How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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"Damn good" fiction is dramatic fiction, Frey insists, whether it is by Hemingway or Grisham, Le Carre or Ludlum, Austen or Dickens. Despite their differences, these authors' works share common elements: strong narrative lines, fascinating characters, steadily building conflicts, and satisfying conclusions. Frey's How to Write a Damn Good Novel is one of the most widely used guides ever published for aspiring authors. Here, in How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II, Frey offers powerful advanced techniques to build suspense, create fresher, more interesting characters, and achieve greater reader sympathy, empathy, and identification.
How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II also warns against the pseudo-rules often inflicted upon writers, rules such as "The author must always be invisible" and "You must stick to a single viewpoint in a scene," which cramp the imagination and deaden the narrative. Frey focuses instead on promises that the author makes to the reader—promises about character, narrative voice, story type, and so on, which must be kept if the reader is to be satisfied. This book is rich, instructive, honest, and often tellingly funny about the way writers sometimes fail their readers and themselves.

 

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Frey ( How To Write a Damn Good Novel , St. Martin's, 1987) expands on his earlier take on the art of novel writing. His focus here is on dramatic fiction. Using examples from a broad range of fiction ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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CHAPTER ONE The Fictive Dream and How to Induce It
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CHAPT ER TWO All About Suspense or Pass the Mustard Im Biting My Nails
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CHAPTER THREE Of Wimps and Wackos Creating Truly Memorable Characters
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CHAPTER FOUR The P Word Premise Revisited Part One The Concept Is Explained and Simplified
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CHAPTER FIVE The P Word Premise Revisited Part Two The Novelists Magic Wand
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CHAPTER SIX On Voice or The Who Who Tells the Tale
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CHAPTER SEVEN The AuthorReader Contract or Dont Promise a Primrose and Deliver a Pickle
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CHAPTER EIGHT The Seven Deadly Mistakes
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CHAPTER NINE Writing with Passion
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James N. Frey is the author of the internationally bestselling How to Write a Damn Good Novel and How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II, as well as nine novels. He has taught and lectured on creative writing at several different schools and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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