Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story. [NOOK Book]

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Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my!

Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling plot, and surprising twists, not to mention great writing.

This helpful guide gives you everything you need to successfully introduce supernatural elements into ...

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Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story.

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Overview

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my!

Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling plot, and surprising twists, not to mention great writing.

This helpful guide gives you everything you need to successfully introduce supernatural elements into any story without shattering the believability of your fictional world or falling victim to common cliches.

You'll learn how to:

  • Choose supernatural elements and decide what impact the supernatural will have on your fictional world
  • Create engaging and relatable characters from supernatural protagonists and antagonists to supporting players (both human and non-human)
  • Develop strong plots and complementary subplots
  • Write believable fight scenes and flashbacks
  • Create realistic dialogue
  • And much more
Complete with tips for researching your novel and strategies for getting published, Writing the Paranormal Novel gives you everything you need to craft a novel where even the most unusual twist is not only possible - it's believable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599633015
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 2/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 277,146
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Steven Harper is the author of several SF books, including In the Company of Mind, Corporate Mentality and The Silent Empire series. He's also written books based on Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and The Ghost Whisperer, as well as the movie novelization for Identity. His numerous short stories have appeared, among other places, in Esther Friesner's Chicks in Chainmail anthologies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Okay, but wanted better examples

    I didn't want the generic Writers Digest how-to but it has that feel. I wanted examples that showed okay writing and the author's rewrites to make the story great. Learn by seeing how a pro writes helps me better than dancing among the subjects in a feference book. The book is great but the addition of real world examples would have made it a sell out. Maybe someone will write a real how-to with great examples. This will be a good addition to your library for reference but not much beyond.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    Fun, informative read.

    I'm not sure what I was expecting when I first opened this book. The cover looked somber, and I guess I expected a similar tone. What I found instead was Harper's delightful sense of humor, which provided several giggles throughout this helpful, well-crafted book. If you ever wanted to know what Superhero Creep, Tomato Surprises, and "As you know, Bob" moments are, this is the book for you.

    One of the biggest strengths of Paranormal Novel is Harper's repeated use of certain examples to illustrate his points. By the second or third time he's using an example, it makes no difference whether or not I've read that novel before. I'm familiar with the premise, the characters, and perhaps even the writer's style. This means I can just breeze through the example without mental readjustment and grab onto the point Harper is making.

    The book as a whole is well-organized by topic, and then broken down into logical subheadings. Harper covers basic writing mechanics, then explains these functions through a paranormal lens. Sure, we'll talk about the importance of a hook. Every writing craft book does. But what should be included in your hook for your book about the epic battle between fairies and vampires? It's important to maintain consistency in any novel, but how much more so when you're creating a system of magic from scratch? Though the book contains some mild language, Harper handles the issue of supernatural swearing pretty delicately, and I have to say I appreciated that.

    Bottom Line: If you're writing in any sort of speculative genre, this book is helpful. While Harper sticks mainly to stories described as paranormal or urban fantasy, I found a lot of helpful information for my alternate-reality fantasy, and I think the same would hold true for high fantasy authors and perhaps even sci-fi. Harper's tone is enjoyable and engaging. The book is well-written, well-edited, and worth a read. Note: Writer's Digest provided me with a copy of Writing the Paranormal Novel for reviewing purposes.

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