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Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass
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“For me, where genre ends and literature begins doesn’t matter. What matters is whether a given novel hits me with high impact. If it does, it probably is fulfilling the purpose of fiction. It has drawn me into a story world, held me captive, taken me on a journey with characters like none I’ve ever met, revealed truths I’ve somehow always known and insights that rock my brain. It’s filled me with awe, which is to say it’s made me see the familiar in a wholly new way and made the unfamiliar a foundational part of me. It both entertains and matters. It both captures our age and becomes timelessly great. It does all that with the sturdy tools of story and the flair of narrative art.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“When a hot trend turns into a sub-category, new strictures arise along with it. Tropes turn into shortcuts, character paradigms become cardboard cutouts. Publishing pulls the bandwagon, true enough, but when feel-alike fiction floods the market its impact declines because it is starved of what makes fiction rich, surprising, moving, and masterful.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“High-impact 21st century fiction is built on unique voices, uncommon characters, and tales that can only be told by a particular author. They’re sui generis.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“To infuse a novel with a significance that speaks to many requires, paradoxically, that you ignore what the public wants and focus instead on what matters to you.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“Here’s a writing craft tool that you can remove from your toolbox and throw away: description. It’s the stuff that most readers skim. Even when deftly done using the five senses it’s a lead weight. It isn’t needed anymore.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“As human beings we perceive rubber handles, popping corks, crème centers, lavender lotion, and autumn leaves as real. But just as solid to us are snotty attitudes, inconvenient lust, spade flushes, political lies, steely beauty, hometown support, big-city zeal, coffee intoxication, bizarre fashion moments, cell-phone lobotomies, road rage, pathetic dreams, and a thousand other things that aren’t corporeal. To”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“It means not only doing something different, but delving into what matters to you: what terrifies, outrages, grieves, inspires, hurts, and heals you. In”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“Do not keep secrets—except in your fiction, where their corrosive influence and dark gravity make for high drama.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
“Do it. Go there. Take it away, permanently. Deliver the fear. Force the task. Remove all hope. Demand the sacrifice. Enact defeat. Wreck everything. Great endings are built of great climaxes: enormous feats, worst fears, tremendous losses, harrowing sacrifices, utter destruction.”
Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling