Discover The Story Equation!
One question can unlock your entire story! Are you struggling to build a riveting plot? Layered characters? How about fortify that saggy middle? Create that powerful ending?
You can build an entire book by asking one powerful question, and then plugging it into an “equation” that makes your plot and characters come to life. You’ll learn how to build the external and internal journey of your characters, create a theme, build story and scene tension, create the character change journey and even pitch and market your story. All with one amazing question.
The amazing trick to creating unforgettable, compelling characters that epic movies use!
How to create riveting tension to keep the story driving from chapter to chapter
The easy solution to plotting the middle of your novel
The one element every story needs to keep a reader up all night
How to craft an ending that makes your reader say to their friends, “Oh, you have to read this book!”
Using the powerful technique that has created over fifty RITA, Christy and Carol award-winning, best-selling novels, Susan May Warren will show novelists how to utilize The Story Equation to create the best story they’ve ever written.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and have been looking forward to reading it. I was especially excited because of the length — it’s a short read.
Here’s the good about it: lots of great information. I love how Warren breaks everything down and helps you identify so many elements of good fiction. It’s definitely worth reading.
Here’s the not so good: I found this book to be really confusing. As a left-brained lover of math, I actually expected there to be an equation here. You know: A2 + B2 = C2 kind of thing. This is more like, I’ll teach you how to get to C2 with X, Y, and Z, which make up A2, but only after G, H, I (which is part of L) and then B2 comes together and we layer it all with 4, 5, 6, 7. Viola! It’s not so much a story equation as it is a mind map of sorts. If you go into it expecting an equation, it can be frustrating and confusing.
As is, I’m planning on applying everything I’ve read to my next manuscript, but first I need to organize the information (as I did find it hard to follow).
Yes, I recommend this book and will use the info in it, but I did find it hard to follow. This might not be the case for everyone though. Get your copy here!