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- Print Length: 418 pages
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- Publication Date: May 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FONN79S
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Solid Story Compass: How to Become Your Own Developmental Editor or Script Consultant, Stop Second-Guessing Your Storytelling Decisions, and Prevent Inconsistencies ... Reader Wrath (Iterative Outlining Book 2) Kindle Edition
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There are some simple, but paradigm shifting ideas here, and they are explained with clear examples that are easy to understand. If you read this and absorb the ideas in it, you will gain a powerful tool for analysing the quality of any work. Having read this, I was able to see problems with many of my own works that I had only vaguely intuited before.
It presents a language you can use to explain to others and yourself why a certain story is problematic, or good. Most writers can feel these things intuitively, but without the well-defined concepts the author presents, it can be difficult to explain certain kinds of problems or good points in a story.
This book gives you tools that make it easier to decide if a scene is right or wrong, or should be kept or removed; it lets you understand why a scene is weak, and so you have a head-start of fixing it. It was definitely worth the price of admission.
For example, a few of the the things I learnt is:
1. How to identify a plot identity crisis. That is when you have more than one plot is in a story and 9 out of 10 times you might not realize you have done this and it will make your story messy.
2. How to make sure your readers identify with the right character. Have you ever read a story in which a supporting character is miles more interesting that the protagonist? You might not realize how boring your protagonist is until you use the evaluations provided in this book.
3. How to market your story. After all you are trying to sell your book.
This is only the tip of the iceberg in what you will get from this book. I think it is an absolute gold for any writer.
However, the author "explains" what he's going to write, instead of getting to the topic. The little I managed to read, however, was informative and made sense. I wish I could've finished this book, as somewhere in its covers there are gems waiting to be discovered.