The wait has been excruciating. For me! But finally…
STORY STRUCTURE TO DIE FOR is available as an eBook.
My manifesto is short enough to skim in fifteen minutes. I’ll be disappointed, though, if you don’t slow down, occasionally, to better understand…
- What are a story’s most basic building blocks? (Not what you’ve been taught.)
- What and where is the heart of your story? (Writing manuals don’t even mention such a thing.)
- What makes a hero truly heroic? (You’ll be surprised.)
One of my advance readers, a writing coach, wants to use STORY STRUCTURE TO DIE FOR as a resource with her clients. She also said:
“Maybe I can finally find my way into the heart of my screenplay that has eluded me for years.”
I was so glad to hear that because a writer never knows if he’s making sense. So you can imagine my relief at hearing such feedback. Another writer loved its “simplicity and applicability”. He said:
“[PJ] has managed to find a way of showing us what really counts in a work of fiction: that it has two stories and a heart.”
Another author with two novels under her belt said:
“Yesterday, my clouds cleared and the sun is shining in my head. I know exactly what to do now to make my story better. Thank you.”
I had no idea.
I sent my little manifesto off to UCLA. The Screenwriting Department is run by Dr. Richard Walter, who kindly responded thus:
“I’ve looked over the pages. They’re great! Breezy and engaging but at the same time profound in their insights into the nature not merely of screenwriting but narrative expression in any and all forms, formats, and media.”
Here’s my own précis of the book:
“STORY STRUCTURE TO DIE FOR recounts one writer’s near-miss in Hollywood and his journey to discovering how fiction REALLY works.”
How fiction really works
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