Story Structure Architect: A Writer's Guide to Building Dramatic Situations and Compelling Characters
It's been said that there are no new ideas; but there are proven ideas that have worked again and again for all writers for hundreds of years.
Story Structure Architect is your comprehensive reference to the classic recurring story structures used by every great author throughout the ages. You'll find...more
The first two chapters were the most useful from a writer's perspective, outlining and defining the three acts most familiar to western thinkers, planning and development of plot and character. I fel ...more
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This was a good writing tutorial. The author packed a lot of information into the short book.The first two chapters were of particular interest to me, covering the three-act story and outlining. As the book progressed, types of stories, plots and situations are discussed.Example of the “Romance” chapter:
Definition of the romance plot structure.Breakdown of the types of romance structures: The Cinderella Structure The Beauty and th...more
my only quibble is that there is some blather about "feminine" versus "masculine" journeys with implications that women are special snowflak ...more
Used in conjunct ...more
As some other reviewers have mentioned, the first two chapters of this are well done: I found them easy to read, engaging, and gave further insight into certain aspects of the writing process. However, in the following section that had 55 different situations, many of them felt repetitive and were quite dry to read in one sitting. If used as a reference guide as opposed to a read-through, this would be a pretty good reference book.
In terms of examples, I agree with other reviewers that the focus on film is one-sided and does not always translate well to other media such as novels. I prefer Blake Snyder's overview of genres, and I prefer TVTropes.com for a ...more
This would've received 5 stars if it wasn't for the section on the 55 situations that can be used. As someone not familiar with Ploti, I was confused on some of the terminology and the best way to incorporate. I felt like that section could've been expanded a bit.
Even with that drawback, this was an excellent resource.
As someone who's severely plot structure challeged, I found it semi-useful. It was enough to get me started thinking about potential ways to structure a story, but not enough for me to get something workable down on paper.