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Build A Better Story Review

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The Quintessentially Quilly  website reviewed my fiction writing ebook.BABS cover

You can read it by following this link


Monday, April 12th, 2010
The following short essay is taken from Chapter Six in Build a Better Story.
Unless a story is very short, a single plot will have difficulty holding a reader’s attention.  If the story drives from the beginning to the end in a straight line, it lacks complexity.  If the story line zigs and dips and otherwise detours from its goal as secondary issues are explored, it increases the reader’s interest.  That is the purpose of subplots: to defer the ending of the story and increase the reader’s interest. BABS CoverSubplots do this by providing a break from the main plot and allow added complications, diversions and trickery to further entertain the reader.
There is a preferred arrangement for organizing the subplots; they should be nested within the main plot.  Thus, the story always starts with the main plot.  After the main plot gets established, subplot A is introduced.  Back to the main plot for a while followed by the introduction to subplot B.  The same technique is used for subplot C and subplot D, if necessary.  In this structure, subplot A is not as important as the main plot but is more important than subplot B.  Subplot C is of less importance than subplot B, but is more important than subplot D.  In fact, it is possible with a minor subplot such as D, not to show it at all, but to merely have the characters discuss its progress from time to time.
When approaching the end of the story, subplot D is closed first, followed by subplot C, then B, then A and finally the main plot is concluded.
Have a story that needs to be told?  Build a Better Story will help you get it done.  The trailer will explain more about the book.

Build a Better Story

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Build a Better Story is now available in ebook format. It replaces the previous version Get it in Gear.  The new version has 67% more material.  Its focus is on providing a method of organizing the thoughts and story elements in a way that simplifies writing the first draft.

An artist doesn’t start slopping paint on a blank canvas the instant she gets an idea for a new painting.  She sketches the ideas on
paper and then prepares the canvas.  So too, an author has to sketch out the story ideas and prepare the ‘canvas’ before setting out to write the first draft.  Build a Better Story shows you how to do that.

Build a Better Story received five stars from Readers Favorites.

Check it out here!

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Empty Words

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

This paragraph is taken from Build a Better Story, my ebook that contains my fiction-writing articles and advice for beginning writers.

These are words such as: very, even, ever, really, still, just.  In many cases, they have no individual meaning and only increase the word count.  In our real-world conversations, these words are used almost as punctuation marks and that usage carries over into our writing.  The test for an empty word is to remove it from the sentence and see if the meaning changes.  It doesn’t change than there is no need to include the word.  This advice applies to exposition, not dialog.  Since these words are sprinkled throughout our normal speech, a few appearances of these words make dialog sound more natural.

Here is the Table of Contents for Build a Better Story:

  • Story Construction
  • Motivation
  • Patience
  • Character Development
  • Plotting a Story
  • Daytime TV
  • Writing humor
  • Writing a scene
  • Point of view
  • Setting
  • Getting Started
  • Writing Tips
  • Odds & Ends
  • Story Construction Flow Chart
  • Books on Writing
  • Writing Forms
  • About the Author

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