The Story Template

The Story Template

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by Amy Deardon
     
 

Writing a novel or screenplay sounds like a fabulous idea. But where do you start? And how do you finish?

Award-winning author, Amy Deardon, answers these questions in The Story
Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story. This approach will help you focus your creativity and complete your unique and compelling story, script, or

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Overview

Writing a novel or screenplay sounds like a fabulous idea. But where do you start? And how do you finish?

Award-winning author, Amy Deardon, answers these questions in The Story
Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story. This approach will help you focus your creativity and complete your unique and compelling story, script, or novel. With this tool and more than 100 targeted writing exercises, you will learn to:

A Ascertain the four foundational story pillars, and use the "secret weapon" of the story template, to structure your story.
B Build character depth with believable change.
C Create subplots to raise tension while you deepen and contrast story themes.
R Review writing techniques that shape your ideas into a compelling manuscript.

The Story Template is a product of Amy's comprehensive research-as well as her personal experience-for what makes a story "work." No matter your level of accomplishment, this book will help you build a better story.

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Editorial Reviews

Vickie McDonough
Amy Deardon’s The Story Template is a writer’s conference in a single book. Building brick upon brick, she teaches the writer how to create his novel, from the basics of story structure, plot, and characterization, to writing a synopsis and publishing. I wish I’d had this detailed tool when I first started writing.

~VICKIE MCDONOUGH, award-winning author of 23 books and novellas
Grace Bridges
Amy makes me want to pick up the pen and launch into a new novel because she makes it sound so easy. A practical guide for fiction writers at any level, certain to unlock creativity because it takes care of the nuts and bolts of story construction, freeing the imagination to do its thing.

~GRACE BRIDGES, Managing Editor, Splashdown Books
Stephanie Morrill
I love The Story Template’s clear language and story-building exercises. In my writing, I’ve never been successful with traditional outlines; The Story Template helps nail down plot points, yet doesn’t suffocate the spontaneity that I love about the creative process. I work with teen writers, and this will be my go-to book for helping them construct a story.

~STEPHANIE MORRILL, author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series
and creator of GoTeenWriters.com
Tom Blubaugh
Amy Deardon has written a book that clearly demonstrates how to write a manuscript through a series of assignments that build on one another. It is thought provoking and logical. She includes a section on publishing and a very thorough segment on marketing and platform building. If you’ve ever said, “I should write a novel,” this book is your place to start. Even if you are published, this is a good read.

~TOM BLUBAUGH, author of Night of the Cossack
Sarah Tipton
The Story Template is an amazing method for plotting a novel. Each step in the process is thoroughly evaluated and worked out in a series of exercises. Applying these exercises to a future project and a current one helped me prepare and assess them. I found tools to overcome my weak points in structure, and I look forward to the final results in my next writing project after implementing these exercises from start to finish. Thank you for letting me read this!

~SARAH TIPTON, aspiring au

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981899732
Publisher:
Taegais Publishing LLC
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
1,293,383
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Amy Deardon is a scientist and novelist. Having written research articles, newspaper columns, and other nonfiction, when she decided to write a novel she was surprised by how difficult it was to get the words down.

The story template transforms a vague idea into a complete, compelling narrative by developing the deep-level progression present in virtually all stories. The template is not a formula, but rather describes the fundamental story "shape." Using it ensures that your story elements are proportionally correct and all present.

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Kat_Heckenbach More than 1 year ago
This review is from: The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story (Paperback) I love the concept Deardon has come up with. It's very scientific, but at the same time it allows for complete creativity. It's technical, but at the same time she gives so many examples and lists questions in each section of exercise that will easily guide you. There's a great summary of the template in the book, too, that makes for a great quick-reference once you've already read through and completed the exercises. Basically, Deardon watched a dozen or so movies and read a good number of books, all of which drew huge audiences, and analyzed them. She noted common elements of the stories that fall at very specific places in the time line, and used her findings to create a template on which to build a story. Deardon also discusses the four "pillars" of story (character, plot, story world, and moral) and what encompasses each. There are exercises throughout that will help you through each portion of the template. And she touches on some basic principles of writing as well as gives a smattering of advice about editing and manuscript submission. Those last areas are by no means comprehensive, but Deardon includes a great listing of resources for delving into them. At first glance, you may think the book is strictly for those who love to outline their novels. And I definitely think it would be a huge benefit for that kind of writer. It lays out all the elements and helps you get everything in order, in the right proportion, and the various "pillars" interconnected. She recommends the use of note cards and story boards--things that make pantsers cringe. BUT, I think all writers--outliners, pantsers, and hybrids--would benefit from this book, just in different ways. As I read through, I was mentally checking my already written and published novel, Finding Angel, against her recommendations. First, it was lovely to see that I apparently grasped a lot of this intuitively, as I was able to pretty much check off everything Deardon discussed. And as I did so, I couldn't help thinking what a great tool for someone who has finished a manuscript to go through and find if and where anything isn't right with their story! I believe wholeheartedly that if your manuscript seems "off" in any way, The Story Template will help you pinpoint why. Deardon takes you through creating a one-sentence description of your story concept, to a larger description, to a full synopsis. If you've already written your manuscript, follow her techniques backwards to narrow down your story to a synopsis and then a one-line pitch. I wish I'd had this book when I was trying to do that for Finding Angel--I really think it would have made the process much less painful! All in all, I highly recommend this book. More experienced writers may find the later writing, editing, and submission basics chapters something they can skim past, but they are great chapters for newer writers who need to know "what's the next step." And as I said, it makes for a excellent reference for all writers when either planning out their story before writing and/or evaluating it once the first draft is complete.