Elements of Fiction Writing Conflict and Suspense

Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last.

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599632759

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last. Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. • Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict. • Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict. • Build conflict into your story's point of view. • Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward. • Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue. • Amp up the suspense when you revise. Conflict & Suspense offers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.

Conflict Action and Suspense

Fiction writing guide to creating dramatic tension and suspense. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author: William Noble

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UOM:39015032909601

Category: Reference

Page: 185

View: 780


Fiction writing guide to creating dramatic tension and suspense. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Media Entertainment

Conflict. and. Suspense. in. Drama. Peter Vorderer Silvia Knobloch University of
Music and Theater, Hannover There can be no question that exposure to drama
plays an important role in media users' everyday entertainment. A large number ...

Author: Dolf Zillmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135667542

Category: Psychology

Page: 296

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This collection represents a systematic exploration of media entertainment from an academic perspective. Editors Zillmann and Vorderer have assembled scholars from psychology, sociology, and communication to provide a broad examination of the primary function of media entertainment--the attainment of gratification. Chapters included here address vital aspects of media entertainment and summarize pertinent findings, providing an overview of what is presently known about the appeal and function of the essential forms of media entertainment, and offering some degree of integration. Written in a clear, non-technical style, this volume provides a lively and entertaining study of media entertainment for academic study and coursework.

Acting for You

suspense . Both conflict and suspense take hold of your emotions and in the
theatre it is emotion of some sort ( and there are many sorts ) that is the chief
holder of attention . In your play you may express conflict between two different ...

Author: John Gunn

Publisher: john gunn

ISBN: 0977589935

Category: Drama

Page: 184

View: 664


Film and Suspense

Suspense 26 Tension and Action 26 Conflict, suspense, and action 27 Types of
conflict 3O Anticipation, suspense, and surprise 32 Suspense and absurdity 34
Typical suspense sequence 35 4. Examples of situations causing repressed guilt

Author: Altan Löker

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781412058407

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 131

View: 887


An important fact about films & stage plays is that the creation, & the creators, of the most successful of them are shrouded in mystery. This is true especially about Shakespeare, Hitchcock & other top filmmakers of Hollywood in general. This book unveils the secret of the success of the masters of drama, as summarized below. A “good film” is the one that gives to the spectator the impression of witnessing real events. Certain story events provide real pleasure to the spectator independently from the activities of the story characters & make him/her wish those events to be real. This process of wishing & enjoying the result & wishing it to be real, is the most solid basis of the illusion of reality but cannot satisfy all of his/her needs. It is relatively easy to please the spectator but difficult to make him experience fear. Story telling consists of pleasing & scaring the audience. The spectator can be rewarded by showing him/her what he/she likes to see & wishes to be real & therefore sees as real. But how he/she can be punished/made to fear real punishment? The answer is to induce free-floating anxiety in his/her mind. This response is a consequence of the spectator’s repressed guilt caused by the morally unacceptable but unavoidable side consequences of his/her acceptable wishes. In this book, the generation of free-floating anxiety is explained in detail, & it is shown that Shakespeare knew about this phenomenon in some form and made it the basis of his dramatic technique. Hitchcock learned its theory from Freud & its use in drama from Shakespeare. Hitchcock’s Psycho and The Birds are analyzed in full, partially shot by shot, & Shakespeare’s Hamlet, King Lear, and Othello are analyzed also in full, partially line by line. The nature of suspense & how it is generated are explained & its relation to conflict, guilt, free-floating anxiety, hopes & fears, action, & the illusion of reality are clarified & exemplified.

The Writer s Guide to Beginnings

That's when I heard it [action, suspense, conflict, the reader is beginning to panic]
. A thin cry. Followed by another. And another, growing in volume with each wail [
action, suspense, conflict, the reader's panic increases]. Sounded like my ...

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440347238

Category: Reference

Page: 250

View: 514


Give your story its best start! The best beginnings possess a magical quality that grabs readers from the first word and never lets them go. But beginnings aren't just the door into a fictional world. They are the gateway to the realm of publishing--one that could shut as quickly as it opens. In The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, author and literary agent Paula Munier shows you how to craft flawless beginnings that impress agents, engage editors, and captivate readers. You'll learn how to develop the big idea of your story and introduce it on page one, structure opening scenes that encompass their own story arc, kickstart your writing with effective brainstorming techniques, and introduce a compelling cast of characters that drive the plot. You'll also examine the best-selling novels from different genres to learn the secrets that experienced writers use to dive straight into a story. With thorough examinations of voice, point of view, setting, dialogue and conflict, The Writer's Guide to Beginnings is a must-have tool for luring your readers in with your opening pages--and convincing them to stick around for the ride. "Writing a book? Hard. Writing the beginning of a book? Rocket science! Strap on your spacesuit, because thanks to Munier's nuanced, actionable breakdown of every possible aspect of a gripping opening, authors everywhere can now take their books to the stars." --K.M. Weiland

The Dynasty Years

Scenes of conflict or moderate disharmony clearly outweigh those of harmony,
both in terms of time and in terms of numbers of scenes. ... A solid dose of conflict
(or suspense, tension) is clearly supposed to bring back the viewers next week.

