Title: Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced dramatic techniques to attract, engage, and fascinate the reader from beginning to end
Author: Karl Iglesias
Published: 2005 by WingSpan Press
Reasons I purchased:
- Recommended by a trusted source
- Screenwriting book -- I'm into these lately, thinking of them more as STORYTELLING books
- Subject -- Emotion is a tricksy beast that is hard for me to verbalize.
- Many good reviews on Amazon
If it only contained Chapter Six -- Story: Rising Tension, it would still have been worth the full price. Ever been torn between how to reveal something big in your story? Should the reader know before the character? Should they find out at the same time? Should the character know something the reader doesn't? Chapter Six will help you decide, first by explaining what each of these situations do to the reader, and the pros and cons of each so you can decide what is best for your story.
Chapter Ten -- Dialogue: Vivid Voices, another chapter worth the cost of the book.
Other chapters include help for:
- Refining your concept
- Fascinating the reader
- Creating compelling characters
- Understanding subtext and its importance
- Description: how a few of the right words can go a long way
- What a Theme is, and why it's important
- The difference between Plot and Story
- How to craft brilliant scenes
- The last piece of the Conflict equation so often overlooked by beginning writers. (Hint: It's more than 'Two dogs, one bone.')