- Series: Writing Craft
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Durham Crest Books (May 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940096146
- ISBN-13: 978-1940096148
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
An award-winning fiction author, Jordan McCollum enjoys teaching through her writing craft blog at JordanMcCollum.com, through online classes on her website and others, and in her Writing Craft series. For four years, she served as the inaugural Education Director of Authors Incognito, an online writers’ support group with over four hundred members. On the fiction side, she is the author of four Whitney Award finalist novels in the romantic suspense series Spy Another Day. She makes her home in Utah with her husband and their five children.
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Depth can be achieved through a lot of things, from the moment we create character, from their backstory, their voice, conflict, emotion, point of view, relationship, etc. Each described in this book with simple and effective technique that if you apply will improve the quality of your fiction.
There are many aspect of storytelling that we're all familiar with, but more often than not, overlooked. I can mention all Blake Snyder's beatsheet in less than a minute complete with each description, and think that I hit them all perfectly. Same thing with Larry Brooks, and Hero's Journey. I should had easier time writing my story, right ? Nope. I'm staring at my computer's screen, facing the Second Act, and only able to write a few words on the blank page. Backstory? Got it! And yet my character appear on the first page as if he were just born that day.
When I take Jordan's Online Class in January, I learned that I know the bigger picture about all aspect in storytelling but I overlooked the details. The details is what brings depth to characters. Maybe I know the theory of story structure, but I overlooked their function, especially in relation to the character. This book helps me understand my character better and writing my story easier, I have a lot more a plot ideas and rarely get stuck, as if this book telling me, 'you think you know, but think again, take as much as you can, then apply, you'll see the difference.'
I heard somewhere that you shouldn't read writing craft book while writing your story, you should learn the craft before you write or after you finished, but I find reading this book while writing is actually makes my story better. It's less than 200 pages, it won't suffer your writing time. This book offer quick and simple tips that you can apply right away. You won't overlooked the details, as it is there.