#BookReview - Scenes and Sequels by Mike Klaassen

Scenes and Sequels
How to Write Page-Turning Fiction
Mike Klaassen
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: March 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 200 pages
Genre: Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
For more information: Amazon

Are you thinking about writing fiction? Writing a novel? Trying to improve a manuscript? Then you need to know all about scenes and sequels. Scenes and sequels are the one-two punch of a story that make it page-turning fiction.
If you don't know what they are and how they work, how can your tale reach its potential? Writing fiction isn't easy, but trying to write a novel without a solid understanding of scenes and sequels will fall flat.
You can learn about scenes and sequels in three ways: (1) just start writing and hope you figure it out over time, (2) read lots of books and attend a bunch of seminars, or (3) study a book devoted entirely to the subject.
Mike Klaassen has already read the books and attended the seminars. Combining his copious notes with his own writing experience, he's clarified and expanded the concepts of scenes and sequels.
Save yourself a ton of time, money, and frustration with one comprehensive, concise book. Inside "Scenes and Sequels," you'll discover: practical definitions of scenes and sequels, the components of scenes and sequels, how scenes and sequels compare to other passages of writing, the nuances of using each, practical examples of how to use scenes and sequels, prototype scenes and sequels, how to control the pace of your fiction, how to troubleshoot a manuscript with scene-and-sequel analysis, and much, much more. Why spend countless hours doing your own research?
"Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction" is a treasure of straightforward, practical information that you can use immediately. Unlock your full writing potential with "Scenes and Sequels" today!

Book Review
When we think of scenes and sequels, we tend to think of beautifully written stories, with smooth transitions and eloquent “follow-up.” This is not entirely accurate.

The concept of scenes and sequels was originally introduced by Dwight V. Swain and Jack M. Bickham, where they discuss the concepts of scenes and sequels. But, these definitions lie on the surface, as each term possesses a more profound meaning.The author seeks to answer his own question - are fiction writers “making making optimal use of scenes and sequels” in their own work.

A skilled wordsmith, Klaassen examines bestselling novels and provides keen insight into the successful formulas used to produce them. In Scenes and Sequels, he explains how authors like Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Meyer, Nelson DeMille, and Dan Brown use variations of the techniques he describes to craft intriguing works of fiction.

Klaassen is not merely redefining the concepts introduced by Swain and Bickham. He is, in fact, building on the cornerstone they laid by erecting a structured method to yield page-turning tales. With an evolving literary landscape, this clear and straightforward, though time-consuming, method should be embraced by all authors.

Any reader who has eagerly turned the pages of a Dan Brown or Janet Evanovich novel experiences the skillful application of scenes to propel the story and the “storytelling firepower” of sequels. The importance of scenes and sequels is demonstrated by the devastating effects observed in their absence. For the modern tendency to publish en masse at the risk of the craft has led to the flooding of bookstores (digital and brick & mortar) with soiled literature.

In a world of with increasing literary competition and the evolving landscape of genre fiction, it is wise for authors to tap into and become adept at leveraging the power of scenes and employing the introspective technique of sequels to ensure a profitable and sustainable career.

Rating: 5 stars

(Material Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

About the author

Award-winning author Mike Klaassen began writing fiction when his sons were teenagers. His first two books were young-adult action/adventure novels influenced by his experience as a Kansas farm boy and as a Scoutmaster. A visit to the site of the Battle for New Orleans led Mike to write Backlash: A War of 1812 Novel, featuring five young Americans in the fight of their life. Ongoing research encouraged Mike to write books about the craft of writing fiction. The use of folktales as examples in his nonfiction books inspired him to begin Klaassen's Classic Folktales, a collection of ancient stories retold as novellas. For more information, see www.mikeklaassen.com


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