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Elements of Storytelling

How to Write Compelling Fiction



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The Elements of Storytelling: How to Write Compelling Fiction by Peter Rubie
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"I recommend this book to all aspiring novelists." -Kent Carroll, Publisher and Executive Editor Carroll & Graf "I would not hesitate to recommend The Elements of Storytelling to aspiring writers, or to better published ones who need to be reminded of the essentials of the craft. (That's all of us, by the way!)" -Robert Goddard Author of In Pale Battalions and Full Circle "Should be on every writer's bookshelf right between The Elements of Style and the thesaurus." -Tom Colgan, Senior Editor Avon Books "A wonderful book that every aspiring professional writer should own." -Matthew Bialer, literary agent William Morris Agency Telling a story is one of the most basic-and difficult-challenges a fiction writer must face. Acclaimed author, editor, and literary agent Peter Rubie knows that challenge firsthand. By sharing his creative and critical expertise, he gives you the helpful advice you need to master the art of storytelling, including how to: * Create compelling characters and strong plotlines * Pace a story and develop a coherent structure and style * Refine your technique with thought-provoking exercises that hone your storytelling skills * Anticipate the realities of getting your work published-how to make it happen while maintaining confidence and motivation

Table of Contents

TECHNIQUES OF STORYTELLING. Learning the "Rules" of Storytelling: The Synopsis. "Where Do You Get Your Ideas?" Acorns into Oak Trees: The Synopsis. Characters: The Method Writing Approach. Actors in Action: Characters' Deeds and Needs. Viewpoint: Whose Story Is It? Pacing of Information: Pulling the Rabbit out of the Hat. Motivation and Time Shifting. Style: Saying It with Grace. Structure: Fitting It All Together. NOTES ON THE STORYTELLING PROCESS. On Getting Published. On Writing Fiction. Appendices.

Author Biography

PETER RUBIE is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Werewolf and Mindbender. He is a partner at L. Perkins Associates literary agency and was the fiction editor at Walker and Company, Publishers. Mr. Rubie has also been an editorial consultant for Doubleday, Pocket Books, Dutton--Signet, and Houghton--Mifflin.
Release date Australia
February 13th, 1996
Country of Publication
United States
John Wiley & Sons Inc
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