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August 5, You can find writing guides for mystery, thrillers, espionage, and other niche genres, but they all tend to try and carry themselves with a little more finesse than your average action yarn, and forget about the generic "advice for aspiring novelists.
Back in the late 80's veteran action writer Mike Newton, who has written a number of Gold Eagle Executioner novels and a pile of other action adventure reads, sat down and wrote this guide for poor schmucks like me who wanted to write about guys running around with Uzis and grenade launchers. This reference book has no doubt been buried largely unread in the back room piles of used bookstores for decades now.
But Mike is a smart guy and knows that his work can live on once again in an eBook format. Overall, this is a very solid book. Mike covers a lot of the basics that most writers should understand but its always good to be remindedlike having a strong hook, how to develop good characters, and so forth, but he always looks at things from an action and adventure standpoint.
This is coupled with a lot of excerpts from books and some of them are of what NOT to do, which I always think is a good idea. He also reminds writers that research is vital for such a niche genre because so many of the readers have military or law enforcement backgrounds, and can sniff out a fake very quickly.
Although very dated now, a large number of reference works are provided for authors who didn't know where to begin in the pre-Google days. Lastly, there is a whole chapter on breaking into the genre publishing gig.
This is actually the saddest part about this book, because it makes it so obvious how much of a stranglehold traditional publishers have over the authors. Advice like how you never want to call unsolicited - which in and of itself is not a bad thing to say - is badly colored when it's followed up with how you never want to annoy anyone, ever, because somehow, some day, they might be in a position to open or close the gates for your career.
Reading this section of the book, is it any wonder Kindle Direct Publishing and other indie pub outlets are being flooded? For five dollars, I think this book is still a good investment.
I found most "so you want to be a writer" books make me want to throw up, and this one is refreshingly honest, well-written, and possesses just the right amount of cheek and sarcasm.This book has rekindled desire to write an action adventure novel.
The author explains in detail the steps to take, the research and discipline required. He provides numerous examples from other authors and his own writings to demonstrate the process. How to Map Out Your Hero’s Adventure in Your Manuscript. By: Elizabeth Sims | August 26, [Here’s a great article on how to structure a killer novel ending.] The Hero’s Adventure at Work.
Read practically any good, successful dramatic novel and you will find similar story bones.
This is not by accident. Do not plagiarize, but use your favorite authors as inspiration as you write or revise your action sequences.
For a good reference, Francine Prose's book " Reading Like a Writer " is full of helpful tips. Good writers know how to use action effectively to advance their story.
Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry includes the scene below in his novel Lonesome Dove. It’s a short and brutal scene, but it gives you great insight into the personality of his character, Woodrow Call.
[Here’s a great article on how to structure a killer novel ending.] The Hero’s Adventure at Work. Read practically any good, successful dramatic novel and you will find similar story bones. This is not by accident. 3 thoughts on “ How to Map Out Your Hero’s Adventure in .
pfmlures.com: How to Write Action Adventure Novels (): Michael Newton: Books I purchased it and read it. This book has rekindled desire to write an action adventure novel.
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