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- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (April 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JX12L7M
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For example (I’m paraphrasing):
OUTLINE RULE: You must create a detailed outline before you begin to write, otherwise you’ll end up wasting time and throwing away a lot of pages.
TRUTH: You’ll waste time writing the outline, and then waste more time rewriting the outline when your characters want to take the story in directions you couldn’t have anticipated.
THREE-ACT RULE: Your story must have three acts with specific plot points.
TRUTH: If you force your characters to stay within rigid boundaries, you may well end up with a cookie-cutter story that lacks momentum.
HOOK RULE: You must “hook” readers by blowing them away with your first sentence/paragraph/page or you will lose them.
TRUTH: You do need to “hook” readers early on—that much is true. However, if your first chapter explodes with over-the-top excitement, Chapter 2 may seem like a dud in comparison, and you’ll likely lose readers by Chapter 3. Instead, the tension must continually build from the first sentence to the climax.
THEME RULE: You must determine the theme of your story before you start writing. What’s it about? What’s the point you’re trying to make?
TRUTH: If your story can be boiled down to one or two sentences, why write the book?
Like a good novel, the value of this book cannot be condensed into a few paragraphs. I urge you to read every page and let it soak in, and then follow the author’s advice and create your story organically. Then you can analyze the structure if you like—after it’s written.
So much has been written about plotting, outlining, creating backstory, point of view (POV), grammatical good and bad, and on and on it goes. As its title suggests, this isn’t that book. Instead, Story Trumps Structure is a guide to really thinking through your story. How do you escalate tension? How do you create it in the first place? And, why do you need it? It guides you to think through your plot twists, overall and in each scene. There are many other valuable story considerations presented, such as cause-effect, story progression, and the value of organic writing, just to name a few.
The book also examines character development. This is the best, if not only, book I’ve read on character status, and the value varying status between characters. There are other character considerations, which I have observed in other resources, such as quirks, transformation, uniqueness, and attitude. But, even in these more common considerations, his approach is fresh and effective. I also really enjoyed his discussion of character intention.
I read this book, as I often do, between the first draft of my next novel and the rewrite process. I believe Steven’s insights will prove invaluable in taking my own writing to the next level. I only wish I had read this book before writing my first novel. Yes, I have much to learn about my craft, as I believe we all do.
This book will remain on my writing desk for years to come and I give it a “14 dog-eared pages” rating!
On another note, with the knowledge I’ve gained from reading this book, I will never read novels the same way again. You know that feeling you get when you finish a book and it was just meh, but you can’t put your finger on why it didn’t work for you? I’ll be able to better articulate why a book doesn’t work for me from now on. This book has ruined me as a reader, but it’s made me a better writer.
Top international reviews
Your fiction will be truly unforgettable. But not in a good way. This will not help you learn how to tell a good story.
It's wordy, waffling verbosity combined with a bellicose attitude.
The author learned about planning and plotting (the first section of the book shows this), but when he felt he was good enough, he decided it had no value, so apparently, no one else should have to go through it.
Except most of this book highlights exactly what he learned - from plotting!
There are better books. My kids could write a better book, with less arrogance and belligerence.
And that person who wrote the lead-in - he should've read the whole ms before he put his name to it.
It would be nice to find a way to let free-wheeling writers find a way to let it all hang out - this is not it. This is what you do when you want to rubbish everyone who wants to learn what makes story work.
James's approach focuses (duh) on story. Surprisingly enough, as he points out, not all would-be novelists realize that this is the most important aspect of a novel. In fact, it's the ONLY reason people keep reading and, if you get that down, you will be a best-seller. But James doesn't rely on outlines and 3-act structure to tell a story. He looks at the many details that are involved in creating stories that engage readers and keep them turning pages, and lays them all out for you. He even has a section at the end on how to fix story problems.
For the low price of this book, you are getting an extended workshop in how to write a really good novel. So don't cheat yourself. Buy it now.
Durante a leitura de cada capítulo eu fui anotando os pontos principais, montando um resumo para ser relido várias vezes..
Desde o início do livro já nos sentimos motivados a responder a pergunta base para uma estória: o que pode dar errado?
Gostei muito do livro e recomendo a todos os escritores. Experientes ou não.
It's packed with specifics and different things to do to improve writing and storytelling. I look forward to using them in my next book.
I suggest anyone who hasn't yet learned a new way to look at storytelling or anyone who is tried of outlining and feeling they are not getting the results they want pick up a copy. Whether they be a new writer or otherwise.