Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing [NOOK Book]

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Effective storytelling stems from many elements, the most crucial of which are unseen or blended in so unobtrusively that they are difficult to spot and analyze. Still, they are necessary to the wholeness and coherence of a story&#150to create a work that lingers and resonates in the reader's imagination.

In Between the Lines, author and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell shows you how to craft a unified and layered novel or short ...

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Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing

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Overview

Effective storytelling stems from many elements, the most crucial of which are unseen or blended in so unobtrusively that they are difficult to spot and analyze. Still, they are necessary to the wholeness and coherence of a story&#150to create a work that lingers and resonates in the reader's imagination.

In Between the Lines, author and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell shows you how to craft a unified and layered novel or short story by mastering subtle storytelling techniques, such as:

  • Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
  • Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
  • Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize the emotional payoff
  • Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
  • Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story

Detailed instruction combined with examples from well-known authors turn seemingly complex topics like subtext, revelations, misdirection, and balance into comprehensible techniques that will elevate your writing to the next level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599633473
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/11/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 852,958
  • File size: 828 KB

Meet the Author

As a writing instructor for more than 15 years, Jessica Morrell reaches thousands of writers through her popular Writing Life Web site, her blog, and her monthly e-newsletter with 2,000 subscribers. In addition, she is a writing coach and developmental editor, and writes a monthly column for the Willamette Writers newsletter. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : a deep, deep world 3
Ch. 1 Art & artifice : keeping readers spellbound 13
Ch. 2 Backstory 18
Ch. 3 Cliffhangers & thrusters 37
Ch. 4 Epilogues 56
Ch. 5 Epiphanies & revelations 64
Ch. 6 Flashbacks 80
Ch. 7 Foreshadowing 98
Ch. 8 Imagery & other charms 115
Ch. 9 Pacing 126
Ch. 10 Prologues 138
Ch. 11 Sense of place 151
Ch. 12 Sensory surround 172
Ch. 13 Subplots 194
Ch. 14 Subtlety 204
Ch. 15 Suspense 223
Ch. 16 Tension 246
Ch. 17 Theme & premise 263
Ch. 18 Transitions 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    An Excellent Teaching Tool

    I own a slew of books about how to write fiction and have been writing for a long time. I learned a lot from this book, especially with tips I hadn't previously given much thought to. This book remains one of my favorites that I return to again and again as I write. Ms. Morrell explains with excellent examples, and her reading suggestions are also great and up-to-date choices. It's not one of those same ol', same ol's, but a genuine helpful aid.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    A Clear, Concise, Compelling, Comprehensive Text Written with Consummate Mastery -- A Must Keep for the Ages!

    Jessica Morell explains with a wonderful clarity how to employ techniques commonly used in the writing of fiction so that the story itself lures curiousity, commands intrigue and snatches captivation. She discusses throughout the book how each element may be inobviously dispersed throughout the story to maintain and heighten reader intimacy within the story and empathy for the characters.<BR/><BR/>I love this book and I shall keep it in my library in perpetuity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    Ready to take your writing to the next level?

    I own several shelves full of writing how-to books. This book, however, tops them all. We've all read novels that we love, but can't explain exactly why we love them. This book tells how to get that depth and meaning in your writing. Some of it's intuitive stuff some of us do anyway, but having it spelled out for you is helpful. I'm only half-way through the book, and I've already made changes to my work in progress to reflect what I've learned from this book. I'm looking forward to reading it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    LIVES UP TO ITS TITLE

    Between the Lines, by Jessica Page Morrell, is an in-depth look at a wide range of novel-writing subjects. As the title implies, this is not meant to be a typical A to Z how-to book, and for the most part it lives up to its title. I took lots of notes about Epiphanies, Revelations, Flashbacks, Foreshadowing, Prologues, and Epilogues. My favorite chapter was Transitions, which by itself is worth the price of the book. Overall, I¿m glad I purchased Between the Lines and suspect I will be referring to it again and again in the future.

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