Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Storytelling isn't complicated. We'll prove it to you.
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 best-selling 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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|Listening Length||3 hours and 13 minutes|
|Author||J. Thorn, Zach Bohannon|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 03, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #137,376 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2020
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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.
The book by itself is invaluable, but I urge everyone to purchase the Three Story Method Workbook along with the Three Story Method book. Having the workbook will make doing the exercises found in the book much easier, and you must work through the exercises to get the most value from the book. The workbook is inexpensive enough where you can purchase extra copies to use with your actual works in progress. I have six setting on top of my filing cabinet ready for use.
If you want to take your storytelling to the next level, then you must read The Three Story Method, not once, not twice, but many times, keeping it close at hand to refer back to as you write your masterpiece.
I read through it, then I read through it again. Bear in mind that the actual book is ~60% of the total page count, with the rest taken up by an interview with the author of the Virgin's Promise and other author resources.
Here's what I like: taking a different approach than the overdone hero's journey. Although this is mentioned, the focus isn't on the work that Campbell and others have done. It felt fresh for that reason, and kept me reading.
Here's what I didn't like so much: the three story method is difficult to encapsulate in a few words, which is why I read the book more than once. Bear in mind that I didn't purchase the workbook, which I plan to do soon. This is only on the book. Hopefully I'll have a clearer picture of the three story method with the workbook.
Since I tend to be a pantser/discovery writer, I have found that the 3C structure is helpful at the scene level to track of some basic elements of moving the story forward, so I don't veer off into talking heads or rambling scenes. I like front loading the process a bit more to save the rewriting time. If you have some trouble with plotting and have gotten feedback that nothing seems to happen in your scenes or many scenes fall flat, this book belongs on your shelf.
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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.