The Writer's Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages
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The Writer's Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages

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MAP OUT YOUR IDEA AND FINISH YOUR STORY IN 7 STAGES! How do you tell the story you want to tell and capture your audience s heart? Regardless of genre or format, to tell your story effectively you must fi rst sort through all the ideas you ve been toying with organize them, whip them into shape, and turn them into great writing. The Writer s Compass is here to show you the...more
Unknown Binding, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Writer's Digest Books (first published May 31st 2011)
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Cari
If you've never heard any writing advice and have never ever read any other book on writing, you’ll find The Writer’s Compass moderately helpful. If you have read elsewhere or even so much as passed by the open door of a classroom where a writing course was being held, this book is completely worthless. Trust me: you already know more than Nancy Ellen Dodd offers. Save your money and your time.

Before I delve into my passionate dislike of this book, let me speak of the good.

The cover is awesome,...more
J M
This book combines the collaborative efforts of a multitude of writers and workshops dealing specifically with screenwriting. Hence, it's sort of a cliff-notes to writing your first draft, along with the elements you need to keep the re-write process going. However, it's also presented in an almost maternal, or nurturing manner to help the budding writer get through the road blocks leading to living the writers life.

I have read many screenwriting books, taken courses, and attended workshops, and...more
Rose
Nancy Ellen Dodd has a wonderful approach to writing using the seven step formula in "The Writer's Compass". Her approach to writing uses an easy to follow structure with several visual cues and questions in a way that's organized and engaging - choosing to blend techniques such as mindmapping and plotting details in tables with the different facets of one's story (characterization, plot, etc.) She also gives helpful suggestions and draws from her own experience and education in the explanation...more
Subject900
As someone who knows NOTHING about fiction writing, I found this book very helpful in getting the basics down.
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