Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats

Enthrall Your Readers! Suspense is one of the most powerful tools a writer has for captivating readers--but it isn't just for thrillers. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot is your hands-on guide to weaving suspense into your narrative. Award-winning author Jane K. Cleland teaches you how to navigate genre conventions, write for your audience, and build gripping tension to craft an irresistible page-turner. Inside, Cleland will show you how to:Implement thirteen no-fail techniques to construct an effective plot and structure for your storyUse Cleland's Plotting Road Map to add elements of suspense like twists, reversals, and moments of dangerWrite subplots with purposeImprove your descriptions, character development, sentence structure, and morePacked with case studies, exercises, and dozens of examples from best-selling authors, Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot is the key to writing suspenseful, engaging stories that leave your readers wanting more. ------ "Indispensable! For newbie authors and veterans alike, this terrific how-to is your new go-to. Don't write your book without it--it's a treasure." --Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and ...

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Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

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Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict and Suspense

Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict and Suspense

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.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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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, the essentials of craft and the plan to execute them are right at your fingertips with Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. This completely revised and updated edition features solid strategies for drafting, revising, and selling an intriguing novel that grips your readers and refuses to let them go.New York Times best-selling author Hallie Ephron shows you how to:Create a compelling sleuth and a worthy villainConstruct a plot rich in twists, red herrings, and misdirectionBring the story to a satisfying conclusionSharpen characters and optimize pace during revisionSeek publication through both traditional and indie pathsFilled with helpful worksheets and exercises for every step of the process, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded reveals the keys to writing a memorable story that will have fans of mystery, suspense, and crime clamoring for more.

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Writing a Killer Thriller: - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction

Writing a Killer Thriller: - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction

ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUPERCHARGING YOUR STORIES! Respected editor Jodie Renner offers indispensable advice for creating fast-paced, compelling fiction in this revised and significantly expanded second edition of WRITING A KILLER THRILLER. PRAISE FOR WRITING A KILLER THRILLER "Finally, someone who understands the thriller! More than ever, an author must also be his own best editor, and Jodie Renner is there to help. Writing a Killer Thriller should be on every thriller writer's desk. It breaks down the thriller into its must-have component parts to write a scintillating, edge-of-the-seat novel that will get readers buzzing and sales flowing." - ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master and Murder One"Writing is hard, editing harder, and self-editing almost impossible. Writing a Killer Thriller demystifies each of these steps on the road to a published manuscript. Read this book. It will help you now and for many years to come." ~ DP LYLE, award-winning author of many nonfiction and fiction books "Writing a Killer Thriller by Jodie Renner is an in-depth journey through each component of the thriller. Renner breaks down the process into key elements, each essential to keeping the reader turning those pages. From character development to building suspen...

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Conflict, Action & Suspense (Elements of Fiction Writing)

Conflict, Action & Suspense (Elements of Fiction Writing)

Covers openings, setting, transition, dialogue, mood, character development, point of view, misdirection, time, pacing, and endings

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Screenplay Story Structure: Step-by-Step | 2 Manuscripts in 1 Book | Essential Screenplay Structure, Screenplay Format and Suspense Scriptwriting ... Can Learn (Writing Best Seller) (Volume 8)

Screenplay Story Structure: Step-by-Step | 2 Manuscripts in 1 Book | Essential Screenplay Structure, Screenplay Format and Suspense Scriptwriting ... Can Learn (Writing Best Seller) (Volume 8)

2 Manuscripts in 1 Book, Including: How to Write a Screenplay and Story Structure!Book 1) How to Write a Screenplay: Step-by-Step | Essential Screenplay Format, Scriptwriter and Modern Screenplay Writing Tricks Any Writer Can LearnBehind-the-Scenes Secrets to Publishing ScreenplaysWhether you've got a completed script, or need help off the starting-blocks, getting a Screenplay formatted correctly to catch the eye of producers is no easy task. A little, professional advice goes a long way, and How to Write a Screenplay delivers large, for those with big screen aspirations! Top Writing Tricks You Didn't Know - for TV & FilmWhen writing for the movies, TV, video or computer games, there are essential elements you must get right to show professional competence, and avoid looking like an amateur. Marsh not only provides the answers but presents them in an easy to understand way that can be read in under a day to bring game-changing results fast. By explaining the best formatting requirements for each genre, Marsh unveils the blueprints that experts use for Feature film and Television dramas & sitcoms. She examines the best ways to edit-on-a-budget and the 6 Tips for Success that can turn your script into must-have property. Book 2)Story Structure: Step-by-Step | Essential Story Build...

