- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (June 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599631970
- ISBN-13: 978-1599631974
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Writer's Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages
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From the Author
The Writer's Compass is my way of sharing what I've learned with other writers and to encourage them. It is a comprehensive book filled with exercises and questions to assist writers at all levels. There are three ways to approach The Writer's Compass:
· Reading through the book will give writers new information and new writing techniques.
· Doing some of the exercises and answering some of the questions will teach writers new skills.
· Answering all of the questions and doing all the exercises will develop the writer's skills to a new level.
From the Back Cover
How do you tell the story you want to tell and capture your audience's heart? Regardless of genre or format, to tell your story effectively you must first sort through all the ideas you've been toying with--organize them, whip them into shape, and turn them into great writing. Whether you're writing a novel, a short story, a play, or a screenplay, the 7 stage approach of The Writer's Compass allows you to focus on one apect of your story at a time--including forming and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, and structuring scenes and transitions. The path of a writer isn't always easy. Let The Writer's Compass be your north star by simplifying a wealth of writing advice into easily applicable concepts that will help you improve your craft.
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Book negatives. I think the author tries to do too much in one book: she tries to cover all aspects of writing a novel\screenplay in short chapters where complete books have already been written that cover these topics. If you're new to story writing, then these chapters may be useful to you. Otherwise ...
Here is a glimpse of what's inside the book:
Part 1 - Building a Writing Life
Part 2 - The Story Map and the 7 Stage Process
Creating Your Story Map
Building a Strong Structure
Again, some of these chapters are covered much more completely elsewhere by entire books. But if you're new ...
For the new writer and for the experienced writer, and writing teams, collaborators, the chapters on building a story map will be a gold mine. With the methodology in this book, you will build a stronger, more intense story.
Read Nancy Dodd's book. Then get John Truby's or Robert McKee's book. Add what those writers teach about story to Nancy Dodd's story map methodology - and you'll be fully armed to tell a compelling, suspensefilled story.
I am so happy I found this book. I am only on stage 2, but the writer has taken me to a place where I now feel inspired. In the first chapter, she describes her own experience with being confused, all of the classes, workshops, books, critique groups, I think she felt buried too. But finally she had a light-bulb moment and everything fell into place. The result was The Writer's Compass and it is the best book on how to write I've ever read. At the very least, it is a good place to start and then read more books that go into further details about character, style, plot, structure, etc.
This book has given me direction and I'm grateful for it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has aspirations to write fiction.