Writing Vivid Plots

The focus of this guide is on plotting full-length novels, but there are also chapters on plotting short stories, series and serials.

Author: Rayne Hall

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1537740229


Page: 86

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Do you want to give your novel a powerful story line? Do you want to power up a draft you've written? This guide shows professional techniques for developing and structuring your fiction book. It solves plot problems such as slow beginnings, sagging middles and flat endings, and guides you to write specific story parts such as the 'Black Moment' and the 'Climax'. The focus of this guide is on plotting full-length novels, but there are also chapters on plotting short stories, series and serials.

Elements of Fiction Writing Plot

It can be a bony hand creeping from behind a curtain, a grand passion, someone teetering on a high ledge, or any of a thousand vivid situations and ...

Author: Ansen Dibell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599635101

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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"There are ways to create, fix, steer and discover plots—ways which, over a writing life, you'd eventually puzzle out for yourself," writes Ansen Dibell. "They aren't laws. They're an array of choices, things to try, once you've put a name to the particular problem you're facing now." That's what this book is about: identifying those choices (whose viewpoint? stop and explain now, or wait? how can this lead to that?), then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move. Inside you'll discover how to: • test a story idea (using four simple questions) to see if it works • convince your reader that not only is something happening, but that something's going to happen and it all matters intensely • handle viewpoint shifts, flashbacks, and other radical jumps in your storyline weave plots with subplots • get ready for and write your Big Scenes • balance scene and summary narration to produce good pacing • handle the extremes of melodrama by "faking out" your readers—making them watch your right hand while your left hand is doing something sneaky • form subtle patterns with mirror characters and echoing incidents • choose the best type of ending—linear or circular, happy or downbeat, or (with caution!) a trick ending Whether your fiction is short or long, subtle or direct, you'll learn to build strong plots that drive compelling, unforgettable stories your readers will love.

Garden Plots

This vivid passage is reminiscent of another well - known passage by Woolf ... 7 Looked at in the context of this polemical piece written at the same time ...

Author: Shelley Saguaro

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754637530

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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Focusing on a range of twentieth-century texts and including relevant twenty-first century writing, Garden Plots explores the ways in which gardens in fiction represent more than just a familiar theme. Bound up with wider aesthetic and ideological issues, gardens, like literary forms, are subject to transformations. The term 'plots' is a keyword in this approach. It refers to garden plots, literary plots, and more generally, the plotting that is political, polemical, and subversive. Each of the six chapters includes four texts that are familiar and representative. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Carol Shields, J. M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jamaica Kincaid, and Philip K. Dick.

Postal Plots in British Fiction 1840 1898

Linking the debate concerning the reality of The Woman in White's plot and the ... Itisnota surprise that Helen'shusbanduses her writing;it is as vivid and ...

Author: L. Rotunno

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137323804

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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By 1840, the epistolary novel was dead. Letters in Victorian fiction, however, were unmistakably alive. Postal Plots explores how Victorian postal reforms unleashed a new and sometimes unruly population into the Victorian literary marketplace where they threatened the definition and development of the Victorian literary professional.

A Beginner s Guide to Screen Writing Step by Step Instructions to Plot Character and Continuity Including Exercises to Complete at the End of Each Chapter

taken up, beginning with the writing of plots and extending, first, ... By this course of study a systematic and vivid mental background is added to the ...

Author: Howard T. Dimick

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473382831

Category: Drama

Page: 172

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A classic guide to creating and writing your first screenplay, including chapters on, basic problems, plot and plotting, externalizing the play, surprise or the unforeseen, character development and much more.

Writing Fantasy Science Fiction

the characters , how unusual the basic idea – without a plot there is no ... or the strange and vivid other world , the writer's ability to construct a ...


Publisher: Unistar Books




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Writing Deep Scenes

Writing Deep Scenes draws upon Martha's expertise in teaching plot (in her books ... trek of transformation—are what make all stories vivid and memorable.

Author: Martha Alderson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638874

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Take a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your Writing Whether you're planning your first novel or have already written a first draft, you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly realize your story's potential. Writing Deep Scenes teaches you how to write strong, layered, and engaging scenes--the secret to memorable, page-turning plots. It's filled with practical tools for building layers and nuance into your scenes, employing the right scene types at the right junctures, and developing a profound understanding of how plot and scene intertwine. Inside you'll learn: • How scenes are comprised of three key layers: action, emotion, and theme. • How to recognize each layer and weave them seamlessly into a scene. • How to develop an intricate relationship between the action and emotion in every scene. • How thematic imagery embedded in scenes increases a story's tension and contributes to the story's meaning. Using contemporary examples from a variety of genres, Writing Deep Scenes provides an effective method for plotting at the scene level. Use these techniques and enrich your fiction and memoirs with page-turning suspense and pathos, and explore new depths in every story you write.

Crime and Thriller Writing

Ask any writer of fiction – not just a crime writer: in terms of the writing process, plotting is what we hate most. It's a common source of writer's block.