Author: Jostein Gripsrud

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134884902

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 610


The Dynasty Years documents and analyses in detail 'the Dynasty phenomenon', the hotly debated success of the Hollywood-made 'Rolls Royce of a primetime soap' which heralded a profound transformation of European television. From the operatic camp of Krystle and Alexis' fight in the lilypond or the Moldavian wedding massacre to the unprecedented gay sub-plot, Dynasty represented, in the words of co-producer Esther Shapiro, "the ultimate dollhouse fantasy for middle-aged women". Using evidence from audience survey results, newspaper and magazine clippings and letters to broadcasters and drawing on semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism and critical social theories, Jostein Gripsrud examines every aspect of Dynasty's production, reception and context. The result is a groundbreaking critical study. Jostein Gripsrud offers a theoretical but empirically grounded critique of many central positions in media studies, including notions of 'audience resistance' and the 'sovereign' audience and its freedom in meaning-making, arguing against what he perceives as the uncritical celebrations of the soap-opera genre in much contemporary media criticism.

God and Skepticism

conflict of beliefs which arises because on the one hand he follows appearances,
and on the other has a general belief ... To the Pyrrhonist the outcome of such
conflict is suspense; but if the outcome is not suspense, the residual adoption of a

Author: T. Penelhum

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400970830

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

View: 338


This book is an exercise in philosophical criticism. What I criticize are some variations on a recurrent theme in religious thought: the theme that faith and reason are so disparate that faith is not undermined, but strengthened, if we judge that reason can give it no support. The common name for this view is Fideism. Those representatives of it that I have chosen to discuss do more, however, than insist on keeping faith free of the alleged contaminations of philosophical argument. They consider the case for Fideism to be made even stronger if one judges that reason cannot give us truth or assurance outside the sphere of faith any more than within it. In other words, they sustain their Fideism by an appeal to Skepticism. I call them, therefore, Skeptical Fideists. Skeptical Fideism is not a mere historical curiosity. Richard Popkin has shown us how wide its impact in the formative period of modern philosophy has been; and its impact on modern theological and apologetic reasoning has been immense. In my view, anyone who wishes to assess many of the assump tions current in the theologies of our time has to take account of it; I think, therefore, that there is a topical value in examining the figures whose views I discuss here - Erasmus, Montaigne, Bayle, and more importantly, Pascal and Kierkegaard.

The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible

Once storytellers determine the most supportive episode sequence, they have
additional organizational options, such as conflict and suspense. In Esther, the
conflicts ferment over deep-seated issues. Haman and Mordecai's confrontations

Author: Leland Ryken

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310877424

Category: Religion

Page: 528

View: 622


The EditorsLeland Ryken Wheaton College (Illinois) Tremper Longman III Westminster Theological Seminary The Authors Fredrick Buechner Novelist John Sailhamer Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Wilson G. Baroody (deceased) Arizona State UniversityWilliam F. Gentrup Arizona State UniversityKenneth R.R. Gros Louis Indiana University Willard Van Antwerpen Indiana University Nancy Tischler The Pennsylvania State University V. Philips Long Covenant Theological Seminary Michael Hagan North American Baptist Seminary Richard L. Pratt, Jr. Reformed Theological Seminary Douglas Green Yale University Wilma McClarty Southern College Jerry A. Gladson First Christian Church, Garden Grove, California Raymond C. Van Leeouwen Calvin Theological Seminary G. Lloyd Carr Gordon College Richard Patterson Liberty University James H. Sims The University of Southern Mississippi Branson L. Woodard, Jr. Liberty University Amberys R. Whittle Georgia Southern University John H. Augustine Yale University Michael Travers Grand Rapids Baptist College Marianne Meye Thompson Fuller Theological Seminary John W. Sider Westmont College Carey C. Newman Palm Beach Atlantic CollegeWilliam G. Doty The University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa Chaim Potak Novelist Gene Warren Doty University of Missouri-Rolla Sidney Greidanus Calvin Theological Seminary

Manuscript Makeover

When the outer world is challenging your characters, develop the suspense and
keep the inner turmoil going, too. When complications and conflict are absent,
telling seems to proliferate. Many writers get caught up in telling the reader a ...

