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Character and Structure Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07V83R4PD
- Publisher : Creative Manuscript Services (27 September 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1757 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 190 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 487,807 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I save my 5-star reviews for the books that move me, impress me, or really teach me something. The books that I don't want to forget that I really really liked, perhaps loved. A 4-star to me is most books that are decent, that I could probably read again and again and still enjoy but maybe didn't remember key points from or passages. Character and Structure: An Unholy Alliance makes me want to go STUDY it! In fact, I AM going to study it. I'm going to break it down and break it apart and then stick all my stories in the bits and pieces just to make sure I'm not missing anything.
The examples are all from stories I've read and the points are clearly made. The exercises are far better than the exercises from other structure "workbooks" since he goes straight from the examples to "your" story and tells you to basically do the same thing. I've been told to write the Inciting Incident of my story before, but without an example, I could not really figure it out. "Was THIS the Inciting Incident? Was THIS?" And the motivation for the characters and why they should do the things they do? It all made so much more sense now.
I wondered if I was just enamored with this form and function book for some reason. I read another right after, by a different author, and they basically said the same thing, but again, for some reason, it didn't resonate with me and I said, "Yep! Character and Structure: An Unholy Alliance is my new book bible."
I read a lot of reviews before I buy a book, and that gets me to wondering what writers expect when they buy a book about the craft of writing. Are they expecting it to 'fix' all their writing problems, a magic recipe for success? Spoiler... this book is not going to write your book for you. But if, like me, you are looking for a respite from writing that will motivate you to continue your journey, one that will give you tidbits of information and simple exercises that you can come back to again and again whenever you get 'stuck'. Then this book will do that. And at a reasonable price too.
It certainly helped me get to THE END of my first novel. Granted, there are still many hours, days, months, years(?) of editing, proofing and rewriting ahead of me. But let me tell you, the first time you write those two three-letter words at the end of your novel? It's a damn good feeling. Many thanks to Chris Andrews for helping me get there!