And just as musicians combine their natural, in-born sense of timing, pitch, melody and harmony with a learned knowledge of music theory to further their art, writers can combine this natural "story sense" with a little learned knowledge to further theirs.
In this way, what was just an intuitive guide becomes a reliable tool in the hand, to pick up and use when you need it, or lay aside when you don't.
This short book presents the basic ideas of how stories are structured, and how that structure helps the stories we tell work better and be more meaningful: truths that have emerged from the many stories we humans have told one another throughout the ages. It presents a good, solid story-building framework to stick to when you need it, or ignore when things are going great.
Learning about story structure can only deepen your appreciation of the stories you read and watch, and make the stories you create work all the better!
How to Grow a Novel is not just a book, but an invaluable workshop in print. It includes details and examples from Stein's editorial work with a #1 bestselling novelist as well as talented newcomers. Stein takes the reader backstage in the development of memorable characters and fascinating plots. The chapter on dialogue overflows with solutions for short-story writers, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights. Stein shows what readers are looking for-- and what they avoid-- in the experience of reading fiction. The book offers guidelines-- and warnings-- of special value for nonfiction writers who want to move into fiction. Stein points to the little, often overlooked things that damage the writer's authority without the writer knowing it. And this book, like no other writing book, takes the reader behind the scenes of the publishing business as it affects writers of every level of experience, revealing the hard truths that are kept behind shut doors.
Or at least for it to start making sense.
His life used to make sense. It was made up of two things: the exciting new world of home computers, and worries about nuclear war.
There were certainly no girls in it.
But then he met Penny, who’s into pop music, and somehow manages to be optimistic about life, despite having a very difficult mother. (Difficult, as in, she sometimes throws roof tiles at people.) For the first time since the death of his own mother three years ago, Tim starts to see a whole new possibility in life.
Then he loses Penny. So what else is there to do but climb onto the school roof and wait for the world to end?
But there is another way… Everything about yourself that made you fail, that prevented you from taking control of your life — why not embrace it? Why not revel it? Why not wallow in it like a pig in mud? (Yes, mud — not what YOU were thinking!)
In short, why not admit it right now: Yes, You ARE A Monster!
In this searing, heartfelt, and mostly duplicitous book, insane author Edweard Deadwitt lays it all out: how to admit that you are a monster, and how to be the monster that you really, deep down, are.
Develop a plan for either taking over or destroying the world! Learn how best to employ a cloak or mask to accentuate your monstrousness! Find a use for that evil-looking wart you’ve been trying to sum up the courage to see the doctor about! Finally, you can stop trying, and just wallow in everything about yourself that makes you NOT fit in!