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The Emotional Craft of Fiction
The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface | Donald Maass
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Engage Your Readers with Emotion While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader's experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you. That's where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include: emotional modes of writing beyond showing versus telling your story's emotional world moral stakes connecting the inner and outer journeys plot as emotional opportunities invoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional language cascading change story as emotional mirror positive spirit and magnanimous writing the hidden current that makes stories move Readers can simply read a novel...or they can experience it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.
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TK-421
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Minerva‘s keeping me company while I prep for #Nanowrimo by reading the tagged book. I‘m enjoying it a lot, other than the author using examples from books I intend to read. Some have a quick “spoilers ahead!” notice but some don‘t & they often contain what I‘d consider minor spoilers. It‘s annoying, but I can get past it because there are lots of useful exercises that I‘m sure will help me improve my novels. I can‘t wait to get started!

britt_brooke 😻 3w
jdiehr Good luck with your writing! I participated last year 🙂 3w
CoffeeNBooks Beautiful kitty! 😺 3w
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Dragon 😻 3w
RealBooks4ever Enjoy Nanowrimo! Hi Minerva! 😺 3w
JazzFeathers I'm not sure about my NaNo this year. I'm going to attempt it, of course. But l've been working such long hours all through the month (and l'm not done yet) and l'm already exhausted 😪. Let's see. Good luck to you. I'll follow your progress. And just in case, l'm Celebcuen on the site 😊 3w
TK-421 @JazzFeathers Sorry to hear you‘re exhausted 😞 Thanks for the well-wishes & best of luck to you too! I‘m Vaaren on the Nano site & I sent you a buddy invite 😊 3w
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TK-421
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I‘m sure it‘s no surprise books are my favourite #hobby: reading, writing & reading about writing or writing about reading! If you look past all the penguins you can sort of see my “writing resources“ shelf: books about writing (close up top right), reference books & books that inspire. I also collect penguins, play board games and D&D, and I crochet. I‘m hoping to try some #audiocrocheting this winter! #SelfImprovementSept

mhillis 🐧💕 2mo
sudi I love how many penguins there are 😄💗 2mo
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Stacypatrice I can‘t look past penguins 🐧 ❤️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 The penguins! ❤️ All great hobbies, though! 2mo
SamanthaMarie D&D!!! 2mo
IamIamIam #HookersOfLitsy 👌 That blanket is gorgeous! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚📝 🐧 2mo
TK-421 @IamIamIam Thank you! It was my first one & still my favourite 😊 I love the hashtag! 😂 I‘ll have to remember to use it 2mo
SaturnDoo Is that a starghan? I love the round ripples and have made a few of the starghans too. Yours is very pretty 💜❤💜 2mo
TK-421 @SaturnDoo Thank you! It‘s the only one I‘ve made using that particular pattern but it‘s my favourite star pattern so far. I‘ve made a couple of baby blankets using a different starghan pattern but I didn‘t like it as much. I‘ve done a few round ripples & granny ripples too. I love any pattern that doesn‘t require making a bunch of squares & piecing them together! 2mo
SaturnDoo @TK-421 Some of the starghan/RR patterns don't lay flat. I have a RR pattern that I love. Uggghhh I don't like joining squares either. If I do anything in squares I use the join as you go method 🤣😂 2mo
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Where did I come across the recommendation for this? I have no idea, but I requested it from the library to see whether it was worthy of the glowing reviews or deserving of the disapproving ones; they were a stark contrast. Four pages in and I think it may be a pick — even the intro is tightly written, without a whiff of filler or sloppy thinking. 💖 A book after my own heart, which is appropriate given that it‘s about provoking reader emotions.

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#emojimadness ? made me think of what I like to call my "writing resource & inspiration" shelves. I haven't read all of these yet, of course, but sometimes just flipping through them is inspiring, and I find books like 642 Tarot for Writers, Things to Write About & The Writer's Lab are helpful for getting warmed up when I haven't written for awhile. The tagged book is one I'm looking forward to, but just haven't got to yet. #writing

BookBabe Nice! 👌🏻 2y
TK-421 @BookBabe Thanks! 😊 2y
merelybookish I have a shelf like this too! 2y
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Claireluana
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Writers, I definitely recommend this one if you want to deepen your readers' emotional experience! Straight-forward and helpful!

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AdeleReads
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A cool writer's craft book and a cool/minty snack on a cold winter day.

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TK-421
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I'm doing #NaNoWriMo this month, so I don't expect to read much, but there are a couple books I hope to get to: The Emotional Craft of Fiction, and Seventh Decimate, which comes out in two weeks! I'm also waiting for holds on 2 e-books that expired before I could finish them. #NovemberTBR #LifeandLitNovember #TBR #NonficNov #NovTBR #NoteworthyNovember 📚🔜 #EmojiNov

JazzFeathers Oh, cool! I'm doing NaNoWriMo too 😊 What is your story about? 2y
TK-421 @JazzFeathers My novel's based on D&D adventures (more info here: https://tk-4-2-1.tumblr.com/post/137266405497/gaming-writing-awesomeness-or-how-...) 3 misfits (blade-bard Mariska, swashbuckler Torquil, & death-worshipping outlaw priest Vaaren) go on the run after Torquil makes a mistake that puts their lives in danger. Far away from all they knew & loved, broke & homeless, they do what they can to get by & eventually become unlikely heroes. 2y
TK-421 @JazzFeathers What's yours about? 2y
JazzFeathers Wow! I love me some good, classic fantasy 😊 My novel is set in the 1920s, in a ancientvestate in Germany. Ingeborg goes back fir the furst time after the war and her father's death. Grete, her step-mother, plans to turn the estste in a beauty farm and take down the maze she always maintain is the house of evil. But lngebirg's father always said the maze is magic. 2y
TK-421 @JazzFeathers That sounds intriguing! 2y
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If you visit #bookbarnniantic there's a new bagel joint in town. Deke's Bagels has one of the best smoked salmon sandwiches I've ever eaten! #shopindie