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Satisfied buyers talk about Build a Better Story

Friday, January 21st, 2011

A number of writers who purchased Build a Better Story have commented favorably on it. Here is the opinion of yet another satisfied writer:

I found your book very informative, and I refer back to it even now.  Especially helpful was the suggestion of a novel writing software. My stories come out much more cohesively and are much easier to write.  I also liked the suggestions you give for creating tension and mood in a longer story.  It has made my novel progress so much more easily.

Your book was the best five bucks I ever spent: Annette PiazzaBABS cover

Other writers have expressed similar positions.  Here are some extracts:

If I were giving a class in writing, I’d make chapter four REQUIRED READING. Here is information you CAN’T get from writing book created by a professional author. That alone is well worth the price of the book. Hank’s emphasis on organization and tools for organizing creativity (both paper and software) are also well worth the price of the book. – Robert Qualkinbush

The key point of the book is to be organized in the planning and writing of your stories, and it shows you precisely how to bring order out of the chaos of story creation. The text offers a concise overview of all the major aspects of story creation, including planning, character development, plot, point of view, etc: Wayne  Craun

Hank’s insight into writing and sound, easily understood advice on all the main issues of fiction writing, plus his very easy-to-follow character and plot maps is a highly recommended, writing tool. I found his book easy to read and the work flows well, while he offers practical and sound advice. There is excellent insight into “reader” demands to good writing and good advice from character creation to plot planning with references to further reading in each chapter. Hank has summed up many of the new writer pitfalls. His advice will assist many writers with his structured methodology: Gavin Tonks

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I found his book easy to read and the work flows well, while he offers practical and sound advice. There is excellent insight into “reader” demands to good writing and good advice from character creation to plot planning with references to further reading in each chapter. Hank has summed up many of the new writer pitfalls. His advice will assist many writers with his structured methodology.

Price Reduction: Build a Better Story

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

The price on my fiction writing book has been reduced 25%, just in time to give it as a holiday gift to a writer you know.  Go here to download a copy from my website or here to get a copy fromBABS coverSmashwords.

The book covers a wealth of topics including Story Construction, Motivation, Character Development, Plotting a Story, Writing a Scene,  Point of View and much more.

Subplots

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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