Parts of Story: Plot

Parts of Story Plot This book is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of how to write There are many fine books on that topic already For example On Writing by Stephen King On Writing Well by William Zinsser T

  • Title: Parts of Story: Plot
  • Author: Karen Woodward
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 497
  • Format: ebook
  • This book is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of how to write There are many fine books on that topic already For example, On Writing by Stephen King, On Writing Well, by William Zinsser, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, The Writer s Journey by Christopher Vogler.Although there s no secret, no one line I could whisper to you perhaps leaning over a fresh grThis book is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of how to write There are many fine books on that topic already For example, On Writing by Stephen King, On Writing Well, by William Zinsser, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, The Writer s Journey by Christopher Vogler.Although there s no secret, no one line I could whisper to you perhaps leaning over a fresh grave in the dead of night , no incantation that would instantly transform your prose into something your favorite authors would envy, I do believe that often repeated saying knowledge is power In this case, knowledge of the craft of writing This knowledge gives us the power to change, the power to improve But knowledge, on its own, only goes so far It has to be paired with practice.I do not claim to know everything about writing and this slim volume does not contain the sum total of writing wisdom Far from it I started blogging about writing in 2010 because I believed that, as Seneca wrote, by teaching we are learning This book grew from that quest.The sort of stories I focus on in the following pages are often called genre stories They are stories filled with suspense also known as narrative drive , the kind that keep decent hardworking folk up till indecent hours, unable to put their book down until they find out what happened, whether the hero rescued the maiden, recovered the treasure, saved the day Given this, it will come as no surprise that I believe the key to writing good genre fiction is to create suspense The key is to create complex, compelling, characters, put them in an interesting yet hostile setting, introduce believable opposition with clear stakes, and wrap it all up in a well thought out plot.In other words, the key to writing great genre fiction is to write a great story.

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