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Deep Scenes

Take a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your Writing Whether 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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Martha Alderson, also known as the Plot Whisperer, deconstructs plot at the scene and overall story levels in her Plot Whisperer series of writing resources for authors: The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing; The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories (companion workbook to original); The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master (Adams Media); and Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple (Illusion Press), as well as several ebooks on plot. As an international plot consultant for writers, Martha's clients include best-selling and award-winning authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors. She teaches plot workshops to novelists, memoirists, and screenwriters privately, at plot retreats, through Learning Annex, RWA, SCBWI, CWC chapter meetings, Writer's Digest, and The Writers Store, and at writers' conferences where she takes writers beyond the words and into the very heart of a story. As the founder of International Plot Writing Month ( in December, Martha manages the award-winning blog for writers: The Plot Whisperer, which has been awarded honors as a top writing advice blog by Writers Digest 2009 - 2013. Her vlog, How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay (, covers 27 steps to plotting your story from beginning to end and features playlists to help writers create compelling plots for their novels, memoirs, and screenplays.

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