Quick Tip: Reverse engineer story to understand craft

Reverse engineer a story by creating an outline of it. How detailed was your outline? How much text did the writer include that wasn’t part of your outline? Do you have a better understanding of how stories are constructed by deconstructing one?


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.