Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting ScenesBook - 2000
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 creation 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 film, 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.