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And the reader is hooked. But whether or not readers will stay on for the entire wild ride will depend on how well the writer structures the story, scene by scene. This book is your game plan for success.
Using dozens of examples from his own work – including DropshotTiebreaker and other popular novels – Jack M.
Bickham will guide you in building a sturdy framework for your novel, whatever its structuer or length. You’ll learn how struchure. As you work on crafting compelling scenes that move the reader, moment by moment, toward the story’s resolution, you’ll see why Whatever your story, this book can help you arrive at a happy ending in the company of satisfied readers.
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Please try again later. A number of years ago, my critique scfne came across m.vickham little gem and we started critiquing ourselves with the focus of making sure we all were writing quality scenes and maintaining excellent scene structure every single time. Within 18 months all the writers in my group had gone from unpublished to published with major NY publishers! You won’t be sorry. In the couple of decades since this was written, the trend in novels has moved away from “sequels” in novels.
Other than that, Bickham’s advice is pure gold if you want to write publishable fiction. I do a fair amount of contest judging and one of the critical flaws I see over and over again is that beginning writers don’t understand what a scene is, or how to write one that keeps the reader turning pages. Understand how to write quality scenes. Apply it to your own writing and critique yourself on how well you follow that scene structure.
Believe me, you won’t regret it. Most of all, don’t get sucked into the arrogance of thinking “I’m so good, I don’t have to follow the rules. So if you aspire to write publishable fiction, this is your guide to how to put that story on paper the most effective way. I was stuck on three different stories, each of which I’d thought were completed. One of them was repeatedly rejected; the other two couldn’t even get past my beta-readers, who said they just didn’t grab them.
The solution to one of my stories was right there on the second page, and elaborated on on the sixth. The book helped a lot with the second story as well.
I’d been doing so well with my artsy stories that I’d gotten into the habit of scenr the basics of structure. Jack Bickham is a terrible writer. If you follow his advice to the letter, you’ll write terrible, derivative pot-boilers like he did.
Bickham knows that rules aren’t absolute. He often gives examples of when and why to break the rules. But even when he breaks the rules, he does it as a matter of craft, not art. Craft is how to make a story better.
Art is making a set of story trade-offs that cooperatively make a story better for a particular audience or for a particular purpose. Bickham has loads of craft, but no art.
You should memorize and internalize the story structure principles Bickham describes, so that you don’t even have to think about them–if you sleepwalk to your desk at night and start writing, a Bickham story should come out. Art is knowing when and how to deviate from that structure.
Learn the Bickham basics in your gut, then learn the art of adapting it to tell a worthwhile story. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
This book was recommended to me by many writers, sometimes even in other books about writing, and I am so glad I found it! Where it is often possible to take large, overarching lessons from writing books and still be uncertain of how to apply them, the information Bickham provides here is actually step-by-step.
If that seems restrictive or mechanical, I promise you that it isn’t. All Bickham is providing is a basic structure of cause-and-effect lessons that inform scenes and plot development, allowing the author to make sure they don’t have leaps in logic or dangling plotlines. The title, while not an exact quote, was one of my favorite pieces of wisdom from the book.
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