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Elements Of Writing Fiction: Beginnings, Middles & Ends

By Nancy Kress

Format: Paperback

Get your stories off to a roaring start. Keep them tight and crisp throughout. Conclude them with a wallop.

Is the story or novel you've been carrying around in your head the same one you see on the page? Or does the dialogue suddenly sound flat and predictable? Do the events seem to ramble?

Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. The words you choose, how you describe characters, and the way you orchestrate conflict all make the difference - the difference between a story that is slow to begin, flounders midway, or trails off at the end - and one that holds the interest of readers and editors to the final page. By demonstrating effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story, Nancy Kress will help you...

  • hook the editor in the first three paragraphs.
  • make - and keep - your story's "implicit promise."
  • build drama and credibility by controlling your prose.

Dozens of exercises help you strengthen your short story or novel. Plus, you'll sharpen skills and gain new insight into...

  • the price a writer pays for flashbacks.
  • six ways characters should "reveal" themselves.
  • techniques for writing - and rewriting.

Let this working resource be your guide to successful stories - from beginning to end.

SKU 10605
Author/Speaker/Editor Nancy Kress
File/Trim Size 6 x 9
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9780898799057
Number Of Pages 149

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Easy read Review by Ryan
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Great information, especially on when you're stuck.

(Posted on 3/25/14)

Essential. Eye-opening. Review by Elizabeth
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One of the best books on craft I have ever read.

Kress takes the part of the story you are having issues with and shows you that it's not an island. She reveals how beginnings, middles, and ends rely on each other. She proves that "I have a problem with my ending," is an over-simplification, because it really means "I have a problem with my beginning and my middle that is affecting my ending."

I highly recommend this book. It will illuminate your view of your stories and the issues within them.

(Posted on 2/13/14)

Elements of Writing- Begin, Middlle, End Review by Kerry

I've got all the 'elements' series and they are all pack-full of great advice. I've highlighted and dog-eared all of them, and reread every one extensively. Truly a good investment.

(Posted on 10/9/09)

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