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Novelsmithing: The Structural Foundation Of Plot, Character, And Narration Paperback – February 27, 2009
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If you know me, you know I love the Hero's Journey, and I still use it as a tool in my writing. But for me, Sheppard's approach -- which begins with a 3-word Premise -- went directly to the heart of the story and worked BETTER for me than beginning with the Hero's Journey. (And of course, every story has both a Premise and a Hero's Journey, so I didn't lose anything.)
(I only gave it a 4 because the first edition has some copy-editing glitches.)
Highly recommended if you are a character-driven novelist and are tired of methods that seem contrived.
In Novelsmithing, David Sheppard offers a wealth of practical advice not offered in other fiction-writing guides. Furthermore, he not only breaks down important concepts so they're easier to understand, but he also provides diagrams of key concepts, which I found especially helpful. In my opinion, Novelsmithing belongs in every writer's library because it is as important a read as Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction.
Tamara Mousner, author of Being
Structure and technique will be easy to achieve and improve with simple concepts.
If you're working on your first novel, this book is a must!
Definitely one that you'll turn to again and again... a great addition to your reference library!
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This was a great book for people who want too be a writer or wright a novel .Published 4 months ago by Landon Praught
Great Book. Excellent written. It has great information and very helpful.Published 5 months ago by rosa
This is the perfect book for a beginner. Not for a veteran, like me.Published 17 months ago by Aquarius Rising
I am not the kind of author who just starts writing with stream of consciousness. I need a plan. David Sheppard's book was extremely helpful in this regard. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Richard Chamberlin