Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel

Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel

by Cheryl St. John


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599637587
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 176,957
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cheryl is the author of more than fifty historical and contemporary romances. Her stories have earned numerous RITA nominations, Romantic Times awards and are published in over a dozen languages. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, "emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real-life situations." With a 4.9 star rating on Amazon, her bestselling non-fiction book, Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Writer's Digest Books is available in print and digital.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Conflict Makes the Story 8

1 Defining Conflict 9

2 Motivation and Realism 21

3 An Explicit Mission and Opposition 32

4 Plot and Internal/External Conflict 40

5 Character Goals and Organization 46

6 Conflict Checklist 54

Part 2 Once More With Feeling 57

7 Learning Emotional Triggers 58

8 Characters and Emotion 64

9 Internal Narrative and Deep Point of View 70

10 Word Pictures and Digging More Deeply 81

11 Feeling the Story: An Examination of Pay It Forward 87

12 Sacrifice and Evocative vs. Emotional Writing 94

Part 3 Setting is More than a Backdrop 100

13 Defining Setting and Observation 101

14 What Can Setting Do for Your Story? 108

15 Using Indirect Description 118

16 Creating Realism with Setting Details: Details Affect Character 125

17 Researching Your Location 132

[18] Weaving Your Tapestry 141

Part 4 Tension ad Pressure 151

19 Creating Tension in a Scene 152

20 Sustaining Tension 162

21 Physical Responses 168

Part 5 Dialogue 174

22 Revealing Character Through Speech 175

23 Expressing Emotion by Omission 196

Part 6 Drawing Emotions From Characters 203

24 Character as a Compass for Emotions 204

25 What's in a Name? 211

26 Where Do Great Characters Come From? 216

27 The Reader Must Care 225

28 Techniques to Make the Reader Care 236

Wrapping It Up 244

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those who have been lucky enough to take a writing class from Cheryl St. John know she is a born teacher. Her new book on writing, Emotion, Tension and Conflict, is an engaging, encouraging, and jam-packed series of lessons on what makes writing a novel work and how to avoid the pitfalls even experienced writers may fall into once in a while. Using a variety of examples from books to television to film, St. John helps the writer with a variety of exercises guaranteed to help with the thorniest of writing issues. Best of all, the exercises are fun, the tone encouraging, and her personal anecdotes engaging. Definitely a book to read and keep by the keyboard.
LBroday More than 1 year ago
This is a must for every writer no matter if you're writing your first or your thirtieth book. Ms. St. John lays out all the crucial elements that make up a sellable story in a very clear, concise way, by employing characters, setting, and plot. She also provides plenty of helpful examples so that you can see exactly what she's talking about. I have a whole shelf full of self-help writing books that I never use because they're too difficult to understand. I will definitely use this one over and over again. Ms. St. John provides a clear road map for any type of well-written fiction. Nowhere can you find so much information all in one book and right at your fingertips. If you only buy one writing book this one needs to be it.
DHale More than 1 year ago
This book should come with LIKE buttons! I have read many writing craft books over the years and this is among the best! Even after having published more than thirty novels, I still learned new things from reading it and was reminded of other important points I'd forgotten. I am certain that I will come back to read parts of it often in the future when my stories hit a snag. There are so many points in the book that I wish had Like button beside them, because they are things that need to be impressed upon every new writer (and some old ones!) but often aren't. For any writer serious about crafting the strongest possible commercial fiction, I would highly recommend investing in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Cheryl St. John's fiction for years.  She's a master of emotional stories.  And with this book she passes on those skills to both new and seasoned writers.
Terri_Brisbin More than 1 year ago
Cheryl St. John's WRITING WITH EMOTION, TENSION, & CONFLICT is a wonderful addition to any writer's library. With concise, clear explanations of THE major elements of storytelling and writing exercises to practice new-found skills, this book will help writers to strengthen planning, plotting, writing and revising their work. It's an indispensable part of any fiction writer's armory!