These story-planning books provide gentle guidance, not harsh rules


Writer and playwright Katrina Byrd knows that many creative types balk at the idea of having a rigid blueprint for their works.

A few writing-method books that she’s read recently, however, offer gentle guidance and actually warn against following a blueprint.

Check out her guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog to see what she found most valuable in The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne, Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, and The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson.