For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal.
    ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Midpoint and Story Bones by Mary L. Mercer

THE MIDPOINT: HOW TO WRITE THE CENTRAL TURNING POINT WITH EMOTION, TENSION, & DEPTH by Mary L. Mercer released this week and is already in the Paid Top Ten in one of its categories! Currently Amazon has both it and STORY BONES available as FREE ebooks right now for their Prime Members (must be signed in for $0.00 to show). So grab it while it's hot!

Here's the blurb--

Craft an emotionally charged story that keeps readers turning pages.

Have you ever started writing a story, feeling full of inspiration and enthusiasm, only to lose direction somewhere in the middle? Grab hold of a bright lifeline for writers trekking across their novel's swampy middle. Much more than a "plot point" to energize pacing, the Midpoint is the central nervous system controlling the entire story. Mastering the Midpoint helps writers survive and thrive in the Everglades of the middle. Rediscover the spark in your story by learning how to--

• Design a Midpoint with depth by crafting realistic, multi-dimensional character flaws that resonate emotionally with readers.

• Strategically position the Midpoint at the apex of a simple four-step story structure that reflects realistic human self-improvement.

• Connect the three key events (the Midpoint is one of them!) in every story that are absolutely vital to creating escalating tension.

• Translate the eight essential functions of the Midpoint into specific beats and scenes reflecting your unique creative vision.

• Apply three quick and easy "tools" to craft Midpoints with maximum dramatic impact.

Ignite your creativity while enjoying dozens of examples from novels, television, and movies. Fantasy, inspirational, mystery, science fiction, western, young adult, romantic suspense, and contemporary/historical romance—every genre contributes valuable insights.

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