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Are you writing a book? Do you need help creating relatable characters that pop off the page? Bring Your Fiction To Life: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories With Depth and Complexity by Karen S. Wiesner is a fantastic book on how to skillfully create realistic characters and a deep, meaningful story structure. Learn how to build and analyze a comprehensive outline for your book using worksheets. You will develop a story by learning who, what, when, why, and where through the eyes of your characters. As you create the layers of your story using the author's unique formula, you will find that you have constructed strong plots, characters, and settings, just by using the detailed sketches that help you understand your character's past, present, and future. Compare your outline and sketches to the worksheets provided and quickly identify any issues before they complicate your writing. Are you ready to write an elaborate story with fascinating characters?
Bring Your Fiction To Life by Karen S. Wiesner is a brilliant how-to book on writing a novel. The author starts by presenting the reader with the fundamentals of creating three-dimensional characters using her profound PPF system. Then, she takes them through the processes, step-by-step, in a comfortable narrative style. By the time the reader has completed the exercises, they have a comprehensive knowledge of what makes a good fiction story. I am in the process of writing a novel, so I decided to try applying the techniques presented in the book. I downloaded some of the worksheets and implemented the strategies and tools the author teaches. I was impressed with her thoroughness. After reading this book, I am better able to see areas that would cause trouble in my story and promptly correct them. I also have an excellent understanding of my characters now; something I wasn't aware I was struggling with until reading this book. An excellent source of information and writing tools, and a superb how-to book. I would recommend it to novice and seasoned writers alike.