The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

by Donald Maass

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Overview


Engage Your Readers with Emotion

While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you.

That's where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include:
  • emotional modes of writing
  • beyond showing versus telling
  • your story's emotional world
  • moral stakes
  • connecting the inner and outer journeys
  • plot as emotional opportunities
  • invoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional language
  • cascading change
  • story as emotional mirror
  • positive spirit and magnanimous writing
  • the hidden current that makes stories move
Readers can simply read a novel...or they can experience it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440348372
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 12/30/2016
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 63,587
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Kath_Saxby More than 1 year ago
Many have tried, but Donald Maass gets closest to describing the mechanics of book magic -- and how to make it. He brings in a little science to break down the reader experience and what makes that experience intense and vivid. He provides prompts to help writers develop their stories accordingly. My manuscript is ten times better for the time I've spent with "The Emotional Craft of Fiction" and I'm grateful for the insights and concrete guidance.