Fiction: The Facts e-book
This e-book by Harriet Smart, co-designer of Writer's Café and
author of five novels published by Headline, is a friendly
introduction to the essential techniques of storytelling,
whether you're writing novels, screenplays or short stories.
It's bundled with Writer's Café in PDF and Writer's Café Bookshelf formats and can be read by registered users.
Check out the contents of the book below. Writer's Café also comes with Writing Recipes, further nuggets of wisdom from Harriet
that are displayed when you start the application or whenever you want inspiration.
- A personal note from Harriet Smart. Click here to read it online.
- Chapter 1: BEGINNINGS
How to think like a writer and fill up that empty page.
- Chapter 2: WHAT IF
- How to research and identify the situations and themes
that you want to develop into your story. Including information
on possible sources of stories and how to creatively develop the
idea. Click here to read it online.
- Chapter 3: CHARACTERISATION
- Techniques and suggestions to help to build and flesh out memorable characters.
How to make sure your characters work for your story and behave like professionals.
- Chapter 4: GENRE
- Stories come in all shapes and sizes, but popular story forms can give
vital inspiration for your story direction.
- Chapter 5: POINT OF VIEW
- Learn the ins and outs of one of the most powerful tools available to the writer.
- Chapter 6: SETTING
- Finding and using the right setting for maximum
- Chapter 7: CONFLICT
- Identifying the tensions in the story and how to
build on them. How characterisation combines with conflict to
make the backbone of a story.
- Chapter 8: SHAPE AND STRUCTURE
- Inciting incident, complications, crisis and
resolution - explaining the four pillars of a well-built story
and how to bring them into your story design.
- Chapter 9: TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR STORY
- Casting a critical eye over your story and how to work with a flexible blueprint.
- Chapter 10: GETTING PUBLISHED
- Some insider tips about the world of publishing. How to create a pitch and sell yourself along with your story.
- Chapter 11: FINAL THOUGHTS
- Getting past block, staying the course and why writing is the most fun you can have on your own.
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