And it is only when readers truly connect with your story that they turn from casual readers into fans. The material in this book greatly expands upon the chapter on structure in Write Your Novel From the Middle.
Author: James Scott Bell
Publisher: Compendium Press
Story loves structure...and so do readers! Super Structure represents over two decades of research on what makes a novel or screenplay entertaining, commercial, original, and irresistible. Contrary to what some may think, structure is not a nasty inhibitor of creativity. Quite the opposite. Properly understood and utilized, structure is what translates story into a form readers are wired to receive it. And it is only when readers truly connect with your story that they turn from casual readers into fans. The material in this book greatly expands upon the chapter on structure in Write Your Novel From the Middle. 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. Here's more good news: Super Structure will work for any type of writer--those who like to outline, those who just fly by "the seat of the pants," and those who do a little of both. That's because Super Structure stresses the concept of "signpost scenes." There are fourteen signpost scenes, or beats, that can be used to create an entire plot, the skeleton of an idea, or a map to help you figure out what to write next. 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. Super Structure is a proven foundation that never fails. It frees you to add your original voice and vision, all of which adds up to bestselling fiction and hit screenplays. "I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft!"- Kami Garcia, #1 NY Times & International Bestselling author
Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story will teach you how to translate your story into a form that enables reader connection ... and sells more books! (James Scott Bell) Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning ...
Author: Becca Puglisi
Publisher: JADD Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Within the pages of a book exists a world drawn from a writer’s deepest imaginings, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level. But the audience’s fascination will only last if the writer can describe this vibrant realm and its inhabitants well. The setting achieves this by offering readers a unique sensory experience. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can build mood, convey meaning through symbolism, drive the plot by creating challenges that force the hero to fight for what he wants, and trigger his emotions to reveal his most intimate feelings, fears, and desires. Inside this volume you will find: • A list of the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds for over 100 settings revolving around school, home, and nature • Possible sources of conflict for each location to help you brainstorm ways to naturally complicate matters for your characters • Advice on the many effective ways to build mood, helping you steer both the character’s and readers’ emotions in every scene • Information on how the setting directly influences the plot by acting as a tuning fork for what a character needs most and by testing his dedication to his goals • A tutorial on figurative language and how different descriptive techniques can bring settings alive for readers while conveying a symbolic message or deeper meaning • A review of the challenges that arise when writing description, as well as special considerations that apply specifically to rural and personal settings The Rural Setting Thesaurus takes “show-don’t-tell” to new heights. It offers writers a roadmap to creating fresh setting imagery that impacts the story on multiple levels and keeps readers engaged from the first page to the last.
... Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story by James Scott Bell • • For Making the Writing Process More Efficient: • 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, ...
Author: Crystal Crawford
Publisher: Crystal Crawford
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Slap Him with a Fish is a crash course in the craft of fiction for beginning to intermediate fiction writers. Written by an indie author and writing instructor and made to address often-asked questions from the author’s students and fellow writers, this handbook covers an assortment of writing topics. Told in a conversational, easily digested format, this book provides an in-depth look at the craft of fiction with a practical-yet-encouraging perspective. Topics covered include: What Makes a Story “Work” Creating Emotional Impact The Writing Process Terminology Genres and Genre Expectations The True Meaning of Show, Don’t Tell Backstory and the Iceberg Theory Significant Detail versus Excess Detail Writing for an Audience How Characters, Setting, Plot, and Theme Interconnect Hooking Your Reader Crafting Realistic Conflict & Building Story Tension Thematic Threads and Emotional Resonance Using Description in Your Story Using Exposition in Your Story Point of View (POV) Narrative Style & Authorial Voice Crafting Strong Dialogue Making Every Word Count Worldbuilding Developing Characters Plotting & Planning Basic Story Structure Drafting: Tips for getting started The Magic of “Flow” Surviving the Suck How To Finish That First Draft! Editing/Rewriting Tips for Self-Editing Choosing a Title and Writing a Blurb/Description Publishing Options And more! Grab this handy resource now and level up your skills in the craft of fiction.
I think the best advice on how to do this comes from James Scott Bell's Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story. He notes that stakes should always involve some form of death — whether that's an actual physical death ...
Author: Andrea J. Johnson
Publisher: Andrea J. Johnson
Everything you need to know about SUSPENSE in one comprehensive guide. Write your book from start to finish. We often hear the term “suspense” used as a wholesale description for thriller novels, but it’s actually a literary convention that can be used in all types of fiction — from legal and political fare to crime and noir. In fact, the excitement and exhilaration that properly executed suspense can manifest is an essential tool for every writer’s arsenal. Invest in this guide to learn a myriad of techniques that will help you draft your book from start to finish. · Crafting plot twists and plot reveals · Developing unreliable narrators · Learning the difference between suspense and tension · Recognizing the difference between antiheroes and villains (and how to develop them) · Creating red herrings, MacGuffins, and other elements of misdirection · Writing action and chase scenes · Understanding the do’s and don’ts of prologues · Raising the stakes through compelling dialogue · Building a solid pacing to create a powerful plot · Hooking readers with a riveting opening We will also cover some of the coveted suspense techniques made famous by Alfred Hitchcock, Patricia Highsmith, Agatha Christie, and Arthur Conan Doyle. SPECIAL BONUS: This book contains an extensive ★GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS★ as well as classic and contemporary examples of suspense at its best. Plus, every chapter ends with either a checklist, grow tip, start-up exercise, or frequently asked question to help you complete your suspense story in half the time. So whether you’re drafting your first novel or polishing your twentieth, Mastering the Art of Suspense: How to Write Legal Thrillers, Medical Mysteries, & Crime Fiction is a must-have for your keeper shelf. From the author of How to Craft a Killer Cozy Mystery and Poetic Justice!
