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That's what this book is about: identifying those choices (whose viewpoint? stop and explain now, or wait? how can this lead to that?), then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move.
Inside you'll discover how to:
- test a story idea (using four simple questions) to see if it works
-convince your reader that not only is something happening, but that something's going to happen and it all matters intensely
- handle viewpoint shifts, flashbacks, and other radical jumps in your storyline weave plots with subplots
- get ready for and write your Big Scenes
- balance scene and summary narration to produce good pacing
- handle the extremes of melodrama by "faking out" your readers--making them watch your right hand while your left hand is doing something sneaky
- form subtle patterns with mirror characters and echoing incidents
- choose the best type of ending --linear or circular, happy or downbeat, or (with caution!) a trick ending
Whether your fiction is short or long, subtle or direct and hardhitting, you'll learn how to make the correct narrative choices that will lead to strong plots -- and fiction others will want to read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
To summarise, this is an excellent book that discusses most aspects of writing a novel, with Plot as its central unifying subject.
Well, I have seen that movie more times than you can shake a stick at and have read the book just as many times, but the analysis that Mr. Dibell made opened my eyes.
There is much better guidance available on most of the wide array of topics the author touches on so briefly (and inadequately) in this book.
This series, Elements of Fiction Writing, has a good overall reputation, and I've been working through a few of the titles already. Description was the most useful so far. Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Hauwiller
Ansen Dibell's voice is so condescending her message is lost. Reading it is like being scolded, repeatedly, for mistakes she has no way of knowing the reader has made. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joe Abdow
This book doesn't do a good job of telling you how to develop or build a plot, but it does a good job of helping you to polish the plot and elaborate on it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. M. Brown
So far it is what I was looking for. Am using it as a reference so have not actually read the whole book. condition was exactly as seller claimed.Published 3 months ago by Rolland Miner
Although easily digestible in one sitting, this book has had me going for a week -- I read each chapter and then reread, taking notes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael D
Most 'how to' books aren't much fun, but this book is an exception. I actually enjoyed reading it. Also, I found it very helpful indeed. I'd highly recommend it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anton Goulet
I needed a kick in the writing pants re my story. PLOT was recommended by a Grub Street writer so I ordered it. It is tautly written with great examples. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Fein-Zachary
The "Plot, Elements of Fiction Writing" is a fine volume describing the writer's concerns with crafting plot in a work of fiction. I would recommend to any writer.Published 17 months ago by Jeffrey Grady