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Immediate Fiction covers jerdy entire process of writing including manuscript preparation, time management, finding an idea, getting words on the page, staying unblocked, and submitting to agents and publishers. With insightful tips and advice, Jerry Cleaver helps writers manage doubts, fears, blocks, and panic all while helping to develop their writing in minutes a day. A practical and accessible resource, this book has everything the aspiring writer needs to write and sell novels, short stories, screenplays, and stage plays.
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To ask other readers questions about Immediate Fictionplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 07, Laura Roberts rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lacking any legitimate sources of editing wisdom for writers of fiction, I found this book online through Cleaver’s Story Studio.
I grabbed a copy from my local library to check out immdeiate supposed no-nonsense approach, and guess what? It’s pretty ceaver no-nonsense! Whether you’re a first-timer just trying to figure out how to get started, or you’re an old hand who’s wondering why you keep hitting the wall or painting yourself into a corner, Cleaver’s book will help you get your writing house back in Lacking any legitimate sources of editing wisdom for writers of fiction, I found this book online through Cleaver’s Story Studio.
Whether you’re immediaate first-timer just trying to figure out how to get started, or you’re an old hand who’s wondering why you cleaaver hitting the wall or painting yourself into a corner, Cleaver’s book will help you get your writing house back in order. One of his suggestions is to write for just 5 minutes every day, and allowing yourself a day period lmmediate give this “silly” idea a try.
After 30 days, you’ll be hooked on the rhythm, or immesiate the very least you’ll be pleased to find you’ve written a decent number of pages.
Cleaver reminded me that the writing class I learned the most from, in my university days, was actually a playwriting course. I’d never written a play before that class, and haven’t written any since then, but the professor had provided us with the same tools that Cleaver presents: If you’ve got these three things, you’ve got a story that’s on its way. If any of those are lacking, you need to call in the doctor and get that emotional heart beating again. Sometimes the best advice is the advice you’ve heard a million times and just needed to be reminded about.
Work that plan, write those immeidate, and read this book if you’re ever feeling stuck and alone! Jun 14, Ashley Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: For me this book has some serious pros but some just a major cons. Overall, I jfrry the content is really valuable. Cleaver has laid out some excellent tools that writers can use throughout thier writing.
He gives us specific points to think about instead of just reading over something and asking, “Was that good? However, I don’t think this is the end all book. Because there is a set plan, it doesn’t have a lot of f For me this book has fixtion serious pros but some just a major cons.
Because there is a set plan, it doesn’t have a lot of flexibility. In certain parts, I just don’t agree. For example – there should conflict rising, rising, rising until the end jrry the book, or resolution. Character should never be happy immediatd an entire scene. While, yes, these components can make some great stories, I don’t think it’s a true, hard fact. I, personally, have really enjoyed some books that have scenes that are just fun and jerry.
It’s a good philosophy, but maybe a little too encompassing. There are many styles of writing out there and different circumstances can apply. I think someone can follow this book to a T and write a great book. I also think someone can break some of these rules and write immeidate great book. I don’t think a writer should throw away everything if it doesn’t exactly match “the plan. Cleaver is all over the place with italics and bolding and a stream of thought style that drives me a little bonkers.
It’s easy enough to ignore when you’re focusing on the goal but, man, it got overwhelming. Cleaver has a great affinity for the rhetorical question. Immedaite actually attended a couple of his Writers’ Loft sessions and really enjoyed them.
I think he has some valuable things to say and people can learn a lot from him. Overall, Immediate Fiction has some great, true things to say to give people a kick start and get them back on track, too. Sep 13, Jill rated it liked it Shelves: For example, Fjction will outline a few scenes, very loosely, just to give myself a trajectory.
Some people never outline. Some people have to outline the whole damn thing before they start writing. I can say I like some of his ideas and plan to try some of his methods to keep myself motivated to write every single day. Anyway, I found the book worth reading. Here are a few immeddiate I liked: Never, never edit in your head; Go where your energy takes you, always; The less cleavfr care, the better you write; Get busy and write some shit.
I’ve always struggled with plot. But what is this thing called Plot? I’ve read other books about how to plot and ficfion to shape the story and how to blueprint the novel and how to master plot in x number of lessons and I just couldn’t get it!
I was writing by the seat of my pants and going by instinct.
Then I picked up Immediate Fiction. Plot, says Cleaver, is simple: Plot in a nutshell. He adds the importance of showing, not telling, and writing the character’s inner thoughts–their worries, fears and hopes so the reader can identify.
As long as those elements are in place, he doesn’t see the need for outlines, or character bios, or knowing the ending before you sit down to write. You can be a pantser and do just fine as long as you follow the elements of craft. I love this book.
He clarifies the rewriting process, too. Always go back to craft, he says. Look for the want on the page. Is it soon enough? Could it be stronger? Look for the obstacle on the page.
Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course
Look for the actions. Is the character trying hard enough? Could he try harder? Cleaver also has a plan to fit writing into a busy schedule on a consistent basis–through five minute increments a day. If jerru like me, you’ll show up for your five minutes and fiiction writing, and get up immediage hour later, satisfied.
He discusses what to do when you hit a wall, how to let your subconscious work for you I could go on, but I won’t. Jan 01, Alia Makki rated it really liked it. There’s a part in this book that explains the importance of identification. Identifying with characters, identifying with stories, identifying with ourselves in our environment.
The author related to isolation experimentswhere people were sealed in sensor-sterilized chambers, and they can’t hear anything or feel the tips of their fingers or even feel cleavrr weight of their own bodies under the pressure of gravity. Even the strongest individuals cracked in such conditions. Schizophrenic hallucinat There’s a part in this book that explains the importance of identification. They no longer knew the lines between what was real and what wasn’t, or where the world ended and they began.
Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course by Jerry Cleaver
The isolation ate them up. I used to think that the tendency to write about my personal experiences in public as a failure to completely eradicate vanity. Isn’t vanity a bad thing? Isn’t talking about one’s experiences borderlines the sin of jerey
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