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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....

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

  • Gwen Mitchell
    2019-03-29 23:18

    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 I had learned anything new. Maybe I've read too many books on how to plot and they all start to sound the same, or maybe I had too high of expectations. This is my personal opinion - it didn't work with my learning style and didn't present anything new for seasoned writers. Maybe a novice would find more meat here.

  • Terri
    2019-04-01 20:30

    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 solution to sagging middles is both simple and brilliant. Their description of scene types has helped me identify missing pieces of my current work-in-progress. This is the best kind of writing book--the kind that sends you back to manuscript with fresh ideas,

  • Russell Ricard
    2019-04-12 22:36

    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 Alderson and Rosenfeld delve more deeply into the layers of Action (“what happens”), Emotion (“how characters and readers feel throughout the journey”), and Theme (“the meaning produced in the process”). The author’s guide you toward stronger scene-by-scene, forward movement, and ultimately, a tighter and more engaging plot.There are expertly cited examples of both classical and modern literature, across genre, that illustrate Alderson and Rosenfeld’s points on how to effectively engage readers through plot—again with the use of scenes that delve further into Action, Emotion, and Theme.The role of emotion (“how characters and readers feel throughout the journey”) is, I find, something that is overlooked in writer’s how-to/reference books; however I feel it is a vital element of the craft of storytelling. That said, I particularly appreciate Alderson and Rosenfeld’s reminders of how emotion (in individual scenes and throughout the entire story one seeks to tell) can effectively serve a plot’s forward momentum—no matter the genre.As the author’s suggest, the deeper a writer delves into the Actions, Emotions, and Themes that build the scenes and plot of her, or his story, the better it will resonate with readers.I’m quite pleased to have this new inspirational, intellectually satisfying, and emotionally charged addition to my own writer’s toolbox. I’m certain that I’ll refer to Writing Deep Scenes time and again as I delve deeper into my own manuscripts.

  • Charles
    2019-04-11 02:34

    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.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-16 00:44

    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 professor voice in my head. That being said, I'm glad I read this. Once you pick through the technical jargon, there is a lot of good advice, and while reading through it from front to end, I was able to highlight my favorites, which turned out to be 38 pieces of note. I found the types of scenes and developing the theme of your novel especially helpful and I'm sure I'll be going back to read those again. I think, though, this book would be better in that sense. To just pick through the parts you need and not read the entire thing. But then again, how do you know what you'll need until you read through it?

  • Lisa Marie
    2019-04-01 21:14

    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" of my story. The authors came up with great suggestions on how to improve your story's theme, something I rarely paid attention to before. Every author-to-be needs to read or own a copy of "Writing Deep Scenes."

  • Ryan Neely
    2019-04-09 02:29

    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.

  • Debra Daniels-zeller
    2019-03-30 18:32

    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 opinion is this book would be great for writers new to the world of fiction.

  • Luci Ayyat
    2019-04-09 02:44

    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.

  • Thomas
    2019-03-26 23:19

    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.

  • Marrije
    2019-04-15 02:16

    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.

  • Alexandra Mars
    2019-04-14 22:33

    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.

  • A.M. Bochnak
    2019-04-04 23:16

    Lots of great advice and practical solutions to improving your story in this one.

  • Heather
    2019-04-19 19:14

    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 draft could be very helpful.One of my favorite themes that wends through the book is the idea that everything starts and ends with the characters and their emotions. I wish I could hand out copies of this book to all the writers whose books I’ve given negative ratings to. Particularly the author who told me that you don’t need characters with depth in a thriller. This book amply demonstrates that its concepts apply to everything from literary novels to thrillers, and even memoir. It does a great job of showing how flexible its suggestions are and how they can change to accomplish what’s necessary.The authors talk about layering certain things into a scene in a way that made it much easier to see how scenes can do several jobs at once. One of my favorite things about this book is its division of scenes into various types, and which types are best for addressing different portions of your plot.Toward the end I developed one or two pet peeves. One is that there’s no real talk of what happens if your book does not end in a “Triumph”. Most of the rest of their material is very flexible for multiple genres, but this is not as much so. Also, their sole treatment of the romance genre boils down to the ridiculous idea that as long as there's a goal in a book other than romance, it isn't a romance. What?!My overall take on the book is that it’s extremely helpful, especially for people new to the writing world, who might not have stopped to learn any hard skills before going the self-published route. I also loved some of the extracts the book used as examples, so I now have a list of books to go read!Original review on my site:

