This is a how to write a novel book. Yes, there are many out there, but this one did stand out a bit to me. First of all, I actually did read it from start to finish. Yes, that also means I scanned. I scanned a lot, but I did get the meat and potatoes from this book.
When you sit down to read this book, I suggest that you have the mindset that you are attending a workshop. That means pen and paper on hand to take notes. I, personally, took eight pages worth.
Face it, if you really want to get published, your novel must have structure. Things happen in a certain order and there is no getting around it. I found this book most helpful in explaining how this is done.
If you read the reviews on Amazon, many speak of his having a chip on his shoulder and an angry tone. Tsk. Not to worry. Watch the video and you will see this man's tone. He is enthusiastic. Sure there are people who just want to sit down and right. It isn't so much that he is arguing with them-you-the reader as he is wanting to get his point across. I enjoy his tone. I think the video helped with that because I had a face and a voice to go with the written words.
The only negative I have to say about the book is that it made me think of watching the evening news on television. It seems like 75% of the news is them telling us what is coming up next. It takes a while to get to the meat and bones in this book, but the meal was worth it.
One last note, if you have a Kindle and Amazon prime, you can check Story Engineering out for free. The price is also reasonable if want to buy it.