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Do I have a story?
As a professional with 40 years of experience and 11 years of postgraduate education, I have a lot of information that I want to communicate the lay, non-professional reader. I want them to understand, adopt and apply my truth to their lives.
And I love the method of utilizing fiction and creative nonfiction (storytelling methods to tell a true story with greater impact) to communicate, educate and transform realities as used by phyicist and business consultant Eliyahu Goldratt in The Goal. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliyahu_M._Goldratt, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goal_(novel) ]
The Goal explains a very complex theoretical approach to manufacturing at a user level, letting a person walk through a demonstrated application of the theory at the level of a user’s experience rather than flying over it at an abstract level. The users learn to apply the theory in rich detail at an experiential level. Experience (kinaesthetic) is the most common learning modality, and fiction is a great way to utilize it.
[ https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/learning-styles-preferences/ , https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3708205/ ]
But do I have a story? Is there a plot for my truth?
For an answer to this question, I turn to author K. M. Weiland’s work on outlining and story structure, with appreciation. Here are the primary sources with quotes and links to Amazon.com, where you can preview a book before purchasing it:
The website of K. M. Weiland: Start Here!
The article that gives me a start to determining whether I have a story to go with my box of research ideas: How to Outline for NaNoWriMo: Should You Outline Your Novel? by K.M. WEILAND OCTOBER 3, 2016
Books on writing by K. M. Weiland:
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 1) by K.M. Weiland. Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal.
Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book by K.M. Weiland. Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, showed writers how to embrace outlines in a way that makes the writing process fun, inspiring, and easy.Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Outlining Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to getting the bones of your story down on paper, identifying plot holes, and brainstorming exciting new possibilities.Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises …
Big News! Introducing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook Software
What if you had a computer program for that—one that would let you do all the exercises and answer all the questions (and more) from the paperback workbook—and then let you start all over for your next book?
The Outlining Your Novel Workbook program is a powerful brainstorming tool for writers. It is designed to help you discover the brilliant possibilities in your ideas, so you can create a solid story that will both entertain and move your readers.
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 3) by K.M. Weiland.
Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this award-winning guide from the author of the acclaimed Outlining Your Novel, you will learn the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story’s major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which o evaluate your novel’s pacing and progression.
Structuring Your Novel Workbook: Hands-On Help for Building Strong and Successful Stories by K.M. Weiland.
Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Structuring Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to writing solid first drafts, identifying and fixing plot problems, and writing consistently good stories.
Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises …
Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 7) by K.M. Weiland.
Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs…. By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.
Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer’s Reference to Exceptional Character Development and Creative Writing (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 8) by K.M. Weiland.
Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Creating Character Arcs Workbook presents a guided approach to choosing the right type of character arc for your story, joining plot and character into a cohesive and resonant whole, and choosing stories with life-changing themes. Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises …
5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6) by K.M. Weiland.
In the multi-award-winning Structuring Your Novel, Weiland showed writers how to use a strong three-act structure to build a story with the greatest possible impact on readers. Now it’s time to take that knowledge to the next level. In this supplemental book, you’ll learn:
– Why the Inciting Event isn’t what you’ve always thought it is
– What your Key Event is and how to stop putting it in the wrong scene
– How to identify your Pinch Points—and why they can make the middle of your book easier to write
– How to create the perfect Moment of Truth to move your protagonist from reaction to action
– How to ace your story’s Climactic Moment every single time
By the time you’ve finished this quick read, you’ll know more about story structure than the vast majority of aspiring authors will ever know—and you’ll be ready to write an amazing novel that stands above the crowd.