Author: Michelle Spring

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472529657

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Crime and Thriller Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing in these exciting genres. PART 1 explores the nature and history of the genre and helpsyou get started with ideas, planning and research. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling crime writers: Mark Billingham, S.J. Bolton, Alafair Burke, Lee Child, N. J. Cooper, Meg Gardiner, Tess Gerritsen, Sophie Hannah, Jim Kelly, Laura Lippman, Gayle Lynds, Alex McBride, Val McDermid, Dreda Say Mitchell, Sara Paretsky, Jill Paton Walsh, George Pelecanos, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, S. J. Rozan, Guy Saville, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Dana Stabenow, Andrew Taylor, Charles Todd and Laura Wilson. PART 3 contains practical advice--from shaping plots and exploring your characters to the meaning of writer's block, the power of the rewrite, and how to find an agent when your novel is complete.

The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing

Ask any writer of fiction – not just a crime writer: in terms of the writing process, plotting is what we hate most. It's a common source of writer's block.

Author: Michelle Spring

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408131220

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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A professional handbook from tutors at the prestigious Arvon Foundation writing course with contributions from leading crime writers.

Perfecting Plot Charting the Hero s Journey

Or perhaps you're writing women's fiction, or something literary, ... You must have vivid, compelling characters and a story replete with urgency and ...

Author: William Bernhardt

Publisher: Babylon Books

ISBN: 9780997901092

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 138

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Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey—the plot—fails. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that have delighted readers since the first story was told. The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own writing.

Doubled Plots

Jenkins's seven historical novels to date are Night Song (1994), Vivid (1995) ... Hailstock offers advice about writing ethnic, especially African American, ...

Author: Susan Strehle

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781628468342

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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In art, myth, and popular culture, romance is connected with the realm of emotions, private thought, and sentimentality. History, its counterpart, is the seemingly objective compendium of public fact. In theory, the two genres are diametrically opposed, offering widely divergent views of human experience. In this collection of essays, however, the writers challenge these basic assumptions and consider the two as parallel and as reflections of each other. Looking closely at specific narratives, they argue that romance and history share expectations and purposes and create the metaphors that can either hold cultures and institutions together or drive them apart. The writers explore the internal contradictions of both genres, as seen in works in which the elements of both romance and history are present. The theme that flows throughout this collection is that romance literature and art frequently engage with or comment on actual historical events or histories. Included among the contributions are discussions of romance and race in James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, the Rudolph Valentino film classic The Sheik, the series of English “Regency Romance” novels, the constructs of love and history in two of Alice McDermott's novels, and a feminist reading of African American women's historical romances. Moreover, the essays approach romance and history from a variety of critical and political perspectives and examine a wide selection of romances from the 1800s to contemporary times. They look at bestsellers and literary classics, at texts by and for white audiences, and at works created by writers on the margins of Western culture. The anthology is a radical approach to romance, a genre often dismissed as diversionary and reactionary. It explores how well this genre serves for critical examinations of history.

National Plots

the unnamed narrator, and she is written yet again through Alice Munro. ... but first I want to note the vivid details that make McCarthy's reading more ...

Author: Andrea Cabajsky

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781554582099

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Fiction that reconsiders, challenges, reshapes, and/or upholds national narratives of history has long been an integral aspect of Canadian literature. Works by writers of historical fiction (from early practitioners such as John Richardson to contemporary figures such as Alice Munro and George Elliott Clarke) propose new views and understandings of Canadian history and individual relationships to it. Critical evaluation of these works sheds light on the complexity of these depictions. The contributors in National Plots: Historical Fiction and Changing Ideas of Canada critically examine texts with subject matter ranging from George Vancouver’s west coast explorations to the eradication of the Beothuk in Newfoundland. Reflecting diverse methodologies and theoretical approaches, the essays seek to explicate depictions of “the historical” in individual texts and to explore larger questions relating to historical fiction as a genre with complex and divergent political motivations and goals. Although the topics of the essays vary widely, as a whole the collection raises (and answers) questions about the significance of the roles historical fiction has played within Canadian culture for nearly two centuries.

Scriptwriting for the Screen

... essentially writing drama for the screen rests on some universal and ... A vivid example of a plot left dangling in a literal cliff-hanger is the end of ...

Author: Charlie Moritz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317796794

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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'If I was setting out as a screenwriter, this is the book I would read first and keep by me'– Melanie Harris, Producer, Crosslab Productions 'An excellent resource for students and teachers alike'– In the Picture '...a valuable addition to every screenwriting bookshelf' – Screentalk 'This is one of the best guides to help screenwriters think visually that I have ever read' – Creative Screenwriting 'The inventive exercises in Scriptwriting for the Screen give it the potential for revitalizing the experience of even experienced scriptwriters' – ' Scope’ Online Journal of Film Studies Scriptwriting for the Screen is an accessible guide to writing for film and television. It details the first principles of screenwriting and advises on the best way to identify and formulate a story and develop ideas in order to build a vivid, animated and entertaining script. Scriptwriting for the Screen introduces the reader to essential skills needed to write effective drama. This edition has been updated to include new examples and an entirely new chapter on adaptation. There are examples of scripts from a wide range of films and television dramas such as Heroes, Brokeback Mountain, Coronation Street, The English Patient, Shooting The Past, Spaced, Our Friends In the North and American Beauty. Scriptwriting for the Screen includes: advice on how to visualise action and translate this into energetic writing how to dramatise writing, use metaphor and deepen meaning tips on how to determine the appropriate level of characterisation for different types of drama practical exercises and examples which help develop technique and style a section on how to trouble-shoot and sharpen dialogue a guide to further reading

Alien Plots

Subjectivity thus gets into existence in the process of writing and reading ... The most vivid description of this extraordinary period of her life and its ...

