Pros: A beautifully simple guide to storytelling for both beginners and veterans.
Cons: Out of print! There are used copies floating around though.
Thoughts: Takes a wonderful character-centric approach to story structure. As most storytellers (should) know, plot is not defined by arbitrary events but utlimately comes down to conflicts between characters. This emphasis on characters driving structure throughout How To Tell A Story, is great.
I had never heard of direct vs. indirect narrative before reading this book.
The “Gary Provost paragraph” is another small treat.
Summary: I wish I had read this first.
Table of Contents:
ONE – IDEAS 12
TWO – UNDERSTANDING GENRES 25
THREE – HOOKS 47
FOUR – PLOTTING 60
FIVE – CHARACTERS 72
SIX – GOALS 95
SEVEN – WRITING IN SCENES 104
EIGHT – SYSTEMS AND THE STATUS QUO 118
NINE – CONFLICT 126
TEN – THEME AND SUBPLOT 144
ELEVEN – PACE 165
TWELVE – STRUCTURE AND REWRITING 182
THIRTEEN – FOURTEEN STEPS TO WRITING YOUR STORY 194
APPENDIX – WRITING A BOOK PROPOSAL 200
Index – 231
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