Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes
Writing page-turning fiction depends on your ability to create rock-solid, believable scenes. Scenes act as dynamic structures that thrust both your characters and readers forward through conflict, baiting them with goals that may--or may not--be obtained. Writing good scenes makes the difference between a tale that crackles with energy and momentum and a story that falls flat.In Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes, Raymond Obstfeld leads you through the creative process, examining all the elements that go into making scenes successful, cohesive and compelling. Tackling topics like finding a scene's "hot spot," identifying its dominating purpose and avoiding a cliched ending. Obstfeld provides essential reading for novice and novelist alike. Using examples from films, short stories and best-selling fiction, he documents why and how scenes work. You'll learn:
- what is (and isn't) a scene
- how to make scenes memorable
- how to use point of view
- how to focus on character, plot and theme
- how to make scenes pay off
- how to structure a scene
- how to use setting
- how to revise a scene
- the importance of first impressions
Every page of Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes opens a new window of opportunity for writers by offering valuable insight, articulate advice and expert examples. It's a reference, a road map and a romp, all rolled into one. So go on--make a scene. And make it unforgettable.
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
- Date available: 08/01/2000
- Publication date: 08/01/2000
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Meet the Author: Raymond Obstfeld
Raymond Obstfeld is the author of twenty-seven novels in a variety of genres. He has written mysteries, suspense thrillers, mainstream and young adult novels, and these have been published in eleven languages. His novel Dead Heat was a finalist for an Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America; his novel Hungry Women was a Literary Guild and Doubleday book club selection; and four of his novels have been optioned for movies. He has also sold ten screenplays, thirteen books of nonfiction, numerous short stories, poems and nonfiction articles.