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5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01BHE3HXE
- Publisher : PenForASword Publishing (February 4, 2016)
- Publication date : February 4, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 6304 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 57 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,219 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I don't disagree with the notion of structuring a story, however, my feeling is that the basic steps should be more a guideline to help beginners than a rigid template. It was interesting to note that, when I dissected my husband's novels, his plots roughly fell in line with the basic steps of story structure advocated in this manual. I know for a fact that he writes in an unstudied, free-flowing manner (which apparently is officially defined as “seat of the pants”), so my conclusion is that experienced writers do this by instinct. So, by all means, I support analysing and applying structure to inject interest in one's writing, but let's keep a little artistic freedom in the process. After all, writing is supposed to be a creative endeavour.
I would offer only one suggestion that I think would really be helpful to new and aspiring writings --- pick a few stories (novels, films, etc...) and highlight each concept using parts of those few novels and films. I found it a bit difficult to reference the concepts explain in conjunction with the novel/film examples because they were all over the place. It was not a turn off to the book, which I am finding extremely helpful anyway. But I strongly believe if a writing "coach" is going to advise people, then stick with only a few novel/film example so that the reader can follow along consistently without jumping through small chunks of different stories. On a positive note, at least the author chose many well-known novels and films that probably most writers could relate to.
Anyway, thank you for this fantastic reference. I can now confidently restructure my partly written novel in a logical, flowing format that makes much more sense. I was struggling with many story "parts" and I couldn't quite figure out how to connect them so they flowed properly.
For an experienced, successful writer, this book may not (maybe) be of any help. But for us "newbies" it is a Godsend!
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Now, I’m not going to bore you with how we know the method in which we tell a story. Maybe it goes back to childhood stories and nursery rhymes, maybe it’s from watching TV and films, maybe it’s just inherent, woven into our DNA. Through stories, the children of cavemen could learn the perils of an unforgiving environment and dangerous beasties.
In this little guide from K.M. Weiland, the reader is shown, with useful examples from popular films and novels, exactly where certain plot points occur. The hook, the inciting event, the first, second and third acts, pinch points, climax and conclusion. It’s all in there, and with very detailed descriptions of the various terms and where these moments in the story should appear.
I think this guide would be very useful for someone wanting to add an extra and intentional layer of structure to their writing. Although, for myself, it takes a lot of the romance and the magic of storytelling out of the process, I can see how this guide would be useful for those who enjoy mathematical structure and the precision of a formula.
This book manages to fit a complete summary of the essential structure of a story, from inciting incident to dealing with the aftermath of the climax. Unlike many books in this area, it does not pad out its material to make a longer book for the sake of apparent value. Instead, what we get is a much more useful introduction to story structure which is easily digested and understood, and even has room for some examples from well-known books and films and some links to online resources.
As it is a reader magnet, it also includes information about other books from the same author, but that is to be expected. I don’t begrudge any of that and consider this book to be both a useful addition to my library, and a positive recommendation for the writing ability of the author.
It's free and a short read, though it goes in to enough detail to help explain.