The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings


Compendium Press - The stew, brew, Accrue, Do brainstorming method. The best way to tie up loose ends. The most common ending mistakes, and how to avoid them. And more. Read this book and you will come away with a thorough knowledge of why great endings work and how to create them for every novel you write. The first page of a book sells that book.

The most important secret of all—resonance. The last page sells your next book. Mickey spillanewhat are the secrets for writing a great ending for your novel? how do you leave readers so satisfied that they'll want another book by you—right now? What tools and techniques can shape your last fifty pages into a powerful, unforgettable experience?In this book, International Thriller Writers Award winner and #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals:• The five types of endings.

The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings - What needs to happen in Act 3. How to use the Ah and Uh-Oh emotional wallops. A simple technique for crafting twist endings.

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Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between


Compendium Press - They are called "pantsers, " because they write by the "seat of the pants. Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they start. A powerful secret, and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction!What's the best way to write a "next level" novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan.

I need three things before i tackle a new novel: diet coke, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft!” - Kami Garcia, a laptop, #1 NYT Times & International Bestselling author . These are the "plotters. The two sides never seem to agree with each other on the best approach.

Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between - Bell's "mirror moment" is the secret, and its power is available to any writer, at any stage of the writing process. Bringing together years of craft study and personal discovery, Bell presents a truly unique approach to writing a novel, one that will stand the test of time and serve you all your writing life.

But what if it's not the beginning or the end that is the key to a successful book? What if, the place to begin writing your novel is in the very middle of the story? According to #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell, amazing as it may seem, that's exactly where you'll find your story's heart and heat.

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Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story


Compendium Press - Contrary to what some may think, structure is not a nasty inhibitor of creativity. Story loves structure. And so do readers!super structure represents over two decades of research on what makes a novel or screenplay entertaining, commercial, original, and irresistible. And it is only when readers truly connect with your story that they turn from casual readers into fans.

Every signpost is given its own chapter and explanation, along with a section called "Helpful Hints for Plotters and Pantsers, " showing you how to apply what you've learned and adapt it to your own style of writing. Never write a weak novel or screenplay again. Here's more good news: super structure will work for any type of writer--those who like to outline, those who just fly by "the seat of the pants, " and those who do a little of both.

That's because Super Structure stresses the concept of "signpost scenes. There are fourteen signpost scenes, the skeleton of an idea, or beats, that can be used to create an entire plot, or a map to help you figure out what to write next. Properly understood and utilized, structure is what translates story into a form readers are wired to receive it.

Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story - Quite the opposite. It frees you to add your original voice and vision, all of which adds up to bestselling fiction and hit screenplays. I need three things before i tackle a new novel: diet coke, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft!” - Kami Garcia, a laptop, #1 NY Times & International Bestselling author .

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How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript


Compendium Press - In how to write dazzling Dialogue you'll learn:What fictional dialogue is. Don't sabotage your chances of selling your work to readers or publishers because the dialogue is unexceptional. The best part is, the skills of the dialogue craft are easy to understand and put into practice. 1 bestselling writing coach James Scott Bell has put together and expanded upon the dialogue lectures from his popular writing seminars.

And if that reader is an agent or editor, sharp dialogue will give them instant assurance that you know what you're doing as a writer. Writing a bestseller or hot screenplay is no easy task, but dazzling dialogue is an absolute essential if you want to get there. You may be more than competent in plot, structure and characters.

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript - . How to write dazzling Dialogue will give you the tools to do it. There is one sure-fire way of improving your novel fast. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story down. On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it immediately grabs the reader. And isn'tthe 11 secrets of crafting memorable dialoguethe 5 essential tasks of dialogue5 ways to improve your dialogue ear4 can't-miss methods to increase conflict and tension in any dialogue exchangeThe top 10 dialogue issues, and how to resolve themYou'll also see dazzling dialogue in action with examples from hit novels and screenplays.

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Character Reactions from Head to Toe Indie Author Resources Book 1


Valerie Howard Books - As an author, 000 physical reactions a character can have, are your characters always sighing and nodding?did you just sigh and nod?if so, organized by body part from head to toe to internal organs, this booklet is for you!Jam-packed with a list of 1, you'll never be left scratching your head when you need a unique way to describe your character's reactions!Excerpt:FOREHEADForehead wrinklingForehead slicking with sweatSlapping or hitting forehead with palmBanging forehead against a surfaceWiping moisture off foreheadPressing fingers against foreheadTapping forehead with pencil or fingerForehead baking with a feverResting forehead in handsSplaying back of hand on forehead as if faintPoking forehead with thumb to jog memoryBanging forehead with fists to stop crazy thoughtsIndie Author Resources Book 1.

