Writing the Breakout Novel (1ST)

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Writing the Breakout Novel (1ST)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 256 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781582971827
  • DDC分類 808.3

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Take your fiction to the next level! Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists.Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share - regardless of genre - then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace.You'll learn to:establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and placeweave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing storycreate larger-than-life characters that step right off the pageexplore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readerssustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finishdevelop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competitionThen, using examples from the recent works of several best-selling authors - including novelist Anne Perry - Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing. You'll capture the eye of an agent, generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising career.

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           1  (4)
Anne Perry
Introduction 5 (10)
You Have the Power to Break Out
How to Use This Book
Why Write the Breakout Novel? 15 (18)
The Truth About Book Publishing
The Truth About Authors
The Myths of Success
The E-Revolution
Where to Go From Here
Premise 33 (26)
The Stories That You Love
Four Facets of Three Great Novels
The Little Components of Big Ideas
Build It and the Breakout Premise Will Come
Brainstorming the Breakout Premise
Stakes 59 (22)
Creating High Human Worth
Public Stakes
Personal Stakes
Escalating Stakes
our Own Stakes
Time and Place 81 (22)
The Psychology of Place
Keeping Up With the Times
Working With Historical Forces and Social
Trends
God at Work in the World
The Secret Ingredient
Characters 103(30)
Real People vs. Larger-Than-Life Figures
What Makes a Character Larger-Than-Life?
Dark Protagonists
The Highest Character Qualities
Building a Cast
Advanced Character Relationships
Sidekicks and Narrators
Depth and Differentiation of Character
Plot 133(30)
Conflict
The Five Basic Plot Elements
Bridging Conflict
What is the Worst That Can Happen?
High Moments, Turning Corners, Killing
Characters
Structuring Plot
Larger Plot Structures
Contemporary Plot Techniques 163(18)
The New Shape of the Novel
The Character-Driven Story
Self Discovery in the Plot Driven Novel
Nonlinear Narrative
Tension on Every Page
Multiple Viewpoints, Subplots, Pace, Voice, 181(18)
Endings
Multiple Points of View
Successful Subplots
Narrative Pace
Voice
Endings
Advanced Plot Structures 199(30)
Families, Groups, Generations
Thrillers
Crossover Fiction
Whole Life
Historicals
Out-of Category Romance
Linked Short Stories
Inventing Your Own Advanced Plot Structure
Theme 229(18)
Having Something to Say
Step-by-Step Theme Building
Symbols
Becoming Passionate
Right and Wrong in the Novel
The Protagonist's Declaration of Purpose
What Makes a Theme Universal?
Discovering Theme
Breaking Out 247(14)
Agent and Editor
The Pitch
Outlines
Breakout Publishing, Breakout Living
Success, Sequels, Series and Beyond
Index 261