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Writing Deep Scenes

Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme

Author(s): Martha Alderson & Jordan Rosenfeld

Description: Whether you’re planning your first novel or have already written a first draft, you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly realize your story’s potential. Writing Deep Scenes teaches you how to write strong, layered, and engaging scenes–the secret to memorable, page-turning plots. It’s filled with practical tools for building layers and nuance into your scenes, employing the right scene types at the right junctures, and developing a profound understanding of how plot and scene intertwine.

Inside you’ll learn:

  • How scenes are comprised of three key layers: action, emotion, and theme.
  • How to recognize each layer and weave them seamlessly into a scene.
  • How to develop an intricate relationship between the action and emotion in every scene.
  • How thematic imagery embedded in scenes increases a story’s tension and contributes to the story’s meaning.

Using contemporary examples from a variety of genres, Writing Deep Scenes provides an effective method for plotting at the scene level. Use these techniques and enrich your fiction and memoirs with page-turning suspense and pathos, and explore new depths in every story you write.

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A Writer’s Guide to Persistence

How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice

Author: Jordan Rosenfeld

Description: Practice. Polish. Persist.

Your writing journey can take you many places: hiking through steep mountains, traversing unknown territory, hurdling both roadblocks and rejections. Even the siren song of fame and fortune can distract you from your true purpose: to express yourself in an authentic and meaningful way, and to share your words with others.

A Writer’s Guide to Persistence is your road map through the rugged terrain of the writer’s path. You’ll discover advice and techniques for cultivating a fruitful, deeply meaningful writing life by practicing your craft, polishing your work, and persisting through even the toughest challenges.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Practical ways to balance writing with the rest of your life: taming your busy schedule, increasing your productivity, and committing to a writing practice
  • Advice for developing authentic work: finding your voice, writing bravely, and breaking the blocks to creative flow
  • Methods for stretching your skills through craft and revision
  • Thoughts on pushing through rejection and doubt, submitting strong, nourishing yourself to avoid burnout, and keeping your mind and body fit

Filled with journaling exercises and much-needed motivation, as well as insights from best-selling writers in a variety of genres, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence will help you find the joy and purpose inherent in a writer’s life. Your journey to publication and success may take a lifetime, but you can sow the rewards of writing with every step.

“A compassionate and intelligent guide for any writer who’s just starting out or one who needs the understanding and encouragement of a great writing coach. Rosenfeld offers practical solutions for every concern, from how to find the time to write to getting through writer’s block.” –Patricia V. Davis, best-selling author

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Writing Blockbuster Plots

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure & Scene

Author: Martha Alderson

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Make a Scene

Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

Author: Jordan Rosenfeld

Description: In Make a Scene, author Jordan E. Rosenfeld takes you through the fundamentals of strong scene construction and explains how other essential fiction-writing techniques, such as character, plot, and dramatic tension, must function within the framework of individual scenes in order to provide substance and structure to the overall story.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Craft an opening scene that hooks readers and foreshadows supporting scenes
  • Develop various scene types – from the suspenseful to the dramatic to the contemplative – that are distinct and layered
  • Tailor character and plot around specific scene types to better convey the nuances of your storyline
  • Create resonating climactic and final scenes that stay with readers long after they’ve finished your work

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The Plot Whisperer

Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master

Author: Martha Alderson

Description: When it comes to writing bestsellers, it’s all about the plot. Trouble is, plot is where most writers fall down–but you don’t have to be one of them. With this book, you’ll learn how to create stories that build suspense, reveal character, and engage readers–one scene at a time.

Celebrated writing teacher and bestselling author Martha Alderson has devised a plotting system that’s as innovative as it is easy to implement. With her foolproof blueprint, you’ll learn to devise a successful storyline for any genre.

She shows how to:

  • Use the power of the Universal Story
  • Create plot lines and subplots that work together
  • Effectively use a scene tracker for maximum impact
  • Insert energetic markers at the right points in your story
  • Show character transformation at the book’s climax
  • This is the ultimate guide for you to write page-turners that sell!

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The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts

Easy Exercises to Get You Writing

Author: Martha Alderson

Description: The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts gives you the inspiration and motivation you need to finish every one of your writing projects. Written by celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson, this book guides you through each stage of the writing process, from constructing compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending. Alderson also helps you get into the habit of writing creatively every day, with brand-new imaginative prompts, such as:

  • Create an obstacle that interferes with the protagonist’s goal and describe how that scene unfolds moment-by-moment.
  • Provide sensory details of the story world and what your main character is doing at this very moment.
  • Scan earlier scenes for examples of the protagonist’s chief character flaw and develop it. He or she will need to overcome this flaw in order to achieve his or her ultimate goal.
  • Show an issue or situation in the main character’s life that needs attention and have him or her take the first step forward toward a course of action.

Filled with daily affirmations, plot advice, and writing exercises, The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts will set your projects in the right direction–and on their way to the bestseller list!

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The Plot Whisperer Workbook

Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories

Author: Martha Alderson

Description: When it comes to writing bestsellers, it’s all about the plot. But creating a captivating storyline that mesmerizes your audience until the very end is easier said than done. With thousands of engaging books on the shelf, you’ll need to set yours apart by developing unique scenarios that leave readers wondering what happens next.

In this writing workbook, celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson covers everything from constructing spirited action and compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending. She also walks you through the development of a successful narrative with exercises that:

  • Help build suspense
  • Incorporate effective subplots
  • Tie up all the loose ends
  • Keep the reader turning pages

Filled with essential advice and writing exercises, /The Plot Whisperer Workbook will quickly become your go-to guide for crafting a tale worthy of the bestseller list!

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Write Free

Attracting the Creative Life

Author(s): Jordan Rosenfeld & Rebecca Lawton

Description: Equal parts writer’s workshop and spiritual journey, this open-hearted guide will show you how to attain and sustain the creative life you desire. Based on a time-tested principle and using methods pioneered by the authors, Write Free provides a wealth of inspiration, advice, and activities. Exploring how we attract the conditions and events in our lives, Write Free is an invaluable aid for writers, creative souls, and others who want to envision and achieve the inspired life of their dreams.

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