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Story Structure: Step-by-Step

Essential Story Building, Story Development and Suspense Writing Tricks Any Writer Can Learn (Writing Best Seller, Volume 3)
Narrated by: Erin Fossa
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Shape your story like a pro.

If you have a phenomenal story to tell but find you can’t quite make it flow or form in a natural yet moving way, Story Structure will transform your approach to writing and make your novel a compelling and addictive read.  

Crammed full of tricks and tips to help both beginner and advanced authors complete their books in an enticing way.  

Get your acts together!  

Each chapter is dedicated to one aspect of story structures, and begins with a nine-step process to dividing up your tale, which includes:  

"Step One: The First Act" - Introducing characters and what is at stake  

"Step Two: The First Major Plot Point" - How to leave readers wanting more  

"Step Five: Second Half of the Second Act" - The need to support the protagonist  

"Step Seven: Third Act" - Protagonist is forced to face the enemy before being ready  

Marsh uses examples to drive home how developing a strong story structure is important to help maintain focus, enrich plot ideas, and provide a bird’s-eye view of whether your novel is working.  

The need to answer why? 

Story Structure elicits the need to pay attention to how your characters develop as the plot unfolds and acts as a framework to write in a manner that will heighten the reader’s curiosity and desire to see them grow.  

Marsh describes how to explain the reasons characters may often act highly irrational in various situations through character-driven and action-driven change. She illustrates how being able to answer “Why?” deepens a reader’s emotional investment in them and serves to create a gripping page-turner!  

What’s coming next? 

Mastering the Art of Suspense... 

A good story keeps readers wondering how events are going to unfold and how they will impact the lives of your characters.

©2018 Sandy Marsh (P)2018 Sandy Marsh

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fantastic book

This is a fantastic book! It coalesces all the various competing worlds of story structure. I have been studying novel construction for decades and this book finally gave me a schematic all-encompassing understanding and all the detail that I needed.

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5 star

I had the actual book but got tired of carrying it around when I needed it and so I decided to buy the kindle version as well.

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nice guide

I have also given this book as gifts to 7 friends, one which is a published author who gives seminars that has thanked me several times for the book.

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informative


I purchased this book to try to get a better idea of how to put a story together. As a new writer there were certain aspects of writing that I just couldn't grasp on. I am nearing the completion of my book. This book, in a very easy to understand manner, lays out the parts of a book so simply and intelligently that it is a must have resource.

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Seriously good stuff...

Explains the importance of structure in creating stories people want to read. Broke down and clearly explained the different elements and how they work together.

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you need this book

Just be sure you understand that the book is in depth explanation about writing story Structure, not all about writing a great fiction book. I appreciated that, because it is very focused.

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Practical Information and a Grea

I thought this book would be about plot. I was wrong.If you want to write compelling fiction, read this book.

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I'm a beginning writer, moving from short stories to a novel, and this has been quite helpful for me. I'm all abuzz with ideas on how to put together this story that's been in my head for a few months now.

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Great writer great book

Highly recommended for anyone serious about improving their craft. Sandy is spot-on with advice. And as far as craft education, the series is a bargain!

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useful and interestingly written

I love how Sandy Marsh is writing his story pitch to Resist Them as the book delves into the finer points of an excellent story pitch. Sandy Marsh uses numerous examples from film and TV to illustrate his points. This helped me and gave me and a list of some movies to check out.