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Storyteller Tools: Outline from vision to finished novel without losing the magic by [Page, M Harold]
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"...very useful in getting from ideas etc to plot and story." - Ken MacLeod (Award-winning veteran Science Fiction author and writing teacher) on Twitter

"...find myself to coming back to @mharoldpage's book in the early stages. Just convinced an aspiring writer friend to buy it."- Hannu Rajaniemi (Award-winning SF writer and nanotech entrepreneur) on Twitter

From the Author

After a wild year writing franchise/tie-in fiction I took a break to write up my process... only to discover I didn't really have a process so much as a toolbox that I could use flexibly to tell stories.
 
So this book isn't about a top-town procedure, nor does it serve up boilerplate formulae -- Campbell's the hero can make his journey elsewhere. It's also not about how to be creative -- you are already creative.
 
Instead, it's all about tools you can use "in flow", with a faraway look in your eyes and music blaring out of your computer speakers while your imagination rampages to the end of your story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1242 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: M Harold Page (May 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K6PBXY6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The guide starts with some thoughts on the creative urge. It then proceeds as an easy explanation of the six tools the author uses to wrangle a set of intense but vague story ideas into consistent and interesting outlines and finally into a finished novel.

The tools and methods are presented in a logical top down manner. First we find out about the story sculpting methods that encourage a writer to consider her story from different viewpoints and validate that the core ideas and dynamics form a complete whole. Next come the storytelling methods to convert the big picture into engaging chapter outlines, and finally into paragraphs of clear prose. Each chapter ends with a bullet point summary and a few exercises that encourage the reader to experiment with the methods.

Each tool is accompanied by reasoning behind it, and I found myself agreeing with most of it. The guide keeps reminding the reader to use the tools in any order and sequence that best fits the creative process of the writer. Equally important is the persistent focus on drama by expressing a story through conflict between the characters.

The book is pretty short and I had no problems reading it from start to finish in one sitting. The tools are thoroughly described with ample examples and I’m grateful that the author didn’t feel the need inflate the page count with superfluous padding. The formatting could have looked a bit better on my Kindle in places, and some concepts seemed to be introduced more than once, but these were minor issues that didn’t lessen my experience with the guide at all.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I can’t call myself a writer (yet?), but the author’s insights on the storyteller’s drive and his personal methods to address it felt familiar and right to me.
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This is a superb book, which provides any aspiring (or experienced) fiction writers with a set of tools for creating completed novels from a core idea, efficiently and fast. You think you know how to outline already? I doubt you do it like this. And this is way more than just outlining.
It's a short book, for people who want to write their own stuff, not just sit and read about what they should be doing. No fluff, no wasted words, just a goldmine of usable tools, expertly conceived and described, to get that story out of your head, onto your computer, and out into the world.
Buy it already!
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Page's little book has a lot to offer, both the newbie and the experienced writer who is searching for a more efficient process. Page presents a set of practical tools, that when applied, help craft and better organize, a long, complex story. I plan to use his process, especially the conflict diagram, to forge my next few stories. There aren't many practical books on the actual process of getting the story down on paper. Storyteller Tools is one of the few.
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I found more information in this book that I have in some writing books over three times longer.
A good blend of encouraging the intuitive and giving tools to use. Only one tool had I heard of before, and he had an unique take on it.
When I first bought this, I was hesitant to pay this much for a Kindle book. Now I am glad I did.
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I've been trying to stray from books about writing of late as I've found I've read so many that they often seem to say the same things over and over again. But then I came upon one of the author's posts about writing at the Black Gate site and, to be blunt, I was blown away by some of the things he came up with. While I recognized everything he had to say, I had never quite thought of it in his terms.

So I decided to check out this book of his.

It was worth reading for me. I'm not quite sure it's appropriate for the rookie writer, as they need to learn some basics before getting deeper into subjects like plot development and story structure, but for those who have those basics down and are ready to begin building their worlds and stories, this book could be a boon. It could also be appropriate for more experienced writers, giving them a different way to look at structure and the like. Without giving too much away here, the author focuses upon not only story construction, but also that of scenes and individual chapters. He also gives a look into paragraph and sentence building, especially in showing how a character relates to and expresses his or her surrounding environment. For all of this, the text here is not verbose or pendatic; the reader isn't likely to feel overwhelmed by literary terms because the writing is quite down to earth. However, keep in mind this is one author's approach, and he admits that, so take what works for you then come up with your own writing strategies.
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The idea of writing a novel, or even a decent short story can be overwhelming. The idea of structuring a story while keeping in all those exciting ideas that made you want to write in the first place can seem counter-intuitive. This eBook is a very helpful tool at bridging that gap, and keeping the flow of writing moving forward in a very constructive manner. I highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking to be more creative, but just doesn't know where to begin.
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