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Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook : Hands-on Help for Making Your Novel Stand Out and Succeed - Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

Hands-on Help for Making Your Novel Stand Out and Succeed

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Published: 1st June 2004
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Make Your Novel Stand Out from the Crowd! Noted literary agent and author Donald Maass has done it again! His previous book, Writing the Breakout Novel, offered novelists of all skill levels and genres insider advice on how to make their books rise above the competition and succeed in a crowded marketplace. Now, building on the success of its predecessor, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook calls that advice into action! This powerful book presents the patented techniques and writing exercises from Maass's popular writing workshops to offer novelists first-class instruction and practical guidance. You'll learn to develop and strengthen aspects of your prose with sections on: Building plot layers Creating inner conflict Strengthening voice and point of view Discovering and heightening larger-than-life character qualities Strengthening theme And much more! Maass also carefully dissects examples from real-life breakout novels so you'll lean how to read and analyze fiction like a writer. With authoritative instruction and hands-on workbook exercises, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook is one of the most accessible novel-writing guides available. Set your work-in progress apart from the competition and write your own breakout novel today!

Introductionp. 1
Character Development
From Protagonist to Herop. 8
Exercise: Adding Heroic Qualitiesp. 12
Multidimensional Charactersp. 14
Exercise: Opening Extra Character Dimensionsp. 18
Inner Conflictp. 19
Exercise: Creating Inner Conflictp. 24
Larger-Than-Life Character Qualitiesp. 25
Exercise: Creating Larger-Than-Life Qualitiesp. 31
Heightening Larger-Than-Life Qualitiesp. 33
Exercise: Adjusting the Volumep. 35
Character Turnabouts and Surprisesp. 36
Exercise: Reversing Motivesp. 38
Personal Stakesp. 40
Exercise: Defining Personal Stakesp. 48
Ultimate Stakesp. 50
Exercise: Capturing the Irrevocable Commitmentp. 54
Expositionp. 56
Exercise: Deepening Expositionp. 59
Creating Secondary Charactersp. 60
Exercise: Secondary Character Developmentp. 64
Antagonistsp. 66
Exercise: Developing the Antagonistp. 69
Exercise: The Antagonist's Outlinep. 71
Enriching Your Castp. 73
Exercise: Combining Rolesp. 76
Plot Development
Public Stakesp. 80
Exercise: Raising Public Stakesp. 86
Complicationsp. 88
Exercise: Making Complications Activep. 91
Plot Layersp. 93
Exercise: Building Plot Layersp. 97
Weaving a Storyp. 99
Exercise: Weaving Plot Layers Togetherp. 104
Subplotsp. 106
Exercise: Adding Subplotsp. 109
Turning Pointsp. 111
Exercise: Heightening Turning Pointsp. 115
The Inner Journeyp. 117
Exercise: Inner Turning Pointsp. 120
High Momentsp. 122
Exercise: Creating High Momentsp. 127
Bridging Conflictp. 129
Exercise: Developing Bridging Conflictp. 132
Low Tension Part I: The Problem With Teap. 134
Exercise: Brewing Tensionp. 139
Low Tension Part II: Burdensome Backstoryp. 141
Exercise: Delaying Backstoryp. 146
Low Tension Part III: Tension on Every Pagep. 148
Exercise: Adding Tension to Every Pagep. 152
General Story Techniques
First Lines/Last Linesp. 156
Exercise: Enhancing First and Last Linesp. 161
Moments in Timep. 163
Exercise: Freezing Moments in Timep. 168
Inner Changep. 170
Exercise: Measuring Inner Changep. 174
Settingp. 176
Exercise: The Psychology of Placep. 180
Point of Viewp. 182
Exercise: Strengthening Point of Viewp. 185
Character Delineationp. 187
Exercise: Improving Character Delineationp. 191
Themep. 193
Exercise: Alternate Endingsp. 200
Exercise: The Larger Problemp. 202
Exercise: Same Problem, Other Charactersp. 204
Exercise: Making the Antagonist's Casep. 206
Symbolsp. 208
Exercise: Creating Symbolsp. 211
Brainstormingp. 213
Exercise: Developing Brainstorming Skillsp. 217
The Pitchp. 218
Exercise: Constructing the Pitchp. 223
Appendixes
Outlining Your Novelp. 225
Follow-up Work Checklistp. 228
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9781582972633
ISBN-10: 158297263X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st June 2004
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.66