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- Print Length: 187 pages
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- Publication Date: October 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016W6QL30
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Sizzling Story Outlines: How to Outline Your Screenplay or Novel, Always Know “What Happens Next,” and Finish Your Rough Draft Without Freaking Out (Iterative Outlining Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book targets novelists and script writers alike. If ever you felt stuck with writing a logline, this book walks you through the process, making it a breeze. If ever you asked yourself where exactly your Act 1 break should go - your answer is in this book (and it's not where you thought it should be!). It's packed with small but immensely important discoveries like these - and D'Costa doesn't just tell you what they are and how to use them, but actually guides you through the process of applying them to your story!
Another important thing, this book really motivates you to dig into your story deeper and deeper. As of writing this review, I've only read it once - all the while applying its principles to my current WIP which resulted in turning its admittedly messy "plot" into a convincing and coherent story. Still, I'm under the impression that I haven't even scratched the surface yet. This book is a true mine of hands-on information on exactly how to plot out a story.
An incredibly valuable resource, i just can't recommend it enough.
Outlining seems a simple idea on the surface, but executing it well is very difficult, at least for me. Even though I've read many other outlining guides, this was still worth the price of admission.
Unfortunately, you won't get the full value out of this book unless you buy the other books in the series from the same author, particularly "Solid Story Compass". At times, the way the author puffs up his other books (or his website) can be a bit intrusive, and he does tend to waste space telling you how awesome what he's about to tell you is - really, I could have done without that. It would be better if he let people decide for themselves instead of putting on the hard-sell.
If you were to buy only one book from the series, buy "Solid Story Compass", and not this one. There are many other good books on outlining, but the story compass book offers an unconventional perspective, and is useful no matter how you write, and no matter how long or short your story.
In my opinion, the author has material for one really good book; it would have been great as a whole. But instead it's split into three for marketing and commercial purposes. This isn't a terrible thing, it's a sensible compromise, but from the reader's perspective it's not the ideal. On the plus side, it means you can buy one and try. On the downside, it leads to information being split up in a way that isn't always natural or convenient.
My big beef is WHO IS H. R. D'Costa? After searching the the internet I only found one small blurb on kobowritinglife.com in which we learn, and I quote, "Robert Redford once called H.R. D’Costa “a bionic woman.” (Not in a writing capacity, but still pretty cool.)." So we can assume H. R. is a woman and she's handy—at least around Robert Redford. What I want before I purchase another book from her is her credentials. Is that too much to ask from someone who is an authority on the subject?
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