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About three weeks ago, after I had binged all the episodes in a show that had just come out, I was filled to the brim with energy, motivation, and most importantly, a desire to create something as amazing as the show I had just watched. I dived into my old files, digging up several folders and documents for this story I'd been working on since 2015. I'd worked on the story on and off during those years, sometimes writing and sometimes planning, and even though it was a story I was passionate about telling, there was something missing, something I couldn't quite grasp in order to fully flesh it out. And when I visited these files a few weeks ago, I got hit with the same realization.
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 book, written by the creator of The Write Practice website, presents the author’s view of what it takes to write a successful book, namely a focus on structure. This focus is based on many years of experience both writing and working with other writers.
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
Need: Survival 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.
This book should guide the serious writer through the equivalent of a full semester of Structured Writing. 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.
Found the content concerning plot types useful. Have incorporated these lessons as I have read through other works i.e. Story Grid, Monster Structure. 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.
I've read many books on writing, both fiction and non-fiction. This book provides formulae that almost serve as a check list of items that must be included. I was able to edit with much greater insight.