-- James Scott Bell, best-sellingauthor of Conflict and Suspense and Plot and Structure
"C. S. Lakin's addition to the vast oeuvre of 'how to writea novel' wisdom is just that--a fresh and motivating take on conventionalwisdom, but with unconventional heart. This is highly accessible teachingthat transcends 'how to' and goes deep into 'why to' in a way that will forceyou to choose between reading it again and jumping on your own project. Bravo."
--Larry Brooks,author of Story Engineering, andblogger at Storyfix.com
"C.S.Lakin's Heart of Your Story offers all the techniques a writer needs topull readers deep into the story and provide a rich, meaningful experience thatwill last far beyond the final page. So much more than a 'how-to' on writing,this book opens a pathway into the writer's inner self, allowing them to drawfrom personal complexities that will supercharge their characters withdepth. Accessible to all levels, this must-have resource willtransform writing from good to exceptional."
--Angela Ackerman,author of The Emotion Thesuarus
From the Back Cover
Then there are the otherwriters. They want to write an unforgettable novel--the kind of book that getscalled a classic, that endures the ravages of time, that stays long in readers'hearts and changes their lives.
These writers want to know the secret of how to reach theheart of their readers.
If you are one of those writers, Writing the Heart of Your Story is the book you've been waiting for.
Inside, you'll learn
·what the most important key elements are that must be in the very first scene of yournovel--and some in the first paragraph.
·how to tap into the heart of your story,characters, setting, plot, and themes by employing specific writing exercises.
·ways to brainstorm ideas for plot, themes,motifs, setting, and rich characters through asking a series of questions thatwill take you deeper below the surface of your story.
·what the most important question is that must beasked in the opening scene in order to write an unforgettable novel.
·what three things each character must be askedfor them to become truly believable and compelling.
·the secrets to structuring powerful scenes byfocusing on the "high moment."
Don't just write a good novel. Write a great one--by miningthe heart of your story!