The First Book on Writing You Need: A Structured Overview of the Writing Craft(s)
Most books on writing specialize in one, two, or three crafts, but none focuses on the overview (yep, that’s a paradox). Until now. The storytelling map is finally here: The Eight Crafts of Writing.
The Eight Crafts of Writing is great for aspiring writers and writers who are a few years into their writing journey but got lost in the weeds – as it happened to the author.
Besides providing the map of storytelling, The Eight Crafts of Writing explores new writing territories, for example:
→ The psychology of storytelling
→ The adversity cycle: The origin of fiction writing outline
→ Protagonistic and antagonistic genres, stories, and scenes
→ How to use the eight writing crafts to engage readers
→ A new perspective on the shapeshifting writer’s block
Table of Content
The Eight Crafts of Writing: Why you need a storytelling map
The Psychology of Storytelling: How to engage readers
Big Idea: Your story’s nutshell and selling point
Narrative: The author’s voice, narrative frames, and POV
Genre: Genre feel, stakes, and spectrums
Story Outline: How to use the adversity cycle to create story outlines that feel realistic
Characterization: How to engineer empathy, character arcs, and character psychology
World Building: World context, setting, and mood
Scene & Chapter Structure: Scene elements, building blocks, and structure
Prose: How to write fresh, well-paced, and engaging
How to Use The Eight Crafts of Writing to sell your book
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Learning fiction writing felt like parachuting into unknown mountain terrain. Every time I climbed a mountain (a writing craft or skill), I discovered another one to climb. Five years into my writing adventure, I still couldn’t see the end of it.
I looked for a 'map' with an overview of the writing craft(s), but couldn't find one.
Most writing coaches specialize in one or a couple of crafts. Also, they preferred to focus on either story structure (left brain) or story experience (right brain).
So, I drew up the storytelling map myself.
THE WRITING JUNGLE
Create an interesting character and give her a great goal. Write what you want to read. Create a sense of wonder. The more conflict, the better. Write with intention. Sit at the typewriter and bleed (Ernest Hemingway). Don’t write to get published. Focus on characters’ struggles for objects of desire. Don’t worry about being a good writer, just write. Grab the reader. Unfold your story organically. Be captivating. Or memorable. Write originally. Create authenticity. Create an emotional connection. Keep the reader turning pages. Be unpredictable. Keep the reader curious. Writing serves the reader, not the writer.
You can find a ton of writing advice like this on the Internet. By themselves, they sound inspiring, but as a bunch, they confuse. Which one to prioritize? Which one to heed when? Which one to ignore when?
Learning how to write feels like parachuting into a jungle. We can only see a few meters into the tangled thicket that teems with cunning predators, poisonous plants, yucky leeches, and sucky swamps. In short, we can’t see the art for tools and perils.
This is where Eight Crafts of Writing comes in. It gives you a structured overview of the writing wilderness: the map of storytelling.
A FRESH DEFINITION OF STORY
Life is a continuous string of experiences. Nothing happens in life that is not an experience. One could even make the point that experiences are life’s purpose.
Stories are virtual experiences, presented in a sequence of scenes.
Our lives are strings of pleasant and challenging experiences, so-called good and bad times. Stories are always about bad times, meaning they need to include challenges. Pleasant experiences, like a nice dinner or a happy vacation, are not stories, they are just anecdotes.
No challenge, no story.
Challenges can be exciting, for example, climbing a mountain. But most challenges have an adverse ring to them, for example, a stone in a shoe. Or a storm. Climbing out of a hole is challenging too, for example, recovering from an accident or the loss of a loved one. Challenging experiences are adventures. Both adventure and adversity start with 'adv'.
Stories can’t be as realistic as real-life experiences. Writers make up for that by dramatizing stories. This leads to a fresh definition of story:
Stories are dramatized virtual adventures.
This busts the myth that stories are about change. Stories need to emulate change in order to feel real (life always changes), but stories are really about adventures, i.e. inspiring struggles with adversity.
Adventures have to do with advancement too. Life bombards living beings with challenges, kinda forcing them to learn all the time. Adversity and advancement are inseparable and therefore indispensable ingredients of stories. Who advances and struggles with adversity? The protagonist.
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