Maybe you go to writing conferences, or have a critique group, or maybe you've read every book out there on how to build more dimensional characters, or even the Chicago Manual of Style. Writing is an art and no two people do it the same. However, there are some expectations, things readers expect your book to have in it--no matter which genre you write in. And if you have your sights set on traditional publishing, those expectations not only say what you should have in your manuscript, but where to put it all.
And that leads into my introduction of a man whose writing advice is so awe-inspiring, so enlightening to the writer's mind that you just might want to build an altar and offer up sacrifices to him!
That man is THE Larry Brooks. Larry runs a blog called storyfix.com, and if you're not already subscribed, you best be getting over there to do that ASAP! It is through his website that I found his book Story Structure-Demystified. Not only is it brilliant, but it pretty much offers you a road map of where everything you could think of in a story should go! Now, I know you pansters out there may not be on board, but whether you plot or pants your way to that finished draft, you have to have some idea of where things need to go.
Let me tell you a little story. I read an article recently about a newly released book as it journeyed to publication. This was a book written by an author who had two previous books published. I read the first one, and it was fantastic! Well, the article mentioned how the author spent three years on this third book. THREE YEARS! The author turned in the draft to the editor at 800 pages long! The editor basically shredded the draft and told the writer what needed to happen to fix it. The author went back and rewrote the book from the beginning and ended with a 500 page manuscript that worked.
When I read this article, I was just finishing up another book by Larry Brooks, Story Engineering. I cannot even convey to you how AMAZING that book is! If you're a writer and you take your craft seriously, you WILL read that book. Well, as I was reading that article, I thought, "If she had just read Larry's Story Engineering, she could have saved herself three years and 800 pages." And you know why I thought that? Because I'd bet my favorite pair of jeans that the editor gave the same advice and techniques to that writer that Larry goes over in his books! Did I mention how I never felt as enlightened in writing and the craft as I did while reading that book? I call it "the Bible for writers" because that's exactly what it is. No matter what genre you write, or where you're stuck, this book will offer you what you need to move forward, to get unstuck, and to soar!
And because we believe that all authors deserve to soar, we're offering you one of Larry's books! The Story Engineering is a THICK book and can be intimidating, so we thought we'd get you started with his Story Structure-Demystified first. The format of the book is in PDF, so international entries are welcome. :)
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