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July 06 , 2009

Shoot Your Novel

The Writer's Toolbox Series


Want to write a visually powerful novel? Shoot Your Novel takes an in-depth look at cinematic technique for fiction writers. No other writing craft book teaches you the secret of how to "show, don't tell."

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Best-selling authors of every genre know the secret to hooking readers—by showing, not telling, their story. But writers are not taught how to “show” scenes in a cinematic way. Without a clear, concise, and precise method for constructing dynamic scenes, a writer will likely end up with a flat, lifeless novel.

Filmmakers, screenwriters, and movie directors utilize cinematic technique to create visual masterpieces, and novelists can too—by adapting their methods in their fiction writing.

By “shooting” your novel, you can supercharge your story!

Sol Stein, in his book Stein on Writing said, “Readers, transformed by film and TV, are used to seeing stories. The reading experience . . . is increasingly visual.” Novelists today—regardless of genre—need to learn how to write cinematically because that's what readers want!

Inside, you’ll learn:

The real secret to “show, don’t tell” and how it’s all about “the moment”

More than a dozen “camera shots” novelists can borrow from screenwriters and directors to create powerful, active scenes

Instruction on how to piece camera shots together to create cinematic scene segments

Examples from novels and screenplays showcasing each facet of cinematic technique

How to devise a thematic image system of key shots, motifs, and images

Ways to use colors, shapes, sounds, and angles for purposeful subliminal effect

Shooting your novel with a filmmaker’s eye will transform your good novel into a great one and will change forever the way you approach constructing your scenes. No other book gives you such deep, thorough instruction in cinematic technique for fiction writing.

Here's what some best writing instructors and best-selling authors have to say about this essential writing craft book:

“With such an extensive amount of experience in the screenwriting process (since childhood), it comes as no surprise that C. S .Lakin writes with a trustworthy authority and wealth of insight when it comes to the craft of building dynamic scenes within novels. The pace and flow of Shoot Your Novel makes it easy to follow and the various tips and pointers strewn throughout are succinct. Of particular note is the smart curation of novel excerpts, authors, and filmmakers she cites as examples for the tips she suggests. If you have trouble understanding some of the pointers/tips theoretically, the excerpts always make it more clear. Well worth the read!”

—Warren Adler, best-selling author of The War of the Roses and Random Hearts

“With Shoot Your Novel, Susanne Lakin does something wonderful and unique. While lots of us in the business of helping writers and storytellers recommend adding vivid images to scenes, Lakin goes much further to reveal how employing the tools and techniques of movie directing, editing and cinematography will give your fiction deeper meaning and greater emotional impact. Her book is an essential tool for any serious novelist.”

—Michael Hauge, Hollywood screenwriting coach, author of
Writing Screenplays That Sell

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