Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme

Writing Deep Scenes Plotting Your Story Through Action Emotion and Theme Take a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your WritingWhether you re planning your first novel or have already written a first draft you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly

  • Title: Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme
  • Author: Martha Alderson Jordan E. Rosenfeld
  • ISBN: 9781599638836
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • Take a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your WritingWhether you re planning your first novel or have already written a first draft, you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly realize your story s potential Writing Deep Scenes teaches you how to write strong, layered, and engaging scenes the secret to memorable, page turning plots It s filled witTake a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your WritingWhether you re planning your first novel or have already written a first draft, you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly realize your story s potential Writing Deep Scenes teaches you how to write strong, layered, and engaging scenes the secret to memorable, page turning plots It s filled with practical tools for building layers and nuance into your scenes, employing the right scene types at the right junctures, and developing a profound understanding of how plot and scene intertwine.Inside you ll learn How scenes are comprised of three key layers action, emotion, and theme.How to recognize each layer and weave them seamlessly into a scene.How to develop an intricate relationship between the action and emotion in every scene.How thematic imagery embedded in scenes increases a story s tension and contributes to the story s meaning.Using contemporary examples from a variety of genres, Writing Deep Scenes provides an effective method for plotting at the scene level Use these techniques and enrich your fiction and memoirs with page turning suspense and pathos, and explore new depths in every story you write.

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    1. Martha Alderson Jordan E. Rosenfeld

      For updates about Martha s new releases, plot and writing tips and inspiration to live your best life, sign up for her free monthly eZine at marthaalderson subscribe plot MARTHA ALDERSON is a historical novelist and international plot consultant for writers She was born in San Francisco as a 5th generation Californian and grew up in the Bay Area in the 50s and 60s Her new novel PARALLEL LIVES is due out 7 16.While researching and analyzing countless award winning novels, memoirs and screenplays always on the search for tips and tricks to improve her own writing, she was asked to share her findings through the University of California Santa Cruz extension writing program Before long she wrote and self published her first book on writing plot Since then, she has written eight plot and writing books for writers, including the bestselling THE PLOT WHISPERER and WRITING DEEP SCENES and her latest release WRITING BLOCKBUSTER PLOTS.Martha has been exploring and writing about the Universal Story for the past twenty years as part of the plot support she offers to writers She first introduced the Universal Story in The Plot Whisperer to transform writers creative lives and to show plot More recently, she has expanded her work to include helping people transform their creative lives.She has produced 4 on line video courses for writers including The 27 Step Tutorial HOW DO I PLOT A NOVEL, MEMOIR, SCREENPLAY , A SPIRITUAL GUIDE FOR WRITERS SECRETS OF PEROSNAL TRANSFORMATION, and PlotWriMo REVISE YOUR NOVEL IN A MONTH Martha combines what she knows about how people learn after than twenty years of working with thousands of children with what she knows about plot and the structure of story after writing and teaching for twenty years She takes readers and writers alike beyond the words and into the very heart of a story Much like how the dramatic action in a story transforms the protagonist, writing a story with a plot from beginning to end changes you in significant ways and always points to transformation Evaluate where you are now with your story, where you d like to be and how to arrive there joyfully She lives and writes in Santa Cruz and blogs about writing and a writer s life at the award winning Plot Whisperer blogmarthaalderson plot whispeVisit her on Facebook here facebook PlotWhispererTwitter here twitter plotwhispererVisit her website for marthaalderson

    715 thoughts on “Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme”

    1. I appreciate all the effort the authors put into this book, however, I'm sorry to say I did not come away feeling like I had learned anything. The writing is top-notch, but I actually found it overwhelming to read. For what it is (a how-to book) it was overly descriptive and used too many big words (and I'm not a lazy reader by any means). I often found my eyes crossing and had to read sentences/paragraphs multiple times. At the same time, upon reaching the end of a section, I did not feel that [...]


    2. It's taking me a long time to read Writing Deep Scenes. The content is rich and the information is presented in a interesting, engaging manner. The authors' love and respect for writing--and authors--is evident on every page. As I read, I find myself stopping to apply their principles to my own writing. I am the author of seven published novels and several unpublished. Each book has been challenging--especially the middle. I used to suffer from what I called "mired in the middle." The authors so [...]


    3. Revved up after reading Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld’s Writing Deep Scenes (Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, & Theme).I’m impressed with how this co-authored book reads as a singular voice throughout. There is a seamless, conversational tone that feels like a one-on-one coaching session with an editor or coach who encourages the writer to dig deeper, and move toward more exciting storytelling.First, there is an overview of plot, scenes, and scene types, and then Alder [...]


    4. A bulk of the good information is in the front half of this, while the back half over-extends some explanations. Some readers will appreciate the extra detail, but I could have done with about 60% less book. Overall, not a bad point of view on writing.


    5. Let me start by saying this is probably the first non-fiction book I've read since college, and even back then, I did my best to skim. Non-fiction just isn't really my thing, and this book has a very technical voice.Plot is how the dramatic events (action) in a story change and/or transform the main character (emotion) over time in a meaningful way (theme.) The degree of character change or transformation can vary dramatically depending on the genre.I can't even read that without hearing a profe [...]


