Friday, May 26, 2017

#FridayReads Story Building Blocks

After several years away from writing anything but blog posts, I am thrilled to announce my fifteen new book babies and the completion of my Story Building Blocks series as envisioned ten years (yes a decade!) ago. Where has the time gone? They are proof that neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor a mortal battle for one's life can keep a determined writer down forever.


In 2007 I wrote Story Building Blocks I: The Four Layers of Conflict, introducing a method I developed for crafting sound story architecture. A revised and updated version is now available in print and e-book. It can take you from story seed to a bare bones draft.

Then I added SBB II: Crafting Believable Conflict which twists, warps, and tortures sixteen character mannequins based on personality types. The SBB Build A Cast Workbook helps you cast your novel with all sixteen characters.

I also wrote SBB III: The Revision Layers to help writers present a revised draft for submission or to help with self-editing for self-publishing.

This year, I finalized my dream with fourteen genre-specific Build A World Workbooks for Comedy, Con Heist & Prison Break, Fantasy, Gothic, Historical, Horror, Literary, Mystery, Road Trip, Romance, Science Fiction, Team Victory, Thriller, and the Western in print and e-bok.


And finally the SBB: Build A World Workbook helps you develop a three-dimensional story world whether you choose a point in history, a fantasy kingdom, or a science fiction galaxy.

The books are available in both print and E-book versions through my Amazon page and other online venues.

I hope these tools help in some small way to make your story dreams come true. I learned so much along the way and enjoyed sharing my musings with others.

For more information about the series and for free forms visit my website. 

I would love to hear from you if you found my tips useful. If not, connect with me on social media anyway. I adore cute kittens and am always in need of book recommendations to feed my addiction.


Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit DianaHurwitz.com for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.




3 comments :

  1. Good for you, Diana. That's a major accomplishment, and you should be proud of yourself. Kudos.

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  2. WOW! DOUBLE WOW! As an editor I know how much your how-to books will mean to a fledgling writer, a self-publisher, and countless others who haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet. I may even grab a few of them myself. I'll also be glad to make writers who visit my Denver Editor site aware of them (and provide a link) if that's okay with you.

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  3. Congrats on completing the series, Diana. Like, Linda, I will be sure to point my clients to your helpful workbooks.

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