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Storytelling isn’t complicated. We’ll prove it to you. Do you have an amazing idea for a novel but you struggle to get words on the page? Maybe the problem isn’t writer’s block. Maybe you need a writing process. Publishing veterans and bestselling authors Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn share their proven system for developing a plan that will bridge the gap between a col Storytelling isn’t complicated. We’ll prove it to you. Do you have an amazing idea for a novel but you struggle to get words on the page? Maybe the problem isn’t writer’s block. Maybe you need a writing process. Publishing veterans and bestselling authors Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn share their proven system for developing a plan that will bridge the gap between a collection of random notes and a cohesive first draft. This comprehensive book will teach you the foundations of fiction: Plot, Structure, Genre, Theme, Character, and World. Discover: Why you need a system to finish a first draft whether you plot or pants What Aristotle said about storytelling thousands of years ago that still applies today How studying Star Wars can make you a better writer What some of the most prolific authors believe about the craft How all stories can be reduced to three components Which archetypes create a more engaging reader experience How the Hero’s Journey is alike and different than the Virgin’s Promise Why you should cast your characters like a movie producer Developed over 10 years and applied on millions of words of fiction, Thorn and Bohannon will show you how to layer your approach and build a fantastic story from the ground up. No more staring at a blinking cursor when you sit down to write! Become a master storyteller today. Three Story Method will transform you from a struggling writer into a career author. Downloadable worksheet and full list of resources included! Get it now! Check out the workbook, value-priced so you can use a new one for each project. Search "Three Story Method Workbook" on Amazon and get the workbook companion today!


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Storytelling isn’t complicated. We’ll prove it to you. Do you have an amazing idea for a novel but you struggle to get words on the page? Maybe the problem isn’t writer’s block. Maybe you need a writing process. Publishing veterans and bestselling authors Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn share their proven system for developing a plan that will bridge the gap between a col Storytelling isn’t complicated. We’ll prove it to you. Do you have an amazing idea for a novel but you struggle to get words on the page? Maybe the problem isn’t writer’s block. Maybe you need a writing process. Publishing veterans and bestselling authors Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn share their proven system for developing a plan that will bridge the gap between a collection of random notes and a cohesive first draft. This comprehensive book will teach you the foundations of fiction: Plot, Structure, Genre, Theme, Character, and World. Discover: Why you need a system to finish a first draft whether you plot or pants What Aristotle said about storytelling thousands of years ago that still applies today How studying Star Wars can make you a better writer What some of the most prolific authors believe about the craft How all stories can be reduced to three components Which archetypes create a more engaging reader experience How the Hero’s Journey is alike and different than the Virgin’s Promise Why you should cast your characters like a movie producer Developed over 10 years and applied on millions of words of fiction, Thorn and Bohannon will show you how to layer your approach and build a fantastic story from the ground up. No more staring at a blinking cursor when you sit down to write! Become a master storyteller today. Three Story Method will transform you from a struggling writer into a career author. Downloadable worksheet and full list of resources included! Get it now! Check out the workbook, value-priced so you can use a new one for each project. Search "Three Story Method Workbook" on Amazon and get the workbook companion today!

30 review for Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sacha Black

    J and Zach have knocked it out of the park with this nonfiction book for writers. They distil thousands of years of storytelling into a simple framework that will help you structure your stories for the rest of your writing career. Insightful, straightforward and with poignant examples, this is one of those books that should be in every writers library.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angela Breen

    As an award-winning author, editor, and someone who teaches Story, this is a great resource. The authors provide thorough background and resources for further study while giving you everything need to improve your writing and/or your existing manuscript. I’ve been in this space for a while now and was surprised by what I learned from this book. It’s a great resource that I will recommend to my students and writer friends alike.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Willcocks

