What makes a story feel connective, engaging, and complete?
If you've listened to dozens of storytelling craft books and still don't have a strong answer to that question, you'll love how Nail Your Story doesn't give you another laundry list of items that your story is supposed to have.
Instead, Nail Your Story attempts to reveal the connections between the various parts of a story so that you can more easily build cohesive plots, characters, themes, and settings - without having to stress over the decisions, because (surprise!) you've probably already made them in another area of your book.
Included in the book:
Monica's Smarter Storytelling Framework, which shows you the many layers of a story and how they relate to each other
Translation guides for building out your story (for example, how you can use character to build your theme and vice versa)
Tons of examples from some of the most popular stories of our time, including Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, the Twilight series, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, How to Get Away with Murder, A Song of Ice and Fire, and more.
If you've struggled to get five-star reviews on your stories or build an audience of people dying to get your next book, Nail Your Story will help you identify areas of improvement and even show you how a few small tweaks in your currently available content can make a massive difference in your sales!
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Don't buy this as an audiobook
This book is probably a great book to have in print, but because of the large number of ever expanding tables used to prove a point, it doesn't work well as an audiobook. By the time Cindy has read the entire table to you to get to the "new" part of the table, I was bored out of my mind and had forgotten what Monica was trying to do/prove. It was fine when the tables were small, but as the book went on and the tables got longer, I got lost. I kept wishing they had just assumed that the reader could keep up with what had happened previously in the examples and would just get to the point. If you are deciding to whether to buy this in print or as an audio, go for the print. The visual aspect of the book will be more helpful than the never-ending drone of the examples. I have an hour left in this audio and just want to cry when I think about listening to it. I don't think I'll be able to finish it. However, I might just go buy the print book because I believe that might be worth the money.
- Dawn Blair
Great info, but not listener-friendly
I would, but not as an audiobook. The information here is great; I have read other books on storytelling craft, but the advice here is extremely practical, helpful and in some ways unique. However the endless repetition of the same examples, in the same words, over and over and over makes it very painful to listen to and not that easy to sort the good information, of which there is plenty, out of the fluff - of which there is also plenty. I would assume that the repetitive examples are shown in the form of charts or tables in the e-book version, and in my opinion, the book should have been re-edited for audio so that it presents better. Still, it really is helpful in spite of these detractors, and the reader does an excellent job too.
- Alexandra Jones