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How to Write a Page Turner // Jordan Rosenfeld

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Every author wants to write a story that grabs a reader from page one, hooks them, and doesn't let them go until it's early in the morning; that quality that best describes this type of craft is tension. Written by a proven instructor of the craft, How to Write a Page-Turner is the only craft book to that cover just tension and suspense-from every conceivable angle.

Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension!

Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander.

Learning the craft of writing can sometimes feel like a paint by numbers approach--connect compelling character A to plot event B. To avoid writing that's formulaic, predictable, and slow, How to Write a Page Turner will help you sew the threads of tension tight for an unforgettable story. You'll learn how to:
  • Recognize the essential tension elements of danger, conflict, uncertainty, and withholding, and add them to your fiction
  • Create levels of tension in your characters through flaws, dialogue, power struggles, and more
  • Build tension at energetic markers throughout the plot
  • Use intimate imagery, strong sentences, and well-chosen words to build tension in exposition
While this book walks you through the key areas that need tension building, from character to plot, it also delves deeper, analyzing exceptional examples from contemporary fiction's most gripping page-turners. So as you dive into the inner conflicts of a character's deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, you'll also discover how to craft a story your readers can't put down!
 
Jordan Rosenfeld is author of Writing the Intimate Character, Writing Deep Scenes (with Martha Alderson), A Writer's Guide to Persistence, Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, all Writer's Digest books, as well as Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (BeijaFlor Press, with Rebecca Lawton) and the novels Women in Red (Booktrope), Forged in Grace, and Night Oracle. She is a former contributing editor to Writer's Digest magazine and her many publications include The Atlantic, Mental Floss, the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, The Writer magazine and many more. Her book commentaries have been featured on NPR-Affiliate KQED's radio magazine, "The California Report." Jordan won an NEA chairman's grant for the radio program she created and hosted, "Word by Word: Conversations with Writers" on KRCB radio, in 2004, where she interviewed such writers as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich, Aimee Bloom and more (it continues under a new host). Jordan holds an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College, and has worked as an editor and writing coach for more than 15 years through her business "Write Livelihood." She considers herself the "Writer's Cheerleader"-always pushing her students and clients to find joy in their work and keep at it. She also edits for Writer's Digest's editing and critique service, Second Draft.
 
 
 
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ISBN: 9781440354342
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Published: Writer's Digest Books - March 19th, 2019

Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension

Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander.