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The Art of Story: Writing Fiction That Sells (The Easy Way to Write) Kindle Edition

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Length: 97 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled The Easy Way to Write

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Visit Rob's website to receive a free copy of his #1 bestseller, The Easy Way to Write a Novel, as a gift for subscribing to his website. Go here: www.easywaytowrite.com

Rob Parnell has been writing since he was five years old. He writes every day without fail - it's like a compulsion - and he still hasn't run out of things to say...

His preferred genre is the thriller - sometimes with a supernatural edge - in which he writes short stories, graphic novels, screenplays, and adult thrillers.

In between fiction projects, Rob has written over 40 nonfiction self-help titles and has been published all over the world for the last fifteen years. Also a musician and composer, singer, media producer and budding movie maker, Rob is ecstatically happy to be married to Robyn Opie Parnell, his savior and the popular bestselling children's author.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 15, 2014
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So much good information in this book. Even if you have read other Parnell book or other books geared to how to write a good story this gives you, well it gave me, more tips on how to make a good story a great one. Not a he-hash of his earlier works either as some authors do which annoys me to no end.

What I liked about the book and teaching

Asking yourself 'Why I write'?
Make your readers feel the story, emotions.
Story/emotional beats, that keep one scene moving to the next.
Characters and empathy. Reading the Art of Story I realized I really do not like the Main Character in my own story. She lacks that quality that people will empathize with.
Three scene stories vs. five scene stories.
Of course there is the regular advise found in the other books on how to write a novel or story, Character, Structure, Pacing and all of that but there is much more.

Favorite tip ever Tighten the Screws. Don't get it? Read this book.

What I found lacking in this book
I could have used a little more on Sub-plots but no book can hold your hand through everything.
How to write dialogue, not a lot in here on that so if you are new to writing you might have an issue with that it is not covered in depth. But on that note, that subject alone could be a whole how-to book.

As far as writing tutorials go this book will stay in my Kindle shelf with my favorite how-to's such as Stephen King's On Writing, Chris Baty's No Plot (different beast I know), and Ink by R.S Guthrie. Yes this book is that good. But that's just in my opinion try it for yourself and see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Carl on June 25, 2014
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This book is literally for beginning writers, who have no idea what a story is or how to write one.

If you fall in that category, you will definitely benefit from this book. But, if you have even the slightest bit of experience (be it from school or just doodling in a diary), you may want to advance to something a little more substantial.

I've read a number of Parnell's books and they're mostly informative. This one, however, fell a little flat. A more apt title would have been: "The Concept of Story for the Beginning Writer."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meems on June 9, 2014
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Don't let the easygoing cover distract you from buying this book-- we all know writing a novel is no day at the beach. I have read countless books on the craft-- more than I'd like to even name-- and am a proponent of getting down to work rather than moving onto the next how-to promising a magic bullet. BUT, this quick read is WORTH YOUR TIME. Parnell really knows what he's talking about and wastes no time in delivering his message. These points need to be direct advice, not long winded filler. I loved this book and found it inspiring me to the keyboard rather than draining precious mental energy. Five stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gfergy on March 24, 2014
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This is the best book I've found yet (after about 30-40 others) at explaining just what exactly showing is versus telling. I dont care if youre a newb like me or Stephen King, this book will help you. If you can only buy one book on how to write well, this would be a great choice.
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Rob Parnell presents the elements of storytelling in a simple and intelligent manner that illuminates the core of storytelling in our modern age. I especially enjoyed the breakdown of scene and chapter structure. Although he does not cover every detail of the fiction writing process in this single book, he does offer an excellent and comprehensive overview that is often missing in other works. I found it helpful.
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I really like Rob Parnell's books. This is the fourth one I've read in the past two weeks. Their easy to read, straightforward, with lots of examples.

Most of Rob's books give you a plan to help you plot out your short story or genre novel. This book does that too, but it's not as well developed as the others. Or maybe it's just harder to understand. Whatever, this is the only spot where the book misses its mark.

Biggest takeaway: "Bestselling novels tend to have very simple ideas at heart,"

If you strip away all of the plot turns and twists in Dan Brown's The Davinci Code, the story line comes down to - "What if the Catholic church was based on a lie."

Plotting gets a lot easier when you look at it this way. Pose a what if question, and develop it from there.

My thought, start with this book, but read Rob's genre specific manuals too.
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