Drown the Cat: The Rebel Author's Guide to Writing Beyond the Rules

Drown the Cat: The Rebel Author's Guide to Writing Beyond the Rules

by Dario Ciriello

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Overview

Drown the Cat: The Rebel Author's Guide to Writing Beyond the Rules by Dario Ciriello

Drown the Cat is a complete guide for the fiction writer who wants to develop an individual voice and understand the reasons underlying the so-called rules of writing. Although a few rules really are necessary, the vast majority are either dogma or passing fads. Worse, so much advice like “show don’t tell” and “open with action” is often poorly explained and entirely misunderstood, causing writers no end of problems.

Drawing on fifteen years of writing, critiquing, editing and mentoring experience, Dario Ciriello explodes writing myths, shreds conventional wisdom, and dissects the often misleading advice and diktats shouted at writers by books and blogs, agents and publishers. Drown the Cat gives authors the necessary tools and insights to retake control of their story and make it unique.

Whether your interest lies in novels or screenwriting, Drown the Cat shows you how to tell your story in your voice and place it before your audience, eschewing formulas and cookie-cutter fiction to remain true to your own, exceptional vision while adhering to the few rules that actually matter. Because writing isn’t about prose wonks and industry insiders: it’s about the reader, and most of all it’s about telling a story. Your story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940581866
Publisher: Panverse Publishing
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Dario Ciriello is a professional author and editor, and the founder (2009) of Panverse Publishing.
Dario's first novel, "Sutherland's Rules", a crime caper/thriller with a shimmer of the fantastic, was published in 2013. "Free Verse and Other Stories", a collection of his short Science Fiction work, was released in June 2014.
His 2015 novel, a supernatural suspense thriller titled "Black Easter", pits love against black magic and demonic possession on a remote, idyllic Greek island. Dario is currently at work on a new thriller.
Dario's nonfiction book, "Aegean Dream", the bittersweet memoir of a year spent on the small Greek island of Skópelos (the real "Mamma Mia"! island), was an Amazon category #1 for several months in 2012. "Drown the Cat: the Rebel Author's Guide to Writing Beyond the Rules" (Panverse, July 2017) is his second nonfiction work.
In addition to writing, Dario, who currently lives in the Los Angeles area, offers professional editing, copyediting, and coaching services to indie authors.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

ONE: DROWN THE CAT!

The Taliban Guide to Better Fiction

The Surrender of the New

The Stupid Never Stops

Fit the First

Fit the Second

Fit the Third

Fit the Fourth

TWO: THE BASIC PARTS

Story

Character

On Emotion

On Protagonists

On Antagonists

In Conclusion

Viewpoint

Setting and Description

Setup

Dialogue

A Couple of Basics

Dialogue Real and Unreal

Subtext

Voice

Openings

Prologues

Interiority

A Note on Filtering

Narrative Distance

Flashbacks, Flashforwards, and Playing with Time

A Note on Suspense

Endings

A Hard Trick

THREE: LARGER CONCERNS

Honesty and Truth

Story and Conflict

External and Internal Conflict

Goals and Stakes

To Plot (or Not)

Subplots

Pacing

Information Management

Show, Don’t Tell

Tone

Theme

Symbolism

Reality, Ideal and Actual

Special Cases: Fight and Sex Scenes

On Style

A Brief Note on Grammar and Usage

FOUR: PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Critique Groups

Structuring a Good Writers Group

The Limitations of Critique

Draft Readiness for Betas and Critique

Drafts and Revision

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rewrite

On Process

Making Time to Write

One Author’s Process

Priming the Pump

When the Going Gets Tough

Just Let Go

The Bad Place

Have the Last Laugh

On Writer’s Block

The Trap of Self-Censorship

The Best and Worst Writing Rules

Favorite Authors’ Writing Rules

Mark Twain

Elmore Leonard

Kurt Vonnegut

Neil Gaiman

FIVE: TAKING THE PLUNGE

So You Want to be Published?

Trad or Indie?

A Tale of Two Manuscripts

A Cautionary Note

CONCLUSION

Author’s Note

Afterword

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Other Books by Dario Ciriello

Further Resources

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