Story Structure Architect: A Writer’s Guide to Building Dramatic Situations & Compelling Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt



Story Structure Architect is an interesting book to read even if you aren’t a storyteller. Like its name, the book detailed about the basic blocks that constitutes in making a story. This includes novels, novellas, screenplay, video games, choose your own adventures and etc. So technically, if you are looking for a read that detailed on each of these things, you wont get any but if you want to see things more clearly about the structure of a story (either its Final Fantasy 7 or Skyrim or 50 Shades rip-off), then this is quite a handy reference to have.

Set in four parts i.e. Drafting in a Plan, Building the Structure, Adding Stories and Finishing Touches. Surprisingly, it was very organized book without the tendency for the author to promote their own work. But even for a non-newbie writer, I don’t think I would get a lot from this book except from the first part where it have excellent simplified structure an average person could use like list of conflicts and dramatic ‘throughlines’ to break those writing blockades.

Its not bad as its really nothing you haven’t seen in the market unless you are doing creative writing syllabus that deals with these sort of things. Then, sure its a good book on its own. But if you are a beginner writer, then maybe you should go reading normal fiction than this kind of books so that you could have a framework that you could go on as everything in this book is very relatable to everything you see on films or books. Its not necessary but its a good thing to have if you are having hard time understanding the story structures.


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