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The Fire in Fiction Passion Purpose and Techniues to Make Your Novel Great

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Discover the Difference Between a So So Manuscript and a Novel Readers Can't ForgetWe've all read them novels by our favorite authors that disappoint Uninspired and lifeless we wonder what happened Was the author in a hurry? Did she have a bad year? Has he lost interest altogether?Something similar is true of a great many unpublished manuscripts They are okay stories that never take flight They don't grip the imagination let alone the heart They merit only a shrug and a polite dismissal by agents and editorsIt doesn't ha Most of the information here is the standard stuff you would find in any good how to book on writing But there are also some innovative techniues that make a lot of sense and give a deeper understanding of how to make fiction work The description of techniues is good how other authors employ them is clearly chown but how to use them in your own writing gets a bit woollyThis isn't surprising since he can't know the specifics of your story but at times it felt too generic in its approach the way an example of an euation in maths class seems straightforward but ends up having little bearing on the uestions in the text book once you start your homework at homeThe most useful concept in my opinion was that of micro tension Every piece of dialogue or action or narrative needs to suggest than basic facts and information In order to do this you can simply adjust the tone of delivery to become slightly antagonistic and that will create tension For example Jack stood at the bus stop The buses arrived every 15 min and the journey to work took half an hourIn this example let's say you need to know about Jack's journey for later events to make sense The information is straightforward exposition However you can add tension by doing something like this Jack stood at the bus stop Supposedly the buses came every 15 min but that was a joke And they were always crammed full Half an hour of sweaty armpits to look forward toBy creating a sense of dissatisfaction even if it's within the character's own mind we create conflict between the idea of the bus coming and his issues with the service That's where the tension comes from opposing ideas within a single thought For examples of how to use micro tension go HEREOverall a useful book for the serious aspiring author although it does take some studying to get the best out of it

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O your own workRich examples drawn from contemporary novels as diverse as The Lake House Water for Elephants and Jennifer Government to illustrate how various techniues work in actual storiesPlus Maass introduces an original techniue that any novelist can use any time in any scene in any novel even on the most uninspired dayto take the most powerful experiences from your personal life and turn those experiences directly into powerful fictionTap into The Fire in Fiction and supercharge your story with originality and spar Like virtually all of the Donald Maass books on writing I've read I've left highlighted notes throughout this one for future reference I highly recommend his books

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Ve to be that way In The Fire in Fiction successful literary agent and author Donald Maass shows you not only how to infuse your story with deep conviction and fiery passion but how to do it over and over again The book featuresTechniues for capturing a special time and place creating characters whose lives matter nailing multiple impact plot turns making the supernatural real infusing issues into fiction and Story enriching exercises at the end of every chapter to show you how to apply the practical tools just covered t Bravo Because Donald Maass's earlier book Writing the Breakout Novel was so good I was afraid of being let down by his newest and didn't even touch it for a while when it arrived in mailWhat is he going to say that could be better? Is this going to be just a rehash of the old material in his earlier book?Doubts swirled but I finally convinced myself to read itWhat a ride He goes well above and beyond my highest expectations Compared to his earlier book the book is tightly organized and focused and comes with tons of practical tools to energize your manuscript with something his earlier book didn't have He really goes in depth with the most important topics of writing fiction and Chapter 8 on micro tension alone is worth the price of the entire book in my opinionIt is extremely difficult to determine the cause from effects What makes a good story? That is the million dollar uestion I have been asking myself ever since I began writing seriously I've read a fair number of books on writing but none of them seemed to do it for me I groped further and read book after book classic after classic in search of the holy grail of storytelling But I couldn't figure it out When I read Murakami for example I would lose myself in his world as if by magic and when I came back out of it I could only say What the hell happened?And it looks like Mr Maass could be the Galahad I have been looking for as he has a theory on the secret workings of this magic of good fiction If not at least he gives us a key to unlocking the mystery of The Good StoryWhat's this key this Holy Grail of Storytelling? That my friends you must find for yourself between the covers of this bookA must read for any serious fiction writer


About the Author: Donald Maass

Donald Maass is the author of than 16 novels He now works as a literary agent representing dozens of novelists in the SF fantasy crime mystery romance and thriller categories He speaks at writer's conferences throughout the country and lives in New York City



10 thoughts on “The Fire in Fiction Passion Purpose and Techniues to Make Your Novel Great

  1. says:

