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The Six Senses in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Bleak to Bold Narrative (Writing in a Nutshell Series Book 3) by [Bell, Jessica]
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Have readers told you that they can’t seem “get into” your novel? That could be because it lacks the sensory information required to effectively hook your readers’ attention. Would you like to remedy this? Then this is the book for you!

In The Six Senses in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Bleak to Bold Narrative you will find eleven real scenes which illustrate how utilizing the six senses can bring your writing to life. In each demonstrated transition you will find a BLEAK passage (prose lacking sensory information), and a BOLD passage (the BLEAK passage revamped to make it more appealing by utilizing sense in an indirect and/or stimulating way). Writing exercises are also provided.

Not only is this pocket guide an excellent learning tool for aspiring writers, but it is a light, convenient, and easy solution to honing your craft no matter how broad your writing experience. With the convenient hyper-linked Contents Page, you can toggle backward and forward from different scenes with ease. Use your e-reader's highlighting and note-taking tools to keep notes as you read, and/or record your story ideas, anywhere, anytime.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 896 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vine Leaves Press; 2 edition (30 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #421,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Merges Practice with Examples 27 August 2014
By DRW - Published on
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I really appreciated Jessica's ability to take barebones examples and turn them into compelling reads. It's an excellent book, yet may be too advanced for writers just starting out. I shared the book with one of my clients. She's struggling to grasp the concepts.

If you're an experienced writer who wants to go to the next level, I encourage you to get this book. You won't develop the scenes in the same way as Jessica, yet her exercises challenging you to take an almost outline-like scene and develop it are inspirational. She guides you through the self-analysis you need to write compelling content.

I especially recommend this book to non-fiction writers who want to propel their writing toward engaging.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe. . . Maybe Not 1 June 2014
By CT - Published on
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Not sure that this addition to the glut of slim how-to volumes adds much value. It's virtue is that it offers plenty of concrete examples of how the senses can be invoked to enliven one's fiction, but - and this is a big but - does it "prove" that showing necessarily trumps telling? Bell's technique is to provide a "Bleak" piece of fiction (one that "tells" the story) and contrasting this with a "Bold" alternative version that is meant to show how invoking the reader's senses in the experience results in better, more compelling fiction. But in many instances I was left wondering if the "Bold" piece was actually better.

Trouble is, if what you're recounting has its own inherent drama or shock-value, you don't need to bolster it with any supportive techniques - just tell it like it is. Sometimes vividness can be its own worst enemy (it is arguable that readers would prefer graphic descriptions of drunken vomiting orgies over deft recounting of same).
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm 5 April 2016
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The content was okay, but not sufficiently golden to excuse the tiny. Not quite what I expected. Next time I look at something like this, I will be checking the customer reviews and the page count first.
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Senses Make Word Whizzes 20 December 2014
By Joyce Evans-campbell - Published on
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Where has this writer been? Most writers know the value of sense in the words we write. Jessica Bell knows sense worthiness and has made it easier for those who desire to grasp the joy and practicality.
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick study guide 7 July 2014
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I have all of Jessica Bell's little treasures. She breaks down into a few pages what other how-to book writers take hundred of pages to say. I highly recommend all her books.