- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1 edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399162151
- ISBN-13: 978-0399162152
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method 1st Edition
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Stuart Horwitz is the founder of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence and Boston. He holds two master’s degrees: one in literary aesthetics from New York University, and one in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He lives in Rhode Island.
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I didn't give it five stars for the following reasons. The criteria for good and bad scenes didn't work for me. Good as "good enough" and bad as "not to be let out of the house" are inappropriate for a first draft. Hello, I would hardly let a single first draft scene out of my room, much less the house. He gives criteria for what makes a scene. These should be used to better advantage in evaluation of whether a scene works, expanded on. Second, trying to identify key scenes before series when the criterion for a key scene was where several series came together left me scratching my head. I gave up and went directly to identifying series.
I would have liked to see more direction and clarification on how to improve scenes and include missing iterations. Things got foggy there.
But even with its shortcomings, it's a worthwhile investment of money and time.
One of the "lightbulb" moments for me in this book was when it talks about using "Series." These refer to the things that you find in your novel (this book is mainly address to novel-length works) after proofing it that recur over and over again. More likely than not, it's a subconscious thing and you don't even know it's there until you have a resource like "Blueprint Your Bestseller" to point it out to you.
Another great "lightbulb" moment I first heard about in another book called "Nail Your Novel" by Roz Morris is the fact that you don't necessarily have to edit your novel in chronological order. This was a HUGE revelation to me, and "Blueprint..." even helps to identify which parts of your novel need editing at and at what stages via the use of clustering scenes, series, etc. instead of starting with the meticulous line by line edits that we all dread.
If you've written a novel already but have abandoned it or don't even know where to begin organizing it, "Blueprint..." is the book I recommend you start with. (BONUS: this book is mainly geared to those who have already written something of great length, but don't worry if you haven't because it even teaches you how to start writing and achieve massive word counts so you can take advantage of these methods!)
Easily broken down, easy to understand, great examples via "The Ugly Duckling" story Horwitz uses to expound on his methods. Highly recommended by someone who's feared fiction for many years due to these very reasons!
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