Writing Plots with Drama, Depth & Heart

Writing Plots with Drama, Depth & Heart

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What keeps a reader curious? It's the story. You might have a dazzling prose voice and plausible characters, but if they don't do anything, the reader is likely to lose interest. So where do you find story ideas? How do you make them into a captivating read? What's your personal vision? Do you know what genre you are best suited to write? What is literary fiction and how do you write that? How will you give your book depth without seeming preachy or bringing the plot to a standstill? What are the hidden structural patterns that ply the reader's emotions, regardless of your genre or style? How can you use them with originality? How should you begin and end? What should go in the middle? Where should you play your best twists - and what should they be? How can you write each scene so it holds the reader's curiosity? If you want to write a story that breaks with convention but still keeps readers riveted, how do you do it? Whatever type of novel you want to write, this book will show you, in down-to-earth tutorials, games and brainstorming exercises. Use it before you write and when revising, to diagnose your story's strengths and weaknesses. If you've had feedback from critique partners and editors, use it to decode what's really wrong - instead of what they think might be. Most of all, use it to find out where you already have spellbinding plot material. Discover where your best ideas are hiding and how to tell stories with drama, depth and heart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 13mm | 254g
  • Spark Furnace
  • Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1909905984
  • 9781909905986
  • 27,834

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'I have a "Best Ever" shelf on Goodreads and I haven't added a new book to it for 8.5 months -- that is until a minute ago when I added this one. It's reserved for books that are more than five stars, books I would happily read twice (as a rule of thumb I dislike re-reading books), and ones that went above and beyond what i hoped and expected. 'I loved Writing Plots With Drama, Depth & Heart: Nail Your Novel, as it states the basics you'd expect but then it feels written in a personal way, easy to connect to, and really reaches out to find a way to make the reader understand the content in a way they can readily apply to their own work. This book is a good all rounder yet avoids the Jack Of All Trades trap. There are minimal sections you'd skip if you were an experienced writer and beginners could easily understand it. I highly recommend this investment if you're a writer.' - Rebecca Berto 'I signed up for this book when it was available for pre-order and eagerly awaited its release! It was worth all the anticipation - Roz's latest book in the Nail Your Novel series is packed with helpful and targeted advice. Writers should never stop learning, which is why I'll never stop reading fantastic books like this one. A must for every writer's book shelf.' - Joanne Phillips 'Roz Morris is clearly way, way ahead of most writers when it comes to understanding what works and what does not, plotwise. Nail Your Novel contains stacks of advice on how to move your plot forward, as well as warning of the many pitfalls that await the less experienced writer. I wish I had read this book before I wrote my first novel, as it would have saved on a lot of re-writing and helped me to avoid some of the flatter passages that I know are still in it. If you are about to launch into your first attempts at writing and have never read-up on plot, do yourself a favour and invest some time in reading this book.' - Paul Gallimore 'An excellent how-to book written with clarity and precision. It answers important questions I had not thought to ask. I particularly like books that encourage rather than preach about all the mistakes I shall make as a rookie novelist. When we embark on the journey towards becoming a published writer, we need an experienced guide. Roz Morris is such a person. She has written other books in the 'Nail Your Novel' series. I intend to buy and read them all.' - Lita Wickham 'Having embarked on the fourth edit of my novel, I knew something wasn't working... I was beginning to become obsessed .. unable to concentrate properly on anything else. Then I found this book. When I reached the part about beginnings, the solution led me straight to my first four pages. With a gleeful stab on the delete button, those four pages became one page. The beginning had been fixed so spectacularly, I opened a bottle of wine to celebrate! (I don't drink as a rule). There is so much sound advice packed in this little book, it is worth every single penny. I am now coming to the end of the rewrite and am, at last, happy. Thank you, Roz Morris. If I could give you six stars, I would.' - Annieeye 'What a fabulous book, I loved it! There are plenty of examples of what is good vs bad writing; how to hook a reader, etc. Aspiring authors can benefit from great, sound advice based on years of experience. Roz is a master. This book is a little gem.' - SB Johnston
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About Roz Morris

Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name - My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. Her websites are www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and www.nailyournovel.com
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