Manage Your Story Design Project

Professional & Technical, Self-Help and Personal Development

By Hank Quense

Publisher : Strange Worlds Publishing

ABOUT Hank Quense

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Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  He writes humorous fantasy and scifi stories.  On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is l More...


Manage Your Story Design Project gives you an innovative way to control the development of a work of fiction. It uses mind maps to provide a graphical layout that allows a simple visual representation of complex ideas. It provides an easy method to monitor story development usinga proven story design process. 

This book represents a unique approach to fiction writing. It encapsulates the entire stiry design process into a series of annotated mind-maps. Each major element of the story design process has a mind-map. Each bubble in the mind-map has a note attached to it. The note may be a sentence, a paragraph or several paragraphs. 
The purpose of the book isn't to teach story design, rather, I picture it as an aid when you are creating a work of fiction. Print out a copy (it isn't that big) and keep it open when your working on design element such as character building or designing a scene. When used this way, I think it will be an invaluable resource. 

Self-publishing a book is a complicated process. So is marketing the book. I have experience in these fields and lecture on it in libraries and adult schools. Since I love to see information presented in graphical forms, it seemed natural to document the processes through a series of flow charts. That was this small book has: flow charts with notes. The flow charts essentially are graphical to-do lists with time frames in which each of the tasks should be addressed.

"Manage Your Story Design Project" by Hank Quense is a concise, crystal clear, easy to refer road map for all those who aspire to write a book some day. A handy guide book, it lays out the details of developing the story and characters through mind maps. The mind maps are innovatively done and referring to them will ensure that you will not miss out on any detail while planning your story. The design process for a work of fiction has been broken down into a number of steps and helps one to focus their creative energies on the aspects that are necessary and important. 

Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers Favorite: Five Stars