Author: Elizabeth Lyon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440633232

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

View: 578


Professional editor and author Elizabeth Lyon offers aspiring novelists the guidance and instruction they need to write and edit well-crafted and compelling stories that will stand out from the competition and attract the attention of agents and publishers, including: - Stand-out style techniques, from accessing an authentic voice to applying techniques of "wordsmithing" that transform prose - How to rewrite characterization for dimensionality, a universal need, and theme - Adjustment suggestions to match the prose style and structure of specific genres - Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style - Strategies to strengthen story beginnings and endings - Methods for increasing plot stakes, creating movement, and adjusting pace for maximum suspense

American Smart Cinema

The Conversation – through the figure of Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) – provides
what is perhaps the most adequate metaphor for the way in which these films
forego the intrigue of conflict or suspense by emptying conventional suspenseful

Author: Claire Perkins

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748654253

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 853


American Smart Cinema examines a contemporary type of US filmmaking that exists at the intersection of mainstream, art and independent cinema and often gives rise to absurd, darkly comic and nihilistic effects.


Conflict One of my professors was so much in love with conflict in drama that he
re-christened it the backbone of drama. ... hold them tight, no matter for how long,
until the targeted moment of 'bareness' 95 Playwriting Conflict Suspense.

Author: Effiong Johnson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453584919

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 201

View: 755


Summary The Nigerian theatre milieu is trapped in a cobweb of strangulating strings. Little wonder, therefore, that its growth has been impaired over the years. The numerous multi-tribal thrusts in Nigeria disallow the full growth and development of theatre forms and trends. The university and other degree-awarding institutions engaged in theatre studies, have not carved out uniquely distinguishing styles that can be said to be theirs. The Nigerian theatre makers themselves are not style-driven and technique-creating. An ideal repertory of form can hardly be identified with them in a sustainable manner. The National Theatre set up as a symbol of the nation's cultural pride, now stands as a totem for the nation's creative shame; The state-owned Cultural Centre Boards are devoid of objectives in focused cultural promotions. Many graduates of the arts-prefer other creative businesses. A few die-hards are bedeviled by frustrating dilemmas as businessmen refuse to patronise theatre because they consider it a wasteful venture, while international agencies shun it because of its profit-making outlook.

Guide to Employment Law

This time, make it longer by improving it in some of the following ways: ○ Use
more of the five senses ○ Introduce a metaphor or simile ○ Can you add any
point of conflict or suspense? ○ Is it quite clear who is involved, what is
happening, ...

Author: Oliver Rowell

Publisher: Straightforward co Ltd

ISBN: 9781847162205

Category: Labor laws and legislation

Page: 144

View: 374


Employment law has grown ever more complex with many changes now being introduced via European legislation. Employment law continually evolves and changes and this latest publication from Easyway Guides is a concise and easy to understand introduction to all areas of employment law and concentrates in particular on recent changes to the law. A Guide to Employment Law is a clear, concise and illuminating book which all categories of reader, whether professional or lay person, will find invaluable.

The Theory and Analysis of Drama

Thus , suspense potential is not simply the sum of the incidences of long - and
short - term suspense , since each ... the suspense potential will finally
completely disappear at the end following the resolution of all the problems and
conflicts .

Author: Manfred Pfister

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052142383X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

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Manfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions. The material on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods. His approach is systematic rather than historical, combining more abstract categorisations with detailed interpretations of sample texts.

Seeking a City

It has all the elements of great fiction writing : romance , adventure , temptation ,
conflict and suspense . But this book is as well a biography and an enlightening
Bible study . Here are very real Bible characters : Abraham , Sarah , Isaac , Lot ...

Author: John R. Rice

Publisher: Sword of the Lord Publishers

ISBN: 0873987551


Page: 150

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The Art of the Book Proposal

What material might I include in the chapter to meet potential objections to my
book? For example, if my book as a whole feels short on drama, can I add
controversial material, conflict, or suspense to this chapter? • What additional
research, if ...

Author: Eric Maisel

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440650454

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Here is an expert's guide through the elements of a nonfiction book proposal, including the outline, chapter summaries, marketing/publicity, book and chapter titles, and more. Filled with exercises designed to help a writer conceive and create a desirable proposal, and checklists to keep track of the project's progress, The Art of the Book Proposal provides the framework on which to build a great idea, as well as intelligent, empathetic instruction on how to produce a proposal that will capture the interest of an agent or editor. While most how-to writing books focus only on the nuts and bolts of putting a proposal together, Maisel, considered by many to be America's foremost expert on the psychological side of the creative process, also helps the writer overcome mental barriers to producing the best work possible. Using a holistic approach to the sometimes unglamorous work of designing a proposal, his guide enables a writer to transform an idea into a book.

