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Crafting a Compelling Novel Concept | Jane Friedman

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Larry Brooks discusses how to create a concept for your novel that will compel readers (and agents and publishers) to read more.

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“A weak concept can be strengthened and saved. Almost always, the source of weakness and dysfunction within a story dwells in the nature of the concept itself; i.e., the degree, or complete lack, of something compelling within the concept. It’s hard to turn a boring concept into a compelling premise, and yet, this is the golden ring of revision. We need to do precisely that, usually by adding a conceptual layer rather than by looking to the premise to fix the problem. This means that recognition of weakness as the first step in the repair process, because that recognition allows you to jettison the weakness and replace it with something better.”

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