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Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story.by Steven Harper
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Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh my
Writing a paranormal novel takes more than casting an alluring vampire or arming your hero with a magic wand. It takes an original idea, believable characters, a compelling plot, and surprising twists, not to mention great writing.
This helpful guide gives you everything you need to successfully introduce supernatural elements into any story without shattering the believability of your fictional world or falling victim to common cliches.
You'll learn how to: Choose supernatural elements and decide what impact the supernatural will have on your fictional worldCreate engaging and relatable characters from supernatural protagonists and antagonists to supporting players (both human and non-human)Develop strong plots and complementary subplotsWrite believable fight scenes and flashbacksCreate realistic dialogueAnd much more Complete with tips for researching your novel and strategies for getting published, Writing the Paranormal Novel gives you everything you need to craft a novel where even the most unusual twist is not only possible - it's believable.
Book News Annotation:
Writing fiction with paranormal elements presents unique and difficult challenges. Authors are responsible for presenting unbelievable concepts in ways that are convincing, original, and surprising. Harper, author of In the Company of Mind and Corporate Mentality, presents a guide for those embarking on the thorny task of writing a paranormal novel. He provides useful tactics for developing paranormal concepts and employing them in a believable and tasteful manner. While geared toward paranormal writing, this book is a valuable tool for anyone interested in writing fiction. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Paranormal novels (those with ghosts, telepaths, vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and more) for adult and young-adult readers continue to top bestseller lists, but, until now, no resource exists to help writers craft these stories. This book shows how to successfully introduce supernatural and paranormal elements into your stories, create engaging and relatable characters and craft plots where even the most unusual twists are not only possible, they are believable.
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