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Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense [Kindle Edition]

James Scott Bell
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Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last.

Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension.

  • Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict.
  • Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict.
  • Build conflict into your story's point of view.
  • Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward.
  • Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue.
  • Amp up the suspense when you revise.
Conflict & Suspense offers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.



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About the Author

James Scott Bell is the author of more than fifteen novels and a Christy Award winner for Final Witness in 2000. His fiction has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and the Library Review. He's the author of Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, and The Art of War for Writers. He writes for Writer's Digest magazine. Bell currently teaches fiction writing courses at Pepperdine University and is a regular on the conference circuit. His website is www.jamesscottbell.com. He lives in West Hills, California.


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  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 159963273X
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (December 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N4DAZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction) is one of the best how-to books on writing I've ever read. He's easy and fun to read with a good mix of motivation and creative solutions to specific or general issues. This new book, Conflict and Suspense, shares a lot of the same stuff that made Plot and Structure great--and therein lies the book's flaw. If you own both books, you will find far too much information overlap, like Bell only bothered to write half a book.

The new information is definitely helpful for writing conflict and suspense, but not as essential. Bell's step-by-step how to write a novel "LOCK" system from Plot and Structure is reprinted here in its entirety. If you're only going to buy one how-to write (any type of fiction) book, even if you want to write action or suspense, I'd still go for Plot and Structure first every time. Why? Because of its broader focus. It covers a lot more situations. It''s like a toolbox, whereas this book is more of a specialized wrench set. They do complement each other and go hand-in-hand, so if you don't mind the information overlap and just want more good insights and advice from Bell, then get this book, too. Just know you're only getting maybe half a book's worth of new stuff.

Again, the new stuff here is very good, some of it quite brilliant, and there are enough "aha!" gems to make it worth adding to your collection . . . just maybe not for full price. My 4-star rating reflects that.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I can trace the success in my own career to James Scott Bell's advice for writers. I was working on a rewrite for my first truly successful novel when I read Plot & Structure and identified both a flaw in my antagonist and the resolution for a major plot weakness. I worked through the revisions with my fingers on fire and landed an agent shortly thereafter. My well-worn copy of Bell's book Revision & Self-Editing has proven equally useful and I recently gobbled up an ebook of the collected wisdom from his writing blog. When I saw that Bell had a new book about the art of writing, I bought it and started reading at once.

True to form, as I read Conflict & Suspense I found myself thinking of my current work in progress and kept running to the computer to jot down solutions to my problems or mark potential places to deepen conflict. And even though Bell's work focuses on plot, the character insights I gained from the book will prove equally valuable.

If I had any quibble with Conflict & Suspense--and it's a minor one--it's that having written so much about the art of writing, Bell sometimes trods familiar ground in this latest book. Some of his favorite themes--The Big Lie, the LOCK method, and Bell's pet theories about characterization--made predictable appearances. In addition, Bell's books all draw on the same examples from fiction and cinema. However, this material serves both as an important review and as a foundation for other, newer ideas and exercises.

I bought this book as an ebook, but will be buying a paper copy as well so that I can mark it up and put it on my shelf next to Bell's other books.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Like any good writer, I enjoy the guilty pleasure of stealing time to read the latest in writer's reference books. While I already have Mr. Bell's "Plot and Structure" and "Revision and Self-Editing", I was eager to read "Conflict & Suspense." This review is for the Kindle version.

I have three measuring sticks for writers reference books--1) Do I set it down easily after a few pages or paragraphs, 2) Does my highlighter get a workout, and 3) Do I find myself automatically thinking of my manuscript(s) and how to apply what I'm reading.

"Conflict & Suspense" passes the test easily. While I generally use the term "unputdownable" with regard to fiction, I found it applied to this book as well. I finished the book over about 4 days, with a marathon session where I couldn't stop reading on the fourth day. My Kindle highlighting feature was working overtime and the book kept my mind busy thinking about my WIP and how to enhance the conflict and suspense using the techniques I was reading.

Not all writers reference books are equal. I may read some and find just one thought in the whole book I can use or worse, they just don't spark my imagination with regard to my WIP. Others, like "Conflict and Suspense" are chock full and probably two thirds of the text are marked up with highlights.

While you will see some material in this text that you've seen before in his earlier books (such as the LOCK System), don't discount it. It is still chock full of tons of great advice and practical tips on infusing your book with both conflict and suspense.

The book does not employ heavy use of charts or graphs at all, but one of the charts in there, as is usual with e-readers, is very difficult to read even in zoom unless you have x-ray vision.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Panning for Some Gold April 23, 2013
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I bought this book because I have read two other books by James Scott Bell and found them both helpful. The problem is that there is not much new material in this book. I'm not saying there is nothing new to help you, but you will have to wade through a lot of material you've read before to get to it. I think the last two chapters about putting it all together and an analysis of conflict in two novels to be the most help.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Teacher of Conflict and Suspense--Must Read for Authors!
This is a fantastic craft book on creating conflict and suspense in your novel. I treated it like a workshop reading a chapter a night. So much insight. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kourtney Heintz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
has alot of good pointers for writers.
Published 11 days ago by thebigp219
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Thrillers
I picked this book up on a whim. I just signed up for the 30-day free trial of Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited, and I snagged a bunch of books that had been languishing on my wish... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lee Dunning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching
Great book for an author of any writing level.
Published 1 month ago by j
4.0 out of 5 stars An essential for every writer
If you are an aspiring writer get this book. If you are published, get this book. James goes over some of the material covered in his other books but with a fresh approach, Every... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Orlando Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Purchase
This is a must-have for any fiction writer. Not only does it explain how to incorporate conflict and suspense in a novel, but it discusses scene structure in a way I'd never seen... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Author/Artist
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
As a writer, I'm always looking to improve my craft. This book is a godsend! Totally worth the money, probably worth more.
Published 2 months ago by Shells
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
James Scott Bell is a wonderful author. He is successful, and has many published fiction novels. He knows his stuff. You will find his advice helpful.
Published 4 months ago by The Z Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for beginners and the initiated
I was looking for a good reference book on writing to add to my bookshelf that didn't just talk about the basics of writing and then provide some prompts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars LOCK your novel and watch conflict build
James Scott Bell teaches fiction writers some important lessons about how to create conflict and suspense by creating high stakes situations for our characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A.M. Spicer
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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada and London. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone -- www.killzoneauthors.blogspot.com

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