Author: Inez van der Spek

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 0853238146

Category: Fiction

Page: 241

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Taking the science fiction story about an encounter with an alien as a pivot, Spek (religion and literature, U. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) explores the remarkable life of Alice Sheldon-Bradley (1916-87), who wrote science fiction under the name of Tiptree. She also was the only child of jungle explorers, a painter, a US agent during and after World War II, and an experimental psychologist. The treatment is interdisciplinary, drawing on literary, theological, and cultural theory. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Sylvia Plath s Fiction

In a letter written between two daily plots, he writes: If you keep up a detailed vivid looking at things . . . , your dreams will go on improving .

Author: Luke Ferretter

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748689439

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The first study devoted to Sylvia Plath's fiction covering The Bell Jar and all of her published and unpublished short stories drawing extensively on archival material.

The Arts of Learning and Communication

But a good reader finds the book even more vivid than the movie; ... to this main plot, although in some types of writing (particularly the novel), ...

Author: Benedict M. Ashley

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781606089316

Category: Social Science

Page: 632

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The present book is a tool for the teaching of the liberal arts in high school, or in the freshman year of college for those students whose high school studies were inadequate. It is intended to be at once a handbook and a textbook. As a handbook it should be used by the student throughout his four years in high school in every course. Every teacher in the school should insist that in each subject of the curriculum the processes of definition, statement, and argumentation outlined here should be exactly practiced in the student's reading recitation, discussion, and examination for that subject. In this way the transfer of training can be made explicit and effective. On the other hand this work is also a textbook to assist in the learning of these logical processes. The most appropriate place for its use is in the customary English courses. Here it will not replace the customary material but it will serve as a guide for teacher and student in using material to develop the liberal arts.


His writing is never sloppy, his prose always unbelievably vivid. ... This is why new writers must get to the action and interesting plot elements quickly.





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Información específica sobre viticultura y elaboración del vino, gestión y dirección empresarial y todo lo necesario para comercializar con éxito bodegas y vinos.

Story Writing

... TO LIFE : EXPLORING STORY GENRES Adventure Awaits 1 1 WRITING SKILLS Using a ... and vivid dialogue help them visualize the story , and comic plots are ...

Author: Karen Kellaher

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0439288436

Category: Education

Page: 64

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Teaches how to develop a plot, setting, and characters, use details, and more.

Writing Ethnography

The story is spun in some direction with the use of plot points. ... of particular scenes, dramatic action, vivid conversation, and forward-moving plots.

Author: Jessica Smartt Gullion

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789463003810

Category: Education

Page: 154

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The Teaching Writing series publishes user-friendly writing guides penned by authors with publishing records in their subject matter. While ethnographers inevitably write up their findings from the field, many ethnography textbooks focus more on the ‘ethno’ portion of our craft, and less on developing our ‘graph’ skills. Gullion fills that gap, helping ethnographers write compelling, authentic stories about their fieldwork. From putting the first few words on the page, to developing a plot line, to publishing, Writing Ethnography offers guidance for all stages of the writing process. Writing prompts throughout the book encourage the development of manuscripts from start to finish. Appropriate for both new and emerging scholars, Writing Ethnography is a useful text for qualitative methods, research methods courses across disciplines. “This is a must read for anyone who is learning about ethnography and is unsure about how to start writing.” – Kakali Bhattacharya, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Kansas State University “I love this writer because she does her homework, cares about her readers, and writes a damn good story. Buy this book immediately.” – Anne Harris, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Education, Monash University and author of Critical Plays: Embodied Research for Social Change and The Creative Turn: Toward a New Aesthetic Imaginary “In this foundational text, Gullion accomplishes the herculean task of talking about the overlooked process of ethnographic writing with an intimate tone. It is like we are seated at her desk writing along with her. This text will be required reading in my research methods courses and for my graduate students because of the meticulous breakdown of writing practice that creates a text that is both useful and engaging.” – Sandra Faulkner, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication, Bowling Green State University and author of Family Stories, Poetry, and Women’s Work and Poetry as Method: Reporting Research Through Verse Jessica Smartt Gullion, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Faculty of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has published more than thirty peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, the International Review of Qualitative Research, and the Journal of Applied Social Science. She has also written two additional books, Fracking the Neighborhood: Reluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling with the MIT Press and October Birds: A Novel about Pandemic Influenza, Infection Control, and First Responders, which is part of the award-winning Social Fictions Series with Sense Publishers.