What Is A Picture Worth?

Book Title

The Writer's Compass

A few days ago I finished the first set of galleys for my book, The Writers Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages.

What surprised me the most was how a change in the diagrams changed the context of the content. What I mean is that when the structure charts were drawn with the 1st Act, 2nd Act, and 3rd Act close to the same width, it implies that they are close to the same size in length, which is not true.  The 2nd Act or Middle, is much longer than the 1st Act or Beginning, and the 3rd Act or End, is the shortest section.

Another example is that I used Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs as an example of developing obstacles. Have you ever seen the triangle with letters on each line that then refers to a list of the levels of needs? It totally diminishes the impact of Maslow’s Hierarchy.

I don’t know if a picture is worth a thousand words, but, it is certainly worth a lot.

By the way, The Writer’s Compass, published by Writer’s Digest, is due on bookshelves June 2011. It is currently available for presale on many online book stores.


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