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"Page after page of useful information." —Serena C.
"[A]ccessible and very current...." —John A. Royce
"[V]aluable tips and tools for anyone interested in writing a novel. Highly recommended!" —Bud M.
"[S]o easy to understand...." —D. Ashby
- ASIN : B08TBMKT5T
- Publication date : January 18, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3938 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 236 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,071 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He makes a compelling case for using core values. It is the movement of those core values during the course of the narration that make a moving story. Also, he relates those values to key human needs and shows that those key value map onto key types genres, for example
Value: Life versus Death
Genre: Action, Adventure Stories
Through the use of several graphs, he shows the key types of story arcs, the change of the level of the value scale against the narration of the story, e.g., if the scale is life versus death is on a vertical scale, then as death is more likely the graph dips. It is this change over the course of the narration that the author claims changes a sequence of events into a story.
What I found very interesting is a study the author referred to, by researchers at the University of Vermont, that analyzed over “4,000 of the best novels from the Project Gutenberg library” (p 46), with the claim that six basic shapes dominate these story arcs. See Reagan A, Mitchell L, Kiley D, Danforth CMD, Dodds PS. The emotional arcs of stories are dominated by six basic shapes. EPJ Data Science (2016). 5:31. https://cdanfort.w3.uvm.edu/research/2016-reagan-epj.pdf
Another major section of the book introduces six elements of plot, that appear at various scales of the book, at the scene level up to the entire arc of the story level. These include exposition, inciting incident, rising action, dilemma, crises, and denouement.
Penultimately, the author talks about how to apply these concepts in writing and editing of a manuscript. I look forward to attempting to implement these concepts in the near future.
Finally, the author repeats what others have said, namely separate the writing of the first draft from perfecting the story. Using the tools ahead of time can help you if you get stuck, or can strengthen the story in an edit.
Overall, an interesting and useful addition to the books on how to write books, both through providing a conceptual framework for thinking of your story as well as practical suggestions to implement those concepts.
Note: This is a beta version of a living book, which has typos. The author admits that and made it available on Amazon to receive feedback to improve future versions of the book.
FB: A valuable contribution to the literature of writing stories, focusing on story arcs and structure. The author provides a conceptual framework for thinking of your story as well as practical suggestions to implement those concepts.
So I went to Google. I looked up how to write novels, how to develop a story, how to write plots, and with every result I came across, it was the same thing: the methods sounded good on paper or in theory, but when I tried to implement it in my own planning, I got stuck. But then I came across this book.
As soon as I read the first few pages I knew I had to get it. I've pored through 80% of the book in the last few days, hungrily devouring every word and explanation, and I cannot BELIEVE how much it has helped me. Along with doing the writing exercises at the end of some of the sections, the explanations of dramatic structure, story values, and plot elements actually make /sense/, and already my story is shaping up to be much more captivating and comprehensive than it was in all the other versions I've tried writing for it.
If I could go back five years to when I first started working on this story, I would give my past-self a copy of this book so they would have an easier time than I did. If you're struggling to write a cohesive plot, this book is a godsend!!
The course requirement includes required reading, practical exercise, and an open book final exam all on your own schedule and at a place of your choosing. The rest of the performance is on the learner who is YOU.
I have been able to apply this information and my time at the keyboard has been more focused and productive. Pound for pound you cannot get a much better resource for the price.
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If you want to learn about why different genres tend to focus on different core values, to be able to think clearly about your protagonist’s internal and external motivations and, most importantly, know from the outset what your big showdown core Dilemma is going to be so you can *write towards it* in every scene (and why that’s important in getting people hooked on your story) this is the book for you. Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser understanding this stuff is key.
There are many books about writing out there but I really like that this book considers advice from key classical and modern sources, and the writing experience of the (bestselling) author, and uses it all to create one coherent roadmap for structuring your story - a one stop shop. I also like that it reminds you of the stuff you can forget when in the throws of writing, like how your character’s actions and decisions are driving the plot, not the events your character is experiencing, and the importance of there being consequences to your character’s decisions in order to help drive the plot.
I really can’t overstate how useful this book has been to me: I read The Write Structure in January and in five minutes I’d spotted one big problem with a stalled novel I’d parked for ages. It was such a simple fix once I was thinking about it clearly. Everything fell into place because of the advice in this book. Four months on and I’m nearly finished the first draft.
In the interest of balance, I should try to add something less positive: the early download I saw had quite a few typo and typesetting errors, but they might’ve been fixed by now. Also, if you’re a fan of thewritepractice.com, trawling through its very many articles may well give you most of the information in this book. But for the sake of having everything together and introducing each element in order, I recommend this as a handy guide to have beside you when you plot, and write.