Make a Scene Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

ISBN-10: 1582974799

ISBN-13: 9781582974798

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jordan E. Rosenfeld

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Practical, usable information for writers of all skill levels. With precise instruction, examples from bestsellers, unique exercises, and scene-writing tips from successful authors such as Elizabeth Cox and Sheila Kohler, this book shows readers how to craft each scene so that it renders a vivid emotional punch, establishes and maintains tension, and propels the reader forward. Unique angle for fiction writing book. The majority of fiction writing books focus on the generalities of writing dialogue, developing characters, creating tension, etc. This book shows readers how to apply those skills on the crucial scene level. Accessibility and applicability. This book's short, focused chapters provide readers with quick entry points into the text and lead straight to easy-to understand tips readers can use to apply the techniques to their own work. Scenes are essential fictional units, and if a single unit falters, then an entire novel or short story can be weakened. While there is no paint-by-numbers formula for writing powerful scenes, writers can drastically improve their entire manuscripts by understanding the primary components of a given scene and how to manipulate those components to create the desired amount of drama, emotion, tension, energy, and intrigue. Make a Scene explains the fundamentals of strong scene construction and how other essential fiction-writing techniques, such as character development, pacing, description, and transitions must function within the framework of individual scenes in order to provide substance and structure to the overall story.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Architecture of a Scene
Functions of a Scene
Strong Scene Launches
Powerful Scene Middles
Successful Scene Endings
The Core Elements and the Scene
The Senses
Character Development and Motivation
Dramatic Tension
Scene Intentions
Scene Types
The First Scene
Suspense Scenes
Dramatic Scenes
Contemputive Scenes
Dialogue Scenes
Action Scenes
Flashback Scenes
Epiphany Scenes
Climactic Scenes
The Final Scene
Other Scene Considerations
Multiple Points of View
Your Protagonist's Emotional Thread
Secondary and Minor Characters
Scene Transitions
Scene Assessment and Revision
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