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And How Not To Make Them! - 27 Fiction Writing Blunders


Compendium Press - Now he's tackled the biggest offenders and shows you how to fix them. Eliminate these 27 blunders forever. And sell more books!james scott Bell is an award-winning, bestselling author of numerous thrillers and popular books on the writing craft. Don't let little mistakes keep you from big success. Sell more books and build your career by kicking these blunders to the curb!ever wonder why some books shoot to the top of the bestseller lists? And others that you think should, by both new and experienced writers, don't? It's usually a matter of mistakes that could have been avoided! #1 bestselling writing coach James Scott Bell has analyzed thousands of manuscripts over the years, and noticed certain errors that keep showing up to take readers out of the fictive dream.

Visit his website at www. Jamesscottbell. Com"james scott bell is my go-to writing teacher!" - Terri Blackstock, New York Times Bestselling Author of Intervention and Vicious Cycle. In 27 fiction writing blunders you'll learn:* The biggest reason readers get stuck in your opening pages. And how to unstick them* how to avoid marshmallow dialogue * the simple solution for low stakes* the art of getting into and out of flashbacks* Getting rid of the kind of characters that readers never want to see in your novel* The biggest point-of-view gaffe and how to spot it* How to perform liposuction on flabby scenes* The best way to show what characters think and feelAnd much more! Plus, false competition, market ignorance, including fear, Bell attacks some of the blunders writers can pull on their own careers, and the neglected brain.

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VOICE: The Secret Power of Great Writing


Compendium Press - Voice has therefore been the most elusive aspect of the entire writing craft to teach. Until now. In this book, #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals the true source of voice, and what any writer in any genre can do to capture it for their own work. Go for the unforgettable. The secret of voice will help you get there.

In voice: the secret power of great writing you'll learn:• an actual working definition of voice that is simple yet powerful• Bell's original method for turning that definition into book-length voice power• How to vary voice from genre to genre, book to book• How to enhance voice with emotion, flow, and attitude• How to create vivid word pictures • Exercises to expand your voice and style• Example after example of voice in actionDon't settle for good writing.

VOICE: The Secret Power of Great Writing - Everyone talks about it, yet no one seems able to define it. What is the single greatest secret to a breakout writing career?It's VOICE.

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Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting and Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish - Write Great Fiction


Writer's Digest Books - Craft an engaging plot how does plot influence story structure? what's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more.

. Award-winning author james scott bell offers clear, middles, including:techniques for crafting strong beginnings, and ends easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter Story structure models and methods for all genres Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems Filled with plot examples from popular novels, and practical hands-on guidance, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, comprehensive checklists, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

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How To Write A Page-Turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can't Put Down


Writer's Digest Books - When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. You'll learn how to:recognize the essential tension elements of danger, and morebuild tension at energetic markers throughout the plotUse intimate imagery, from character to plot, conflict, it also delves deeper, uncertainty, power struggles, and add them to your fictionCreate levels of tension in your characters through flaws, strong sentences, and withholding, and well-chosen words to build tension in expositionWhile this book walks you through the key areas that need tension building, dialogue, analyzing exceptional examples from contemporary fiction's most gripping page-turners.

When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander. So as you dive into the inner conflicts of a character's deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, you'll also discover how to craft a story your readers can't put down! Infuse your fiction with the powerful Tug of Tension! Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger.

How To Write A Page-Turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can't Put Down - To avoid writing that's formulaic, and slow, predictable, How to Write a Page Turner will help you sew the threads of tension tight for an unforgettable story. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. Learning the craft of writing can sometimes feel like a paint by numbers approach--connect compelling character A to plot event B.

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The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface


Writer's Digest Books - The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, discoveries, one as involving as your characters' struggles, and triumphs are for you. That's where the Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers.

Topics covered include:emotional modes of writingbeyond showing versus tellingyour story's emotional worldmoral stakesconnecting the inner and outer journeysplot as emotional opportunitiesinvoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional languagecascading changestory as emotional mirrorpositive spirit and magnanimous writingthe hidden current that makes stories moveReaders can simply read a novel.

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface - . Or they can experience it. Engage your readers with emotion while writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The emotional craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.

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Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense


Writer's Digest Books - Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last.

Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict. Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict. Build conflict into your story's point of view. Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward.

Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense - Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue. Amp up the suspense when you revise. Conflict & suspense offers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.

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