Verbalize: bring stories to life & life to stories

Verbalize: bring stories to life & life to stories

by Damon Suede

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Overview

Fascinating fiction starts with characters who make readers care. This Live Wire Writer Guide presents a simple, effective technique to sharpen your hook, charge your scenes, and amplify your voice whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

Most writing manuals skirt craft questions with gimmicks and quick fixes rather than plugging directly into your story’s power source. Energize your fiction and boost your career with


  • a new characterization method that jumpstarts drafting, crafting, revision, and pitching.
  • skill-builders to intensify language, stakes, and emotion for your readers.
  • battle-tested solutions for common traps, crutches, and habits.
  • a dynamic story-planning strategy effective for plotters and pantsers.
  • ample examples and exercises to help you upgrade fiction in any genre.


Blast past overused tics and types with storycraft that busts your ruts and awes your audience. Whether you like to wing it or bring it, Verbalize offers a fresh set of user-friendly, language-based tools to populate your pages and lay the foundations of unforgettable genre fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945043031
Publisher: Evil Mastermind, LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: live wire writer guides
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS


  • Exercises vii
  • Introduction xi
    • Live Wire xv
    • Origin xvii
    • Magpies xxi




Part I: Wire 1



  • Chapter 1: SHOWBIZ 3
    • Practice 5
    • Impersonals 11
    • Significance 18


  • Chapter 2: DEVICES 23
    • Psych 24
    • Ride 28
    • Process 33


  • Chapter 3: ORDER 39
    • Alignment 40
    • Parts 43
    • Control 48




Part II: Fire 53



  • Chapter 4: VISION 55
    • Pattern 56
    • Leaps 61
    • Possibility 66


  • Chapter 5: MOJO 69
    • Contrast 71
    • Collision 76
    • Spark 81


  • Chapter 6: MAGIC 87
    • Predicament 89
    • Problem 96
    • Want 105




Part III: Action 111



  • Chapter 7: VERBS 113
    • Life 119
    • Source 127
    • Force 135


  • Chapter 8: OBJECTIVE 143
    • Transitivity 144
    • MacGuffins 155
    • Achievement 163


  • Chapter 9: MOTION 171
    • Range 174
    • Chain 180
    • Links 184




Part IV: Tactics 193



  • Chapter 10: FLOW 195
    • Shifts 201
    • Steps 207
    • Shelves 215


  • Chapter 11: OBJECTS 225
    • Target 226
    • Nature 232
    • Challenge 239


  • Chapter 12: BEATS 247
    • Trajectory 251
    • Direction 259
    • Transformation 268




Finale 279

About the Author 283

Appendix: Genre Examples 285



  • Pride and Prejudice Actions 293
  • The Lord of the Rings Actions 298


Notes 303

Bibliography 315



  • Character 315
  • Genre craft 316
  • Grammar & Language 317
  • Criticism 320
  • Acting & Performance 321
  • Neurology, Psychology, and Philosophy 323


Acknowledgments 325

Index 327

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