Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles & Ends

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Writer's Digest Books, Mar 15, 1999 - Reference - 149 pages
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Get your stories off to a roaring start.
Keep them tight and crisp throughout.
Conclude them with a wallop.

Is the story or novel you've been carrying around in your head the same one you see on the page? Or does the dialogue suddenly sound flat and predictable? Do the events seem to ramble?

Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. The words you choose, how you describe characters, and the way you orchestrate conflict all make the difference—the difference between a story that is slow to begin, flounders midway, or trails off at the end—and one that holds the interest of readers and editors to the final page.

By demonstrating effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story, Nancy Kress will help you...

  • hook the editor on the first three paragraphs
  • make—and keep—your story's "implicit promise"
  • build drama and credibility by controlling your prose
Dozens of exercises help you strengthen your short story or novel. Plus, you'll sharpen skills and gain new insight into...
  • the price a writer pays for flashbacks
  • six ways characters should "reveal" themselves
  • techniques for writing—and rewriting
Let this working resource be your guide to successful stories—from beginning to end.

 

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I admire Nancy Kress as a scifi writer. - Goodreads
Some of the tips will be useful, though not all. - Goodreads
Kress is a great teacher of writing. - Goodreads
This writing book serves as a great roadmap. - Goodreads
I'd recommend this book to anyone writing fiction. - Goodreads
As the title explains, beginnings, middles and endings. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kobayashi - Goodreads

I suppose I should really begin by just admitting I feel comfortable recommending EVERYTHING written by Nancy Kress... When not writing, I love to read ABOUT writing! Beginnings, Middles & Ends offers ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ahmad Ibn hajiri - Goodreads

Very helpful tips for both new and professional writers. Always a good companion to read when planning on a big (or even small) book projects ^_^ Read full review

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Contents

BEGINNINGS
5
The Very Beginning Your Opening Scene
6
The Later Beginning Your Second Scene
32
Help for Beginnings Early Revision
52
MIDDLES
59
The Middle Staying on Track
60
Under Development Your Characters at Midstory
80
Help for Middles Getting Unstuck
92
ENDINGS
103
Satisfying Endings Delivering on the Promise
104
The Very End Last Scene Last Paragraph Last Sentence
120
Help for Endings The Last Hurrah
132
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About the author (1999)

Nancy Kress is an author who won Best Novella at the Nebula Awards 2014 for her title Yesterday's Kin.

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