This book will show writers in any stage of their career how to develop the distinctive layers of a story and how to build three-dimensional aspects into their fiction to make plots, characters, settings, scenes--and ultimately their novels--more realistic, lifelike, and engaging. The word three-dimensional is easy to define as solid, realistic, rounded and lifelike--even living. For authors, the hard part is in applying these concepts to your fiction. Most writers know what is not three-dimensional writing--flat or cardboard characters, plots that lack history with loose and undefined ties, twists that are merely convenient to the story and stories that are predictable, unrealistic, unremarkable, underdeveloped or dead-on-arrival. Writing that is three-dimensional possesses depth: fully fleshed-out characters, plots and settings as well as rich, textured scenes. Three-dimensional writing allows you to step through the pages of a book and enter the world created by the author. Once three-dimensionality is within reach, all things are possible: direction, motion, focus, vivid colour, texture, harmony and variety in which change is attainable and value becomes concrete. The three-dimensional writing approach contains three main aspects: 3-D Characters, Plots and Settings Complex, 3-D Scenes Multilayered Storytelling This book will teach both beginner and veteran writers, writing in any genre, the distinctive layers of a story and how to build in three-dimensional aspects through all stages in the process. Three-dimensionality needs to start immediately, even during the brainstorming phase, and it's crucial that it be maintained throughout the writing and revising of the story. AUTHOR: Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 113 titles published in the past 18 years, which have been nominated for or won 134 awards and has 39 more releases contracted for spanning many genres and formats. SELLING POINTS: Includes dozens of worksheets, checklists and charts for writers to plan out their stories using the 3-D approach. Explores plot, structure, characterization, scene writing and setting--all popular topics through the lens of multilayered storytelling. Includes extensive instruction for weaving together the different elements into a multilayered story.