    J and Zach have found a refreshing and straight-forward way of looking at story. This book is packed with everything from history lessons in the origin of story, to practical advice on how to frame your next project. It's a consolidation of techniques from centuries of wisdom on story put together into a book that'll save you sifting through everything else. Full disclosure, I've used this method on several projects. Each time I learn something new that engages the reader in a practical way, and o J and Zach have found a refreshing and straight-forward way of looking at story. This book is packed with everything from history lessons in the origin of story, to practical advice on how to frame your next project. It's a consolidation of techniques from centuries of wisdom on story put together into a book that'll save you sifting through everything else. Full disclosure, I've used this method on several projects. Each time I learn something new that engages the reader in a practical way, and only strengthens my writing. You can hear the passion in the writers' words on the page, and there's an unfiltered dedication to Story that just makes this book worth picking up. If you're wanting to know how to craft a story that will stand the test of time, look no further. This book is for every writer, and should be read by every writer as a foundation on what story is, the best ways to structure your tale, and how to add true emotional depth so that your readers actually care about what it is that you have to say. Spot on, guys. Great stuff.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie

    Ok, so I have been listening to the Career Author Podcast for a couple of years now(and a few other of J's podcasts), so this was basically an insta-buy for me ;p For those of you who aren't pre-sold: There's a lot of interesting stuff all sewn together into a way to create either as detailed a plot or as loose a plot as you want (something for everyone except pure pantsers). I liked the look into the mythic structure forms, especially the Virgin's Promise, since I'd not heard of it before. One of Ok, so I have been listening to the Career Author Podcast for a couple of years now(and a few other of J's podcasts), so this was basically an insta-buy for me ;p For those of you who aren't pre-sold: There's a lot of interesting stuff all sewn together into a way to create either as detailed a plot or as loose a plot as you want (something for everyone except pure pantsers). I liked the look into the mythic structure forms, especially the Virgin's Promise, since I'd not heard of it before. One of the focuses in the book is on the importance of choice on many levels and it's got me rethinking my latest plot outline. Excuse for procrastination or actual improvement, who knows ;p (cut to 'why not both' meme ;p ) There's a lot in here, but if you're looking for an outright formula this is not it. This is a process, a way to look at and formulate your own plot with a lot of insight, and clued in by lots of great information coming both from these guys brains and from many other wise sources as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jay Key

    In full transparency, I was eagerly anticipating the release of Three Story Method because I have been a huge fan of what J. and Zach have been doing in the independent author community. From their Career Author podcast to their writing retreats, they have become a trusted voice among writers the world over--and Three Story Method might just be their greatest contribution yet. It's intuitive and practical, yet thought-provoking and challenging. They do a wonderful job at the "how" and the "why", In full transparency, I was eagerly anticipating the release of Three Story Method because I have been a huge fan of what J. and Zach have been doing in the independent author community. From their Career Author podcast to their writing retreats, they have become a trusted voice among writers the world over--and Three Story Method might just be their greatest contribution yet. It's intuitive and practical, yet thought-provoking and challenging. They do a wonderful job at the "how" and the "why", never falling too far down the trap of theory (which plagues so many writing "how to's"). I have written and published a few books with my own process--and I was proud and bullish about how it was the best process for me--though, after one read through of Three Story Method, I can't forget my process fast enough. This is a true game changer.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    This has some good advice and decent information. My biggest complaint is that the final third of this book is the appendix, which seems to be a big chunk of a book. In the appendix are a couple of interviews and a short story, which while the story may have been written using their process, there is no explanation to the process with the story. The information also just stops. There is nothing to indicate that you are at the end other then the next section being the appendix. It feels like ther This has some good advice and decent information. My biggest complaint is that the final third of this book is the appendix, which seems to be a big chunk of a book. In the appendix are a couple of interviews and a short story, which while the story may have been written using their process, there is no explanation to the process with the story. The information also just stops. There is nothing to indicate that you are at the end other then the next section being the appendix. It feels like there is something missing to tie everything together, and feels very disjointed. Again, the information is decent, but not worth the pages if 1/3 are wasted space, and to me it felt like wasted space.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Walch

