Thursday, May 24, 2012

Talk About It Thursdays: Write Great Fiction Series

As an author, I look for materials that will help me hone my craft and please my readers. I found a great series on call "Write Great Fiction" that has helped me from plot and structure to self-editing. I wanted to share this series with you so lets "Talk About It Thursdays" will focus on the books of this wonderful series.

Plot & Structure
James Scott Bell

Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot. This book provides techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends, easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts, Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas; thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter, story structure models and methods for all genres, tips and tools for correcting common plot problems, filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance. Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
Nancy Kress

This book is filled with interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to:
  • Choose and execute the best point of view for your story
  • Create three-dimensional and believable characters
  • Develop your characters' emotions
  • Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes
  • Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story
With dozens of excerpts from some of today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint provides you with the techniques you need to create characters and stories sure to linger in the hearts and minds of agents, editors, and readers long after they've finished your book.

Gloria Kempton

Write Great Fiction: Dialogue by successful author and instructor Gloria Kempton has the answers to all of these questions and more! It's packed with innovative exercises and instruction designed to teach you how to:
  • Create dialogue that drives the story
  • Weave dialogue with narrative and action
  • Write dialogue that fits specific genres
  • Avoid the common pitfalls of writing dialogue
  • Make dialogue unique for each character
Along with dozens of dialogue excerpts from today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Dialogue gives you the edge you need to make your story stand out from the rest.

Description & Setting
Ron Rozelle

You can find all the answers you need in Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting by author and instructor Ron Rozelle. This nuts-and-bolts guide&#150complete with practical exercises at the end of each chapter&#150gives you all the tips and techniques you need to:
  • Establish a realistic sense of time and place
  • Use description and setting to drive your story
  • Craft effective description and setting for different genres
  • Skillfully master showing vs. telling
With dozens of excerpts from some of today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting gives you all the information you need to create a sharp and believable world of people, places, events, and actions.

Revision & Self-Editing
James Scott Bell

In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings. You'll learn how to:
  • Write a cleaner first draft right out of the gate using Bell's plotting principles
  • Get the most out of revision and self-editing techniques by honing your skills with detailed exercises
  • Systematically revise a completed draft using the ultimate revision checklist that talks you through the core story elements
Whether you're in the process of writing a novel, have a finished draft you don't know what to do with, or have a rejected manuscript you don't know how to fix, Revision & Self-Editing gives you the guidance you need to write and revise like a pro.

*All content courtesy of the back book jacket of each title. Visit to purchase a copy.

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