Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel

Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel

5.0 5
by Cheryl St. John
     
 

Craft an Emotionally Charged Story That Will Resonate with Readers

Emotional impact shouldn't be dropped into your novel as an afterthought or forced upon your story with a pair of pliers and an iron grip. It should be carefully sewn into the fabric of the story to create tension-filled moments that will keep readers turning pages. In Writing with

Overview

Craft an Emotionally Charged Story That Will Resonate with Readers

Emotional impact shouldn't be dropped into your novel as an afterthought or forced upon your story with a pair of pliers and an iron grip. It should be carefully sewn into the fabric of the story to create tension-filled moments that will keep readers turning pages. In Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict, you'll learn how to layer emotional moments and deep connections to create a tapestry filled with conflict, pathos, and genuine feeling.

  • Create emotional depth, conflict, and tension in your novel by carefully crafting your plot, characters, setting, word choice, and more.
  • Learn what makes readers "tick"—and what will elicit the strongest emotional responses.
  • Write believable, emotional scenes and dialogue—and trim away the sappiness.

When writing a novel, your ultimate goal is to make readers smile, weep, rage, and laugh right along with your characters. Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict will show you how to evoke a multitude of feelings in your readers—and keep them coming back for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599637587
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
11/28/2013
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
158,358
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl St. John is the author of more than forty Harlequin and Silhouette books. Her first book, Rain Shadow was nominated for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book. Her book Big Sky Brides climbed to #35 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Writing with Emotion, Tension and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those who have been lucky enough to take a writing class from Cheryl St. John know she is a born teacher. Her new book on writing, Emotion, Tension and Conflict, is an engaging, encouraging, and jam-packed series of lessons on what makes writing a novel work and how to avoid the pitfalls even experienced writers may fall into once in a while. Using a variety of examples from books to television to film, St. John helps the writer with a variety of exercises guaranteed to help with the thorniest of writing issues. Best of all, the exercises are fun, the tone encouraging, and her personal anecdotes engaging. Definitely a book to read and keep by the keyboard.
LBroday More than 1 year ago
This is a must for every writer no matter if you're writing your first or your thirtieth book. Ms. St. John lays out all the crucial elements that make up a sellable story in a very clear, concise way, by employing characters, setting, and plot. She also provides plenty of helpful examples so that you can see exactly what she's talking about. I have a whole shelf full of self-help writing books that I never use because they're too difficult to understand. I will definitely use this one over and over again. Ms. St. John provides a clear road map for any type of well-written fiction. Nowhere can you find so much information all in one book and right at your fingertips. If you only buy one writing book this one needs to be it.
DHale More than 1 year ago
This book should come with LIKE buttons! I have read many writing craft books over the years and this is among the best! Even after having published more than thirty novels, I still learned new things from reading it and was reminded of other important points I'd forgotten. I am certain that I will come back to read parts of it often in the future when my stories hit a snag. There are so many points in the book that I wish had Like button beside them, because they are things that need to be impressed upon every new writer (and some old ones!) but often aren't. For any writer serious about crafting the strongest possible commercial fiction, I would highly recommend investing in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Cheryl St. John's fiction for years.  She's a master of emotional stories.  And with this book she passes on those skills to both new and seasoned writers.
Terri_Brisbin More than 1 year ago
Cheryl St. John's WRITING WITH EMOTION, TENSION, & CONFLICT is a wonderful addition to any writer's library. With concise, clear explanations of THE major elements of storytelling and writing exercises to practice new-found skills, this book will help writers to strengthen planning, plotting, writing and revising their work. It's an indispensable part of any fiction writer's armory!