"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.
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"Book is an Infomercial"
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.
relaxing, clear, precise
The salesman who happens to be the author.
Just hoping I can get a refund on this.
"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.
"So helpful! answers questions I didn't know I had"
Loved it. Easy to listen and to follow. The book has a strong inner consistency, the advice is logical and practical. It helped me figure out how to make my stories work in ways I hadn't considered before.
I'm an experienced, but yet-unpublished writer. I found Bernhardt's advice kept me thinking on the track I wanted to roam. It reminded me of things I had already learned. He had great examples, but kept thing generic enough to apply to what I was writing.
I love that he's willing to send the diagrams that couldn't be represented in an audio book.
I enjoy Bernhart's humor - like suggesting you buy multiple copies of his books - and I found reading one of his books that he practiced there the ideas that he presents in this series.
This book was very helpful to me. I did learn some things about story structure that I wasn't able to learn from other places, either because they weren't covered, either because they were more clear explained in this book. I also liked the info about outlining also. Made sense to me.
Contrary to what another reviewer have said, the author does give examples from other books also, not just from his own work.
Excellent information for a beginning writer, especially regarding outlining. Invaluable. I will definitely be listening to more of his red sneaker writing series.
"Addicted to Series"
I started at the beginning. This one was good - I learned several new tips and heard many others reiterated. Since listening to this offering, I've almost listened to them all and I find they are quite good. To be taken in bits and gentle reminders while you are plodding away at your craft.
"Writing explained to an English failure"
I love all the red sneaker series books. They inspire and instruct, with witty quips to boot... Can't go wrong.
"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.
"Very well presented"
Yes it is very easy to understand and is a great primer on the subject of structure. He gives good advice.
His examples are proof of the successful novel's minimum requirements.
Structure is a roadmap for success in any genre.
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.
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