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Holly Lisle's How To Write Page-Turning Scenes

Holly Lisle's How To Write Page-Turning Scenes [Kindle Edition]

Holly Lisle

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Have your characters gone on strike? Find yourself explaining your story instead of telling it? Do your scenes race by so quickly you put only the barest hint of what you want on the page? Not sure what a scene really is?

Pro novelist Holly Lisle teaches the simple, fun, effective techniques she's used to plot her 30+ published novels (and counting). Learn the five types of conflict that keep readers hooked, the two elements EVERY scene must have, know when scenes are going to be good (or bad) BEFORE you write them, discover how to misdirect most of your readers most of the time, and much more.

Holly Lisle's How To Write Page-Turning Scenes is a funny, relaxed, and comprehensive start-to-finish course with a step-by-step process that includes worksheets, examples, and how-to advice for writers of every genre, and for every experience level---from absolute beginner needing basics, to the published pro looking to notch up suspense and bring in new readers while thrilling existing ones.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Publisher: Holly Lisle - OneMoreWord Books; Kindle 1 edition (4 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holly does it again! 12 Oct 2011
By Joe Z - Published on
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Some may point to other "name" authors as being the most helpful to newbies, but no one, and I mean no one, does it better than Holly! From her clinics to her full blown writing course, Holly is a writer who cares about other writers.

Read it, memorize it, you WILL become a better writer.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars in depth help 7 Dec 2010
By Katharina Gerlach (Indie Autorin) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If your story is great but your scenes seem boring and dragging, this is the book to read. It is fun to read and easy to use. If you do the suggested exercises your story will improve so much you won't believe it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to make your readers stick 13 July 2012
By mnater - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a loyal fan of Holly Lisle and have completed most of her courses (and read quite a few of her fiction books, too).

The fact is, Page-Turning Scenes is one of her best instructionals. Regardless of whether you have the coolest ideas and the most interesting characters, applying Holly's Page-Turning Scenes to your work will make your story straight-up addictive. She teaches you how to bring out the most important aspects of your work and keep your readers constantly engaged. The end product of your work, after Page-Turning Scenes, will be one of those rare books that readers say, "It was so great, I just couldn't put it down!"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent In-depth Information for Fiction Writers 14 Oct 2013
By Brian Groover - Published on
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Holly Lisle's books for writers are clear, interesting, and very practical. If you haven't read any of her writing books, I'd recommend starting with Mugging the Muse, but this book is clear enough that you could certainly start with this one.

In Page Turning Scenes, she starts simply and goes into depth, so the beginner will not be lost, nor the experienced writer bored. She defines a scene, then goes into depth on how to construct them, how to connect them with transitions, how to use the various types of conflict, how to manage pacing, and how to troubleshoot scene issues.

Her definition of a scene at its most basic is both simple and practical. "You have written a scene when something important [to the story] changes." She makes the point that she isn't trying to give you the over-arching academic definition, just something you can wrap your mind around when putting story together. She gives examples and assigns exercises designed to allow her reader to make the practical advice work for their readers.

It's an outstanding book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 30 Jan 2013
By Rachel Graham - Published on
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Her books are must reads. The Create-a-Plot Clinic, Mugging the Muse, all of them. Her techniques and exercises are comprehensive and helpful.
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