Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles & Ends
Get your stories off to a roaring start.
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...
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Review: Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing)User Review - Mike - Goodreads
This was excellent, not least because it's very well laid out, with a clear flow from point to point and chapter to chapter. (As you would hope from a book on beginnings, middles and ends.) All too ... Read full review
Review: Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing)User Review - Lauren - Goodreads
Really helpful book. I loved the author's approach to dealing with a story holistically. This is a book I return to again and again when writing. Read full review
The Very Beginning Your Opening Scene
The Later Beginning Your Second Scene
Help for Beginnings Early Revision
The Middle Staying on Track
Under Development Your Characters at Midstory
Help for Middles Getting Unstuck
Satisfying Endings Delivering on the Promise
The Very End Last Scene Last Paragraph Last Sentence
Help for Endings The Last Hurrah