"Discovering the Soul of Your Story" sheds a bright new light on how to create and develop stories of any genre, type, form, or medium -- and exposes the hidden elements that make any story great.
Its far-reaching insights will help you understand stories from the inside out. And its practical, step-by-step methods will allow you to use that understanding to create stories that are consistently, fresh, alive, meaningful, believable, and moving.
> Learn what motivates your characters and how it affects the story plot and theme.
> Break writer's block and find out how to fix stories that are out of control or at a dead end.
> Discover how to create new stories from even the most basic of story ideas.
Whether you write for the page, stage, screen, or public performance, "Discovering the Soul of Your Story" will change the way you look at stories... forever.
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By Brad Baskin
Jul 14, 2014
This book provides a fascinating method for writers to examine and add dimension to the factors that make their stories more compelling to read or see. Drawing from examples in popular stories and movies, the author identifies how the motivations of the characters that are the internal engine of storytelling fit patterns that any writer can use to gain insight into his own stories. “Discovering the Soul of Your Story” offers clear sets of questions and step-by-step techniques that provide writers with methods for gauging what critical issues need to be included to bring to life the core issues that are at the heart of all great stories we love to read.
For many years I sketched out stories in my head. When it came to writing, though, I'd find myself locked. Not that I didn't know the story I wanted to write, but I'd out-think myself trying to figure out the best tense, person, starting point and timeline for each story. I was reluctant to get into classes and "self-help" books about writing. I ran across this book and two things caught my eye...1. Rueff's name. I knew he'd written "Hospitality Suite," which I had seen on stage and loved, and 2. It was thin. Didn't seem to require a huge time commitment. The approach seemed more holistic and less about rules. I like that...I hate being told what to do. Wrap that with some available time to actually start writing and it seemed like a good shot. I read the book and joined the website. It's really given me a way to focus my story so that the writing part becomes fun. The story is in place in my head, but I'm not handcuffed to "A goes to B goes to C"...I... More > have a form to follow, but the story is still 100% mine. I can't recommend this approach highly enough. It's a fun read (Rueff's prose is dense, but very entertaining) and contains a ton of concepts that help rather than distract your writing. I love this approach...I have more confidence in my writing and, as I said, it's fun again.< Less
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