In this book, accomplished writer Gary Provost helps you tackle that tough task. In candid, conversational style, he shows you:• how to balance event and dialogue to keep the pace lively• why unity is essential to a story—and how to maintain it• how to make the written word pleasing to the ear• the value of fresh, strong imagery• how startling originality will keep your readers interested• how to make your story credible—even when it’s fiction• how subtlety allows your reader to participate in the action• how to tighten up the tension at every level of your storyProvost makes no promise that the work will be easy.
Beyond Style: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing #ad - Here you’ll touch the soul of fine fiction and nonfiction. You’ll explore the intangibles: the relationships between form and content, proportion and pacing, slant and theme.
Make Every Word Count: A Guide to Writing That Works-for Fiction and NonfictionCrossroad Press #ad - From the author of beyond style: mastering the Finer Points of Writing, Gary Provost's Make Every Word Count is a guide to assist writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Topics include: style, characterization, viewpoints, use of jargon, description, dialogue, intention, tone, avoiding cliches, credibility, and many more.
How to Tell a StoryCrossroad Press #ad - He knew that all writers face a hard challenge: to take their ideas, aspirations, and vapors of creativity, and make them concrete for the reader. I recommend it highly. Roderick thorp, bestselling author of River, Die Hard, and Detective. Gary provost was one of the best friends a writer ever had. Drawing on provost's proven philosophies, Rubie examines every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes.
It's earned a permanent place on my desk. Barbara shapiro, author of Blind Spot and See No Evil. In this unique book, the time honored ability of story telling has been dissected, examined carefully and defined in detail for the writer. With a fresh new look at what makes a story exciting and compelling, HOW TO TELL A STORY outlines for the writer all the secrets of dramatic story telling.
How to Tell a Story #ad - How to do it? treat writing as a craft, with techniques that can be learned, with tricks that can be taught. How to tell a story covers everything a novice writer needs to learn and a professional writer needs to remember. Every writer should read this book before writing another paragraph. Keith Wilson, M.
D. Novelist, and author of cause of Death: A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder, & Forensic Medicine.
100 Ways to Improve Your Writing Updated: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing with Style and PowerBerkley #ad - The classic text on writing well, now refreshed and updated. This is the one guide that anyone who writes—whether student, businessperson, or professional writer—should keep on his or her desk. In this compact, easy-to-use volume you'll find the eternal building blocks of good writing—from grammar and punctuation to topic sentences—as well as advice on challenges such as writer's block and creating a strong title.
It is a must-have resource—perfect for reading cover to cover, or just for keeping on hand for instant reference—now updated and refreshed for the first time. Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing can help solve any writing problem.
Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Toughest Plot ProblemsCompendium Press #ad - Help! my plot drags, and has no heart!"this looks like a job for Plotman!Yes, sags, solving your plot problems is why the superhero of story came to Earth. Because plotman, has sworn to uphold plot, along with his faithful sidekick Subplot Boy, story, and the bestselling way. Whether used as a reference guide or refresher course, this book will strengthen your storytelling muscles and help you elevate every novel you write.
His mission? to give practical, easy-to-apply answers to the most vexing plot questions writers face, such as:• how do i plan a plot if i'm not a plot planner?• does my plot need a prologue?• what if i hit a plot wall?• What if my plot is getting away from me?• Why ins't my plot more gripping at the start?• Why is my overall plot dull?• What should I do if my plot is implausible?• Do I really need to think about plot structure?• How do I deepen the emotional impact of my plot?• What's the best way to plug a plot hole?• How do I keep my plot from ending with a thud?And more! With bonus material on how to find and utilize beta readers; and several plot generating methods you can put to use at any time.
The Ten Day Outline: A Writer's Guide to Planning a Novel in Ten Days The Ten Day Novelist Book 1The Novel Smithy, LLC #ad - By the end, the ten day outline will have taken the stress out of planning a novel, so you’ll be ready to set out on your own epic writing journey! Along the way, it’ll help you form the foundation you need to write a novel you’re proud of. You’ll learn to:•strengthen the ideas you have and discover new ones, even when inspiration seems far away.
Expand your original idea into a fully fledged story. Develop a fleshed-out cast of characters, without overwhelming yourself with complex formulas and “best-practices. Apply structure to your story in a way that honors and refines your original idea. Bring it all together in a final Master Outline, designed to guide you through every stage of writing your novel.
