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Structuring Your Novel Review

By Brent King On February 18, 2014 No Comments


In the past few days I’ve digested KM Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Storyand in response to the insightful experience I am compelled to write a review. I became interest and bought a copy of this book because of the the gracious and helpful instruction that I received from Weiland on the subject on her blog.

A Lightbulb Moment

I have written all my life and feel like I have an intuitive sense of how to craft a story. This has been supported by tools I’ve applied from books such as Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark, Techniques of the Selling Author by Dwight V. Swain, and an exhaustive plunge into the theories of Dramatica. Although I have learned a lot, I was pleasantly surprised by the clear

My Dramatica Review

By Brent King On January 15, 2014 No Comments

big-dramaticaThere are as many different methods and styles of writing as there are authors. I have experimented with different approaches in my exploration of the world of writing. I love to just dive in and unearth stories like Stephen King. I have also enjoyed taking long walks and spinning tales in my head, then writing like mad when I return home. These methods are great as far as I’m concerned, but for me there is a quite a bit of work on the back end to ensure a rich telling, a story that argues well from many different perspectives.

When I discovered Dramatica, a lightbulb went on in my head. I realized that I could still unearth a great story, but I didn’t have to do it blindly. The Dramatica method engages

Finding God in the Lord of the Rings

By Brent King On December 10, 2013 No Comments


Finding God in the Lord of the Rings is a book my children and I have enjoyed over the years. It is written by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware, who apply their considerable wisdom to the world of Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, and Men. They have coauthored other similar books, a book on Narnia and His Dark Materials among them.

In the early years, while we were still reading The Lord of the Rings, this book especially interested my kids. It gave all of us a clearer understanding of the Christian world view behind The Lord of the Rings. Just as we have read Tolkien’s tale repeatedly, so we have read through this book again and again.

It is divided up into short sections, each spotlighting a theme illustrated by part of the story.