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- Print Length: 274 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Revised edition (July 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077KGM44N
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Make a Scene is not as advertised and it was with great resistance and frustration that I read to the end. I kept waiting for the “nuts-and-bolts” of scene building, like the book advertises, and it never came. Rather than focusing on scenes, the book focuses on the entire topic of storytelling and plotting.
I can usually tell the value of a craft book by this: the best books inspire me to put down the book and write; the worst inspire me to put down the book to write a review. This book did the latter.
If you’re looking for a book dedicated to the topic of writing scenes, look elsewhere. Make a Scene is more about plotting and story than it is about scenes, and there are FAR better books on that topic elsewhere.
This new edition of MAKE A SCENE is filled with insight along every element of craft. And I value craft. I don't care how experienced one thinks she or he is as a writer, craft is important--and being challenged to continue to develop that craft is vital. Guides like this help.
I really like the creative examples Ms. Rosenfeld uses from other storytellers to illustrate effective scene building. And this revised edition adds even more inspiration from its predecessor in highlighting the techniques of advancing plot and character development. Actually a good companion piece to Ms. Rosenfeld's other book Writing the Intimate Character.
All and all, great guidance from Ms. Rosenfeld, whose other writing guides and literary fiction I've enjoyed and learned from while reading. A fantastic writer, whose wit springs off the page and encourages other writers to dig deep and embrace craft.
Before beginnig to write novels, I wrote several musicals. The correlation between the two is astounding. A muskcal composition starts with notes on a piano. By themselves, they are not much. Whe added together in the right combination, you have a measure which makes up a phrase. When phrases are linked in the right irder, they compliment each other. As the song progresses, it builds in intensity building and moves the audience emotionally.
So it is with writing a novel. Emach chapter of this book educates you on how to take the individual pieces (notes) and combine them into scenes. These scenes, when correctly pieced together will create a story that builds, moving your reader emotionally. If done the right way, your reader will not be able to put your book down. If pieced together incorrectly the reader will abandon the book in a heartbeat. As authors we all want the same thing - to create a story that moves our readers so they can't wait to see what happens next.
I don't have time to edit this post, so please forgive the quick 'off the top of my head' review. I think you get my point. This book belongs on the desk of every author.