This how to book by award winning authors Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck is the first how to book I couldn’t wait to put down … so I could start wrThis how to book by award winning authors Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck is the first how to book I couldn’t wait to put down … so I could start writing!
Susan teaches with a contagious enthusiasm that will spark your creativity and give you the tools to structure you ideas into an unforgettable novel.
When this book arrived in my mailbox I was working on chapter five of my fifth novel and … well … stuck. I knew exactly how I wanted the plot to unfold, but the scene felt flat. An hour later, I’d worked through three of the many helpful worksheets included in the book, and had found the inspiration I needed to make the chapter shine.
These worksheets aren’t the kind of end-of-the-chapter exercises you find in many how to books. You know the kind I mean—the ones you never do. In fact, I use some of these worksheets as springboards for every scene I write to ensure the opening paragraph hooks the reader, the dialogue sizzles, and the story world I’ve built conveys the emotions I’d intended.
I’d like to say From the Inside…Out will be on my bookshelf for years to come, but the truth is it will likely be open on my desktop most of the time.
If you have yet to write your first novel, consider yourself blessed to have the opportunity to read this book first. Susan and Rachel succinctly lay out the key elements you need to create compelling characters whose story is believable, inspirational and irresistible.
If you’re unwilling to work hard to make your novel the best it can be, don’t buy this book. This sequel to the highly acclaimed, How to Write a BreakIf you’re unwilling to work hard to make your novel the best it can be, don’t buy this book. This sequel to the highly acclaimed, How to Write a Breakout Novel, will equip and motivate you to incorporate into your manuscript the elements essential to a best seller. But you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and write, revise, then write some more.
Each chapter presents a concept, explains its importance, illustrates its use with examples, and follows up with exercises you can apply to your WIP. If you complete each exercise and take the time to make your writing fresh and evocative, your novel will be transformed.
I write romantic suspense and purchased this book to learn how to infuse my stories with tension. I expected to breeze through Part 1 (twelve chapters on Character Development) and concentrate on Plot Development in Part 2. Wrong.
Creating conflict begins with the characters. The changes I made in my novel, based on these early exercises, yielded noticeable improvements. By the time I reached the last chapter in Part 2: ‘Adding Tension to Every Page’, my manuscript was already significantly closer to this goal.
Maass introduces the chapter with these words: “Tension on every page is the secret of great storytelling. Everyone knows that. Practically no one does it.”
Yup, I’m stuck at chapter 24, determined to instill more tension in my story, if it kills me. And some days I think it might. I have yet to explore the final twelve chapters on General Story Techniques which cover everything from first and last lines to the pitch.
Whatever you write, applying the exercises in this workbook will improve your work....more
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