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Writing Characters Who'll Keep Readers Captivated: Nail Your Novel (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Roz Morris
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How do you create characters who keep readers hooked? How do you write the opposite sex? Teenagers? Believable relationships? Historical characters? Enigmatic characters? Plausible antagonists and chilling villains? How do you understand a character whose life is totally unlike your own? How do you write characters for dystopias? How do you make dialogue sing? When can you let the reader intuit what the characters are feeling and when should you spell it out?

Roz Morris is a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor, and a literary author in her own right. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London. Her fiction for high-profile authors has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. She has mined 20 years' worth of writing, editing and critiquing experience to create this book. It contains all the pitfalls and sticky points for writers, laid out as a set of discussions that are easy to dip into. And it wouldn't be a Nail Your Novel book without a good dose of games, exercises and questionnaires to help you populate a novel from scratch.

Whether you write a straightforward story-based genre or literary fiction, this book will show you how to create people who enthrall readers - and make you want to tell stories.

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Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name - My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Geballtest Wissen über Charaktererstellung 25. März 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Ich habe mich schon viel mit der Erstellung von Charakteren beschäftigt, doch dieses Buch schafft es mir in fast jeder Hinsicht noch Dinge beizubringen, die ich noch nicht wusste, bzw. noch nicht auf diese Art gesehen habe.
Am ende jedes Kapitels befindet sich eine kleiner Toolbox abschnitt, der das Kapitel noch einmal zusammenfasst und hervorhebt, was man besonders aus diesem Kapitel mitnehmen sollte.

Es ließt sich sehr gut und flüssig lesen und mit 150 Seiten ist der Preis absolut gerechtfertigt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cast Your Characters And Nail It 3. Mai 2013
Von Trevor Veale author of 2084 & the Letitia series - Veröffentlicht auf
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In his Foreword to the 40th Anniversary Edition of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury wrote: "...I had been writing short stories from the age of twelve...thinking that I might never dare to leap off a cliff into a novel. Here, then, was the beginning of my daring to jump, without parachute, into a new form."

Well, if you are about to take that clifftop leap into novel writing, fear not. Roz Morris has provided the parachute that will protect you from landing in a crumpled heap of uncrafted characters.

In her previous Nail Your Novel guide for fiction creators, Morris covered the groundwork of story telling, from starting a novel with confidence, through planning, drafting, rewriting to submission for publication. In her latest novel-writers' manual, Nail Your Novel: Bring Characters To Life, she tackles the big issue of how to make readers eager to lose themselves in the world your characters inhabit and the story they unfold.

Learning from the character techniques of masterworks such as Fahrenheit 451, Jane Eyre, Lolita, and the more recently celebrated Twilight and Hunger Games series, you'll be shown how to craft powerful protagonists, vivid villains and memorable minor characters. Sound principles of character crafting are given, in chapters detailing all the essentials, covering such items as viewpoint, narrative voice, catalyst characters (think James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who) and those trouble-makers: antagonists.

Whether your characters are savvy, vulnerable, embattled or just plain dystopian (the trials of Nineteen Eighty-Four's Winston Smith, forex), their chief features are given the Morris tune-up to ensure you keep the reader involved in their lives. From designing central characters, the key players around whom the cast members grow, to managing the number of 'extras' in your cast, every aspect of character creation is illumined. An added bonus: Morris's colloquial style frees the writer from being tangled up in technicalities.

With Roz Morris as your guide, your characters will carry your novel to a most happy landing. Now make that leap.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A perfect primer on character creation 27. Mai 2013
Von Mars Dorian - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm reading it for the second time now, and it only gets better.

This book is a comprehensive guide on developing compelling characters that feel real, work and are interesting.
Everything from personal motivation, villains, dialogue style and teenager voice gets covered.

At the end, you'll find a collection of questions and "games" that ignite your character creation creativity.

The book itself is written in a conversational style at just the right length - not too short, not too long.
There's no fluff and the author gets straight to the point, respecting the reader.

I recommend this book to any writer who wants to create compelling characters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Foundational Tool 31. Mai 2013
Von K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Veröffentlicht auf
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Roz Morris follows up her bravura Nail Your Novel with this insightful guide into crafting memorable characters. She walks authors through the basics of protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters. She touches on dialogue, showing vs. telling, motive and conflict, and character relationships. My favorite sections were those on the ever-popular "character interview/questionnaire" (in which Morris offers some unique suggestions for probing the character's mind) and the appendix (in which she addresses the "Top 10 Novice Mistakes With Characters). This is a great foundational tool for any writer wanting to deepen his presentation of character.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fiction writer's best friend 23. Oktober 2013
Von Marlies Bugmann - Veröffentlicht auf
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When I found myself stuck on giving my characters life beyond the dry 'profiling', I turned to Roz Morris' 'Nail Your Novel - Bring Your Characters To Life'. I expected to receive yet another 'how to' loaded with technical jargon, like other works in earlier times, which simply didn't do it for me. But that's not what I got ... and I'm very thankful that I didn't, because I find Roz' take on a 'how to' very absorbing - I've just gone past three quarters ... as I read, my characters go through multiple 'morphings', like on a selection display - fascinating! And (in my mind's eye) I can reel off a number of choices to make for my characters, and in all kinds of situations. I've indeed been able to make my characters come to life (I expect at least one of them to backchat me any moment). Thanks, Roz Morris.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great help 25. August 2013
Von Gerda - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is a must have for all authors. Being an author myself, I constantly consult it. A character is the backbone of any novel and this book reminds you of it.
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