    Most of the information here is the standard stuff you would find in any good how to book on writing But there are also some innovative techniues that make a lot of sense and give a deeper understanding of how to make fiction work The description of techniues is good how other authors employ them is clearly chown but how to use them in your own writing gets a bit woollyThis isn't surprising since he can't know the specifics of your story but at times it felt too generic in its approach the way an example of an euation in maths class seems straightforward but ends up having little bearing on the uestions in the text book once you start your homework at homeThe most useful concept in my opinion was that of micro tension Every piece of dialogue or action or narrative needs to suggest than basic facts and information In order to do this you can simply adjust the tone of delivery to become slightly antagonistic and that will create tension For example Jack stood at the bus stop The buses arrived every 15 min and the journey to work took half an hourIn this example let's say you need to know about Jack's journey for later events to make sense The information is straightforward exposition However you can add tension by doing something like this Jack stood at the bus stop Supposedly the buses came every 15 min but that was a joke And they were always crammed full Half an hour of sweaty armpits to look forward toBy creating a sense of dissatisfaction even if it's within the character's own mind we create conflict between the idea of the bus coming and his issues with the service That's where the tension comes from opposing ideas within a single thought For examples of how to use micro tension go HEREOverall a useful book for the serious aspiring author although it does take some studying to get the best out of it


  2. says:

    I love Donald Maass' take on writing and what makes a good book I also own WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL Maass discourages churning out pages which may result in a book yes but what's the uality? Like only the best editors Maass pushes writers to push past good and strive for excellent The introductory chapter with a section on Status Seekers and Storytellers holds up a mirror reading it was a reality check Maass cuts through the bulls% which he describes as writers declaring The book wrote itself and gets down to the deconstruction of great stories My favorite uote among many Storytellers look not to publishers to make them successful but to themselves They wonder how to top themselves with each new novel Their grumbles are not about getting toured but about getting time to deliver Storytellers take calculated risks with their fiction Mostly they try to make their stories bigger


  3. says:

    I'm about halfway through the first draft of my novel spinning my wheels in that notorious middle plot wasteland where not enough is happening I can see where the story needs to go I do know the ending but I've lost my momentum One of my characters is pointless I'm overrun with backstory and there are way too many scenes without tension I realize it's a first draft and some crappiness is permitted at this point but in trying to get myself out of the rut I thought I'd finally give this book a shot It's been on my shelf for ages and folks have told me it's great Knowing that a lot of the exercises were revision oriented I planned to wait until the draft was complete but I finally thought what the heck I'm glad I didn't waitI've already worked through Maass's exercises on character very helpful and his chapter on micro tension alone is worth the cover price As with Writing the Breakout Novel he shares numerous examples of writers doing it right as usual spoilers abound had to skip a few of these You get brief glimpses behind the curtain at his lit agency too as he mentions particular approaches to storytelling that cause everyone in the office to groan Weather beginning I wouldn't say this book is a catch all for problems with your novel but there's some great food for thought here on how to keep a reader's and literary agent's attention


  4. says:

    Bravo Because Donald Maass's earlier book Writing the Breakout Novel was so good I was afraid of being let down by his newest and didn't even touch it for a while when it arrived in mailWhat is he going to say that could be better? Is this going to be just a rehash of the old material in his earlier book?Doubts swirled but I finally convinced myself to read itWhat a ride He goes well above and beyond my highest expectations Compared to his earlier book the book is tightly organized and focused and comes with tons of practical tools to energize your manuscript with something his earlier book didn't have He really goes in depth with the most important topics of writing fiction and Chapter 8 on micro tension alone is worth the price of the entire book in my opinionIt is extremely difficult to determine the cause from effects What makes a good story? That is the million dollar uestion I have been asking myself ever since I began writing seriously I've read a fair number of books on writing but none of them seemed to do it for me I groped further and read book after book classic after classic in search of the holy grail of storytelling But I couldn't figure it out When I read Murakami for example I would lose myself in his world as if by magic and when I came back out of it I could only say What the hell happened?And it looks like Mr Maass could be the Galahad I have been looking for as he has a theory on the secret workings of this magic of good fiction If not at least he gives us a key to unlocking the mystery of The Good StoryWhat's this key this Holy Grail of Storytelling? That my friends you must find for yourself between the covers of this bookA must read for any serious fiction writer


  5. says:

    As aspiring writer one can feel overwhelmed with the amount of available books about how to become a successful writer The true is there is no magical recipe and after a few readings about the matter you are going to realize the best way to start to write your own fiction is reading the masters and also a few non memorable writers is always useful to have examples about how not to write The challenge here is to identify how those writers achieve the pages we enjoy and admire The fire in fiction by Donald Mass excels showing us how writers do it He show us some passages and explain with detail how they handle dramatic and comic effects voices and other fiction devices that enrich novels The author who is a Literary agent seems to be focused on advice us about how to made our manuscripts acceptable for publishing In the book’s introduction he distinguish two kind of writers the status seekers and storytellers and after finish the book definitely I want to be a storytellerJust a warning this is a book for someone who already started to write and have a manuscript to work on At the end of each chapter there is a set of exercises to be applied on our manuscripts If you are looking for advice about how to start to write I would recommend another book such as the Gotham writers’ Workshop Writing fiction


  6. says:

