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Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene and Structure : Elements of Fiction Writing - JACK BICKHAM

Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene and Structure

Elements of Fiction Writing

Paperback Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780898799064
Number Of Pages: 168

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Craft your fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability.

An imprisoned man receives an unexpected caller, after which "everything changed..."

And the reader is hooked. But whether or not readers will stay on for the entire wild ride will depend on how well the writer structures the story, scene by scene.

This book is your game plan for success. Using dozens of examples from his own work - including Dropshot, Tiebreaker and other popular novels - Jack M. Bickham will guide you in building a sturdy framework for your novel, whatever its form or length. You'll learn how to:

  • "worry" your readers into following your story to the end

  • prolong your main character's struggle while moving the story ahead

  • juggle cause and effect to serve your story action

As you work on crafting compelling scenes that move the reader, moment by moment, toward the story's resolution, you'll see why...

  • believable fiction must make more sense than real life

  • every scene should end in disaster

  • some scenes should be condensed, and others built big

Whatever your story, this book can help you arrive at a happy ending in the company of satisfied readers.

The Structure of Modern Fictionp. 1
Strategy: How to Start Your Story and How to End Itp. 5
Structure in Microcosm: Cause and Effectp. 12
Structure in Larger Elements: The Scenep. 23
Structure in Macrocosm: Scenes with Resultsp. 31
Planning and Revising Scenes for Maximum Effectp. 41
Linking Your Scenes: The Structure of Sequelp. 50
Scene-Sequel Tricks to Control Pacep. 63
Variations in the Internal Structure of Scene and Sequelp. 72
Common Errors in Scenes and How to Fix Themp. 83
Plotting with Scene and Sequelp. 92
Specialized Scene Techniquesp. 105
The Structure of Chaptersp. 116
The Scenic Master Plot and How to Write Onep. 120
Appendicesp. 131
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ISBN: 9780898799064
ISBN-10: 0898799066
Series: Elements of Fiction Writing
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: New edition