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Build a Better Story
by Hank Quense   

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Publisher:  Smashwords ISBN-10:  061535369X Type: 


Copyright:  4/02/10 ISBN-13:  9780615353692

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Have a story that needs to be told? Here's the best way to go about doing it.
The book describes a process that eases the work involved in developing a story. This reduces the time spent in reworking flawed and imperfect drafts. Following the process allows more time to be spent on the creative activities and shortens the time spent on less creative work.
Besides the process, this book takes a unique approach to character building and plotting. It identifies problem areas that inexperienced writers struggle with and explains how to address those problems including character motivation and scene design.

Build a Better Story contains a wealth of information and advice on fiction writing.  It will provide guidance for both new and experienced fiction writers.


For the newer fiction writers, the book offers a solid approach to  beginning a story. Besides advice on such basics as motivation, characterization and plotting, it offers guides that can be used to assist in developing the characters and story construction.  It also contains a graphical representation on how to build a story.  This flow chart breaks down the complex construction of writing a story into a series of steps that guide the writer through the process.  At the end, all that is left to do is writer the first draft and edit, edit and edit some more.


Experienced fiction writers will find it a useful  guide to break out of the bad writing habits we all develop over time.  They will also find a fresh approach to story design and construction that will offer them a different way to build their next story. 


Based on the author's own experiences, both good and bad, it offers a practical and unique perspective on the craft of writing a work of fiction.



Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Story Construction

Chapter 3: Motivation

Chapter 4: Patience

Chapter 5: Character Development

Chapter 6: Plotting a Story

Chapter 7: Daytime TV

Chapter 8: Writing Humor

Chapter 9: Writing a Scene

Chapter 10: Point of View

Chapter 11: Setting

Chapter 12: Getting Started

Chapter 13: Writing Tips

Chapter 14: Odds & Ends

Chapter 15: Story Construction Flow Charts

Chapter 16: Books on Writing

Chapter 17: Writing Forms

Chapter 18: About the Author

Chapter 19: And in Conclusion

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Readers Favorite Review of Build a Better Story
"Hank Quense shares the design process for writing a book of fiction. Quense encourages writers to develop the idea for the story rather than jumping into the writing. I found his process fascinating. He recommends the author develop the characters, plot, setting and other elements of the story prior to starting the first draft."

Quense's process continues with flow charts, etc. His idea is to be organized. He continues his book by discussing motivation, patience, character development, etc. This book is thin but he covers it all. He even offers flow chart examples and how to use daytime TV to improve your writing.

I like to be organized, and I can readily see where Quense's design process would work.

The text is written in an easy to read and understand style. I can see how this book would benefit authors, especially new authors. I highly recommend this book to all writers." Readers Favorite

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