For Book Beginnings:
This book is an exercise in reading like a writer - reading with the purpose of finding out how the plots of a few recognized masterpieces succeed in making readers turn the page.
- p. 1
- p. 1
For Friday 56:
This rise and fall of the storyline (like all the ups and downs of Austen's story) is propelled by an ever-changing tension between goal-driven desire and the forces that block it.
- p. 56
- p. 56
About Plot Fiction Like the Masters : Ian Fleming, Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Story-Building by Terry Richard Bazes: Plot Fiction like the Masters is an exercise in reading like a writer - reading with the purpose of figuring out how the plots of a few recognized masterpieces succeed in making readers turn the page. The reason for proposing this as a way of learning plot-making is my own experience as a writer -- that the most accomplished novelists are the greatest teachers and that their lessons may be drawn from a close study of their work. The three novels under consideration - Ian Fleming's Dr. No, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust - have all achieved astonishing success. They are all not only recognized masterpieces of their very different genres but have also won the glittering prizes - fame, fortune, movie deals -- for which many a haggard writer would sell his or her soul to the Devil.
It's NonFiction November! Get some in your life! :)
Nonfiction November is hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, Becca at I’m Lost in Books, Leslie at Regular Ruminations, and Katie at Doing Dewey. Check out the schedule.
Terry Bazes is giving away 2 paperbacks - Plot Fiction Like the Masters.
Open US, Can, UK and Ireland.