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Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative

Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative

Written by Chuck Wendig

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor


Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative

Written by Chuck Wendig

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

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4.5/5 (16 ratings)
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8 hours
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Released:
Jul 18, 2018
ISBN:
9781541445079
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Hook Your Audience with Unforgettable Storytelling!

What do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, and a lonely dog on Ho'okipa Beach have in common?

Simply put, we care about them.

Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It's making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation right alongside your protagonist. And to tell a damn fine story, you need to understand why and how that caring happens.

Using a mix of personal stories, pop fiction examples, and traditional storytelling terms, New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig will help you internalize the feel of powerful storytelling. In Damn Fine Story, you'll explore: Fretytag's Pyramid for visualizing story structure—and when to break away from traditional storytelling forms; character relationships and interactions as the basis of every strong plot—no matter the form or genre; rising and falling tension that pulls the audience through to the climax and conclusion of the story; and developing themes as a way to craft characters with depth.

Whether you're writing a novel, screenplay, video game, comic, or even if you just like to tell stories to your friends and family over dinner, this funny and informative guide is chock-full of examples about the art and craft of storytelling—and how to write a damn fine story of your own.

Publisher:
Released:
Jul 18, 2018
ISBN:
9781541445079
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Chuck Wendig is the author of the Miriam Black thrillers (which begin with Blackbirds) and numerous other works across books, comics, games, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.


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  • (5/5)
    ***Trigger warning: profanityDamn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig is a delightful writingcraft book whose aim is not to offer 'writing advice’, which Wendig stresses time and again is just that- advice. Not gospel. He very much encourages finding what works for you. No, this book is all about helping you be a better storyteller. With his trademark irreverent humour, Wendig walks the reader through a variety of exercises to help stretch your storytelling muscles. You learn what makes a good story, and how to weave those elements into a tapestry all your own. Along with pop culture examples (Die Hard, Star Wars), Wendig has plenty of personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. I absolutely love Wendig’s writingcraft books. I have all of them, and consider them a must, along with King’s On Writing and Cameron's The Artist's Way. His humour is a plus for me. I love the little footnote asides. I was lucky enough to snag a hardcopy of this gem shortly before I had a chance to meet the author on tour along with Kevin Hearne and Fran Wilde, so I was able to get it signed!***Many thanks to Netgalley and F+W Media for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I purchased a hardcopy of this book for my own collection because I enjoyed it so much.
  • (4/5)
    Well presented and laid-out, making it easy to skip over sections that were irrelevant or useless to me, but I grew weary of his footnotes very quickly.