  • Elizabeth Clare
    2019-03-31 00:25

    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 insights. To quote in brief from Chapter Three— SCENE TYPES, “it’s common for writers to use the same type of scene throughout an entire manuscript . . .” and a few paragraphs down, “Using all fifteen types of scenes broadens your ability to reach and impact your readers in the exact way you require. By integrating a variety of scene types into your stories, you lead the reader deeper into the heart of your action, emotion, and meaning.” From Chapter Thirteen—THEME IN THE EMERGING MIDDLE SCENES, “To write a lasting and meaningful story, study carefully the themes you introduce in the beginning and develop in the middle. When the deeper meaning of your story reveals itself, it becomes a ‘eureka!’ moment—that slap to your forehead when you understand what all the words in your story add up to mean.”Writing Deep Scenes requires my focussed attention with each read-through. Followed by a readiness to put the knowledge gained into imaginative use. With different scene types to juggle at will my limbo state manuscript has gotten over itself and gets that much closer to completion. Yes, there’ll be hiccups but with this writer’s tool beside me I have the antidote. And a new mantra: Action, emotion, and theme. Rookies to seasoned professionals can benefit from the specific direction Martha and Jordan offer. Their potent blend of plot and scene will take you where you want to go. With that in mind it feels appropriate to finish this review with a quote—a quote that relates as much to writing as it does to filmmaking, “I look at film as closer to a painting or a piece of music; it's an impression . . . an impression of character and total atmosphere . . . The attempt is to enlist an audience emotionally, not intellectually.—Robert Altman (less)

  • Natalie Walters
    2019-04-11 21:19

    "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 reinforces the purpose of scenes with numerous examples from novels of all genres. It offers a plot overview complete with energetic markers to give writers a pathway ensuring their story engages readers at every level throughout its entirety. Sections on Action, Emotion, and Theme, will enlighten writers as to how each can be fully developed to make their story resonate with readers. Of particular importance to me was the section on Theme and the many ways it can be incorporated throughout the Beginning, Emerging Middle, Deep Middle, and Ending of my story. After reading this book I've been able to see the ideas come to life in the books I'm reading by other authors. I'm anxious to apply the many truths this book offers to my own writing and find it an invaluable tool. I highly recommend this book for writers searching for ways to deepen their writing.

  • Billie Hinton
    2019-03-20 22:38

    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 editing process - so that you can take what you read and apply it to something real with your own two hands via pen or keyboard. I love the term "energetic markers" - new to me - and how these apply to the work as a whole. I also love the focus on shadow and light in relation to characters. The concepts are not new to me but the terminology is. This new way of looking at things brings life to a process that is exciting but also difficult. In the midst of a third pass through a complex manuscript this book has helped me come to the pages with fresh eyes and a new way to approach the material. Highly recommend!

  • Katia M. Davis
    2019-03-24 02:36

    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 resource.

  • Lara Thompson
    2019-04-10 20:32

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

  • Andrea
    2019-04-19 02:43

    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.

  • B.A. Brock
    2019-04-18 20:36

    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.

  • Softness
    2019-04-15 23:29

    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. ^^

  • Lyn
    2019-04-20 19:20

    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.

  • Sherrie Marshall Spitz
    2019-03-31 19:42

    Excellent thoughts on Plotting. 3 steps of Action, Emotion, and Theme are well explained!

  • Bryce Calderwood
    2019-04-17 22:19

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

  • Wendy MacKnight
    2019-04-03 00:23

    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!

  • Sherrie Spitz
    2019-03-23 21:16

    Excellent thoughts on Plotting. 3 steps of Action, Emotion, and Theme are well explained!

  • Stephen Matthews
    2019-04-03 00:38

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

  • Pat Coffey
    2019-04-01 18:40

    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.