Writing Characters Who ll Keep Readers Captivated

How do you inhabit a character who isn't like you? Whether you write literary or genre fiction, this book shows you how to create people who keep readers hooked and make you want to tell stories

Author: Roz Morris

Publisher: Spark Furnace Books

ISBN: 1909905968


Page: 204

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How do you create characters with depth? How do you write the opposite sex, authentic teenagers, plausible antagonists and chilling villains? How do you inhabit a character who isn't like you? Whether you write literary or genre fiction, this book shows you how to create people who keep readers hooked and make you want to tell stories

How To Write a Novel

—Roz Morris, Nail Your Novel: Writing Characters Who'll Keep Readers Captivated Most writers have heard the saying 'show, don't tell' so many times that it's easy to nod and say, 'yes, I must do that,' and then promptly write scenes ...

Author: Joanna Penn

Publisher: The Creative Penn

ISBN: 9781915425089

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 302

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Writing a novel will change your life. It might not be in the way that you expect, but when you hold your book in your hand and say, “I made this,” something will shift. The process of getting to that point will light a spark in your creative soul and help you discover unexpected aspects of yourself. It will be one of the things you are most proud of in your life. This book will help you get there. I’m Joanna (J.F.) Penn, award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 18 novels and novellas with nearly a million books sold in over one hundred countries. This book will help you write your first novel, or improve your creative process so you can write more books and reach more readers. It covers mindset, ideas and research, aspects of craft, how to write a first draft, and work through an editing process to a finished book. You will discover: Part 1: First Principles - Why are you writing a novel? - What has stopped you from completing a novel before? - Principles to keep in mind as you create Part 2: Ideas, Research, Plotting, and Discovery Writing - How to find and capture ideas - How to research your novel and when to stop - Outlining (or plotting) - Discovery writing (or pantsing) - What are you writing? Genre - What are you writing? Short story, novella, or novel - What are you writing? Stand-alone, series, or serial Part 3: Aspects of a Novel - Story structure - Scenes and chapters - Character: Who is the story about? - Point of view - Dialogue - Plot: What happens in the story? - Conflict - Openings and endings - Setting and World-building: Where does the story happen? - Author voice - Theme - Book or story title - Language versus story and tools versus art Part 4: Writing the first draft - Attitude to the first draft - How to write the first draft - Dictate your book - Write fast, cycle through, or write slow - Writer’s block - Writing tools and software - When is the first draft finished? Part 5: The Editing Process - Overview of the editing process - Self-editing - How to find and work with a professional editor - Beta readers, specialist readers, and sensitivity readers - Editing tools and software - Lessons learned from editing my first novel after more than a decade - When is the book finished? Conclusion If you want to (finally) write your novel, then buy How to Write a Novel today.

CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction A Writer s Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters Plots and Relationships

Remember that language will have an impact on the reader's perceptions of the characters. ... Roz Morris (author of Writing Characters Who'll Keep Readers Captivated), says, "You do not write dialogue in normal life, so it is a specific ...

Author: Karen S. Wiesner

Publisher: Writers Exchange E-Publishing

ISBN: 9781925574852

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Characters: Do your characters have no obvious signs of life, nothing that gives them unique personality, perspective, and passion? Plots: Are plots and conflicts created spur of the moment with no set up, build up, curiosity, or tension? Relationships: Are your characters merely going through the motions with each other? All of these and more are signs of dead or lifeless stories. The three core elements of story--Characters, Plots, and Relationships (CPR)--need to be developed three dimensionally. To truly be living, characters aren't simply existing and going through the motions. They possess fully developed external and internal conflicts. They're interacting in dynamic, realistic, and believable relationships. They have multidimensional character attributes that give them both vitality and voice. Finally, they're engaged in what makes life worthwhile with definable goals and motivations. This resource teaches writers how to identify dead or lifeless characters, plots, and relationships; establish proper setup; plant the seeds early with in-depth sketches; and pinpoint weak areas in CPR development. The only one-stop, everything-you-need-to-know 9-1-1 for deep, multifaceted Character, Plot, and Relationship development!

The Rural Setting Thesaurus A Writer s Guide to Personal and Natural Places

If you want to write a book that targets the heart of readers, you need to know the heart of your story. (C. S. Lakin) Writing Characters Who'll Keep Readers Captivated (Nail Your Novel 2) will teach you how to create people who will ...

Author: Becca Puglisi

Publisher: JADD Publishing

ISBN: 9780989772570

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Within the pages of a book exists a world drawn from a writer’s deepest imaginings, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level. But the audience’s fascination will only last if the writer can describe this vibrant realm and its inhabitants well. The setting achieves this by offering readers a unique sensory experience. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can build mood, convey meaning through symbolism, drive the plot by creating challenges that force the hero to fight for what he wants, and trigger his emotions to reveal his most intimate feelings, fears, and desires. Inside this volume you will find: • A list of the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds for over 100 settings revolving around school, home, and nature • Possible sources of conflict for each location to help you brainstorm ways to naturally complicate matters for your characters • Advice on the many effective ways to build mood, helping you steer both the character’s and readers’ emotions in every scene • Information on how the setting directly influences the plot by acting as a tuning fork for what a character needs most and by testing his dedication to his goals • A tutorial on figurative language and how different descriptive techniques can bring settings alive for readers while conveying a symbolic message or deeper meaning • A review of the challenges that arise when writing description, as well as special considerations that apply specifically to rural and personal settings The Rural Setting Thesaurus takes “show-don’t-tell” to new heights. It offers writers a roadmap to creating fresh setting imagery that impacts the story on multiple levels and keeps readers engaged from the first page to the last.