    The Fire in FictionBy Donald MaassThis is not the type of book I normally post a review about on my Blog but it is such a fabulous tool for writers I just can’t pass up the opportunity THE FIRE IN FICTION is a powerful guide to writing fiction The author’s insight into the many styles and skill levels is simply uncannyThe format serves as a fantastic cover to cover read as well as a dynamic reference Mr Maass gives reason and definition to admirable style In a short amount of text he discusses ‘Hemingway esue minimalism’ as an unforgiving style that is misunderstood and rarely mastered This concise detail is consistent throughout THE FIRE IN FICTION as the author tackles a multitude of issues authors face in their struggle to succeed The guide begins with a memorable introduction that sheds light upon ‘the storyteller and the status seeker’ Mr Maas proceeds into one of my favorites ‘Protagonists vs Heroes’ from there he tackles issues of character voice and hyperreality In each and every chapter he simplifies issues often complicated by othersWriters and authors I highly recommend this guide It is simply an invaluable tool On a scale of 1 to 5 stars I give this guide a 6 star review


  7. says:

    Like virtually all of the Donald Maass books on writing I've read I've left highlighted notes throughout this one for future reference I highly recommend his books


  8. says:

    My favorite writing book is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott but now Birdy will have to share the #1 spot Bird by Bird and the Fire in Fiction are both about writing but cover completely different things Bird is about the writing life getting your first draft down how to keep your butt in the chair why you should aways keep paper and pen in your back pocket Fire is about specifics You've got your first draft done Even your second or third draft But it's still not getting interest The Fire in Fiction skips the basics such as hook and point of view It goes much deeper It teaches you how to keep your readers reading after the hook Want to make your protagonist memorable? Even harder want to make your secondary characters memorable? Special ness comes not from a character but from their impact on the protagonist What are the details that measure their impact? How specific can you make them?The books that cover the basics teach you that your book is built on scenes and all scenes worth their weight need conflict and must move the plot forward This book digs deeper and talks about inner and outer turning points in each scene Maass uses the analogy about how action scenes in movies are planned and shot in detailed frames He shows you how to rewind and fast forward through the scenes and how to use obliue angles to heighten effect and we are talking writing here not just camera work Oh and don't forget the tornado effect that's a powerful device Sorry you'll have to read the book to find out what it is The book provides excellent exercises broken down step by step for how to accomplish things like stripping down dialogue to heighten conflict Make setting become its own character How to link details and emotions Develop a character's voice Experiment with narrative voice The extra steps you can take you MUST take to make a real antagonist Three different techniues to help your reader suspend disbelief if you are writing fantasy SF or thrillers There's even a chapter on developing humor and satireWhat you won't find plot structure the excellent three act structure or hero's journey structure Save the Cat by Blake Snyder is next on my list for that I also recommend the Writer's Journey for this Here's an example of a step in an exercise that I just picked at randomCreate three hints in this scene that your protaonist or point of view character will get what he wants Build three reasons to believe that he won't get what he wantsThe last two chapters are the very best of all What's the secret to unstoppable page turning? It's NOT action What? No really It's micro tension Don't know what that is exactly? Maybe you can guess what it is and are curious about how to implement it? This is a MUST READAnd the last chapter simply titled The fire in fiction All the chapters give you fuel for a good hot fire but this last chapter is the fire itself This one blew me away I'd love to tell you but then I'd have to kill you No seriously get this book after you feel like you've mastered the basics Buy it because you'll want to keep it on your desk for constant reference Make a rule that no other book ever gets placed on top of it I really think it's that good


  9. says:

    I only wish I could give it stars For the most part the topics here are advanced If you don't have a grip on things like plot POV passive writing and when to showtell then you might want to work your way up to this book But I have no doubts the ideas here will help make anyone's fiction writing better


  10. says:

    I liked this one a lot than Writing the Breakout Novel it's up to date for one thing but still ten years old but it wasn't life changing As in his earlier book Maass gives us a lot of examples around 1 2 pages long and asks us to observe certain characteristics about those extracts that work for him the problem is they don't always work for me Probably because I haven't read the rest of the novel This is exactly the issue that dogs much teaching of writing; if you really want to see what you should do to make a novel great there's no substitute for reading great novels ones that are great for YOU that is not necessarily the classics unless you want to write like a Victorian novelist and making mental or actual notes on what's workingMaass follows each chapter with a set of exercises most of which I'll admit I didn't do as they would involve HOURS of work If I ever have six months to spare and am aiming at bringing a draft up to Booker winning level I will definitely go back to this book but I uickly get impatient with exercises such as rewrite this page in reverse chronological order then as a journal finally from a great distance real example I think that says a lot about me as a writer but as a reader I tend to shy away from books that feel overly workshopped and this my friends is a workshop without feedbackAnother interesting good but ultimately skimmable book on writing that probably won't stick in my head for long Still I think it's a really good idea to think about process and craft on a regular basis and this book fits into my intention to do just that


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