Writing Fiction - a user-friendly guide

Author:   James Essinger
Publisher:   The Conrad Press
ISBN:  

9781911546542


Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Format:   Paperback
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`Writing Fiction is a little pot of gold... Screenplay by Syd Field for film, Writing Fiction by James Essinger for fiction. It's that simple.' William Osborne, novelist and screenwriter Writing Fiction - a user-friendly guide is a must-read if you want to write stories to a professional standard. It draws on the author's more than thirty years of experience as a professional writer, and on the work and ideas of writers including: * Anthony Burgess * Joseph Conrad * George Eliot * Ken Follett * Frederick Forsyth * Dan Harmon * Ernest Hemingway * David Lodge * Norman Mailer * John Milton * Ben Parker * J.K. Rowling * William Shakespeare * Martin Cruz Smith * J.R.R. Tolkien The twenty-four chapters cover every important matter you need to know about, including: devising a compelling story, creating and developing characters, plotting, `plants', backstory, suspense, dialogue, `show' and `tell', and how to make your novel more real than reality. Also featuring special guest advice from legendary screenwriter Bob Gale, who wrote the three immortal `Back to the Future' movies (1985, 1989 and 1990), and novelist and screenwriter William Osborne, whose many screen credits include the co-writing of the blockbuster `Twins' (1988), this highly entertaining book gives you all the advice and practical guidance you need to make your dream of becoming a published fiction writer come true.

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Author:   James Essinger
Publisher:   The Conrad Press
Imprint:   The Conrad Press
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 19.80cm
ISBN:  

9781911546542


ISBN 10:   1911546546
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Preface 1: So what is fiction, anyway? 2: Devising a compelling story 3: Two golden rules 4: Lessons from Hollywood 5: The importance of a good outline 6: Which writers should be your model? 7: How long should your novel be? 8: Why you need to pursue everything 9: Character in your novel 10: Your novel's voice 11: Which scenes should be in your novel? 12: Backstory 13: Choosing your characters 14: Depicting villains 15: Dialogue 16: What kind of prose should you be writing? 17: Plants 18: Making your novel more real than reality 19: Language and words 20: Show and tell 21: Suspense 22: The need for your story to be logical 23: Editing and improving your novel 24: Summing up

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'Your book is like a really good Real Ale or an excellent lover. Paradoxically, it needs to be both devoured and savored at one and the same time! You have a lovely turn of phrase. It is full of wise insight and I found myself laughing out loud at some of its metaphors; especially the bit about no sausages round the camp fire. A breath of fresh and witty air; much needed in the stifling heat of late July'. - Stuart Carey


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James Essinger has been a professional writer since 1988. His non-fiction books include 'Jacquard's Web' (2004), 'Ada's Algorithm' (2013), which is to be filmed by Monumental Pictures, and 'Charles and Ada: the computer's most passionate partnership' (2019). His novels include 'The Mating Game' (2016) and 'The Ada Lovelace Project' (2019).

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