I like quick addictive reads. They are fun, exciting, and enjoyable. Some people read to get a deeper meaning out of life, to learn a deep truth- I read for enjoyment.
There are different styles of readers, so whichever you are is fine. However, on both sides, I have found that Dean Koontz story structure method is a formula they all share.
From his out of print How to Write Best Selling Fiction (Writer’s Digest Books), © 1981. I first learned of this on Jerry B Jenkins Blog. Below is how Jenkins summarized it.
- Plunge your main character (lead/hero/heroine) into terrible trouble as soon as possible.
The definition of “terrible trouble” differs depending on your genre. For a thriller, it may mean your hero is hanging by his fingernails from a railroad trestle. For a cozy romance, it may mean your heroine must choose between two seemingly perfect suitors, each of whom harbors a dark secret.
2. Everything your character does to get out of the trouble makes it only worse.
The complications must be logical and grow increasingly bad until…
3. The lead’s predicament appears entirely hopeless.
4. Finally, because of what all that conflict has taught the character from the beginning, your lead rises to the occasion and battles out of the trouble, meets the challenge, accomplishes the quest, or completes the journey.
There is no question I love Comic Books- I’m the geek guy in line every Wednesday when the doors open because it’s new comic book day. I especially love it when I come across a new miniseries. Imagine my surprise when I saw Sam Sykes on the cover of one issue today.
I’ve been following Sam a while now. He is fun to follow on Twitter and has written one heck of a Fantasy Series in “The City Stained Red” – The dude has got talent as an author, and I respect that.
This week Boom Studios released their new comic miniseries Brave Chef Brianna. The four issues series is being written by Sam Sykes with art by Selina Espiritu & Bridget Underwood and colors by Sarah Stern.
It follows the journey of Brianna Jakobsson fresh out of culinary school. She is part of a large family with a famous chef father and fifteen brothers who are also chefs.
Trying to prove herself with the hopes of inheriting her father’s legacy- Brianna moves to a new city to open her restaurant- But this isn’t just any city: It’s Monster City- Where Human food isn’t exactly something locals are accustomed to.
This is a story about a girl moving some place unfamiliar- Overcoming her anxiety and self-doubt- Something that many of us have struggled with in life. It’s the search not just to prove to her family (or herself) that should be among them- But that she is finding out what makes her happy. What makes her smile.
In life so many times we simply settle. Sometimes because we didn’t have the confidence to continue, other times because no one believed in us, so we gave up. Regardless- Little Brianna teaches us to keep going and to be brave.
I’m so excited about the rest of this series and can’t wait to find more unique monsters through the story. Check it out- You will love it.