Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense
Conflict pulls readers into a story and suspense carries them along until its conclusion. Expert author of over 15 thrillers, James Scott Bell offers proven techniques that help writers craft fiction that their readers won?t be able to put down. Learn how to believably weave conflict and suspense into a story, how to pace your story and keep the pressure on throughout, and...more
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James Scott Bell tells it like it is, with humor and great examples. It's nice to know when I get to my cliffhanger in my current novel, it's okay to hang my antagonist over the edge and drag my reader with him.
If you're a published author or aspiring writer, this is a...more
My only criticism of this enormously helpful book (which I am so looking forward to putting into practice) is that while some of the author's advice would apply to any writer in...more
James Scott Bell teaches fiction writers some important lessons about how to create conflict and suspense by creating high stakes situations for our characters. Do you have conflict that is so big, your character is facing death--professional or personal, emotional or psychological? If your character's problem doesn't threaten some kind of death, then Bell teaches us to find ways to up the ante. Death can threaten in many forms, and conflict can come from...more
The problem with most writing books is that they are short and incomplete, but Mr. Bell's book is thorough in sharing tools and techniques for adding conflict and suspense to every element of your story, including characters, dialogue, and theme. So thorough, in fact, that as I was reading it, I kept thinking I was near the end...more
There were tons of practical examples and straight forward pieces of advice. Even if I never get to t...more
While I don't agree with everything Bell says or all of his approaches, I found most of his advice invaluable. I plan on doing a full review over on my blog, so I'll make sure to come back here and post the link.
For now, though, I will just say that this book is worth the $16.99. Every author should read it. You can always create your own formulas or techniques, but this was a great starting poin...more
Solid tips here. I'd definitely pick it up if you're thinking of writing any sort of novel. The author sometimes has a lofty and pretentious voice, and uses too many examples from books I haven't read, but overall a fantastic read.
Only a few more left in my quest though the Writers Digest books! (I'd say this one comes second, after Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card.)
Thanks for sharing these insights with us.
It is really helpful when you know what you want to do and it is wonderful to enhance already written manuscripts.