This was recommended to me by my publisher. I jumped in and it was well worth the ride. I really enjoyed the stories of how they figured out how to retool from being a computer hardware company to producing their first blockbuster movie. Then how they figured out how to replicate the feat with their second movie and third. This isn’t a “look how successful we are” story. It is a detailed saga of pain, failure, and trial. I got a lot out of it and it directly has improved my ideation process.
In 2016, at a writing conference, I first got to meet Kevin j. Anderson and saw his presentation on world building. Until that point, I had not been aware of the complexities of environment, politics, economics in a way that I could leverage it for my writing. This book got me thinking more about why cities are in valleys or near water and what could that city produce for trade.
I started with a different book, but picked this one up to get a different take on beats. I like having a different perspective on how to approach things. This book is a great supplement for anyone looking to understand story beats.
I have taken several courses from David Farland both in person and online. This book is a great distillation of what he teaches. He goes through the process of novel planning and how to plot out an effective story. Even for Pantsers and Discovery-writers, knowing a component of outlining can only make for a solid product.
A good friend of mine recommended this book when I was struggling with story structure. I took to this like a fish takes to water. I love the questions and exercises at the end of each chapter. I suggest anyone interested in reading a book pick this up.
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