“passion, purpose, and techniques TO MAKE YOUR NOVEL GREAT”
Continuing a look back at books I read in ’09 to study the craft of writing.
THE FIRE IN FICTION. What a great title.
Fire…emotions, reactions, events…feel the heat.
I understand the concept of “FIRE”…especially after events this past Sunday. That afternoon my new desktop…barely six months old…made a little popping sound. Instantly, the screen went black. And stayed black. Is still black.
FIRE…pain pounding in head. Heat rushing to face. Heart pounding. Stomach churning. Muscles stiff with tension. I felt them all. FIRE.
Another reminder came a few hours later. We were awakened by a phone call from son #2. The ceiling in his apartment was dripping. A light fixture was filled with water. He’d had a ceiling fall early in his college days, because of a leak. In that earlier apartment, everything had molded while he was away on a summer internship project.
FIRE…dread, helplessness, frustration, anger, need to comfort, need to give assurance…FIRE.
Oh, I understand FIRE. But can I put it on paper? Can I fuel characters’ emotions? Make dialogue sing? Build tension? Make readers care? Cut scenes? Make tension real? Make setting a character? Find my voice? Give characters a voice?
These questions add to the beauty of this title…
THE FIRE IN FICTION…passion, purpose, and techniques…TO MAKE YOUR NOVEL GREAT By Donald Maass
WHY I READ THIS BOOK: Author’s name, and earlier books
I LEARNED: This book just keeps on giving. Great techniques and examples.
WAS IT HELPFUL:  Routine  Ah ha Moment
This is a 5…more awe than ah ha!
COLOR CODING: [underlined in a different color each time I read]  a New Book  Trying to master
This book is new…with several colors already…
TAKE AWAY: Make it count. Make people care. Trim the fat, leave what matters.
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