- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (November 23, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582974799
- ISBN-13: 978-1582974798
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time
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In Make a Scene, Jordan E. Rosenfeld magnifies with intelligence and insight the underpinnings of powerful story making. Demonstrating in a step-by-step manner why a scene works, Rosenfeld shows how fiction writers can apply this knowledge to their own work. The astonishing depth and breadth of this guidebook, which utilizes a wide range of narrative styles to underscore a point, make it a vital tool for writers serious about their craft. -- --Jessica Keener, fiction editor of AGNI Magazine
Make a Scene is one of the clearest, most pragmatic books about writing fiction I have ever come across. Refreshingly lacking in ego and full of useful examples and discussion. -- --Maryanne Stahl, author of The Opposite Shore and Forgive the Moon
Make a Scene will answer all the questions you might ask--and some you won't think of asking--on the scene. In clear and concise language, using innumerable examples from James Joyce's "The Dead" through Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer and on to Harry Potter, with explanations of terms from "the reveal" to the epiphany, Jordan Rosenfeld explores all the secrets of the scene. For the beginning writer, as well as one who thinks he/she knows it all. -- --Sheila Kohler, award-winning author of Cracks, Crossways, and Bluebird: Or the Invention of Happiness
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Of course, try to use the pointers mentioned in this book as guidelines - don't follow them exactly. Otherwise, we'll all become robotic storytellers! What this book fails to tell is - we all have our own styles and for that we need to break a rule or two. But first, we need to learn the rules and understand why they are there in the first place. This book helps us with just that.
The opening and closing chapters were very strong- this book would be great for beginning writers, and a good reinforcement for veterans to pick up.
I especially liked how she covered the purpose and pacing of scene openings, middles, and closes. This book has a comfortable level of examples- enough so that the points are communicated with clarity. A lot of books lard themselves up with copious excerpts and redundant examples, but this one refrains and gives us the perfect balance.
Some veteran writers might think they already know the mechanics of putting together a scene, but I'd still advise them to skim through this- there's probably some bits in there they could benefit from.
It's not my favorite writing book of all time- but it's a good one.
Those who are familiar with scene & sequel terminology might have some small trouble adapting, but that's because Rosenfeld goes beyond simple scene and sequel, actually describing the different kinds of scene and sequel scenes that one can have (action, dramatic, dialogue, etc.).
It's like an alchemy book for writing tight scenes. It's great to have on-hand for revisions!