Plot and structure james scott bell
Annie John by Jamaica KincaidAnnie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua. A classic coming-of-age story in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Kincaids novel focuses on a universal, tragic, and often comic theme: the loss of childhood.
An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girls existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mothers benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, It was in such a paradise that I lived. When she turns twelve, however, Annies life changes, in ways that are often mysterious to her. She begins to question the cultural assumptions of her island world; at school she instinctively rebels against authority; and most frighteningly, her mother, seeing Annie as a young lady, ceases to be the source of unconditional adoration and takes on the new and unfamiliar guise of adversary. At the end of her school years, Annie decides to leave Antigua and her family, but not without a measure of sorrow, especially for the mother she once knew and never ceases to mourn. For I could not be sure, she reflects, whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world.
Writing Discipline And Mindset For Authors With James Scott Bell
James Scott Bell
Unfortunately, Bell asks few questions and offers fewer answers. This is frustrating to me because, when I started writing, plot was a major weakness. Self-consciously literary writers and critics tend to discount it as Wood does , sometimes to the detriment of their own work. It would be stupid to try. Best way to understand plot is to read!
How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:. I learned more about writing an interesting story from this book than from all the other good writing books I've read. James Scott Bell distills the most crucial aspects of constructing an interesting plot into an easily read and understood book which should be a reference for beginning writers. Highly recommended.
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