Orphans Home

... to describe characters ' appearance or emotional responses , or plots driven by
conflict and suspense — the very elements that make drama dramatic . He also
eschews poetic or emotionally intensified prose , writing instead in the everyday ...

Author: Laurin Porter

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 0807128791

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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A Pulitzer Prize--winning playwright, an Emmy-winning television writer, and an Oscar-winning screenwriter of such notable films as To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies, and A Trip to Bountiful, the amazingly versatile Horton Foote has been a force on the American cultural scene for more than fifty years. By critical consensus, Foote's foremost achievement is The Orphans' Home Cycle -- a course of nine independent yet interlocking plays that traces the transformation over twenty-six years of a small-town southern orphan, Horace Robedaux, into a husband, father, and patriarch. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including interviews with Foote, Laurin Porter demonstrates why the author's masterpiece is a unique accomplishment not only in his personal oeuvre but also in the canon of American drama. Set in and near Harrison, Texas, the fictitious counterpart to Foote's native Wharton, and based partly on his father's childhood and his parents' courtship and marriage, the plays introduce two extended families -- those of Horace and his wife, Eliazbeth -- across three generations, as well as numerous townspeople whose lives intertwine with theirs. The result is a wide-ranging, intricate work of interconnected stories reminiscent of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha saga. Porter shows how the small-town southern culture speaks through Horace while she examines the functions of family and community in identity formation. She explains that Foote's signature style -- which replaces stage directions, poetic language, and suspense-driven narratives with sparse, restrained dialogue and seemingly actionless plots -- creates a simmering power by stressing subtext over text, a strategy more often associated with the novel than drama. Similarly, Foote uses recurring character types and motifs, interrelated images and symbols, and parallel and inverted events that reverberate within and among the plays, employing language and structure in innovative ways. In comparing the cycle with the works of William Faulkner and Eugene O'Neill, Porter positions Foote at the intersection of southern literature and American drama. Foote's emphasis, Porter concludes, is not so much on returning home as on leaving it and building a new family, contending that for Foote home is not a place but a geography of the heart. Her definitive Orphans' Home shines much-needed light on an understudied talent and proves Foote's to be a vital American voice.

Venus of Dreams

—Jane Yolen, author of The Devil's Arithmetic and Cards of Grief “This story of
Nita, a girl growing up in an insulated environment where she gradually comes to
realize that she might be the last person left on Earth, has conflict and suspense ...

Author: Pamela Sargent

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497610903

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 442


The first adventure in the Nebula Award–winning author’s “masterful SF trilogy” about the attempted colonization and terraforming of the planet Venus (Publishers Weekly). Iris Angharads, a determined, independent woman, sets herself one massive goal: to make the poison‐filled atmosphere of Venus hospitable to humans. She works day and night to realize her dream, with only one person sharing her passion, Liang Chen. It seems impossible to make Venus, with its intolerable air and waterless environment, into a paradise, but Iris succeeds. And in doing so, she also creates a powerful dynasty, beginning with her first born, Benzi Liangharad.

The Louisiana Purchase

Especially stories with a lot of conflict and suspense . I thought Alice in
Wonderland really hit the nail on the head when she said , “ What is the use of a
book without pictures and conversations ? " So I read stories . With dialogue and
pictures .

Author: John Churchill Chase

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 1455607819

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

Page: 83

View: 908


Chronicles the events which led to Jefferson's acquisition of Louisiana from Napoleon Bonaparte.

Venus of Shadows

—Jane Yolen, author of The Devil's Arithmetic and Cards of Grief “This story of
Nita, a girl growing up in an insulated environment where she gradually comes to
realize that she might be the last person left on Earth, has conflict and suspense ...

Author: Pamela Sargent

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497610934

Category: Fiction

Page: 540

View: 255


A new generation steps up in the colonization and terraforming of Venus in the Nebula Award–winning author’s “masterful SF trilogy” (Publishers Weekly). The Venus Project calls upon the strongest and most courageous to create a prosperous world in the dismal wilderness of Venus. Those who demonstrate the skill and the passion to embark on this adventure must transform the barren planet in the midst of political and cultural unrest. When Risa and Benzi, children of Iris, one of the first people to partake in this project, find themselves in opposing forces on the battlefield, it is their love and perseverance that will determine the destiny of the new land.