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March 16 , 2011

Write Gripping Fiction: Practical Techniques for Engaging Story


Want to write fiction? Want to get published? Author and editor Raymond Long argues you need to enthrall readers in the personal story of one character, the protagonist. Keep your readers behind that protagonist's eyes, experiencing a life as it unfolds. Immerse them in the fictional dream of being another person.

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Things in Alley’s life took a dramatic turn since she left that small town of Leachville, AR.She went to Houston, TX found the love of her life, Dominique Drake. That life took her across the U.S. to WestChester, PA. And once again she was nearly killed. Now as she plans her wedding with Dominique by her side more problems emerge. But these…

They key is engagement with the protagonist. The readers have to like and understand the protagonist. The plot should focus on the protagonist's personal struggles. The text should show all the important things the protagonist sees and thinks, no more and no less, in the order the protagonist sees and thinks them. Narrate events as the protagonist experiences them, in the protagonist's own words.

Don't remind your readers that this is a story they're being told. Don't use transparent authors' tricks or set the readers puzzles. The aim is to make the protagonist's story seem so immediate that they forget it's a story, and it becomes their reality.

This book sets out techniques at every level from basic story setup to the wording of individual sentences to put your readers inside a fictional dream so real that it feels like they're there. And it teaches techniques for writing vivid text that maximises emotional response, avoiding dullness and dragging.

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