I recommend it highly. Roderick thorp, die Hard, bestselling author of River, 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. How to tell a story covers everything a novice writer needs to learn and a professional writer needs to remember.
How to Tell a Story #ad - 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. 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. You'll discover the secrets of sequencing, tension, and manipulating story pace to increase conflict, of weaving subplots into rich stories, and surprise.
Rarely does a writing guide arrive with the authority of HOW TO TELL A STORY. Publishers Weekly.
Make Every Word Count: A Guide to Writing That Works-for Fiction and NonfictionCrossroad Press #ad - Topics include: style, tone, credibility, dialogue, intention, viewpoints, characterization, description, avoiding cliches, use of jargon, and many more. 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.
Beyond Style: Mastering the Finer Points of WritingCrossroad Press #ad - And you’ll gain a new perspective on how words work together. In that newfound knowledge you’ll find power—power Provost helps you transfer to the page. He promises only that your books, articles, and stories will get better. You’ll explore the intangibles: the relationships between form and content, proportion and pacing, slant and theme.
To write well, and learn how to create books, you must reach beyond the classroom basics of composition, articles, get a grip on the more complex concepts, and stories that move—not only from the editor’s desk to the bookstore, but also in the minds of your readers. In this book, accomplished writer Gary Provost helps you tackle that tough task.
Beyond Style: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing #ad - Here you’ll touch the soul of fine fiction and nonfiction. 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.
There are, after all, no magic words—except those you put on the page.
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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. 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.
Plotman to the Rescue: A Troubleshooting Guide to Fixing Your Toughest Plot ProblemsCompendium Press #ad - 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.
Help! my plot drags, sags, and has no heart!"This looks like a job for Plotman!Yes, solving your plot problems is why the superhero of story came to Earth. Because plotman, along with his faithful sidekick Subplot Boy, has sworn to uphold plot, story, and the bestselling way.
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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.
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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.
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.
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Fiction Pacing: Professional Techniques for Slow and Fast Pace Effects Writer's Craft Book 33#ad - This book teaches professional techniques for slowing down the pace for emotion and suspense, and for speeding it up for action and excitement. Please note: this is an advanced-level book, not suitable for beginner writers.
Strong Verbs for Fiction Writers Indie Author Resources Book 2Valerie Howard Books #ad - Just look up the weak verb you'd like to replace, and choose a stronger verb from the alphabetized lists. For example:Weak: Sally walked across the room. Stronger: Sally scurried across the room. Weak: harry lightly touched the edge of the book. Stronger: harry trailed his fingers along the edge of the book. Weak: karen ran as quickly as she could to her closet.
Stronger: Karen charged her closet in a panic. Weak: lucy hit her palm on the desk. Stronger: Lucy smacked her palm on the desk. Ready to weed out the weak verbs and not-so-helpful adverbs in your writing and replace them with strong verbs?Let's get started!Indie Author Resources Book 2. A list of 1, 000 verbsare you searching for stronger verbs for your works of fiction or non-fiction? Aren't we all?This handy little reference booklet contains a list of 1, 000 strong verbs to help you replace the weaker verbs in your fiction writing as you self-edit your work.
The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable EndingsCompendium Press #ad - The stew, brew, Accrue, Do brainstorming method. The best way to tie up loose ends. The most common ending mistakes, and how to avoid them. And more. Read this book and you will come away with a thorough knowledge of why great endings work and how to create them for every novel you write. The last page sells your next book.
Mickey spillanewhat are the secrets for writing a great ending for your novel? how do you leave readers so satisfied that they'll want another book by you—right now? What tools and techniques can shape your last fifty pages into a powerful, unforgettable experience?In this book, International Thriller Writers Award winner and #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals:• The five types of endings.
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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.
The 24 Laws of Storytelling: A Practical Handbook for Great Storytellers #ad - It's time to take control of your storiesstories have a unique power to immerse, delight, and educate. There's no need for any special tools, expensive writing software, or Hollywood contacts.