Stuart Horwitz is the founder of Book Architecture, a firm of independent editors based in Providence and Boston. He holds two master’s degrees: one in literary aesthetics from New York University, and one in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He lives in Rhode Island.
Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Methodby Stuart Horwitz
In Blueprint Your Bestseller, Stuart Horwitz offers a step-by-step process for revising your manuscript that has helped bestselling authors get from first draft to final draft. Whether you’re tinkering with your first one hundred pages or trying to wrestle a complete draft into shape, Horwitz helps/b>/b>
The first draft is the easy part…
In Blueprint Your Bestseller, Stuart Horwitz offers a step-by-step process for revising your manuscript that has helped bestselling authors get from first draft to final draft. Whether you’re tinkering with your first one hundred pages or trying to wrestle a complete draft into shape, Horwitz helps you look at your writing with the fresh perspective you need to reach the finish line.
Blueprint Your Bestseller introduces the Book Architecture Method, a tested sequence of steps for organizing and revising any manuscript. By breaking a manuscript into manageable scenes, you can determine what is going on in your writing at the structural level—and uncover the underlying flaws and strengths of your narrative.
For more than a decade this proven approach to revision has helped authors of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as writers across all media from theater to film to TV.
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Conventional wisdom holds that you can't teach writing. Maybe, maybe not. But you can encourage writers to recognize the building blocks and recurring elements of their own, and to structure it in a way that grows to a natural crescendo, taking full advantage of its strengths, characters, themes. I took a workshop with Stuart Horwitz, and that's what the class did for me. In this book he takes complex storytelling elements (scenes, themes, etc) and breaks them down to pieces easier to handle, then teaches writers to scatter them throughout the work, effectively. A great book to add to the "practical craft" side of the writer's bookshelf. Highly recommend.
A brilliant, entertaining look at literary structure at the macro-level. If you're stuck or struggling to finish a manuscript, this is the book for you.