As outlined in Super Structure; The key to unleashing the power of story, by James Scott Bell (2015), every good story starts with a problem that causes pain and unhappiness to the hero that results in a quest or challenge.
Author: Jack Gregg
Publisher: Springer Nature
Category: Business & Economics
If man’s next big step is to live and work in space, then what will everyone do out there that is so different from what we are now doing here on Earth? As the future of space comes into focus it is clear that profit and power are the core elements of the new space economy. This entertaining and informative book looks at human settlement in space as a mainstream business opportunity for investors, entrepreneurs and far-sighted individuals seeking to secure their place in the innovative commercial space sector. Dr. Jack Gregg presents a unique 5-phase development roadmap that shows how space will grow from a frontier economy to a mature integrated market. Written in simple, non-technical language, this book answers such questions as: • What is the new industrial space economy? • What are the challenges and roadblocks on the way to a robust space economy? • How will the rapid growth of the new space economy impact commerce back on Earth? • How can one best invest in profitable space-related enterprises? The Cosmos Economy is for readers who hope to be better equipped and more informed about the new space economy; and Investors, entrepreneurs, and futurists who wants to learn how to take part in the business opportunities of the new high frontier of commercial space.
2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story by James Scott Bell How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen Prosperity for Writers by Honorée Corder The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal ...
Author: Michele L. Mathews
Publisher: Beach Girl Publishing LLC
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Debating on how to publish your book? Self-publishing is one possible option. Every day authors debate on self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Self-publishing intimidates authors. Yet waiting a year or more to publish their book isn’t an option either. If you know what’s expected before you begin, self-publishing isn’t as hard as you think. This book explains the ten basic things of self-publishing. These things are what you need to know before you take the plunge into the self-publishing world. Are you ready to get started?
In this book, authors Henry Sims and Charles Manz show you how to make this dream come true. Company of Heroes is a springboard for releasing the talent, energy, and enthusiasm of everyone in the organization-not just those at the top.
Author: Henry P. Sims
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
Category: Business & Economics
A successful career means more than just upward mobility and a house in the suburbs-it's the chance to work with people who are as optimistic, energetic, and successful as you are. The chance, in other words, to be part of a company of heroes. In this book, authors Henry Sims and Charles Manz show you how to make this dream come true. Company of Heroes is a springboard for releasing the talent, energy, and enthusiasm of everyone in the organization-not just those at the top. Offering new concepts of leadership-among them, heroic self-leadership-this remarkable book calls for a new, dynamic attitude toward work in today's business organizations. Developing ideas presented in their acclaimed book SuperLeadership, the authors describe a pragmatic, detailed program you can use to transform everyone in your company into a heroic self-leader. You'll learn: * How to become a self-leader and serve as a self-leadership model for others * Why SuperLeadership is much more in tune with today's business needs than traditional models of leadership * How the core process of follower self-leadership works and how to implement proven self-leadership strategies * How organizations and managers can make the challenging transition to self-leadership * How to use teams to empower followers and how to take the entire team concept to the next level * How a total culture of self-leadership can create a company of heroes * What can be learned from the examples of such real-life SuperLeaders as Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric; Ricardo Semler, CEO of Semler Industries; and Dennis Bakke, CEO of AES Corporation An invaluable resource for all managers and supervisors, Company of Heroes is a blueprint for all those who want to build the new, more dynamic organizations of the future now. A practical, step-by-step program for unleashing the full talents of everyone in your organization Company of Heroes In the leaner, meaner organizations of the 1990s the ability to turn a work group into a company of heroes is the key to managerial success. Drawing on concepts set forth in their bestselling SuperLeadership, Henry P. Sims, Jr., and Charles C. Manz provide a complete set of proven, easy-to-use strategies and techniques that managers can use to help their people become heroes-creative, highly motivated self-leaders. Practical, step-by-step guidance on implementing SuperLeadership concepts in any industry * How to become a self-leader and serve as a self-leadership model for others * A detailed examination of the traditional leadership models-why they have lost effectiveness and why SuperLeadership offers a more dynamic, empowering way to lead * Promoting self-led teamwork and boosting the performance levels of teams * Vivid, real-life examples of SuperLeaders and self-leadership in action And many more strategies and techniques for unleashing the powerful self-leadership capacity that resides within each person. Company of Heroes is must reading for all managers and supervisors determined to create extraordinarily effective organizations.
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This formula links melodrama, film noir, and the Western to each other and Frank Castle's story to them all. In Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology, Richard Reynolds describes the origins of comic book characters in a way that often ...
Author: Charles Hatfield
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Category: Literary Criticism
A full exploration of the history, politics, and aesthetics of the superhero genre