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The Story Template: The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story Paperback – March 5, 2017
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Maybe it was the word "template" that appealed to me. As a technical writer and editor, I use templates all the time. At work, I am a ruthless planner. No detail is too small. All contingencies must be addressed. As a fiction writer, I am a complete panster. My muses sing, and I follow the song until the last note fades. Then I try to shape the organic whole into a real chapter-by-chapter book: each song so beautiful in my head, each attempt at shaping the book such an utter failure.
After reading Ms. Deardon's book, I understand what I am doing wrong. More importantly, I understand how to fix the problems in my stories. I plan to apply Ms. Deardon's template to all of the works I have in process. Ms. Deardon clearly illustrates her points through well-chosen classic and contemporary literary and film examples, and she manages to sound warm and friendly while delivering a clinical dissection of SUCCESSFUL story structure. It was great to read a truly helpful book about writing. I highly recommend this book.
The author writes that she has made an extensive study of story structure and has determined statistically where certain points of successful books and movies repeatedly occur and how that helps determine what makes the story interesting to the reader/listerner. I have noticed this as well in my own reading on my Kindle since my version only shows the progression as percentage. For instance, if it is after my usual bedtime and I am at about the 75% point in the book I should either leave it for the next day or decide if I want to stay up until early morning to finish the story that night because I know once I go beyond 75% I won't want to stop reading as the story will be reaching the climax and resolution soon. The author confirms that is about the point that "Act 3" should happen. I thought it was amazing that I had noticed something important to a story that is actually supposed to be there.
She uses the example of a house shape as a template for how the different parts of the structure of the story support and complete a book or movie, and uses examples from several popular novels and movies to demonstrate how these parts come together. At the end of each chapter she has the potential author do an exercise that will build the necessary parts of the book that will contribute to a satisfying story. The "house" is built from the outside in as a plot is developed, a world is built for the protagonist to live in, a protagonist is chosen, companions/confidants are added, conflicts are added, antagonists are selected, problems to overcome are chosen, etc. Of course she explains this much better and that is why potential authors should read this book.
Even some experienced authors could improve their books by learning this process or applying it if they already know it.
I will continue reading it so maybe I can write more useful reviews for fellow Kindle readers.
K. Kris Loomis is the author of How to Sneak More Yoga Into Your Life and several short fiction collections.
This is an excellent ebook born from the writer's strong desire to make the writing of her own second novel easier than her first. The narrative is constructed the way she suggests you do your book, with simple building blocks leading to a complete and satisfying edifice not just for the writer but also for the reader.
There are many writing books (and ebooks) out there, but it is hard to find one that doesn't offer just blanket information along the lines of, for example, "Make your antagonist as strong as your protagonist," rather than actually showing you step by step how to do this.
Amy Deardon's ebook has plenty to offer even the seasoned writer and cuts right to the heart of the reason for the so-called 'writer's block.' It is not lack of inspiration that thwarts creativity but lack of sensible instruction. You may be inspired to tell a particular story, but unless you can build a solid frame for it the thread may well be lost.
Reading this ebook will give you the promised template upon which to hang the story you long to tell, so that you can then get on with the actual work of writing your masterpiece.