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Writing Deep Scenes

You'll appreciate Writing Deep Scenes if: 

  • You're looking for a unique, in-depth approach to scene and plot development
  • You are a beginner or intermediate writer
  • You need a fresh approach to writing scenes
  • You're looking for excerpts and examples of fiction writing across a wide spectrum of genres

Writing Deep Scenes will teach writers how to write a plot with strong, layered, and engaging scenes, which are the key to memorable, page-turning stories. It will show writers how to explore the "shadow side" of characters' stories at the scene level, through three key guiding "layers": Action, Emotion, and Theme. 

Using contemporary scene examples from a variety of genres and story presentations, every chapter breaks down the key scene types necessary at each crucial plot juncture and demonstrates how to create page-turning tension by layering in "shadows." Where scene types are repeated, the information about those scenes expands to include nuances not addressed in previous chapters. Writing Deep Scenes takes the stance that scene is the key to plot development, and that plots are demonstrated through strong, textured scenes that mine both the light sides and shadow sides of the Action, Emotion, and Imagery. 

When a writer has finished this book, they will have a layered and integrated understanding of how to write a plot at the scene level and take their writing to new depths. 

With Writing Deep Scenes you'll learn:

  • How scenes are comprised of three key layers: Action, Emotion and Thematic Imagery
  • How to recognize each layer separately and how each contributes to the whole
  • How to create these layers by utilizing the concepts of "shadow" and "light"
  • How to create a scene-by-scene layout of a character's plot that integrates Action, Emotion, and Theme
  • How to create a scene-by-scene layout of a character's plot that integrates Action, Emotion, and Theme
  • How thematic imagery embedded in scenes increases a story's tension and readability and contributes to the story's meaning

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Meet the Author: Jordan E. Rosenfeld

Jordan E. Rosenfeld is the creator and host of the literary radio program Word by Word: Conversations with Writers on NPR-affiliate KRCB radio. Her essays and stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as Night Train, Pedastal Magazine, the Summerset Review, the Red Hills Review, and the Dickens Literary Journal. Her articles and essays have appeared in such notable publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, The St. Petersburg Times, and she contributes book reviews to KQED Radio's California Report.

Meet the Author: Martha Alderson, M.A.

Martha Alderson, aka the Plot Whisperer, is the author of the Plot Whisperer series of plot books for writers: The Plot Whisperer Book of Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing, The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories – a companion workbook to The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master. She has also written Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple (Illusion Press) and several ebooks on plot. As an international plot consultant for writers, Martha’s clients include best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors. She teaches plot workshops to novelists, mem...

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