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By William Bernhardt

All fiction is character-driven, in accordance with William Bernhardt, regardless of what you have heard in other places. in the event that your characters don’t curiosity readers, even the main interesting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, yet what does that suggest, and the way are you able to use that primary precept to create dynamic fiction that may captivate readers? This ebook explains the connection among personality and plot, and the way the best melding of the 2 produces a enthralling tale. utilizing examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the artwork of personality production in an immediate and simply comprehended demeanour. The ebook additionally comprises routines designed to aid writers follow those principles to their very own writing. William Bernhardt is the writer of greater than thirty novels, together with the blockbuster Ben Kincaid sequence of felony thrillers. Bernhardt can be the most sought-after writing teachers within the country. His courses have expert many authors now released via significant homes. he's the single individual to have obtained the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis amazing writer Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb unusual writer Award (OSU), that is given "in popularity of a very good physique of labor that has profoundly motivated the way we comprehend ourselves and American society at large." The pink Sneaker Writing middle is devoted to aiding writers in achieving their literary pursuits. what's a purple sneaker author? A devoted author looking necessary guideline and counsel instead of obfuscation and perspective. pink footwear get the activity performed, and so do purple sneaker writers, via paying shut cognizance to their artwork and craft, committing to exertions, and not quitting. Are you a purple sneaker author? if that is so, this ebook is for you.

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So what’s the diff? Literary fiction is sometimes called “plotless” because the character’s quest is largely or entirely internal, that is, the character is seeking love, or truth, or spirituality, rather than the Holy Grail or the identity of the murderer. The best literary fiction often has a discernable and engaging plot. And a strong plot will catapult literary fiction to the top of the charts. Let’s consider some critically acclaimed and popular literary novels. The Man Booker Prize was awarded to Room by Emma Donoghue.

In some respects, she’s not even very nice. As the book opens, she is completely selfish, self-absorbed, and cares only about the least important aspects of life. She’s a flirt, a tease, and a bit of a shrew. When the war hits, she matures considerably, but she hardly becomes a saint. She’s greedy, manipulative, and sometimes cruel. She marries men for money, which some would say is about as low as a person can sink. Why do people like this horrible woman so much? She’s not boring. First and foremost.

So far as we can tell from any of his films, Sean’s Bond was exactly what he appeared to be: an upper crust snob in Saville Row suits, rattling on about champagne while dismissing the Beatles as unbearable noise (see Goldfinger). Later generations might think the “vodka martini, shaken not stirred” a rather prissy drink for this cold-hearted macho superspy, but at the time, it was supposed to evidence his sophistication and savior faire. The clothes, the drink, the insouciant manner were all bits of characterization suggesting that Bond was exactly what he appeared to be: a tough, heartless spy with refined tastes and a first-rate education.

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