All too often, following the "rules" of writing can constrict rather than inspire you. With Story Trumps Structure, you can shed those rules - about three-act structure, rising action, outlining, and more - to craft your most powerful, emotional, and gripping stories.
Award-winning novelist Steven James explains how to trust the narrative process to make your story believable, compelling, and engaging, and debunks the common myths that hold writers back from creating their best work.
• Ditch your outline and learn to write organically.
• Set up promises for readers - and deliver on them.
• Discover how to craft a satisfying climax.
• Master the subtleties of characterization.
• Add mind-blowing twists to your fiction.
When you focus on what lies at the heart of story - tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery - rather than plot templates and formulas, you'll begin to break out of the box and write fiction that resonates with your readers. Story Trumps Structure will transform the way you think about stories and the way you write them, forever.
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Table of Contents
Part I The Essence of Story 5
Chapter 1 Desire: The Ceiling Fan Principle and What It Means for Storytellers 6
Chapter 2 Orientation: The Eight Aspects Every Story Opening Will Include 15
Chapter 3 Crisis/Calling: Story Origins, Resolutions, and the Three Levels of Struggles 37
Chapter 4 Escalation: Adding Complications and Weeding Out Repetition 53
Chapter 5 Discovery: Crafting a Satisfying Climax 68
Chapter 6 Change: How Situations and Characters Are Transformed by Conflict 75
Part II Secrets to Organic Writing 85
Chapter 7 Responsiveness: Eight Secrets to Discarding Your Outline to Write Better Stories 86
Chapter 8 Emergence: The Three Questions That Will Solve Every "Plot Problem" You'll Ever Have 110
Chapter 9 Awareness: How Context Determines Content 124
Part III Story Progression 131
Chapter 10 Twists: Practical Steps to Pulling the Rug Out 132
Chapter 11 Promises: The Keys to Building Suspense and Satisfying Your Readers 145
Chapter 12 Scenes: Mastering Setbacks, Interludes, and Subtext 159
Part IV The Narrative Forces That Shape Our Stories 177
Chapter 13 Causality: How the Contingent Nature of Stories Affects Every Sentence You Write 178
Chapter 14 Believability: Removing Coincidences and Sustaining Belief 188
Chapter 15 Expectations: Working with Overlapping Genres 197
Chapter 16 Continuity: How Narrative Momentum Carries Stories Forward 208
Chapter 17 Fluidity: The Interplay of Pace, Flow, Narrative Time, and Flashbacks 212
Chapter 18 Polish: Touching Up Your Story 221
Chapter 19 Dilemmas: Creating Moral Quandaries for Your Characters 226
Chapter 20 Meaning: Telling the Truth About the World 235
Part V Subtleties of Characterization 245
Chapter 21 Status: What No One Is Teaching You About Characterization 246
Chapter 22 Attitude: Quirks, Idiosyncrasies, and the Difference Between Intention and Motivation 257
Chapter 23 Depth: Revelation vs. Transformation 270
Part VI Plot Flaws and How to Fix Them 278
Chapter 24 Incongruities: How to Tackle Problem Spots in Your Fiction 279
Chapter 25 Gimmicks: Common Traps Authors Fall into and What to Do About Them 288