The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers

The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers

by Matt Bird

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440348235
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 369,799
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Matt Bird has an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. He developed these ideas on his popular blog, Cockeyed Caravan. He works as a screenwriter in Chicago, where he and his wife, Betsy, are raising two delightful little kids.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I Writing for Strangers

1 George Clooney and Me 6

2 The Thirteen Essential Laws of Writing for Strangers 15

Part II The Ultimate Story Checklist

3 Concocting an Intriguing Concept 42

4 Creating Compelling Characters 81

5 Shaping a Resonant Structure 128

6 Staging Strategic Scene Work 157

7 Drafting Electric Dialogue 196

8 Maintaining a Meticulous Tone 241

9 Interweaving an Irreconcilable Theme 266

Part III Getting from Good to "Good Lord, This Is Amazing!"

10 Don't Revise, Rewrite! 299

11 When It's Finally Time to Fine-Tune 317

12 Now Cut Another 10 Percent 322

13 The Final Rule 331

Conclusion: Tell Great Stories Or Die! 334

Afterword 337

Appendix: The Ultimate Story Checklist 338

Index 351

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