    6. To all my writer friends, this is one book you should read. I like to write myself, and I don't have much money. Reading this was just as informative as taking classes or attending a conference. The book focuses on different types of scenes found in novels as well as three basic elements - action, emotion and theme. After reading this book, I feel as if I have a better understanding of the transformation the main character needs to take. I also appreciate what I learned in relation to the "theme [...]


    7. Great, great, great book. This was a phenomenal look into the standard modern story structure, as well as a deeper look into scenes themselves. This should be a must-read for any aspiring writer, be it screenplay, novel, short story, or stage play. Anything with a plot and scenes read this book.


    8. I wasn't really impressed with this book until the second half when I felt like I learned new information about writing scenes and characters. Much of the first section contained advice I've gleaned from every other book on writing fiction, and it was written as if readers were not experienced fiction writers or had never read a book about writing fiction before. I liked reading about the differnt types of scenes, how everything starts and ends with characters and their emotions. but my overall [...]


    9. This book started out so strong, I was loving it. But then it faltered in the emotion sections and got boring for me in the theme section. The advice and examples were all good. I can say I learned a lot by reading it. Building layers of a novel is well covered by this book. But somewhere in the middle it sagged and I had to force myself to finish it. I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars, but will go with 4 stars simply because it has solid advice that is well presented.


    10. I'll post a longer, more thoughtful review later, I believe this is a must read for fiction writers. What I appreciated most was how the authors broke down well-known stories on a scene-by-scene level as they examined how action, emotion, and theme are so crucial to structuring a good story.


    11. Very dry at times, but the examples from novels to illustrate what they mean make up for it and help make the book quite useful after all. But definitely don't read this one if you're starting out on your first novel - that way despair lies.


    12. I found this book very helpful.This book has provided me new insight on my writing. I learned so many new things that I didn't know. This is a must read for any writer.



    13. I have mildly mixed feelings about Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme (by Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld). It feels very mechanical at first, with terms like “Energetic Markers” and “thematic significance statement”. Maybe those are helpful things, but I suspect it’ll turn some writers off. Which is a shame, because there’s a lot of good stuff in this book. If nothing else, going back and reading it after you’ve written your first draf [...]


    14. Elizabeth Clare Writing Deep Scenes . . . thank you Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld for your combined creative intelligence. Thank you for taking the slog out of write craft homework yet delivering an indispensable guide to getting that final draft right. Of late—when I sat down to write—it felt like sleepwalking. Like I wasn’t really there. Reading this book in concentrated segments has woken me up. Filled with uncommon advice WDS is a revelatory mentor. A wisdom keeper of profound i [...]


    15. "In all stories, to one degree or another, plot is how the dramatic events in a story change and/or transform the main character over time in a meanful way.""Plot is a series of scenes deliberately arranged by cause and effect to create dramatic action filled with conflict, tension, and suspense to further the character's emotional development and create thematic significance." Alderson and Rosenfeld deliver a detailed book every writer, new or old, should have on their shelf. This book reinforc [...]


    16. This is a terrific how-to writing book that takes the reader/writer through scene and plot development, breaking things down into action, emotion, and theme. I enjoyed the use of actual lines and passages to illustrate the principles. Also enjoyed the fact that this book itself is well written and a joy to read.It is potentially overwhelming if read all at once in an effort to digest the entire thing. I recommend using it chapter by chapter while working on something - either in first draft or e [...]


    17. This is an exceptionally thorough book that takes you section by section through the novel writing processes highlighting the use of action, emotion and theme. It gives examples from classic and modern novels to illustrate the points. The writing is clear, with very good summaries at the end of each chapter. I found this book so useful that I summarised the summaries, stuck the points chronologically in a table and pinned it up on the wall above my computer desk for when I get lost. An excellent [...]


    18. Doesn't offer much new. Far preferred the writing book Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction by Jeff Gerke.


    19. 3.5/5? Definitely had some useful bits, and was structured in a way that helped break down the points the author was trying to make. Because there's so much crossover in what the authors thought was important to have in each section of a novel, it did feel repetitive fairly quickly. Also, very focused on a certain type of structure -- a widely-applied structure, but still.


    20. This was an Inspiring read with good examples, but it didn't feel like a "how to". It could have used shorter, more organized description, and more pictorial representations and lists of main points. But it did inspire me, and I loved all the examples from literature, both modern and classical.


    21. Very helpful book. Gave me so many good ideas while working on NaNo. I will probably go back and use the book again while I'm in edit mode. ^^


    22. As I read through the book to absorb and highlight, a tiny part of me rued the fact the book did not exist when I first started writing. Thrilled it's available now.



    23. Uses elements of Joseph Campbell's hero's journey without saying so and overcomplicates them. Regretted this purchase.


    24. I loved The Plot Whisperer, and this takes the lessons offered in that book and deepens them. Such a wonderful resource and as always, I learned so much!



    25. Great book! I thought some of it could have been said shorter. Good information for a learning like me.


    26. A handy book for both new and experienced writers. He it filled with ideas and suggestions to make your stories come alive. Get resource for presentations and classes.


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