Get Your Readers' Attention—And Keep It—From the First World to the Final Page
Translating that initial flash of inspiration into a complete story requires careful crafting. So how do you keep your story from beginning slowly, floundering midway, and trailing off at the end? Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story—essential lessons for strong start-to-finish storytelling.
- Hook readers, agents, and editors in the first three paragraphs.
- Make and keep your story's implicit promise to the reader.
- Build drama and credibility by controlling your prose.
- Consider the price a writer pays for flashbacks.
- Reveal character effectively throughout your story.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Story in Your Head 1
Part I Beginnings 5
Chapter 1 The Very Beginning: Your Opening Scene 6
Chapter 2 The Later Beginning: Your Second Scene 34
Chapter 3 Help for Beginnings: Early Revision 55
Part II Middles 60
Chapter 4 The Middle: Staying on Track 64
Chapter 5 Under Development: Your Characters at Midstory 86
Chapter 6 Help for Middles: Getting Unstuck 99
Part III Endings 112
Chapter 7 Satisfying Endings: Delivering on the Promise 113
Chapter 8 The Very End: Last Scene, Last Paragraph, Last Sentence 131
Chapter 9 Help for Endings: The Last Hurrah 132
Exclusive Q&A With Nancy Kress 158