I’ve just finished reading one of the best books on the writing craft I’ve ever read.
Story Trumps Structure is an insightful, quick-moving discussion of writing from the perspective of an organic writer, Steven James http://www.stevenjames.net.
This is a great book for people who don’t like to outline, who may find that process confining, and their stories not ringing true. Mr. James’ book provides a solid framework to hang the writing process on.
He presents three key questions every writer should apply throughout every story.
What would this character naturally do in this situation?
How can I make things worse?
How can I end this in a way that’s unexpected and inevitable?
Readers of this book will receive an excellent overview of story progression, including twists, promises, causality, believability, and expectations. In addition, there is a deep exploration of storytelling areas such as continuity, fluidity, creating moral quandaries, and meaning, or the truth about the world.
It also includes a thorough discussion of the subtleties of characterization as well as tools for identifying plot flaws and fixing them.
Dedicated outliners will benefit from this book, even if they remain committed to outlining. It provides insights, exercises and storytelling techniques that will enhance their craft.
This book opens new ways of looking at our characters and our stories, and also presents ways to make our stories more vibrant. It delivers on all the promises it makes:
• Ditch your outline and learn to write organically.
• Set up promises for readers—and deliver on them.
• Discover how to craft a satisfying climax.
• Master the subtleties of characterization.
• Add mind-blowing twists to your fiction.
This is a must for every writer’s toolbox.
What are your favorite writing books?
Sounds like a good read for me …!!
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Story Trump Structure is a great book. Steven James has had a big impact on my writing.
Let me know if you have any questions.