Beginnings, Middles & Ends (2020)

Beginnings, Middles & Ends Nancy Kress Beginnings Middles Ends Get your stories off to a roaring start Keep them tight and crisp throughout Conclude them with a wallop Is the story or novel you ve been carrying around in your head the same one you see on the page
  • Title: Beginnings, Middles & Ends
  • Author: Nancy Kress
  • ISBN: 9780898799057
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
Beginnings, Middles & Ends Nancy Kress Get your stories off to a roaring start Keep them tight and crisp throughout Conclude them with a wallop.Is the story or novel you ve been carrying around in your head the same one you see on the page Or does the dialogue suddenly sound flat and predictable Do the events seem to ramble Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful craftingGet your stories off to a roaring start Keep them tight and crisp throughout Conclude them with a wallop.Is the story or novel you ve been carrying around in your head the same one you see on the page Or does the dialogue suddenly sound flat and predictable Do the events seem to ramble Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting The words you choose, how you describe characters, and the way you orchestrate conflict all make the difference the difference between a story that is slow to begin, flounders midway, or trails off at the end and one that holds the interest of readers and editors to the final page.By demonstrating effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story, Nancy Kress will help youhook the editor on the first three paragraphs make and keep your story s implicit promise build drama and credibility by controlling your prose Dozens of exercises help you strengthen your short story or novel Plus, you ll sharpen skills and gain new insight intoe price a writer pays for flashbacks six ways characters should reveal themselves techniques for writing and rewriting Let this working resource be your guide to successful stories from beginning to end.
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  1. Candace

    This how to do book on beginnings, middles and ends helps the writer with writing skills In beginnings the author discusses the implicit promise writers make with the readers It instructs the writer on the importance of the first sentence, the first paragraph and the first scene.The middle looks at developing the promise and keeping your novel or short story on track The writer does this through answering three questions 1 Whose story is this 2 Who is the point of view character and 3 What is th [...]

  2. David

    The story that comes out on the page isn t the same as the story in your head, Nancy Kress says on the very first page I know this feeling intimately, and from this moment on I was hooked.I m very serious about writing, and I also have a tendency to research things I m interested in very thoroughly I ve done this with every RPG and MMO I ve ever played I ve done it with shows that have complex mythologies So, it probably comes as no surprise that I ve read quite a few books about writing As of t [...]

  3. Mary Catelli

    A how to write book.With plenty of useful advice about how the beginning sets up the book s promise, transitions to your second scene, development of the middle, point of view structures, having it all collide in the climax, and the denouement Getting unstuck, working out how to develop the character rather than pull things like rabbits out of hats, and .

  4. Darcy Conroy

    Beginnings, Middles Ends, by Nancy Kress is one of the best writing how to s that I ve read, yet The book is targeted at both novelists and short story writers of any experience Kress assumes little writing theory on the part of the reader and yet manages to be neither patronizing nor cliche when explaining basics I swear some books are written from the same template not this one Kress also takes care to emphasize that different writers work in different ways, addressing the pantsters , who like [...]

  5. Mike

    This was excellent, not least because it s very well laid out, with a clear flow from point to point and chapter to chapter As you would hope from a book on beginnings, middles and ends All too many craft books, I m finding, don t have much to teach anyone who isn t a beginner This is an exception Even though some of the ground it covers is inevitably ground I ve seen covered before, it does it so clearly and thoroughly that it provides fresh insight For example, the section on endings gave me a [...]

  6. Timons Esaias

    I don t often find the time to read how to write books, but I ve been meaning to find some additional strategies for helping students who get stuck in the middle of their novels This book is relatively short and simple, but I found all the advice to be sound and practical Almost all of the end of the chapter exercises are versions of what I call Field Reconnaissance, which is the best way for a practicing writer to learn so clearly I endorse them I did find some strategies to add to my list and [...]

  7. Charles

    This mid sized book about writing has an oversized amount of knowledge packed into it Nancy Kress has won four Nebula and two Hugo awards, written over 28 books, and it shows Divided into three parts, appropriately, Beginnings, Middles and Endings, with three chapters in each part, and yes, a very helpful index at the back of the book She goes from your opening line, your opening scene, to last paragraph, the last sentence.Terrific, useful, step by step, craft advice on how to put the qualities [...]

  8. *Giulia*

    Some writers work best when they write like a runner racing through a haunted graveyard late at night full speed ahead and no looking back.Secondo me quasi sempre inutile dare un voto ai manuali, sopratutto se trattano aspetti pi emotivi Ma vorrei spender qualche parola per questo libro.Nonostante i manuali di scrittura vadan presi per quello che sono, ovvero informazioni e consigli da chi c gi passato molte persone invece tendono a credere che leggendone un paio, poi il loro racconto si scriva [...]

  9. Alex Ristea

    This has been one of the better ones in the Writer s Digest series, falling just short of Characters Viewpoint.It was written well, had great examples, and opened my mind to elements of a story that I had always known, but never consciously thought about.Best of all were the exercises at the end of each chapter, where you went looking for the concepts that were just taught in novels you read or wrote.Highly recommended even if you don t want to write it helps you appreciate stories better

  10. Carlie

    Really helpful Lots of practical exercises for both crafting a piece of writing and polishing those you have already written The chapters were knowledgeable and the information was useful I especially liked that there were exercises that had you looking at stories written by other writers for examples of the ideas Kress was trying to teach.

