Now Available: Build a Better Story

This book on fiction writing is from Hank Quense, a fantasy and scifi author with many publications on his resume.
By: Hank Quense
Build a Better Story cover
Build a Better Story cover
April 15, 2010 - PRLog -- Have a story that needs to be told?  Here's the best way to go about doing it. The book describes a process that eases the work involved in developing a story.  This reduces the time spent in reworking flawed and imperfect drafts. Following the process allows more time to be spent on the creative activities and shortens the time spent on less creative work.
Besides the process, this book takes a unique approach to character building and plotting.  It identifies problem areas that inexperienced writers struggle with and explains how to address those problems including character motivation and scene design.

This is the premise behind the book.  It is based on Quense's own experiences in writing fiction.  He uses both his positive and negative learning events to tell the reader what to do and what not to do.

Readers Favorite has this to say about the book.
"Hank Quense shares the design process for writing a book of fiction. Quense encourages writers to develop the idea for the story rather than jumping into the writing. I found his process fascinating.  He recommends the author develop the characters, plot, setting and other elements of the story prior to starting the first draft.
"Quense’s process continues with flow charts, etc. His idea is to be organized. He continues his book by discussing motivation, patience, character development, etc. This book is thin but he covers it all. He even offers flow chart examples and how to use daytime TV to improve your writing.
"I like to be organized, and I can readily see where Quense’s design process would work.
The text is written in an easy to read and understand style. I can see how this book would benefit authors, especially new authors. I highly recommend this book to all writers. FIve stars."

Young adult author Jan Clark said, "...A unique approach to creating a story. Written in plain English…"

Nanci Arvizu interviewed Quense about this book.  You can hear the interview by following this link:

The .PDF version of the book is available as a download on Quense's website:
Smashwords offers the book in epub, lfr, .mobi, pdb and plain text. The site is here:

The trailer explains more about the book and its contents:

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I mainly write humorous and satiric science fiction and fantasy stories. I also write occasionally about writing fiction.
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