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The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass
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it was amazing
bookshelves: writing-craft, non-fiction

All fiction writers want to write a book that keeps readers engaged and cause them to feel everything the protagonist does. But not everyone is successful at that.

This book teaches how to write the story beneath the surface (as the subtitle says) by showing how to master each step in the emotional journey. There are exercises to figure out exactly how to incorporate each lesson into your current WIP. And the imagery used – from the highs and lows of a subway ride and how it can be applied to a character’s arch to the differences in architecture – leaves a lasting lesson in how one should incorporate different emotional states in ones writing.

You probably already know what your protagonist should be feeling, so this book will help you to bring that across on the page in a way that will make a lasting impression on readers – no matter the genre you write in.

A great book that I’ll recommend to all novelists.

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September 14, 2017 – Shelved
September 14, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
October 5, 2017 – Started Reading
October 26, 2017 – Shelved as: writing-craft
October 26, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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