Lights! Camera! Fiction!

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Running Press Book Publishers, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 253 pages
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How many times have you watched a popular movie and thought, "I'd like to write something like that," or "Even I can write better dialogue!" Here's your chance to learn how to write a novel...by watching movies like "Speed," "The Sixth Sense," "Clueless," "Die Hard," "While You Were Sleeping," and more! For the first time, a professional writing instructor and movie buff will take you through the steps necessary to craft your own commercial novel using techniques found in your favorite films. What can Hollywood's biggest features teach you about writing? How to watch movies with a writer's eye. Infusing character traits into scenes and plots. Using material goals to show internal motivation. Techniques for making scenes do double duty, including foreshadowing and flashback. What is a credibility gap, and how you should bridge it.
Plus: Three 'tricks' for fixing holes in your plot, characters or anything else in your story. Thompson guides you frame by frame through the ins and outs of writing a hit, in a text that is packed with "Quick Tips" and "Quick Fixes." This is an indispensable reference work that will have you polishing your prose--and preparing it for publication--in no time!

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About the author (2006)

Alfie Thompson has given writing workshops from New York to Hawaii. She's earned Write Touch Reader's Awards and climbed as high as #14 on Ingram's most requested author list. Two and a half million copies of her books have been sold in 32 languages and 29 countries. She lives with her husband and her dog Molly near Kansas City.

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