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Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction Kindle Edition
Do you have an amazing idea for a novel but you struggle to get words on the page? Maybe the problem isn’t writer’s block. Maybe you need a writing process.
Publishing veterans and bestselling authors Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn share their proven system for developing a plan that will bridge the gap between a collection of random notes and a cohesive first draft.
This comprehensive book will teach you the foundations of fiction: Plot, Structure, Genre, Theme, Character, and World.
- Why you need a system to finish a first draft whether you plot or pants
- What Aristotle said about storytelling thousands of years ago that still applies today
- How studying Star Wars can make you a better writer
- What some of the most prolific authors believe about the craft
- How all stories can be reduced to three components
- Which archetypes create a more engaging reader experience
- How the Hero’s Journey is alike and different than the Virgin’s Promise
- Why you should cast your characters like a movie producer
Developed over 10 years and applied on millions of words of fiction, Thorn and Bohannon will show you how to layer your approach and build a fantastic story from the ground up.
No more staring at a blinking cursor when you sit down to write!
Become a master storyteller today. Three Story Method will transform you from a struggling writer into a career author.
Downloadable worksheet and full list of resources included! Get it now!
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- ASIN : B085272J6B
- Publisher : The Career Author (March 1, 2020)
- Publication date : March 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2772 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,600 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This may work as a book for children or young adults to write a Story — because of the layout design, overly simplistic content and voice fits that market! Try that niche! It may help to know that I have 20+ years in publIshing. Ten of those years working in a top five company as an acquisitions editor, project director, general editor, etc. I am now writing my first novel. My library includes many “how to” books on writing. This one won’t be included!
I downloaded the worksheet. In a couple of hours, I worked through an idea I had in my head. It was quick to get through the first several steps. And I thought “this is simple.”
This is the fleshing out the idea stage. Does your story work on the grand scale? In a basic three-act structure kind of way. I found that I already felt better about the second act in this story. The method gave me more to work with there. Hopefully, smoothing over a pain point for me. If you listen to The Career Author podcast, you will be familiar with some steps in this early stage.
I was nearly finished with the worksheet and I thought, “hmmm, this is it.”
I got to the character stuff. Again, with some extra practical steps, which should save wasted time in the drafting and ensure that the characters serve the story even as they develop.
Then we get to the part that is simple and practical, but which gave me pause. Apply the same approach to each scene in the story. I knew this. I read it. I’ve heard it. Here’s the part where you actually do it. Here there are a few small boxes to apply the three-story method to your first scene with the instructions to copy and paste this template, so you have one for each scene.
Depending on your style, this could result in a very light functional document or a very dense outline.
I envision that in a couple more hours, I will complete those steps. While I haven’t written the story yet, I have confidence this method will give me a functioning first draft quickly. With just a little more awareness and a tiny bit more practical effort on the front end.
There is some other good stuff I didn’t mention, and the appendix has several interesting ideas to play with. If you want to get your first draft done, quickly, easily and enjoyably without fear of getting stuck or needing a major rewrite, give The Three Story Method a try.
Admittedly I'm a sucker for Aristotle, so was delighted to see his crucial role in this solid method. But beyond the actual 3 Story method, this book gives summaries of many other processes and thoughts on story telling. Not only does is give summaries, but it tells you exactly which books and articles to learn more! I'm absolutely thrilled with all I've learned from this purchase!
If you are a NEW student of craft, this is a gold mine. J and Zach cite numerous masters in the text and after reading this, you will know exactly what you need to have on your bookshelf.
One work that wasn't referenced was the Art of Dramatic Writing by Egri. Go get that one, too :).
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The author also repeatedly denigrates anyone who calls themselves a pantser or discovery writer, beginning the book with an extended rant about how they’re doing it wrong – what a way to offend many of your readers! Despite much later in the book mentioning discovery writers and planners are on a spectrum from one to the other, they repeatedly suggest discovery writers always start with a blank page, which is inaccurate. Many of us identify with the discovery label because that’s the end of the planner to pantser spectrum we naturally fall on. We often have an extremely loose plan, we just gain more energy and ideas from writing than planning. In line with that, with extensive planning, we often throw that out the window during the writing process as we get better ideas. In the end, a discovery writer finds much of their structure during the edit, and the planner finds much of it before writing. They both “waste” time, just at opposite ends of the process.
Some quotes to show how bad the tone gets:
“Pure pantsers concealing a hint of shame call it “discovery writing”.”
“If you want to write more than one book and make a living as a career author, you simply cannot pants your way there.”
“This is usually what I hear from less-experienced writers or from writers who have goals instead of dreams.”
As others have said, the best thing about the book is the appendix, because here you can find something to read that will be more useful.