Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles & Ends

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Writer's Digest Books, Feb 25, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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Get Your Readers' Attention — And Keep It — From the First World to the Final Page

Translating that initial flash of inspiration into a complete story requires careful crafting. So how do you keep your story from beginning slowly, floundering midway, and trailing off at the end? Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story—essential lessons for strong start-to-finish storytelling.

Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs. Make and keep your story’s implicit promise to the reader. Build drama and credibility by controlling your prose. Consider the price a writer pays for flashbacks. Reveal character effectively throughout your story.

Get the tools you need to get your story off to an engaging start, keep the middle tight and compelling, and make your conclusion high impact. You’ll also find dozens of exercises to help strengthen your short story or novel. Let this resource be your guide to successful stories—from the first word to the last.

 

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User Review  - devilwrites - LibraryThing

I want to start off by saying this is a fabulous resource. I picked it up because I've long heard Kress's "How To" books praised, and I must say, I'm very glad I did. There are, as always, things I ... Read full review

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User Review  - whimsicalwattle - LibraryThing

A good book. Some of the tips will be useful, though not all. Not everyone writes the same way after all. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Beginnings
5
Middles
63
Endings
112
Q A with Nancy Kress
158
Index
162
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Although she began by writing fantasy, Nancy Kress currently writes science fiction, most usually about genetic engineering. She teaches regularly at summer conferences such as Clarion, and during the year at the Bethesda Writing Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, she is the "Fiction" columnist for Writer's Digest magazine. She has won two Nebulas and a Hugo, and lost over a dozen more of these awards. Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, began by writing fantasy, among others.

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