- Series: The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series
- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484024893
- ISBN-13: 978-1484024898
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction (The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series) (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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About the Author
William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center in 2005, hosting writing workshops and small-group seminars and becoming one of the most in-demand writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published at major New York houses. He holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and is the only writer to have received both the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (Oklahoma State), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." In addition to the novels, he has written plays, including a musical (book and music), humor, nonfiction books, children books, and crossword puzzles. He also has published many poems and is a member of the American Academy of Poets.
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Top Customer Reviews
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....