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  1. Beginnings, Middles and Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing)
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  2. Beginnings, Middles and Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing)

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By demonstrating effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of story writing, Nancy Kress helps novice authors write stories with a roaring start and a grand finale. She also helps them hook the editor in the first three paragraphs, make and keep a story's "implicit promise", build drama and credibility by controlling prose, and many other techniques.

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Nancy Kress
Brand: Writers Digest Books
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An entry in the Writer's Digest "Elements of Fiction Writing" series, this is a particularly useful book with an unhelpful title. It touches on style, character, and other elements of fiction, but what it's mainly about is the process of writing as you go.

The first part, about beginnings, discusses how to open a story or novel strongly, to make promises that the reader wants to see kept. The second part, about middles, discusses how to keep those promises alive (and the reader interested) while maneuvering the various forces of the story into place for the climax. And the third part, about, you guessed it, ends, discusses how to make the story satisfy -- mainly, by keeping the promises you've made.

Filled with very specific suggestions and examples, I feel I learned more about what I'm doing wrong than I have from any other single book.
So there I was, stuck in the dreaded middle of the first draft of my novel. I was really stuck. Then I read this book. It is just exactly what it says, a guide to beginnings, middles and ends. This book helped me get back on track and helped me work my way through the middle and finally to the end.

I've read most of the books in the Writer's Digest Elements of Fiction Writing series - this book is by far the best one and was the only one that gained keeper status on my bookshelf. I highly recommend this book to any aspiring or experienced writer.
This book gives many good pointers on how to structure your plot and develop your characters as a story progresses. The author has some good advice about the best way to start a story off on a strong foot, and helped me to see that a draft I'm currently working on should probably lose the first few scenes and start closer to the real action (the dropped scenes can be revealed as backstory through efficient use of character dialogue early on so the reader isn't confused).

If you are looking for pointers on the actual craft of writing - how best to use adjectives, verbs, nouns; the best way to structure sentences and paragraphs; tips on making good use of metaphor and symbols, etc., then this is not the book for you. This book focuses exclusively on the overall structure of the story.

It's also a fairly short book - 143 pages @ 6" x 9" with a moderately large font - but thankfully the author refrains from adding filler and sticks to the efficient dispensing of... Read more
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