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Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction: The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 1 | [William Bernhardt]

Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction: The Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, Volume 1

"Writing is structure,” William Goldman said, but too often aspiring writers plunge into their work without grasping this fundamental principle. Story structure is one of the most important concepts for a writer to understand - and ironically, one of the least frequently taught. In this book, New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games.
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Publisher's Summary

“Writing is structure,” William Goldman said, but too often aspiring writers plunge into their work without grasping this fundamental principle. Story structure is one of the most important concepts for a writer to understand - and ironically, one of the least frequently taught. In this book, New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games. In each chapter, he introduces essential concepts in a direct and easily comprehended manner. Most importantly, Bernhardt demonstrates how you can apply these ideas to improve your own writing.

William Bernhardt is the author of more than 30 books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published by major houses. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn), and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large."

The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

©2013 William Bernhardt Writing Programs (P)2014 Babylon Books

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    Crystal W. Rast 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    What disappointed you about Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction?

    I've read several books on story structure, most notably _Story_ by Mckee (which I've read several times). The synopsis of this book mentioned several books that I've enjoyed, so I purchased it. When the author began the book by excusing the brevity of the audiobook (which I hadn't realized was so short until that point), and then launched into a pitch for his seminars, I was fine. But, when every example of actual story structure came from one of his books (one of which he even stated that the reader might want to buy MULTIPLE copies in order to take notes), then I got fed up. This is not an instructional book so much as an infomercial meant to draw up sales for his books. Rather than using this as a platform from which to try to foist his books off on readers, he should have actually offered instructional content, taking examples from noteworthy works (as McKee does), and impressed the listener with his knowledge of the craft. That would have made me want to read his books. That would have made me want to consider attending one of his seminars. And that would have definitely made me more likely to purchase more audiobooks.

    I have only left one other negative book review in my life, but I felt compelled to warn potential buyers not to waste their money or time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Bernhardt again?

    Never.


    What three words best describe William Bernhardt’s voice?

    relaxing, clear, precise


    What character would you cut from Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction?

    The salesman who happens to be the author.


    Any additional comments?

    Just hoping I can get a refund on this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Picky Buyer IN CA 05-18-15
    Picky Buyer IN CA 05-18-15 Member Since 2014

    Just Jule

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    "Excellent"

    William Bernhardt helped me to clearly identify my story points and key turning points in the my novel. This book was extremely helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AliasInc Mesa, AZ United States 04-15-15
    AliasInc Mesa, AZ United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great advice!!"

    Succinct, clear, and valuable advice. I really appreciate that this book had its own voice and style as well, even though it is instructional. Too often such topics are presented in a very dry and boring fashion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith E. Prueitt Dallas, Tx 02-16-15
    Judith E. Prueitt Dallas, Tx 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "wow!"

    great read good advice on the structure of a story must read this book. you will thank me for it

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    CC Romance Connoisseur 01-30-15
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    "Loved this book!"

    This is the best book (series) on writing ever! The author makes the concepts easy to grasp and completely accessible. It is going to be one that I was refer to often---it is that good! Plus Mr. Bernhardt sent me the print worksheets, actually the whole book! How generous! GET IT NOW.

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    br2waine Texas, USA 01-19-15
    br2waine Texas, USA 01-19-15 Member Since 2014

    Retired;USN Vet,Ins. Agent, Story addict.Eclectic interests.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is very easy to understand and is a great primer on the subject of structure. He gives good advice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His examples are proof of the successful novel's minimum requirements.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction?

    Structure is a roadmap for success in any genre.


    Any additional comments?

    Also he will come through on the promises he makes regarding the print version of the book. He is determined to help future writers break into print not just sell a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    thomas leming, TX, United States 08-08-14
    thomas leming, TX, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but a drudge listening"

    The content is valuable information... But the author/narrator reads his own material in a dull monotone voice.

    it makes me think of the phrase a man who represents himself, has a fool for a lawyer... but then again.. he's published.... I'm not.

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    Amazon Customer 06-27-14

    Y. Shepard

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    "Important information for Novelist"
    What did you love best about Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction?

    Bernhardt shares essential information in a concise, easy to understand way. His approach is witty, encouraging and engaging. I enjoyed reading and hearing this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not Applicable


    Have you listened to any of William Bernhardt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I listened to his Red Sneaker book, "Creating Character: Bring Your Story to LIfe".
    Bernhardt does an excellent job in both audio books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not Applicable


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