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Story Structure: Step-by-Step | Essential Story Building, Story Development and Suspense Writing Tricks Any Writer Can Learn (Writing Best Seller) (Volume 3)

Story Structure: Step-by-Step | Essential Story Building, Story Development and Suspense Writing Tricks Any Writer Can Learn (Writing Best Seller) (Volume 3)

Shape Your Story Like a ProIf you have a phenomenal story to tell but find you can’t quite make it flow or form in a natural, yet moving way, Story Structure will transform your approach to writing and make your novel a compelling and addictive read. Crammed full of tricks and tips to help both beginner and advanced authors complete their books in an enticing way. Get Your Acts Together!Each chapter is dedicated to one aspect of story structures, and begins with a 9-Step Process to dividing up your tale; which includes: STEP ONE: The First Act – Introducing characters & what is at stakeSTEP TWO: The First Major Plot Point – How to leave readers wanting moreSTEP FIVE: Second Half of the Second Act – The need to support the protagonistSTEP SEVEN: Third Act – Protagonist is forced to face the enemy before being readyMarsh uses examples to drive home how developing a strong story structure is important to help maintain focus, enrich plot ideas and provide a bird’s-eye view of whether your novel is working. The Need to Answer Why?Story Structure elicits the need to pay attention to how your characters develop as the plot unfolds, and acts as a framework to write in a manner that will heighten the reader’s curiosity and desire to see them grow. Marsh describes how to expl...

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The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay

The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to your Screenplay

The Art of Plotting is a complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film. Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real. Learn with examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action. Plot must be as much about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story. That’s the message of The Art of Plotting, which teaches screenwriters how to integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories compelling. Using examples from recent and classic movies, author Linda J. Cowgill demonstrates how the plot springs naturally from the characters—and how that technique makes audiences connect with the story on a more intimate level. Examples include American Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, Erin Brockovich, Spider-Man, Chinatown, Jaws, and more. Easy exercises reveal common plot problems and help writers overcome them. Clear and easy to understand and to use, The Art of Plotting shows exactly how great plotting evolves from characters caught in life-changing conflicts—and how to create great plots driven by that idea.

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Hitchcock: Mastering Suspense (Hitch For Writers Book 2)

Hitchcock: Mastering Suspense (Hitch For Writers Book 2)

Writing a thriller? Directing a suspense film? Just love Hitchcock? Alfred Hitchcock, who directed 52 movies, was known as the “Master Of Suspense”; but what exactly is suspense and how can *we* master it? How does suspense work? How can *we* create “Hitchcockian” suspense scenes in our screenplays, novels, stories and films?This epic book uses seventeen of Hitchcock’s films to show the difference between suspense and surprise, how to use “focus objects” to create suspense, the 20 iconic suspense scenes and situations, how plot twists work, using secrets for suspense, how to use Dread (the cousin of suspense) in horror stories, and dozens of other amazing storytelling lessons. From classics like “Strangers On A Train” and “The Birds” and “Vertigo” and “To Catch A Thief” to older films from the British period like “The 39 Steps” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much” to his hits from the silent era like “The Lodger” (about Jack The Ripper), we’ll look at all of the techniques to create suspense!A detailed look at 17 of Hitchcock's films!William C. Martell is a working professional screenwriter and the author of HITCHCOCK: EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR and THE SECRETS OF ACTION SCREENWRITING, and is one of the “Hitchcock experts” who contributes to...

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