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Conflict, Action & Suspense (Elements of Fiction Writing)by William Noble
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What makes a book a page-turner? How do you grab your readers right from the start and hold them through the last sentence? How do you make your plot twist and turn and keep the action moving without losing continuity?
You do it by generating drama and developing it using conflict, action and suspense. You make your reader burn to know what's going to happen next. You create tension...and build it...to the breaking point.
William Noble shows you how to intensify that pressure throughout your story. You'll learn exactly what constitutes conflict, action and suspense, how they relate to other important ingredients in your story, and - perhaps most important - how to manipulate them.
Through thorough, step-by-step instruction, you'll learn how to...
set the stage with techniques and devices that enhance drama
introduce suspense from the very beginning of your story
build suspense through cliff-hangers, dialogue, mood, character development, point of view, subtlety and indirection, and time and place
bring all that conflict, action and suspense to a gripping conclusion
There are all sorts of ways to create tension in your prose - from using adjectives and nouns that drip with imagery to making quick scene cuts and transitions to accelerating the pace. Learn them here. Then use them, and your story will plunge your readers into a river of worry...and the current will carry them to The End.
For more than 10 years, this successful series has helped writers improve their work — one element at a time. Featuring quality instruction from award-winning authors, each book focuses on a key facet of fiction writing, making it easy for writers to find the specific guidance they're looking for.
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