Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint

Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint

Characters, Emotion, and ViewpointHow do you create a main character readers won’t forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character’s past into a story?

Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of these questions and more! This accessible book is filled with interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to:

  • Choose and execute the best point of view for your story
  • Create three-dimensional and believable characters
  • Develop your characters’ emotions
  • Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes
  • Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story

With dozens of excerpts from some of today’s most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint provides you with the techniques you need to create characters and stories sure to linger in the hearts and minds of agents, editors, and readers long after they’ve finished your book.

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Dynamic Characters

Dynamic Characters

Dynamic CharactersA truly unforgettable story is defined by its characters. Their motivations, their changes, their actions compel us to read on, anxiously trying to discern what will happen next.

In Dynamic Characters, award-winning author and Writer’s Digest columnist Nancy Kress explores the fundamental relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story.

Kress balances her writing instruction with hands-on checklists to help you build strong characters from the outside in. Blending physical, emotional and mental characterization, you’ll learn to create characters that initiate exciting action, react to tense situations, make physical and emotional transformations, and power the plot from beginning to end.

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Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Beginnings, Middles, and EndsGet your stories off to a roaring start.Keep them tight and crisp throughout.Conclude them with a wallop.

Is the story or novel you’ve been carrying around in your head the same one you see on the page? Or does the dialogue suddenly sound flat and predictable? Do the events seem to ramble?

Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. The words you choose, how you describe characters, and the way you orchestrate conflict all make the difference–the difference between a story that is slow to begin, flounders midway, or trails off at the end–and one that holds the interest of readers and editors to the final page.

By demonstrating effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story, Nancy Kress will help you…hook the editor on the first three paragraphsmake–and keep–your story’s “implicit promise”build drama and credibility by controlling your prose Dozens of exercises help you strengthen your short story or novel. Plus, you’ll sharpen skills and gain new insight into…the price a writer pays for flashbackssix ways characters should “reveal” themselvestechniques for writing–and rewriting Let this working resource be your guide to successful stories–from beginning to end.

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