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

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

Title:Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781599638836
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:248 pages

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.


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

  • Gwen Mitchell

    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 overwhe...

  • Terri

    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--...

  • Debora Halluni

    This book was the second one that helped me so much get a better understanding and inside look on how a novel is created, as well as teaching me the basics to use on my own novel ...

  • Russell Ricard

    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 si...

  • Lisa Marie

    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 b...

  • Charlie

    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% les...

  • Rachel

    Let me start this by saying that at one point the authors reference Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, and then proceed to describe her novel Dark Places instead. It was referenced correctly later in the...

  • Emily Buehler

    I didn't get much out of this book. It seemed to contain a lot of potentially worthwhile content, so it may be that it simply did not help me as a writer or did not help me at this point in my writing...

  • Rachel

    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 ...

  • Ryan Neely

    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 i...