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Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

ISBN-10: 158297263X
ISBN-13: 9781582972633
Edition: 2004
Authors: Donald Maass
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Description: This powerful book builds on the success of it predecessor-Writing the Breakout Novel-and takes readers to the next level: improving their work with practical, hands-on lessons and exercises.With patented techniques from his popular writing  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/14/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This powerful book builds on the success of it predecessor-Writing the Breakout Novel-and takes readers to the next level: improving their work with practical, hands-on lessons and exercises.With patented techniques from his popular writing workshops, Donald Maass shows fiction writers exactly how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Readers will learn how to strengthen any novel-in-progress, with sections on:- Building Plot Layers- Creating Inner Conflict- Strengthening Point of View and Voice- Discovering Larger Than Life Character Qualities- Developing the Psychology of PlaceEvery workbook exercise is followed by examples from real-life breakout novels. This is one of the most accessible novel-writing guides available today.

Introduction
Character Development
From Protagonist to Hero
Exercise: Adding Heroic Qualities
Multidimensional Characters
Exercise: Opening Extra Character Dimensions
Inner Conflict
Exercise: Creating Inner Conflict
Larger-Than-Life Character Qualities
Exercise: Creating Larger-Than-Life Qualities
Heightening Larger-Than-Life Qualities
Exercise: Adjusting the Volume
Character Turnabouts and Surprises
Exercise: Reversing Motives
Personal Stakes
Exercise: Defining Personal Stakes
Ultimate Stakes
Exercise: Capturing the Irrevocable Commitment
Exposition
Exercise: Deepening Exposition
Creating Secondary Characters
Exercise: Secondary Character Development
Antagonists
Exercise: Developing the Antagonist
Exercise: The Antagonist's Outline
Enriching Your Cast
Exercise: Combining Roles
Plot Development
Public Stakes
Exercise: Raising Public Stakes
Complications
Exercise: Making Complications Active
Plot Layers
Exercise: Building Plot Layers
Weaving a Story
Exercise: Weaving Plot Layers Together
Subplots
Exercise: Adding Subplots
Turning Points
Exercise: Heightening Turning Points
The Inner Journey
Exercise: Inner Turning Points
High Moments
Exercise: Creating High Moments
Bridging Conflict
Exercise: Developing Bridging Conflict
Low Tension Part I: The Problem With Tea
Exercise: Brewing Tension
Low Tension Part II: Burdensome Backstory
Exercise: Delaying Backstory
Low Tension Part III: Tension on Every Page
Exercise: Adding Tension to Every Page
General Story Techniques
First Lines/Last Lines
Exercise: Enhancing First and Last Lines
Moments in Time
Exercise: Freezing Moments in Time
Inner Change
Exercise: Measuring Inner Change
Setting
Exercise: The Psychology of Place
Point of View
Exercise: Strengthening Point of View
Character Delineation
Exercise: Improving Character Delineation
Theme
Exercise: Alternate Endings
Exercise: The Larger Problem
Exercise: Same Problem, Other Characters
Exercise: Making the Antagonist's Case
Symbols
Exercise: Creating Symbols
Brainstorming
Exercise: Developing Brainstorming Skills
The Pitch
Exercise: Constructing the Pitch
Appendixes
Outlining Your Novel
Follow-up Work Checklist
Index

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