Collection!

Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint

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Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898799279

Category: Reference

Page: 182

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Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made. &break;&break;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 memory, your imagination and your soul. &break;&break;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. &break;&break;You'll learn how to: &break; draw the characters from a variety of sources, including a story's basic idea, real life–even a character's social circumstances&break; make characters show who they are by the things they do and say, and by their individual "style"&break; develop characters readers will love–or love to hate&break; distinguish among major characters, minor characters and walk-ons, and develop each one appropriately&break; choose the most effective viewpoint to reveal the characters and move the storytelling&break; decide how deeply you should explore your characters' thoughts, emotions and attitudes

Dynamic Characters

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Author: Nancy Kress

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973197

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 2432

A truly unforgettable story is defined by its characters. Their motivations, their changes, their actions compel us to read on, anxiously trying to discern what will happen next. In Dynamic Characters, award-winning author and Writer's Digest columnist Nancy Kress explores the fundamental relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story. Kress balances her writing instruction with hands-on checklists to help you build strong characters from the outside in. Blending physical, emotional and mental characterization, you'll learn to create characters that initiate exciting action, react to tense situations, make physical and emotional transformations, and power the plot from beginning to end.

Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing

A Novelist Looks at His Craft

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Author: David Morrell

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582972701

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 243

View: 8860

The best-selling novelist provides an insider's glimpse of the art of writing that traces the diverse steps in the process of creating a novel or story, from initial idea, through the research process, to the finished product, and offers helpful advice on how to get published, the business of writing, and more. Original. 10,000 first printing.

On Writing

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Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 8580

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Crafting Novels & Short Stories

The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction

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Author: Editors of Writer's Digest

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635712

Category: Reference

Page: 368

View: 3602

Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft: Define and refine your characters. Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. Hone your story's point of view. Create a rich setting and backstory. Craft dialogue that rings true. Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story. Revise your story to perfection. Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career. Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.

Write a novel in 10 minutes a day

Acquire the habit of writing fiction every day

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Author: Katharine Grubb

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 1473600537

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 1849

LEARN HOW TO WRITE FICTION BY WRITING EVERY DAY Would you like to write but have no spare time? Do you not know where to begin? Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a day. Starting with a daily practical exercise, it will help you manage your writing schedule within this time frame and help you bring your novel to life. You will be able to clarify your vision and review your time commitments, as well as understand your own abilities. Learning to observe the world around you, write quickly and tap into your unique voice will help you to create all the elements of your story and, by the time you've finished all the exercises, you'll have created something beautiful. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Dare to be a Great Writer

329 Keys to Powerful Fiction

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Author: Leonard Bishop

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898794649

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 319

View: 2898

Outlines techniques for aspiring novelists to improve writing skills through the development of scene, plot, character, conflict, relationships, perception, dialogue, and overall structure

Creating Character Emotions

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Author: Ann Hood

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: 9781884910333

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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In this unique book, Ann Hood will help you find fresh, creative images, words and gestures to evoke feelings in your fiction. In 36 "mini-lessons," Hood sheds new light on love, hate, fear, grief, guilt, hope, jealousy and other major emotions. Each lesson offers instruction on rendering that particular sentiment; "good" and "bad" examples illustrating how writers have succeeded and where others have gone wrong; and imaginative exercises for putting the feeling into words.

Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy

A 60-Minute Masterclass

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Author: Liesel Schwarz

Publisher: Guardian Books

ISBN: 1783560460

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 50

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Science fiction and fantasy – or speculative fiction – is the literary success story of the 21st century. The genre has never been so popular and the worlds of film and TV are dominated by adaptations of SF masterworks, from the epic fantasy ‘Game Of Thrones’ through to the dramatic dystopia of ‘The Hunger Games’. ‘Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy’ by award-winning steampunk novelist Liesel Schwarz, is a masterclass on the vital components of writing great speculative fiction. From building credible worlds and engaging characters to devising compelling plots, it will give you the confidence to unleash your stories. With additional, practical advice on how to pitch and present to agents, publishers and readers, it will lead you into the limitless world of SFF. All in an hour. ‘Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy’ covers: + Research: The devil lies in the details + World building + The ingredients of SFF: plot, character and narrative + Manuscript wrangling for beginners + Publication pitfalls + The writer’s life 60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.