Captivate Your Readers

An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction Jodie Renner. thoughts. Each scene is told from a particular character's point of view, whether it's your protagonist (main character for the whole novel), a love interest, ...

Author: Jodie Renner

Publisher: Cobalt Books

ISBN: 9780993700415

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Are you looking for concrete, effective ways to bring your fiction to life for readers, so they feel they’re right there with the characters? And they stay up until the wee hours eagerly turning the pages? Then this book is for you. Today’s readers want to put aside their cares and chores and lose themselves in an absorbing story. This book shows you how to provide the emotional involvement and immediacy readers crave in fiction. This third editor’s guide to writing compelling fiction by multi-award-winning author Jodie Renner provides specific advice, with examples, for hooking readers on page one and immersing them in your story world. And like Renner’s other guides, it’s presented in a concise, reader-friendly format for busy writers, and you can pick and choose among the topics to suit your current questions and needs. It’s all about engaging readers through techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, creating dialogue that’s real and riveting, and basically stepping back as the author and letting the characters tell the story.

Dynamic Characters

In this guide, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Nancy Kress explores the crucial relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how writers can create vibrant, well-constructed characters.

Author: Nancy Kress

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UOM:39015045638957

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

View: 418


In this guide, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Nancy Kress explores the crucial relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how writers can create vibrant, well-constructed characters.

The EEEEasy Approach to Great Storytelling and Screenwriting

The reader and audience should learn more and more about your characters as your story progresses, especially in relation ... Remember, get in late and get out early, applies to your script as a whole, and something you should keep in ...

Author: Trevor L. Smith

Publisher: Legacy Street, LLC

ISBN: 9780988838321

Category: Performing Arts


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Do you want to be a great storyteller or screenwriter? Well, consider it done! It all starts with a decision... and The EEEEasy Approach to Great Storytelling and Screenwriting is a step-by-step comprehensive guidebook that will teach you how to craft great stories and characters that are compelling and as unique as you are. You will learn how to write a professional industry-standard screenplay or manuscript, and this book will give you the tools, inspiration, and motivation to turn your decision into action so that you can start and finish your creative projects. The EEEEasy Approach to Great Storytelling and Screenwriting is Trevor L. Smith’s unique method of teaching the structure and form (not formula) of great storytelling and screenwriting, focusing on the four simple and EEEEasy elements of experience, express, extract, and embody, to help you build complex stories, and characters that are unique, real, and relatable. This book will teach you great storytelling and screenwriting in a way that is EEEEasy to learn and understand so you can start writing with creative excellence... Now. In this book you will learn how to: Find story-worthy ideas • Turn your ideas into a premise • Develop your premise into an engaging story • Masterfully develop characters and dialogue • Write professional and visually written screenplays • Protect your intellectual property • Effectively rewrite your stories and scripts • Draft attention-grabbing loglines and query letters • Set goals, establish and change mindsets, overcome writer’s block, and more... This book is perfect for new screenwriters and authors, struggling writers who feel stuck and unable to complete their projects, experienced writers looking for a fresh perspective, and producers, directors, actors, and any creatives with a desire to tell their own engaging stories.

Writing with a Thesis A Rhetoric and Reader

Why does the writer wait so long to give us the answer to the multiplication problem? ... Like Daniel Kahneman in “The Characters of the Story,” the professional writer suffers from—and benefits tremendously from—one problem that more ...

Author: Sarah E. Skwire

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781285675336

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 331


Based on the principle that the ability to develop and support a thesis persuasively is of utmost importance for beginning writers, WRITING WITH A THESIS: A RHETORIC AND READER, 12th Edition, dispenses clear and practical writing advice. Sarah Skwire skillfully weaves humor into her advice and in the text's examples of good professional writing--for a uniquely useful text that remains enjoyable to read and to teach from. Best of all, the text's short, easy-to-read essays ensure that your class time will focus not on what the readings mean, but on what they mean for your students' writing. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Buy a Whisker

PRAISE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING THE WHOLE CAT AND CABOODLE “A surefire winner. ... writing character portrayals but in creating a mystery complete with twists and turns that will keep the reader trying to figure it all out.

Author: Sofie Ryan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101625941

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 264


Things get stickey when Sarah Grayson and her cat, Elvis, must solve the murder of a troublesome baker in the second novel in the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series. Things have been quiet in the coastal town of North Harbor, Maine, since Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, solved their first murder. Sarah is happy running Second Chance, the shop where she sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. But then she gets dragged into a controversy over developing the waterfront. Most of the residents—including Sarah—are for it, but there is one holdout—baker Lily Carter. So when Lily is found murdered in her bakery, it looks like somebody wanted to remove the only obstacle to the development. But Sarah soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems. Now, with the help of her cat’s uncanny ability to detect a lie, Sarah is narrowing down the suspects. But can she collar the culprit before the ruthless killer pounces again?

Faux Paw

With great characters and an interesting story, readers will be in for a treat with this classic whodunit. ... in creating a mystery complete with twists and turns that will keep the reader trying to figure it all out.

Author: Sofie Kelly

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698178311

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 507


Fantastical felines Owen and Hercules are ready to help librarian Kathleen Paulson pounce on a killer art thief in this novel in the Magical Cats Mystery series. Normally, the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration. But thanks to the overbearing curator and high-tech security system that comes with it, Kathleen’s life has been completely disrupted. Even Owen and Hercules have been affected, since their favorite human doesn’t seem to have a spare moment to make their favorite fish crackers or listen to Barry Manilow. But when Kathleen stops by the library late one night and finds the curator sprawled on the floor—and the exhibition’s most valuable sketch missing—it’s suddenly time to canvass a crime scene. Now Kathleen, her detective boyfriend Marcus, and her clever cats have to sniff out a murderous thief, before anyone else has a brush with death...