Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series 1) Kindle Edition
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First, the good:
- The book is affordable, as are the other ones in this series.
- The book is short, which means you can read it in half a day, do the exercises and then get to work.
However, short does not mean "lacking information" it means "to the point". I've read too many short-ish books which felt incomplete, and this isn't one of them. I would definitely recommend it over the other 500pg tomes I've wasted my time on.
Next, the excellent:
- This book has made story structure quite clear in my mind. I think my books will greatly improve in the future thanks to this book. That's really the one thing that matters, and I don't agree with other reviewers who say the information provided is basic. I'd recommend this book to a beginning writer (duh) but also to someone more intermediate who has trouble with middles, or story smoothness and other things like that.
Now, the bad:
- Different people get different mileage out of different things. So I can't guarantee that this book is the one that'll set that light bulb off in your head.
- I'm waiting for the next book to come out. Something on pacing, maybe? Something specifically about mysteries, and structure as it applies to whodunnits? I thought about not writing this review, because I'm a selfish person and don't like announcing when I've found something good. However, I'd like to tell the writer to write another book in this series, hence this review.
If reading this review, my advice is: stop wasting your time and buy this book. It's a good one.
Edit to add: In the last few days I've gone ahead and read just about all the books on plot/structure that I could get my grubby little hands on. This one stands head and shoulders above the rest. At least for me. It contains advice that's easy for me to apply and actually get my book structured right. YMMV, but if you're only going to buy one book on plot/structure, this is the one I recommend. (Yes, it doesn't contain information about pinch plots, but you can google that if you want. I write whodunnits, so pinch points aren't that relevant for me, but this book is.)
Easy to read while delivering good material with some occasional humor.
There were a few to several grammar errors and a typo or two. None of them interfered with the learning process. I suppose one can say an author should be studious about editing and proofreading or one can simply smile and say 'oh well' and appreciate the irony.
I'm going in search of other books by this author....