Genre - Non-fic, writing help
Length - ~120 pages
Author - Holly Lisle
This is a fabulous book on the art of scene creation, and raising the stakes to make every scene conflicty and juicy. Holly takes a couple of chapters to give a working definition of a scene, and to define the different types of conflict (complete with exercises to practice the different types), before moving on to things like the art of storytelling through scenes, pacing, transitions and trouble-shooting for common problems.
Practical, easy to use, lots of exercises. I really like Holly's non-fic work on writing, and her style resonantes with me, so I usually find her books helpful :)
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This is a book for your writing desk, something you can quickly flick through when you need a refresher, and to keep handy both while plotting and drafting your novel ;)