5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland
PenForaSword Publishing (2016)
The author has written multiple books on writing books and even has an amazing blog to go with it. But first, the book.
This was the first book I read by her and it seems as if it would be better to read Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel first. Even without reading them though, I found this book indispensable in helping me write my book.
The first chapter explains how to structure your novel which seemed to be an overview of her Structuring Your Novel book. So if you haven’t read her other books, you could proceed with this one.
The other chapters go more in-depth in the other parts of the book: inciting event, key event, pinch points, moment of truth, climactic moment and conclusion.
The author explains in Chapter 7 how she at first resisted the idea of story structure. She figured fiction shouldn’t be forced to adhere to a structure. Then she found out that all the books that “work” inherently follow this structure. Even books by authors who didn’t know about structuring. I was thinking the same thing as I was reading and was grateful to know that it wasn’t about making your book fit this random structure but about following the structure that we tend to love. I think this should have been in Chapter 1 though.
Since reading the book I have moved on to her blog, Helping Writers Become Authors which I must say is the BEST writing blog I’ve found so far. It’s AMAZING.
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