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The Story Equation

How to Plot and Write a Brilliant Story with One Powerful Question, Brilliant Writer Series
Narrated by: James L. Rubart
Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Discover The Story Equation

One question can unlock your entire story! Are you struggling to build a riveting plot? Layered characters? How about fortify that saggy middle? Create that powerful ending? You can build an entire book by asking one powerful question and then plugging it into an “equation” that makes your plot and characters come to life. 

You’ll learn how to build the external and internal journey of your characters, create a theme, build story and scene tension, create the character change journey, and even pitch and market your story. All with one amazing question. 

Learn:

  • The amazing trick to creating unforgettable, compelling characters that epic movies use
  • How to create riveting tension to keep the story driving from chapter to chapter
  • The easy solution to plotting the middle of your novel
  • The one element every story needs to keep a listener up all night
  • How to craft an ending that makes your reader say to their friends, “Oh, you have to read this book!”
©2016 Susan May Warren (P)2019 Susan May Warren

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  • Kevin K.
  • 24-02-2019

Glad it came out in audio format

i've owned this book in paper format for awhile and i'm glad it came out in audible format.

it's one of my more useful writing books that skips the fluff

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  • James Litsios
  • 12-08-2019

Start from darkness

I love the method to start with the most difficult moment of your hero, and to build everything else from that.

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  • Tyler
  • 21-07-2019

Basic Information, Poorly Delivered

This is some of the most basic storytelling information available. If you've read a single other book on the craft, then this will be 100% rehashed information you already know. If you haven't read a book about story, then there are far better introductions. I don't really know who this book is meant for.

What makes it worse is the production. The narrator's voice is grating, and the whole thing was amateurishly slapped together. For example, one of the chapters ends with thirty seconds of the narrator making countless attempts to say a specific passage, trying different ways to pronounce a specific word. That clearly should have been edited out. Did no one actually listen to this audio book before it was put on sale? Shocking.

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  • Stacey @ Edits By Stacey
  • 08-02-2020

Great tool for my clients!

This is a tough book to have as an audible, but it seriously helpful when you need to hear the ideas in full context.
As a book editor, I find this book helpful and a great tool to help my clients see how to map their stories while creating unforgettable characters. I plan to make this a mandatory read for each of my authors.
Overall a great tool.
The reason for my 4 stars is because of the way performance is somewhat jagged in his delivery. I imagine that it is largely due to the subheads and sections. It's not really a make or break deal for me. I still got what I wanted from the book.

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  • L. Douglas
  • 05-11-2019

Excellent for New or Seasoned Writers

I really wish this book had been around twenty years ago - it would have saved me 2 decades of hard work and millions of worthless words. Thank you SO much for sharing your Story Equation with the writing community. Susan May Warren, you are my hero!