Hurling Words into Darkness: A Book Doctor's Dose of Brain Science for Writers

Hurling Words into Darkness: A Book Doctor's Dose of Brain Science for Writers

by Peter Gelfan
Hurling Words into Darkness: A Book Doctor's Dose of Brain Science for Writers

Hurling Words into Darkness: A Book Doctor's Dose of Brain Science for Writers

by Peter Gelfan

Paperback(2nd ed.)

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Overview

Can learning how our minds work make you a better writer?

For thousands of years, writers in all media have been taught theories and rules about writing based on tradition, philosophy, esthetics, poetics, scholarship, mysticism, whim, pet peeves, and arbitrary dictates. Often they've been told how and what to write according to subjective preference rather than universal appeal, leaving them lost in a sea of conflicting advice.

Meanwhile, over the past few decades, cognitive science has discovered much about how the human mind sees the world and extracts meaning from it, giving us a better understanding of the role stories and storytelling play in human survival, growth, and evolution. Yet these discoveries have often remained cloistered in the realm of science, out of sight to writers and artists.

In Hurling Words into Darkness, veteran editor, novelist, screenwriter, and teacher Peter Gelfan uses these discoveries to connect previously undiscovered dots between authors' misconceptions and readers' expectations. This short but powerful book provides unique and actionable insights for all writers, whether beginners or pros, who are interested in creating a more engaging and effective reading experience. You'll learn to:

  • Create memorable characters by treating them as real people
  • Turn an intriguing premise into a page-turning plot
  • Use subtext to add depth and complexity
  • Choose the best POV and person for your story
  • Balance dialogue and narrative effectively
  • Discover which of your writing habits work against you
  • And much more!

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9798986345109
    Publisher: Sargasso Press
    Publication date: 09/30/2022
    Edition description: 2nd ed.
    Pages: 118
    Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

    About the Author

    Peter Gelfan has been a book editor for more than 25 years, editing for writers ranging from bestselling authors to first-timers. His novel Found Objects was published in 2013 and Monkey Temple in 2019. The first edition of Hurling Words into Darkness was published in 2021.He lives in New York City, where he continues to write, work as a freelance book editor, and tutor writing in a public high school as part of PEN's Writers in the Schools program.
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