Story Structure Architect

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Story Structure Architect is your comprehensive reference to the classic recurring story structures used by every great author throughout the ages. You’ll find master models for characters, plots, and complication motifs, along with guidelines for combining them to create unique short stories, novels, scripts, or plays.

 

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What Others Say About the Book

“This Book SAVED MY CAREER!!! I can not tell you enough how impressed I was with this book!!!! This book changed my life!! I was working on a few books at the time and I was feeling rather overwhelmed; my storie was flopping in the middle, it just didn’t seem to be going aywhere! I basically gave up and didn’t plan to finish at all when I saw this book and thought, “Well, maybe this is the motivation I need.” After the first few pages I was on a roll!” Evelyn F

“Story Structure Architect is one of the best books that I’ve come across on the fundamentals of plotting. This is not a ‘how to write a novel’ book. Rather, it is a guidebook that teaches you how to map out your story. From this architectural plan, you can then move onto the actual task of writing your novel.” FrustratedWriter.com

“I just bought this book recently and devoured all of its contents from beginning to end in one long sitting. UNLIKE so many other books that claim to help a writer flesh out their novel and then only give vague refrences as to character and plot, this book just about details step-by-step how one can go about doing it.” A Smitley

 You’ll also learn how to:


– Build compelling stories that don’t get bogged down in the middle
– Select character journeys and create conflicts
– Devise sub-plots and plan dramatic situations
– Develop the supporting characters you need to make your story work

Especially featured are the standard dramatic situations inspired by the Georges Polti’s well-known 19th century work. But author Victoria Schmidt puts a 21st century spin on these timeless classics to inspire your creativity and allow you even more writing freedom. Story Structure Architect will give you the mold and then help you break it.

This browsable and interactive book offers everything you need to craft a complete, original, and satisfying story sure to keep readers hooked!

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part1 – Drafting a Plan

How to use this Book
The 5 Dramatic Throughlines
The 6 Conflicts
The 21 Genres

Part 2 – Building the Structure

How to Use the 11 Master Structures

The Roller Coaster Ride
The Replay
Fate
The Parallel
The Episodic
The Melodrama
Romance
The Journeys
Interactive
Metafiction
The Slice of Life

Part 3 – Adding Stories

Introducing the 55 Dramatic Situations

Supplication and Benefaction
Deliverance and Sojourn
Vengeance for a Crime and Rehabilitation
Vengeance for Kindred and Appearance of Kinsman
Flight and Pursuit
Disaster and Miracle
Falling prey to cruelty and Becoming Fortunate
Revolt and Support
Daring Enterprise and Healing Journey
Abduction and Reunion
The Enigma and Invention
Obtaining and Letting Go
Enmity of Kinsmen and Hero to Kin
Competition and Concession
Adultery and Fidelity
Madness and Genius
Imprudence and Humility
Crimes of Love and Sacrifice for Love
Slaying of Loved One and Conviction
Self Sacrifice and Self Preservation
Discovery of Dishonor and Discovery of Honor
Obstacles to love and Unconditional Love
Conflict with God and Supernatural Occurrence
Mistaken Judgment and Intuitive Judgment
Remorse and Empathy
Loss of Loved One and Honoring Loved One
Odd Couple and Fish out of Water
Blank Situation Template

Part 4 – Finishing Touches

Research

 

Reader Evelyn F. – “This Book SAVED MY CAREER!!! I can not tell you enough how impressed I was with this book!!!! This book changed my life!! I was working on a few books at the time and I was feeling rather overwhelmed; my storie was flopping in the middle, it just didn’t seem to be going aywhere! I basically gave up and didn’t plan to finish at all when I saw this book and thought, “Well, maybe this is the motivation I need.” After the first few pages I was on a roll!! I worked and worked into the wee hours of the morning and had my entire story, from start to finish, planned out in a very satisfactory manner!!! This book saved my writing career!! THANKS SO MUCH!!”

Reviewed by Auggie Moore – The Frustrated Writer.com

‘”The backbone, the very foundation of a story, is its plot. In Story Structure Architect, Victoria Lynn Schmidt explores plotting, character development, and scene construction. She shows how writing fiction is similar to constructing a building. First you need a blueprint, then you build the basic structure, and then fill in all the ‘holes’.

Schmidt shows how by using any one of eleven ‘master’ plot structures you can adroitly craft a dynamic novel or other work of fiction. Before delving into the master plot structures, Schmidt provides guidance in drafting (mapping out) your basic story plan. In addition she provides an overview of the various genres, the five basic dramatic thoughtlines (will your hero succeed or fail), and six fundamental forms of conflict that you can use to move your story forward. She then explores the eleven master structures and provides examples of their use. This is follewed by a detailed discussion of the fifty-five dramatic situations that recur in fiction. She illustrates how to decide which situations are best suited for your story, and how to incorporate them into your story. Finally, Schmidt concludes this informative book with guidance on the types of research you will need to flesh out your story.

Throughout this text, Schmidt has included lists of questions that not only make you think about the material under discussion, but which also help you to internalize and assimilate the information. More important, these questions will help you decide what aspects of the book you want to use in your own work, and how best to incorporate the information learned into your own writing. In addition, she has also included a plethora of examples that greatly enhance and illustrate the various topics covered in the text.

Story Structure Architect is one of the best books that I’ve come across on the fundamentals of plotting. This is not a ‘how to write a novel’ book. Rather, it is a guidebook that teaches you how to map out your story. From this architectural plan, you can then move onto the actual task of writing your novel. Schmidt also provides a wealth of information and insights on both western and non-western plot structures, and the fundamentals of how to create forceful and memorable characters. Best of all, this book will help you to craft vibrant scenes that will enliven your story and propel it toward its ending. I highly recommend this book to writers of every ilk, from novelist and screenwriters to short fiction writers and even to nonfiction writers who will find Schmidt’s insights into mapping out a project to be invaluable. In short, this is an indispensable reference book on plotting.”

Reader A. Smitley – “I just bought this book recently and devoured all of its contents from beginning to end in one long sitting. UNLIKE so many other books that claim to help a writer flesh out their novel and then only give vague refrences as to character and plot, this book just about details step-by-step how one can go about doing it. Another reviewer commented that the print in the book is ‘too small’ and that it is very hard to read – NO. It has the same print size of any paperback novel.

This is a very well written book that explains the information within so well that it is hard not to understand it. Not only is there a great amount of detail to what is stated inside but there are numerous examples to follow and guide the reader.

In my opinion: buy it. I’m glad I did.”