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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 ...
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.
Posted November 18, 2013
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.
Posted November 14, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2013
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.
Posted November 13, 2013
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.
Posted November 12, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.