Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing

Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing

by Jessica Morrell


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Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing by Jessica Morrell

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–to 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582973920
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 04/25/2006
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About 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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Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
Writing is a craft. It requires the use of many tools in such a way that they almost go unnoticed by the reader. In this book, Morrell explains these tools and gives examples of how they’ve been used in other stories. Topics such as backstory, subplots, tension, flashbacks, and more are covered in this resource. The great thing about this book is that it makes a handy reference tool. Each topic has its own chapter, which is clearly titled as what is being discussed. You don’t have to read this book from cover to cover to benefit from it. What I found a little distracting at times was the number of examples used. Examples are great learning tools, but I sometimes skipped over them after one or two were given. All-in-all, this is a great resource, and I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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brittgreen More than 1 year ago
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.

I love this book and I shall keep it in my library in perpetuity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.