    There’s no one right way to approach writing a novel, just as there’s no one right book to guide you. There are many excellent books on the subject and everyone of them has something positive to offer the aspiring novelist, but Three Story Method is one of the best. I had heard a great deal about Three Story Method but didn’t feel the need to add it to my collection of books on writing until I entered one of J. Thorns online 5 day writing challenges. The five-day challenge was called “Supercharg There’s no one right way to approach writing a novel, just as there’s no one right book to guide you. There are many excellent books on the subject and everyone of them has something positive to offer the aspiring novelist, but Three Story Method is one of the best. I had heard a great deal about Three Story Method but didn’t feel the need to add it to my collection of books on writing until I entered one of J. Thorns online 5 day writing challenges. The five-day challenge was called “Supercharge Your Scenes” which was based on the Three Story Method. What I learned about the Three Story Method during that five-day challenge whetted my appetite for more of the three story method. I just had to read the complete book. This is a book that every writer needs to have in his/her library.  The book by itself is invaluable, but I urge everyone to purchase the Three Story Method Workbook along with the Three Story Method book. Having the workbook will make doing the exercises found in the book much easier, and you must work through the exercises to get the most value from the book. The workbook is inexpensive enough where you can purchase extra copies to use with your actual works in progress. I have six setting on top of my filing cabinet ready for use.  If you want to take your storytelling to the next level, then you must read The Three Story Method, not once, not twice, but many times, keeping it close at hand to refer back to as you write your masterpiece.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Yasin

    This book needs a second edition. It barely explains what the method is, and I don't know why it's called three story. Is it the three elements to story? Is it the three storeys of the pyramid? But more important, the method is excellent. It gets to the core of what story is, and whether you even have a story. It's essential for prewriting, writing, and revising. J. Thorn deserves an award for this. I will never approach writing the same way again. A second edition could drill deeper into what th This book needs a second edition. It barely explains what the method is, and I don't know why it's called three story. Is it the three elements to story? Is it the three storeys of the pyramid? But more important, the method is excellent. It gets to the core of what story is, and whether you even have a story. It's essential for prewriting, writing, and revising. J. Thorn deserves an award for this. I will never approach writing the same way again. A second edition could drill deeper into what these three elements are, why they work, and what happens without them. If I were the editor, I'd cut all the extraneous info on the next steps of writing developed by other writers. All of that could be condensed into a "further reading" list. I could have done without the appendix as well. I appreciate the single example story throughout, but a second edition could expand examples to include other genres. How is Elizabeth Bennet's choice just as momentous as Luke Skywalker's? I can see such a chapter in my mind's eye, and it would be a useful reference tool to come back to again and again. Despite its presentation, the book's core system is ingenious. Every writer should read this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate M. Colby

    Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction does a lot of the hard work for you. The authors have combed through the classic writing craft texts (from Aristotle to Campbell to McKee) and synthesized the material into one simple system. If you've struggled with crafting a compelling story or building an outline that stays true to story structure, this book will help you do both. I've seen some reviews note that the appendix takes up about 1/3 of the book, which is true. However, the materials offer Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction does a lot of the hard work for you. The authors have combed through the classic writing craft texts (from Aristotle to Campbell to McKee) and synthesized the material into one simple system. If you've struggled with crafting a compelling story or building an outline that stays true to story structure, this book will help you do both. I've seen some reviews note that the appendix takes up about 1/3 of the book, which is true. However, the materials offered there provide additional, creative approaches to writing and outlining (specifically using tarot cards, runes, and mind maps), along with interviews with story experts and an example of the Three Story Method in a short story the authors wrote. I found it all interesting and plan to try some of these alternative methods on future projects. If you're a beginning author who doesn't know where to start with craft books, start here and then expand into the books cited. If you're a more experienced author looking for a refresher on craft or a simpler method for approaching story, you'll get a lot out of this too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I was disappointed by this book. It is heavily aimed at the sci-fi/fantasy market and requires an intimate knowledge of Star Wars, a movie I haven't seen since I was a kid. There is some good general advice about story structure and the price point is low, but I don't know how helpful it is otherwise.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jade King

    Big Deal...No it is...really I have had the block for 3 years. This book helped me spark my creativity again. A must read for all authors who struggle with idea organization and finishing what they have started. I was skeptical...now. I am a believer in plotting not pantsing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lilly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marx

  14. 4 out of 5

    Drina Neri

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Elkins

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim Barton

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mr. P. T. Jackson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leftie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shaw Gravitt

  21. 4 out of 5

    ChaChanna Simpson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Josh Thomas

  23. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Weingartner

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Grundy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lester Glavey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Werner

  27. 5 out of 5

    Candice Greene

  28. 5 out of 5

    Irene Sauman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steven Raines

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Schneider

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