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3D Fiction Fundamentals Series by Karen Wiesner

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3D Fiction Fundamentals Series covers the A to Z’s of crafting the highest quality fiction including how to:

  • Brainstorm and work productively to ensure that each stage in the writing process from prewriting to polishing produces masterful results the first time around.
  • Create an outline so complete it actually qualifies as the first draft of your book, allowing your first written draft to be final-draft quality.
  • Develop realistically three-dimensional and cohesive characters, plots, settings, relationships, and scenes so life-like and memorable your readers will be diehard fans.
  • Effectively prepare for a series in advance to prevent painted-in-a-corner scenarios in order to keep fans coming back eagerly for each and every installment.
  • Craft sizzling back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs for describing, promoting, and selling your books.
  • Maximize your potential and momentum for becoming a career author indefinitely.

With step-by-step guidelines, instructions, and tips throughout that are flexible and clearly written, imparting a layman’s ease of understanding and can-do motivation, this collection may be the only writing craft books you’ll ever need. Each volume has a bonus companion booklet available presented in usable digital format or paperback that includes all the aids from the main book that you can use in your own writing–and extras!


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3D Fiction Fundamentals Series, Volume 2: Cohesive Story Building

Revised, Updated, and Reissued Writing Reference

Without layering, a story is one-dimensional, unbelievable, boring. Layers mean stronger characters, settings, plots, suspense, intrigue, emotions and motivation. Layering also produces cohesion of all elements. Characters must blend naturally with the setting the writer has placed them, just as plot becomes an organic part of character and setting. If a story doesn’t work, it could very well be because the elements aren’t cohesive. Cohesive Story Building shows how each element hinges on the other two and how to mix them until they fuse irrevocably.

Additionally, Cohesive Story Building carefully explores each stage of story development from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revision. From a thorough look at the fundamentals of writing to comprehensive story building techniques, as well as submission guidelines and etiquette, this must-have guide will see writers through the entire novel writing process from start to finish.

Set within the framework of comparing the process of building a house to the process of building a story, Cohesive Story Building gives a solid plan of action from start to finish through in-depth examples and exercises, and leave-no-stone-unturned checklists that will help writers take the plan into their own writing. Features detailed examples from published novels to illustrate story-building principles.

Many who have read Karen Wiesner’s reference First Draft in 30 Days, which focuses on in-depth outlining and goal-setting, will find Cohesive Story Building a perfect companion to that book.Read More

Genre: Writing Advice     Word Count: 107, 494

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CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction: A Writer's Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships 2 covers3D Fiction Fundamentals Series, Volume 5: CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction: A Writer’s Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships

Characters: Do your characters have no obvious signs of life, nothing that gives them unique personality, perspective, and passion? Does it seem like their conflicts are ones they truly care about and have an intensely personal investment in? Can you visualize the author’s hand holding the characters, pushing them around in response to action?

Plots: Are events randomly happening without a personal connection to them? Are plots and conflicts created spur of the moment with no set up, build up, curiosity, or tension? Is something miraculous stepping in to resolve story problems and “resetting” characters who seem to disintegrate rather than legitimately and cohesively evolve in response to conflict?

Relationships: Are relationships stilted, off-focus, not quite realistic, frequently with secondary characters that are little more than soundboards? Are your characters merely going through the motions with each other?


All of these and more are signs of dead or lifeless stories. The three core elements of story–Characters, Plots, and Relationships (CPR)–need to be developed three dimensionally with a present (the here and now of the active story), a past (backstory that directly impacts current events), and a future (the hint of hope and/or dread about where the story is and might be going, and where it may or may not end up) in order to allow each to live and breathe.

To truly be living, characters aren’t simply existing and going through the motions. They possess fully developed external and internal conflicts. They’re interacting in dynamic, realistic, and believable relationships. They have multidimensional character attributes that give them both vitality and voice. Finally, they’re engaged in what makes life worthwhile with definable goals and motivations. Characters, plots, and relationships need to be breathing, blood and oxygen flowing through their veins in order to function, or they’re in a vegetative state or just plain dead. The soul of the character is what turns an ordinary paper doll into a vibrant, memorable personality.

Poking and prodding your characters, plots, and relationships in all the compass points with in-depth sketches should exhibit some reaction one way or the other, or it’s a safe guess some aspect is dead. Merely lifeless core elements, however, may show a few signs of life and that’s what makes arrested CPR development so hard to spot. If something is actually happening in a story with all three of the CPR elements, the reader will want to stick around to find out more–to find out everything–with a sense of avid anticipation and participation rather than frustration and disengagement, uncertainty, and dissatisfaction. CPR for Dead or Lifeless Fiction: A Writer’s Guide to Deep and Multifaceted Development and Progression of Characters, Plots, and Relationships will teach writers how to:

  • Identify dead or lifeless characters, plots, and relationships.
  • Establish CPR development with the proper setup that introduces, anchors, and orients readers before leading them with purpose through your story landscape, looking back in careful increments to fill in realistic layers, and always making certain there’s a whisper of what’s to come.
  • Plant the seeds of CPR development early with in-depth sketches so each element can be developed and advanced organically, steadily, and logically.
  • Pinpoint weak areas in your story with two evaluation techniques that ensure solid CPR development and steady progression from beginning to end.

The genre-diverse, multi-award-winning author of more than 135 titles, including 19 series, provides an intensive care guide to deep, multidimensional Character, Plot and Relationship development. Karen S. Wiesner is the author of the bestselling FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS as well as BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity, WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas, WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE–AND SELL!, and COHESIVE STORY BUILDING.Read More

The only one-stop, everything-you-need-to-know 9-1-1 for deep, multifaceted Character, Plot, and Relationship development!

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Writing Blurbs That Sizzle--And Sell! 2 covers3D Fiction Fundamentals Series, Volume 6: Writing Blurbs That Sizzle–And Sell!

Make your book fly off the shelves!

Are you an author who dislikes or dreads trying to write back cover blurbs for your stories, or have you started one and want help making yours sizzle with intrigue and impact?


Would you like to utilize a series blurb but you’re not sure where to start in covering all the books in your series in one succinct, powerful paragraph?


Would you like to have a short, punchy version of your blurb that can be used in your marketing and author/series branding?


Are you a publisher with a stable full of books that need blurb overhauls?

Every author knows what a back cover blurb is, given its high-profile placement on the back cover of every book. At its crux, a back cover blurb strives to be a concise, breathtaking summary of the entire story that includes the major internal and external conflicts and the goals and motivations of the main character(s).

Unfortunately, crafting an effectively good back cover blurb is no easy task, and many writers outright dislike writing them or dread the process because so much is at stake if the blurb fails to engage. A sizzling back cover blurb needs to convince readers they absolutely have to read the story inside the pages…or they’ll set the book down without ever opening it. Additionally, a powerful series blurb can sell not just one book but all of them in that set! High-concept blurbs are necessary in every author’s marketing to provide intriguing “sound bites” for books and series’.

WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE–AND SELL! will teach writers and publishers:

  • The basics of blurb crafting: When to write them, how long they should be, and the three types of blurbs including back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs.
  • Tips and tricks for crafting blurbs including worksheets and checklists to make the process foolproof.
  • Techniques in sizing blurbs for a variety of applications as well covering the timely and viable topic of branding with blurbs.
  • Step-by-step, do-it-yourself exercises using published works to help you develop blurb writing, revising, and evaluating

WRITING BLURBS THAT SIZZLE–AND SELL! is the definitive guide on how to craft back cover, series, and high-concept blurbs!Read More

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