Elements of Fiction Writing – Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Having said that – hope it gives you a few clues about a reasonably good craft book Scene & Structure Jack M. Bickham Writer’s Digest Books, One point . This is the same scheme you’ll find in Jack Bickham’sScene & Structure. The Scene-Sequel structure looks like this: SCENE –1. Scene.
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Craft your fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability. An imprisoned man receives an unexpected caller, after which “everything changed But whether or not readers will stay on for the entire wild ride will depend on how well the writer structures the story, scene by scene.
This book is your game plan for success. Using dozens of exa Craft your fiction with scene-by-scene flow, logic and readability. Using dozens of examples from strucutre own work – including “Dropshot,” “Tiebreaker” and other popular novels – Jack M. Bickham will guide you in building a sturdy framework for your novel, whatever its form or length.
You’ll learn how to: Every scene should end in disastersome scenes bcikham be condensed, and others built big. Whatever your story, this book can help you arrive at a happy ending in the company of satisfied readers.
Paperbackpages. Published March 15th by Writer’s Digest Books first published Elements of Fiction Writing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with Tsructure Book. There are several good reviews already, so I will highlight some of the key components of the book. We learn about the story question, about cause and effect, and about stimulus and response.
Next, we learn scene jacm sequel structural components. Scene classic structural components strudture goal, conflict bkckham diaster. The classic structural components of sequel are emotion, thought, decision and action.
We next tackle variations in scene, common errors in scene and how to fix them, and plotting with There are several good reviews already, so I will highlight some of the key components of the book. We next tackle variations in scene, common errors in scene and how to fix them, and plotting with scene and sequel.
Finally, we study a master plot which outlines a strucyure story through its chapters. The appendices at the end of the book provides further study of key components. I understand from other reviews there exist an updated copy of this book with recent fiction excerpt examples.
View all 7 comments. Mar 28, Jonathan Peto rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hear ye, hear ye: I am rereading marked passages from previously read writing books right now and writing reviews, in some cases, such as now, for the first time.
I admit, I may not have reviewed this one before in a selfish, misguided attempt to keep the book a secret. Furthermore, I have no intention of maki Hear ye, hear ye: Furthermore, I have no intention of making room for them on my to-read list.
They sound like outdated crap. I paraphrase but I jck Ulysses S. Grant said something about everyone thinking they can be a general, whereas most people would not presume they could command a fleet of ships because of the obvious technical knowledge and skill requirements. I should be an expert writer, having read so much – I even majored in it!
He strudture makes a pretty good anx for starting with this structure even if your actual writing emphasizes elements that are more biciham to result in a final product that is literary or experimental, rather than commercial.
Bickham, may he RIP. Aug 22, K. Weiland rated it really liked it. The reading makes for tough and tedious going at some points, but the info is well worth the dig. The section on structure, however, leaves much to be desired.
Instead of any solid advice, the author offe The reading makes for tough and tedious going at some points, but the info is well worth the dig. Mar 21, Lynne Stevie rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to nack fiction.
I’m about halfway through and it is already a valuable tool. It really deals with the structure of a good ibckham and how to push and pull the reader through without letting them get bored. I find myself getting stuck in the scenes and not looking at the big picture. This will help me create goals in the beginning so my characters will hopefully have focus and purpose.
I would recommend to anyone strkcture to write fiction. This book was recommeded to me by a critic who read an excerpt anr my work in I’m about halfway through and it is already a valuable tool. This book was recommeded to me by a critic who read an excerpt of my work in progress ‘Dark Angel’s Kiss and now that I’m over the hurt I realize she was right.
Thanks for caring enough to tell me the truth! It will be a better book because of your advise. Oct 22, Sean rated it it was amazing. I think I’ve been inadvertently doing this wrong in a lot struchure my previous short stories and novel attempts, and even if I shructure implement Bickham’s meth Great stuff here.
I think I’ve been inadvertently doing this wrong in a lot of my previous short stories and novel attempts, and even if I don’t implement Bickham’s methods exactly he wrote a lot of thrillers, and so that’s the filter he views writing throughI think just knowing the concepts and keeping them in mind will help my writing.
I tried out the basic structure in my latest short story, and I think it came out the better for it. As always with books on writing, steal whatever works for you, ignore the rest. In this case, I think a great deal of it will work for me. This is a classic book on writing technique, focussed on writing one particular kind of book.
I’d call that kind of book “action-oriented popular fiction” – basically a thriller or suspense novel. That’s not to say that the techniques aren’t useful for writing other kinds of books, but the less your book is like a thriller, the less useful the advice will be. However, in broad outline, Bic This is a classic book on writing technique, focussed on writing one particular kind of book.
However, in broad outline, Bickham lays out an approach that will give you a linear story – flowing logically and naturally from a disturbing change that challenges the character at the beginning to a resolution at the end. He does this by proposing a structure he calls “scene and sequel”.
A scene is a moment-by-moment recounting of things that happen, starting with a character goal, moving through conflict that prevents the character from reaching the goal, and finishing with a “disaster” that leaves the character worse off than before.
A sequel is about the character reacting to the scene emotionally, thinking about it, and deciding what to do next. Obviously, they follow one another neatly in alternation. It’s almost fractal, though he doesn’t use that word. He closes with useful appendices, giving examples from published fiction and breaking them down line by line to demonstrate his points. I’d recommend this book if your writing has ever had any of the following common criticisms: Again, if your first priority isn’t to keep the reader up late into the night turning the pages, this may not be the book for you.
But if you have goals even vaguely adjacent to that, I strongly suggest you pick up a copy. Aug 15, Anna Erishkigal rated it really liked it.
Elements of Fiction Writing – Scene & Structure
I purchased this book ‘used’ as Writer’s Digest has replaced it with a different book, but a friend recommended it to help me iron out some bugaboos in my writing. Unlike the newer book, the prose is denser and a bit more difficult to digest, but as my friend had promised, this older version of scene-writing was filled with lots of examples where the concepts are broken down in detail, tagged, and clearly labeled as you try to put the concepts in the book into action.
It is structured like a col I purchased this book ‘used’ as Writer’s Digest has replaced it with a different book, but a friend recommended it to help me iron out some bugaboos in my writing. It is structured like a college textbook, with homework exercises at the end to put the information into practice.
Scene and Structure by Jack M Bickham
The newer WD book has examples from popular fiction, but they are not broken down nearly as much. I guess it’s a matter of six of one and half a dozen of the other?
The other WD book is better for skimming, while this book is better if you decide to sit down and step-by-step rebuild a chapter that just isn’t doing what you need it to do. If you’ve read the ‘build a scene’ books and are still kinda scratching your head, grab this book if you can find it. It will be like taking a college course in scene-building. Structur 23, Kym McNabney rated it liked it. I purchased this book on bickhxm recommendation.
I did get quite a bit from it though I have to admit I had a hard time following it in many parts. The information was a bit confusing at times. I guess if one can get even one thing from a non-fiction read, it was worth reading. I did enjoy reading some of the segments of the author’s novels. One particular book intrigued me enough to check out the author on the web.
I was surprised to find out he wrote over 75 books, and is the author of a childhood mo I purchased this book on a recommendation.