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The step-by-step guide for how to write a 'page-turner' – a compelling narrative with in-depth characters that ‘jump off the page’. It explains how to think about your reader and what they want, and make them care about what you're writing so that they can’t put it down. This easy to follow book packed with plenty of practical exercises will help you get the best from your The step-by-step guide for how to write a 'page-turner' – a compelling narrative with in-depth characters that ‘jump off the page’. It explains how to think about your reader and what they want, and make them care about what you're writing so that they can’t put it down. This easy to follow book packed with plenty of practical exercises will help you get the best from your story, whatever it is – genre, novel or script – to uncover inside it the seed of the perfect narrative that's waiting to be found. Using techniques evolved from teaching hundreds of hours of creative and script-writing workshops, working with students as they go through drafts, it includes the 10 Steps To A First Draft system. This is the quickest way to arrive at a first draft, from the initial idea, to thinking of every scene as a series of dramatic beats. It saves time and frees authors to write fewer drafts while concentrating on style – the exact words used. Topics include: using psychology to create flawed characters, the four story types, four endings, the 'but' equation, the storyline, the hero's journey, character development, on dialogue, honesty and writing, planning a scene, beats and how to use them, suspense, pacing, humour, editing, openings, submitting work. Written by an award-winning children's writer, scriptwriter, co-founder of the London Screenwriters Workshop, and ex-Marvel Comics writer, highly experienced writing tutor David Thorpe.


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The step-by-step guide for how to write a 'page-turner' – a compelling narrative with in-depth characters that ‘jump off the page’. It explains how to think about your reader and what they want, and make them care about what you're writing so that they can’t put it down. This easy to follow book packed with plenty of practical exercises will help you get the best from your The step-by-step guide for how to write a 'page-turner' – a compelling narrative with in-depth characters that ‘jump off the page’. It explains how to think about your reader and what they want, and make them care about what you're writing so that they can’t put it down. This easy to follow book packed with plenty of practical exercises will help you get the best from your story, whatever it is – genre, novel or script – to uncover inside it the seed of the perfect narrative that's waiting to be found. Using techniques evolved from teaching hundreds of hours of creative and script-writing workshops, working with students as they go through drafts, it includes the 10 Steps To A First Draft system. This is the quickest way to arrive at a first draft, from the initial idea, to thinking of every scene as a series of dramatic beats. It saves time and frees authors to write fewer drafts while concentrating on style – the exact words used. Topics include: using psychology to create flawed characters, the four story types, four endings, the 'but' equation, the storyline, the hero's journey, character development, on dialogue, honesty and writing, planning a scene, beats and how to use them, suspense, pacing, humour, editing, openings, submitting work. Written by an award-winning children's writer, scriptwriter, co-founder of the London Screenwriters Workshop, and ex-Marvel Comics writer, highly experienced writing tutor David Thorpe.

14 review for Making Readers Care with Psychology and Structure: The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Totally Gripping Novels, Film and TV Scripts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tristan

    This is a useful “how to” guide to writing with lots of good sensible advice. However, it suffers from trying to be too comprehensive and going beyond its topic, whilst remaining concise. This means that the author spends too little time on his headline topic. The message is clear: involve the reader by generating expectation and delivering on it, and do so within the conventions of the medium (novels and screenplays) and of the genre. However, the focus is on supply (the craftsman’s approach) ra This is a useful “how to” guide to writing with lots of good sensible advice. However, it suffers from trying to be too comprehensive and going beyond its topic, whilst remaining concise. This means that the author spends too little time on his headline topic. The message is clear: involve the reader by generating expectation and delivering on it, and do so within the conventions of the medium (novels and screenplays) and of the genre. However, the focus is on supply (the craftsman’s approach) rather than demand (the reader’s emotions): knowing the market and deploying the appropriate structures and techniques to deliver market-appropriate stories is all very good, but tends to create identikit works. So many bland works on Kindle Unlimited have clearly followed one of these creative writing courses and tick the boxes accordingly. Although he touches upon it, he does not expand on the “why bother” aspect of all the above: what is the reader expecting emotionally from the experience of reading? The book by Martin Thau is much better at considering the techniques from the reader’s perspective, but this book is better at explaining the available tools to generate these emotions. They work well together.

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    Charlotte Straw

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