The Ten Day Outline: A Writer's Guide to Planning a Novel in Ten Days The Ten Day Novelist Book 1 #ad - Each day of this outlining challenge comes with easy to follow prompts and intuitive goals, streamlining the outlining process. Before beginning any journey, you need a plan. Writing a novel is no different. Through a simple ten day challenge, The Ten Day Outline will guide you as you create an outline built to support every step of your writing journey.
The Ten Day Draft: A Writer's Guide to Finishing a Novel in Ten Days The Ten Day Novelist Book 2The Novel Smithy, LLC #ad - Along the way, it'll guide you step-by-step through every stage of your first draft, so you'll never have to wonder—what comes next?You’ll learn to:•Manage your mindset and avoid the crippling burnout many writers face. Use story structure to guide and strengthen your writing process. Keep your ideas fresh, even after writing thousands of words.
The Ten Day Draft: A Writer's Guide to Finishing a Novel in Ten Days The Ten Day Novelist Book 2 #ad - Craft a compelling story using a system you can repeat for future novels. Bring it all together in a final first draft just waiting to be sent into the world!Each day of this outlining challenge comes with easy to follow prompts and intuitive goals, simplifying the writing process. It's time to begin your next great adventure.
It's time to write a novel!through this simple ten day challenge, The Ten Day Draft will help you break through the mental barriers that are preventing you from writing a novel. By the end, the ten day draft will have proven that yes, you CAN write a novel! .
Fiction Pacing: Professional Techniques for Slow and Fast Pace Effects Writer's Craft Book 33#ad - Please note: this is an advanced-level book, not suitable for beginner writers. This book teaches professional techniques for slowing down the pace for emotion and suspense, and for speeding it up for action and excitement.
The 24 Laws of Storytelling: A Practical Handbook for Great StorytellersSubject Zero Ltd #ad - So why do some stories work and others fail? The 24 Laws of Storytelling distils the lessons learned from stories past and present into a practical handbook that you can use for any story you decide to write. This book will teach you the principles you need to immerse your audience, deliver immensely satisfying drama, and educate better than any textbook or lecture can.
There's no need for any special tools, expensive writing software, or Hollywood contacts. It's time to take control of your storiesstories have a unique power to immerse, delight, and educate. You only need to learn from the successes and blunders of past stories. By extracting the timeless writing principles from master storytellers such as Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and many more, this unique work will provide a fascinating insight into the laws of storytelling and how to use them to create your own masterpieces.
Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write With Clarity, Emphasis, and StyleWriter's Digest Books #ad - Make every word memorable!To be remembered for your words, you need to write with skill and style. With exercises, and a wealth of useful information, entertaining asides, Mastering the Craft of Writing is an invaluable resource for any writer. Spend a week with each technique, or use this book as a go-to reference.
Either way, you'll have the tools to enliven your writing and delight your readers. Write with economy: eliminate wordiness, use strong verbs to drive your sentences, and don't trust modifiers. Write with emphasis: use punctuation for effect, structure sentences and paragraphs for coherency and flow, and employ repetition to make your point.
Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write With Clarity, Emphasis, and Style #ad - Write with distinction: use your imagination to create the unexpected, add a light-hearted touch to your writing, and go beyond clarity to eloquence and grace. Whether you're crafting a novel, composing an e-mail, or creating a technical report, Mastering the Craft of Writing presents 52 practical techniques to improve your prose.
. Once you master these techniques, you'll want to use them in everything you write.
Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of StoryCompendium Press #ad - Contrary to what some may think, structure is not a nasty inhibitor of creativity. That's because Super Structure stresses the concept of "signpost scenes. There are fourteen signpost scenes, or beats, the skeleton of an idea, that can be used to create an entire plot, or a map to help you figure out what to write next.
Story loves structure. And so do readers!super structure represents over two decades of research on what makes a novel or screenplay entertaining, original, commercial, and irresistible. Super structure can be considered a companion to that book, but it also stands alone in its treatment of the elements of a solid and pleasing plot.
Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story #ad - Super structure is a proven foundation that never fails. Properly understood and utilized, structure is what translates story into a form readers are wired to receive it. Every signpost is given its own chapter and explanation, along with a section called "Helpful Hints for Plotters and Pantsers, " showing you how to apply what you've learned and adapt it to your own style of writing.
Never write a weak novel or screenplay again. The material in this book greatly expands upon the chapter on structure in Write Your Novel From the Middle. And it is only when readers truly connect with your story that they turn from casual readers into fans. It frees you to add your original voice and vision, all of which adds up to bestselling fiction and hit screenplays.