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Writing the Breakout Novel - Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel

By: Donald Maass, Anne Perry (Foreword by)

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Using real-life case studies, the author shows novelists how to create a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place, develop larger-than-life characters, sustain a high degree of narrative tension, and explore universal themes that will interest a large audience of readers.

Forewordp. 1
Introductionp. 5
You Have the Power to Break Out
How to Use This Book
Why Write the Breakout Novel?p. 15
The Truth About Book Publishing
The Truth About Authors
The Myths of Success
The E-Revolution
Where to Go From Here
Premisep. 33
The Stories That You Love
Four Facets of Three Great Novels
The Little Components of Big Ideas
Build It and the Breakout Premise Will Come
Brainstorming the Breakout Premise
Stakesp. 59
Creating High Human Worth
Public Stakes
Personal Stakes
Escalating Stakes
Your Own Stakes
Time and Placep. 81
The Psychology of Place
Keeping Up With the Times
Working With Historical Forces and Social Trends
God at Work in the World
The Secret Ingredient
Charactersp. 103
Real People vs. Larger-Than-Life Figures
What Makes a Character Larger-Than-Life?
Dark Protagonists
The Highest Character Qualities
Building a Cast
Advanced Character Relationships
Sidekics and Narrators
Depth and Differentiation of Character
Plotp. 133
Conflict
The Five Basic Plot Elements
Bridging Conflict
What is the Worst That Can Happen?
High Moments, Turning Corners, Killing Characters
Structuring Plot
Larger Plot Structures
Contemporary Plot Techniquesp. 163
The New Shape of the Novel
The Character-Driven Story
Self-Discovery in the Plot-Driven Novel
Nonlinear Narrative
Tension on Every Page
Multiple Viewpoints, Subplots, Pace, Voice, Endingsp. 181
Multiple Points of View
Successful Subplots
Narrative Pace
Voice
Endings
Advanced Plot Structuresp. 199
Families, Groups, Generations
Thrillers
Crossover Fiction
Whole Life
Historicals
Out-of-Category Romance
Linked Short Stories
Inventing Your Own Advanced Plot Structure
Themep. 229
Having Something to Say
Step-by-Step Theme Building
Symbols
Becoming Passionate
Right and Wrong in the Novel
The Protagonist's Declaration of Purpose
What Makes a Theme Universal?
Discovering Theme
Breaking Outp. 247
Agent and Editor
The Pitch
Outlines
Breakout Publishing, Breakout Living
Success, Sequels, Series and Beyond
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9781582971827
ISBN-10: 158297182X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: August 2002
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.42