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Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative (édition 2017)

par Chuck Wendig (Auteur)

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Hook Your Audience with Unforgettable Storytelling! What do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, an da lonely dog on Ho'okipa Beach have in common? Simply put, we care about them. Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It's making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation right alongside your protagonist. And to tell a damn fine story, you need to understand why and how that caring happens. Using a mix of personal stories, pop fiction examples, and traditional storytelling terms, New York Times best-selling author Chuck Wendig will help you internalize the feel of powerful storytelling. In Damn Fine Story, you'll explore: Fretytag's Pyramid for visualizing story structure--and when to break away from traditional storytelling forms Character relationships and interactions as the basis of every strong plot--no matter the form or genre Rising and falling tension that pulls the audience through to the climax and conclusion of the story Developing themes as a way to craft characters with depth Whether you're writing a novel, screenplay, video game, comic, or even if you just like to tell stories to your friends and family over dinner, this funny and informative guide is chock-full of examples about the art and craft of storytelling--and how to write a damn fine story of your own.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative
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Info:Writer's Digest Books (2017), 232 pages
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Well presented and laid-out, making it easy to skip over sections that were irrelevant or useless to me, but I grew weary of his footnotes very quickly. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 20, 2019 |
***Trigger warning: profanity

Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig is a delightful writingcraft book whose aim is not to offer 'writing advice’, which Wendig stresses time and again is just that- advice. Not gospel. He very much encourages finding what works for you. No, this book is all about helping you be a better storyteller.

With his trademark irreverent humour, Wendig walks the reader through a variety of exercises to help stretch your storytelling muscles. You learn what makes a good story, and how to weave those elements into a tapestry all your own. Along with pop culture examples (Die Hard, Star Wars), Wendig has plenty of personal anecdotes to illustrate his points.

I absolutely love Wendig’s writingcraft books. I have all of them, and consider them a must, along with King’s On Writing and Cameron's The Artist's Way. His humour is a plus for me. I love the little footnote asides. I was lucky enough to snag a hardcopy of this gem shortly before I had a chance to meet the author on tour along with Kevin Hearne and Fran Wilde, so I was able to get it signed!

***Many thanks to Netgalley and F+W Media for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I purchased a hardcopy of this book for my own collection because I enjoyed it so much. ( )
  PardaMustang | Apr 28, 2018 |
This review and others posted over at my blog.

This was actually the first book by Wendig I’ve read (I have read his blog before and need to do so more regularly because he’s fucking hilarious) and now I’m forever in love.

First up, if you haven’t done so yet, please read something – anything – by Chuck, even if it’s just his blog. His tone is what I aspire to convey and fall horribly short of. He’s sassy, sarcastic, vulgar, funny, feminist and inspiring. I’m a total schmuck for not reading his work before now – I even own some of his Miriam Black novels!

In case you can’t already tell that I’m going to rave about this book…it’s fantastic! Wendig is comical and relatable, yet delivers excellent writing advice. Oftentimes writing guides can be dry, or maybe too full of personal experience to be helpful (depending on what style works for you). Wendig’s book is primarily filled with his “rules” and the pop culture examples he uses to help illustrate them – which I found insanely useful – and then a few personal moments here and there. I’ve never enjoyed a writing guide so much before.

I tabbed the fuck out of this book for future reference and even went through with a highlighter as well! This is something I almost never do, but I know I’ll be returning to this book often.

Even if you’re not aiming to write books, scripts or even games, I still think you should read this book because I’m now dedicating my life to pimping Wendig’s work it illustrates why many of the classic films and stories we love are so good. He highlights what makes us empathize with and love certain characters, what action scenes not only grip us but deliver more information about these characters and generally gave me a better understanding of the parts that make up the media I enjoy.

Here are just a few comical quotes I’ve highlighted for your enjoyment (his footnotes are solid gold, by the way):

“The comic book format is what would happen if a TV show and a novel had an ink-stained, four-color baby.”

“Two words: Freytag’s Pyramid. Nope, it’s not the strange occult store that just moved in at the edge of town. Nor is it a game show, the new drug all the kids are doing, or a kinky sex move. Though maybe it should be a kinky sex move.”

“We like to think of storytelling as actual magic. Like we have a little wizard or witch hiding in our heart, and she’s the one who’s barfing inspiration into us – where we then translate that magical inspiration-barf to our fingertips as we write or to our jabbering mouth-hole as we in turn regurgitate the tale at hand.”

If that isn’t enough to convince you to read this book, I don’t know what is.

I highly, highly, super-fuckin-highly recommend this book to all aspiring writers (of any form of media), those who love media and aren’t opposed to figuring out just why they love it and Star Wars fans. ( )
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Hook Your Audience with Unforgettable Storytelling! What do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, an da lonely dog on Ho'okipa Beach have in common? Simply put, we care about them. Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It's making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation right alongside your protagonist. And to tell a damn fine story, you need to understand why and how that caring happens. Using a mix of personal stories, pop fiction examples, and traditional storytelling terms, New York Times best-selling author Chuck Wendig will help you internalize the feel of powerful storytelling. In Damn Fine Story, you'll explore: Fretytag's Pyramid for visualizing story structure--and when to break away from traditional storytelling forms Character relationships and interactions as the basis of every strong plot--no matter the form or genre Rising and falling tension that pulls the audience through to the climax and conclusion of the story Developing themes as a way to craft characters with depth Whether you're writing a novel, screenplay, video game, comic, or even if you just like to tell stories to your friends and family over dinner, this funny and informative guide is chock-full of examples about the art and craft of storytelling--and how to write a damn fine story of your own.

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