Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing

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Writer's Digest Books, Apr 11, 2006 - Reference - 304 pages
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Effective storytelling stems from many elements, the most crucial of which are unseen or blended in so unobtrusively that they are difficult to spot and analyze. Still, they are necessary to the wholeness and coherence of a story–to create a work that lingers and resonates in the reader's imagination.

In Between the Lines, author and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell shows you how to craft a unified and layered novel or short story by mastering subtle storytelling techniques, such as:
  • Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
  • Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
  • Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize the emotional payoff
  • Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
  • Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story

Detailed instruction combined with examples from well-known authors turn seemingly complex topics like subtext, revelations, misdirection, and balance into comprehensible techniques that will elevate your writing to the next level.

 

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It's not often you find an insightful "How To" book on writing that is also an entertaining read. This, however, is a trademark of Jessica Page Morrell books. Ms. Morrell has been in the editing ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
A Deep Deep World
3
Art Artifice Keeping Readers Spellbound
13
Backstory
18
Cliffhangers Thrusters
36
Epilogues
56
Epiphanies Revelations
64
Flashbacks
80
Prologues
138
Sense of Place
151
Sensory Surround
171
Subplots
194
Subtlety
204
Suspense
223
Tension
246
Theme Premise
263

Foreshadowing
98
Imagery Other Charms
115
Pacing
126
Transitions
281
Index
296
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About the author (2006)

As a writing instructor for more than 15 years, Jessica Morrell reaches thousands of writers through her popular Writing Life Web site, her blog, and her monthly e-newsletter with 2,000 subscribers. In addition, she is a writing coach and developmental editor, and writes a monthly column for the Willamette Writers newsletter. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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