Write Great Fiction - Description & Setting

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Author: Ron Rozelle

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 5755

Build a Believable World How essential is setting to a story? How much description is too much? In what ways do details and setting tie into plot and character development? How can you use setting and description to add depth to your story? You can find all the answers you need in Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting by author and instructor Ron Rozelle. This nuts-and-bolts guide - complete with practical exercises at the end of each chapter - gives you all the tips and techniques you need to: Establish a realistic sense of time and place Use description and setting to drive your story Craft effective description and setting for different genres Skillfully master showing vs. telling With dozens of excerpts from some of today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting gives you all the information you need to create a sharp and believable world of people, places, events, and actions.

Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes

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Author: Raymond Obstfeld

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9780898799736

Category: Reference

Page: 208

View: 9759

Writing page-turning fiction depends on your ability to create rock-solid, believable scenes. Scenes act as dynamic structures that thrust both your characters and readers forward through conflict, baiting them with goals that may–&break;In Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes, Raymond Obstfeld leads you through the creation process, examining all the elements that go into making scenes successful, cohesive and compelling. Tackling topics like finding a scene's "hot spot," identifying its dominating purpose and avoiding a cliched ending, Obstfeld provides essential reading for novice and novelist alike. Using examples from film, short stories, and best-selling fiction, he documents why and how scenes work. You'll learn: &break;&break; what is (and isn't) a scene&break; how to make scenes memorable&break; how to use point of view&break; how to focus on character, plot and theme&break; how to make scenes pay off&break; how to structure a scene&break; how to use setting&break; how to revise a scene&break; the importance of first impressions &break;&break;Every page of Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes opens a new window of opportunity for writers by offering valuable insight, articulate advice and expert examples. It's a reference, a road map and a romp, all rolled into one. So go on–make a scene. And make it unforgettable.

Gotham Writers' Workshop: Writing Fiction

The Practical Guide From New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School

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Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781596917910

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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Gotham Writers' Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book. Here you'll find: - The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely - Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction - The complete text of "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book - Exercises that let you immediately apply what you learn to your own writing Written by Gotham Writers' Workshop expert instructors and edited by Dean of Faculty Alexander Steele, Writing Fiction offers the same methods and exercises that have earned the school international acclaim. Once you've read-and written-your way through this book, you'll have a command of craft that will enable you to turn your ideas into effective short stories and novels. You will be a writer.

Everyday Use

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Author: Alice Walker,Barbara Christian

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813520766

Category: Fiction

Page: 229

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The pioneering anthology Home Girls features writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. Since its initial publication in 1983, it has become an essential text on Black women's lives and writings. This edition features an updated list of contributor biographies and an all-new preface that provides a fresh assessment of how Black women's lives have changed-or not-since the book was first published. Contributors are Tania Abdulahad, Donna Allegra, Barbara A. Banks, Becky Birtha, Julie Carter, Cenen, Cheryl Clarke, Michelle Cliff, Michelle T. Clinton, Willie M. Coleman, Toi Derricotte, Alexis De Veaux, Jewelle L. Gomez, Akasha (Gloria) Hull, Patricia Jones, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Raymina Y. Mays, Deidre McCalla, Chirlane McCray, Pat Parker, Linda C. Powell, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Spring Redd, Gwendolyn Rogers, Kate Rushin, Ann Allen Shockley, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Shirley O. Steele, Luisah Teish, Jameelah Waheed, Alice Walker, and Renita Weems.

His Illegal Self

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Author: Peter Carey

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307268543

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Seven-year-old Che Selkirk was raised in isolated privilege by his New York grandmother. The son of radical student activists at Harvard in the late sixties, Che has grown up with the hope that one day his parents will come back for him. So when a woman arrives at his front door and whisks him away to the jungles of Queensland, he is confronted with the most important questions of his life: Who is his real mother? Did he know his real father? And if all he suspects is true, what should he do? In this artful tale of a young boy's journey, His Illegal Self lifts your spirit in the most unexpected way. From the Trade Paperback edition.

What Do You Stand For? For Kids

A Guide to Building Character

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Author: Barbara A. Lewis

Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing

ISBN: 1575427478

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 7904

Even elementary school children can build positive character traits like caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The true stories, inspiring quotations, thought-provoking dilemmas, and activities in this book help kids grow into capable, moral teens and adults. Previously titled Being Your Best, this award-winning book has a fresh new cover and updated resources.

Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles & Ends

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Author: Nancy Kress

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599632193

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

View: 8160

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.