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  1. jonahmann

    jonahmann Active Member

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    Writing the Blockbuster Novel - Al Zuckerman

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by jonahmann, Oct 9, 2014.

    I Thought I would share the key points of Albert Zuckerman's 1994 book Writing the Blockbuster Novel.

    "Big Books" tend to have the following elements. There will be exceptions to all of these:

    High stakes

    Larger-than-life characters

    Dramatic question(s)

    High concept

    Multiple points of view

    Exotic setting
     
  2. peachalulu

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

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    I've read this book and it's not bad. And the points are good, especially if you're going for a kinda Savages-by-Shirley-Conran or Peter Benchley type of book. ( I loved Savages! ) And I like that he's pretty honest about the fact that he's not trying to push a formula.

    Here's someone that did an article on the book if you want to check it out - http://www.jamiegrove.com/big-huge-book-reviews/writing-the-blockbuster-novel-by-albert-zuckerman-part-1
     
  3. Moonbeast32

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    I'd advise against trying to get rich. Just write what feels good, fame and riches should be a side effect, not the purpose.
     
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