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Pimp My Fiction: Write A Bestselling Novel By Learning Powerful Writing Techniques Kindle Edition
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Pimp My Fiction is a great title. It hints that Paula Wynne will tell you how to glamorize your novels and make them more appealing.
And she delivers, only not in the way you might expect. You might think she would offer her own tips for dressing up your books. (And she does, especially on pages 145 and 146.) But she mostly summarizes and reviews books on novel writing by other authors.
"Pimp My Fiction gives you a list of the best writing books and HOW they can improve your writing."
Now that's a daunting task, and one that she acquits fairly well. Most likely, Paula Wynne labored long and hard to do so. Her list is varied and interesting but maybe not comprehensive. It leaves out Larry Brooks, John Gardner, Dwight V. Swain, Stanley D. Williams, Syd Field, Sol Stein, and Aristotle, as well as many famous novelists themselves who, in introductions and free standing books and essays, have offered insights into the craft.
But she intends to update her volume one day --a spunky promise-- and therefore solicits additions, suggestions, and improvements. You have to admire her hope, energy, and humility.
A very good feature of the book is the offering of many quotes, such as:
The novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers. ~ Jose Saramago, page 123
Karl (Iglesias) wants all writers to start thinking: ‘I’m in the emotional-delivery business, and my job is to evoke emotion in a reader.’, page 95
Always grab the reader by the throat in the first paragraph, send your thumbs into his windpipe in the second, and hold him against the wall until the end. ~ Paul O’Neil, page 25
Fiction is about characters that readers are intimately involved with and worried about. ~ Jessica Page Morrell, page 35
A good plot is about disturbance to a character’s inner and outer lives. ~ James Scott Bell, page 32
Plotting means you’re dramatising your character arc through a series of events, reversals and problems, while keeping the pace and speed at which the story unfolds firmly in check. ~ Jessica Page Morrell, page 38
Conflict must include high stakes ~ what is risked or threatened must be precious to your character. ~ CS Lakin, page 48
Think of suspense this way: If conflict is the engine of fiction, then suspense is the fuel that makes it run. ~ Jessica Page Morrell, page 149.
And many more.
The book also features many direct digital links.
Pimp My Fiction is a sprawling compendium. As such, you would guess it was a bear to organize. But Paula Wynne did okay. She ordered the material in a way that lets you find matter of particular interest. For instance, she has a chapter on Writing for Children, and another on Dictionaries and Thesauruses.
All in all, this brave resource points the way to even more useful advice on the craft of fiction writing.
There is a strong focus on books about character development, but also quite a lot about structure, and even separate chapters about a wide range of genre writing.
While this book won't teach you everything you need to know to write a great novel, it will definitely show you exactly what resources to select in order to accomplish that. As a resource of resources, this is definitely the place to start when building your writing reference library.
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