  11. Doug Farren

    This is a good book to help newer writers focus on what is important in writing a book It provides a good overall set of rules and things to consider when writing anything from a short story to a massive novel One thing I did like was the acknowledgement that not all writers write in the same way which makes it difficult to write a book on writing Overall, I thought it was a good book.

  12. Letitia

    I borrowed this from the library, but I need to own it I have never read a clear, useful, step by step manual to brilliant writing If you don t have talent, this book won t give it to you, but if you do, Kress advice is invaluable.

  13. Bradley

    Very decent guide to writing both novels and short fiction It reminds me of a great deal I should always keep in mind while reading, as well My appreciation for novels might just improve some with these kinds of reminders.

  14. Michael

    An excellent walk through of story structure Concise, thorough and honest Certainly worth a second read and a third.

  15. J. Thiem

    If you still feel new to writing novels or short stories and you want to brush up on general techniques, this is a quite useful book.Most importantly, this book both explains how to deal with the common problems with many examples, and it contains comprehensive lists of the usual approaches to writing the various parts of the plot Therefore it helps with the initial understanding as well as with checking back on whether you forgot a common pitfall to be aware of when e.g writing the middle secti [...]

  16. Clare Farrelly

    Very helpful and practical, I liked the exercises at the end of each chapter, though I must admit I only did a very few of them I highly recommend this as a book for writers to read as they are writing a story or just to improve on their craft in general The book is understandable and easy to read There are some bits that don t fit with my writing style but that okay, there were still lots of helpful things in here.

  17. Jessie Weaver

    This is an awesome book for writers at any stage of the process It clearly laid out tips and guidelines for drafting and revising a novel or a short story In addition to the helpful hints, the author also included many examples for each skill, making it easier to understand exactly what she meant I highly recommend this one

  18. Ashleigh Gauch

    Interesting examples given throughout the book There are better books on structure, but I loved the detailed look at hooks and climaxes, and the thoughtful exercises given for various stages of the novel Combined with a book like Story Engineering and Plot Versus Character, I can see how it would help build basic skills for openings and endings.

  19. Juana G

    Nancy Kress thoroughly addresses the how tos of crafting a solid story from beginning to end I learned so much from this book and will be using it as a reference as I develop my writing Definitely recommended to any fiction writer.

  20. T.M. Caldwell

    This is an excellent book on plot and structure that is unlike Bell s books on the same Kress talks about implied promises, formal structural design, through lines, and the like a lot of meta information I found her book very useful in conjunction with Bell s and Swain s concrete advice.

  21. Edward Kane

    loved this very informative and useful, filled with practical examples I ll definitely be referring back to it.

  22. Erin

    In the middle of trying to rewrite my novel, I found this book very helpful It introduced concepts I was familiar with but took a slightly different approach that I found very enlightening.

  23. Tonja

    With plenty of useful advice about how the beginning sets up the book s promise, transitions to your second scene, development of the middle, point of view structures, having it all collide in the climax, and the denouement.

  24. Naufal RM

    Buku kedua yang selesai dibaca tahun ini Masih seputar bagaimana cara menulis fiksi Dan, kali ini beda penulis Buku kali ini punya cara yang berbeda dengan buku sebelumnya bukunya Pak Bob Dalam buku ini, Bu Nancy menjelaskan bagaimana menulis fiksi dengan cara runut Nggak mesti bikin outline yang detail banget Tapi, kita harus bener bener fokus pada tiga struktur fiksi, yaitu bagian awal, tengah, dan akhir Dalam buku ini, Bu Nancy menjabarkan apa saja langkah langkah yang harus dilakukan pada ti [...]

  25. Christina Vasilevski

    Review originally posted on christinavasilevskiOverview Author Nancy Kress identifies three types of writers and their respective weaknesses Those who have trouble writing beginnings, those who have trouble writing middles, and those who have trouble writing endings The book is broken up into three sections and analyzes the types of problems each writer faces during the process of crafting a story.What I liked I recognized myself throughout the book In each section, when Kress described a proble [...]

  26. Richard

    This is an excellent resource book for writers who want to learn about what goes into the construction of a good novel or short story Kress is a Hugo and Nebula award winner, author of dozens of novels and short stories, and a frequent contributor to Writer s Digest She knows the territory very well and shares her extensive knowledge clearly and concisely.The book is divided into the three sections of its title Beginnings focuses on the first two scenes From the very start a good story sets the [...]

  27. Siskiyou-Suzy

    I m starting to really dislike books like this They remind me of teaching classroom managements guides Oh, just do this Well I tried and it didn t work Nope This is how it works Well, you told me what to do, but not really how to do it Also, I can see flaws even as I m reading I can come up with situation after situation after situation in my mind that completely contradicts what you re saying And every time I take your advice into the real world, specifically the bits I need help on, I am show [...]

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