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A Novel Idea: Story Structure Tips for the Break-Out Novelist (Writing With Excellence) (English Edition)
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A Novel Idea: Story Structure Tips for the Break-Out Novelist (Writing With Excellence) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Eddie Jones

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This book is based on the supporting material for novel writing class taught at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Florida Christian Writers Conference, Write to Publish Conference, Colorado Christian Writers Conference, Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference and in no way is meant to be a full-blown writing book.

Conferees asked for a simple and cheap ebook; we complied.

The intent of this book is to present the BASIC elements of writing a novel in UNDER 60 MINUTES. Estimated word count is 15,000. In other words, it is a SHORT book.

(We keep saying this because some reviewers skim over the book's description and are surpised to find it is a SHORT book.)

Content includes material from Kindle books: Plotting Simplified and Been There, "Scene" That!


Plotting Simplified
We remember characters; we pitch plot. In Plotting Simplified you'll learn how to map your story using the "passage markers" that shape every story's journey. From introduction and motivation to your Lead's moment of maximum angst, you'll see how easy it is to develop a story line and keep your characters on the path to a compelling climax. Learn how to introduce the Great Disturbance, what 4 Questions you should ask of your plot, how to map-out your story, manage your key scenes, the 7 Keys to every good plot, whyWorry, Conflict and Disaster spells success for the writer, and how to introduce your Major Dramatic Question.

Been There, "Scene" That!
Making a scene is as easy as: ABCD. A good scene reveals information that moves the story forward (new goals, old secrets, hidden motives), shows conflict between characters (adds tension), deepens the character’s development, and creates suspense (introduces a new wrinkle that leaves the reader hanging). Learn the three keys to scene summary, how to create memorable moments in your story, what 4 questions you should ask of each scene. Learn professional secrets and begin crafting great scenes in just five minutes.

Dramatic Dialogue
Dialogue can breathe life into any fiction or non-fiction story. In this class we cover: Scene & space – A scene is: Doing (Action) Thinking (Narrative) and Talking (Dialogue). Tools– A writer has a number of tools for story building: narration, action, description, and dialogue Stickiness – How dialogue sticks with us Tags – When to tag, when to skip tags & where to place tags Types - Direct, Reflective, Misdirected, Modulated, Descriptive, Breathless, & Compressed Tips – When to circle back, go silent, & add gestures Punctuation – Where to put those marks and quotes.

Creating Compelling Characters
Compelling characters are larger than life. They risk more, laugh often and love with passion. In this session you’ll learn how to invent both likable and loathsome characters, winners and losers, heroes and villains. In this class you’ll learn how to build motivation, focus flaws, and and explore the feelings or your characters. You’ll see how conflict, crisis and consequences shape your characters. We’ll show you how to find the right character for your story, motivate your hero and heroin, and how the "off-beat sidekick" can provide comic relief for your story.

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 67%).

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 179 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 66 pages
  • Editeur : Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; Édition : 1st (27 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00C16HZQI
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Keeps its Promise 27 avril 2013
Par Lisa Hess - Publié sur
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This book promises to teach the elements of a novel in under an hour. Clear, concise explanations and lots of white space that invites the reader to pause and absorb the information allows it to do just that.

But I didn't want to fly through the book in an hour. Though it's not daunting in its delivery, there's a lot of information here. Complex concepts are presented in easy-to-understand terms, and the section on dialogue alone was worth more than the price of the book, somehow managing to be both detailed and succinct.

If you're looking for a book with dissertations on the elements of a novel, this book isn't for you. It reads more like a series of signposts along the road, pointing the way to destination in language you can read and absorb as you fly by.
Linear thinkers may have difficulty with the author's approach, but writers in the brainstorming phase or those double-checking a novel before submission are likely to appreciate the free-flow, stream-of-consciousness approach.

Definitely worth more than its price.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Short, sweet, pithy 10 mai 2013
Par Normandie Fischer - Publié sur
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I was curious, and for a dollar, what could I possibly lose in adding this little book to my stockpile of writing references? This may be the shortest book on crafting fiction that's ever been written, but it didn't advertise itself as more than a tidbit, un soupcon, shall we say, of writing tips. It certainly didn't claim to be exhaustive.

In reality, it offered -- in those well-laid-out points -- a valuable checklist for each of us, no matter how many stories we've written.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A good refresher, with some minor formatting problems 18 mai 2013
Par L. A. Nicholas - Publié sur
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This little book is apparently a compilation of three booklets the author had previously offered as separate titles (no longer available in that format). I had already purchased two of them, but thought it would be handy to have this book, as it includes (apparently verbatim) the other two, plus a section on characterization.

Working on my first novel, I have read quite a number of books on various aspects of the novelistic craft (plot, dialogue, characterization, scene development). At the point when all the advice started running together in my head, I discovered Eddie Jones's Been There, Scene That and Plotting Simplified: Story Structure Tips for the Breakout Novelist. As Jones noted in the introduction of each, these were summary notes based on writing courses he teaches. I really liked them, because they summarized all that advice I had read in about a dozen different long books. Now that I am at the revision and editing stage of developing my novel, I find them useful, brief reminders of the various aspects of craft that I need to make sure get built into my story.

Apparently, Jones teaches using some of the same books I have read on the writing craft, so these booklets really proved useful overviews of what successful writers do and advise others to do. So when I saw this new title, incorporating everything in the two booklets I had already bought, plus one more on characterization, I bought it for the convenience of having all the tips in one Kindle book. I've no doubt that the notes on character building will be just as helpful as those on plotting and scene building. I didn't mind essentially repurchasing two titles I already have, since I'm getting all three (plot, scenes, characters) for the price of one ($1).

It's too bad that, for some reason, Jones no longer includes an introduction that explains that the book is essentially a set of notes based on courses he teaches. Readers need to know this, so that they don't expect a lot of lengthy explanation or examples of how to use techniques. For what it is (a summary, checklist, recap of more thorough instruction that can be found in other books), this title is very good. If you want something else or more, however, look elsewhere.

One other problem in this new edition is that all the subheads force page breaks, so sections as short as a single paragraph are on pages by themselves, which I find irritating. That problem needs to be fixed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has been reading lots of books on novelistic craft (such as those by James Scott Bell, Donald Maas, Nancy Kress, etc.) and would like a quick overview that sums up the common wisdom on how to write novels in popular genres.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Small but mighty guide for fiction authors! 8 mai 2013
Par Elaine Marie Cooper - Publié sur
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For such an inexpensive book, I found a wealth of helpful information in "A Novel Idea!" Author Eddie Jones has compiled concise guidelines for all the aspects of developing a novel that will keep a reader consumed in your book. Everything from character development to dialogue to developing a memorable scene is covered, with moments of humor to keep a reader laughing. "A Novel Idea" should be used as a checklist for every author to compare their missives before submitting to a publisher.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Information from an Industry Leader 3 avril 2013
Par Edie Melson - Publié sur
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I know this book is presented as the written material for a class taught at writing conferences, but I found the info in here invaluable! Eddie Jones has a gift of breaking down information into manageable, repeatable bites. His insights are spot on and his delivery makes the book a great read.
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