• Super Structure

  • The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story
  • By: James Scott Bell
  • Narrated by: James Scott Bell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Story loves structure...and so do audiences!

Super Structure represents over two decades of research on what makes a novel or screenplay entertaining, commercial, original, and irresistible. Contrary to what some may think, structure is not a nasty inhibitor of creativity. Quite the opposite. Properly understood and utilized, structure is what translates story into a form audiences are wired to receive it.

And it is only when audiences truly connect with your story that they turn from casual followers into fans.

The material in this book greatly expands upon the chapter on structure in Write Your Novel From the Middle. Super Structure can be considered a companion to that book, but it also stands alone in its treatment of the elements of a solid and pleasing plot.

Here's more good news: Super Structure will work for any type of writer - those who like to outline, those who just fly by "the seat of the pants", and those who do a little of both. That's because Super Structure stresses the concept of "signpost scenes". There are 14 signpost scenes, or beats, that can be used to create an entire plot, the skeleton of an idea, or a map to help you figure out what to write next.

Every signpost is given its own chapter and explanation, along with a section called "Helpful Hints for Plotters and Pantsers", showing you how to apply what you've learned and adapt it to your own style of writing.

Never write a weak novel or screenplay again. Super Structure is a proven foundation that never fails. It frees you to add your original voice and vision, all of which adds up to bestselling fiction and hit screenplays.

"I need three things before I tackle a new novel: Diet Coke, a laptop, and my dog-eared copies of James Scott Bell's books on writing craft!” (Kami Garcia, number one New York Times and international best-selling author)

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Help for crafting a great story

Once again, James Scott Bell proves why I love his how-to books on crafting great stories. His *Write Your Novel from the Middle* remains my favorite, but *Super Structure* is an excellent addition to my library. No matter how many books you've written, there is always something new to learn to help you write even better. Bell explains in a way my brain can understand.

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Fantastic and clear advice for any novelist

James Scott Bell presents an easy "method" for any type of writer to enhance his or her fiction writing. As I listened to each super structure, I began to brainstorm new ideas for my novel. I'm excited to put into action his suggestions, and I think I will have a much stronger story.

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Terrible, Banal

One of the most useless books on writing I have read ... the author who reads the book seems most excited at hearing his own voice and "impersonations" ... better to have spent his efforts writing a detailed book with cogent examples. Cannot recommend at all.

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Great Tips on Craft

Well organized and presented tips on the craft of writing. Well worth re-reading. Powerful.

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A Fun and Informative Book on Story Structure

This is the best book on story structuring that exists. Period. Just buy the thing.

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