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The Story Equation: How to Plot and Write a Brilliant Story from One Powerful Question (Brilliant Writer Series) Kindle Edition
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As Susan explains in her book, her process, dubbed the SEQ (shorthand for the book's title), is about emotions and values, more intrinsic descriptions that define our heroes and heroines.
Plus, once we have the main plot points drafted (via her special brainstorming timeline), she teaches us about a unique concept: starting from the end and working backward. That way we know what to foreshadow, and we stay on track with our main plot, the character's growth, the theme of our story. She actually has a separate step where we focus on the conflict, making sure we escalate the three try/fail cycles and also give our hero(ine) enough motivation for his/her journey.
I highly recommend this book. Can be read in about two hours and fifteen minutes. Take notes!
If you are familiar with Randy's Snowflake Method, it balances Plot and Story/Character development. While he suggested in his newsletter it would revolutionize how he develops stories, I respectfully submit it will only enrich.
Snowflake 3 involves basic character motivation, the kernel of the story. Snowflake 5 expands on that to a rich character emotional portrait. The Story Equation provides what I consider to be meaningful questions and rationale that feed into those two steps. Her method works well with Randy's.
For those authors who have feedback that their characters are flat, Ms. Warren's method here should provide you the insight you need to remedy it. The method is rather straight forward, as I used it to build the lead character for a novel I'm planning to start during NaNoWriMo.
She did try to build this method into plotting, which I found to be of minor use. But, as I am the target audience (flat character syndrome), I'm not going to doc a star.