Hi all, I find that I really learn by seeing how a book is written. Whether it's the author breaking down individual pieces or someone else. For example I love Randy Ingermanson's add-ons to some of his books where he goes into detail on the character synopsis, or where he points out that they used the sentence 'Bob Kaganovski had shampoo in his eyes when the decompression alarm went off' to show subtly that Bob was more preoccupied with the shampoo in his eyes than the alarm going off. For example they could have written 'The decompression alarm filled his ears as he hosed the shampoo from his face and eyes.' He even points out things they would have done differently. As an example this is a sci-fi book and he wanted to make the first paragraph huge so he added a viper bat. When I read the first paragraph it didn't stick out to me as a problem but after reading his after thoughts it made a lot more sense. She was being attacked by a viper bat but it was just a dream which means either A) It's foreshadowing something to come, or B) it should have just been a creature. Literally they break down the first two scenes almost sentence by sentence and analysed what the purpose of the sentence was and occasionally what they would do differently now. For example he had a sentence 'She could already feel its venom burning into her lungs' and said that because they were already in her POV it could have been 'It's venon burned into her lungs'. I also like how some people break down existing plots into manaeagable chunks so we can see the story unfold piece by piece. Randy does this with four novels as part of his Snowflake Method software but I don't see the value in buying the software. If you know the method you can easily apply it to any outlining software. But I'd love to see some more of these types of examples. Does anyone know of any good books that provide this kind of analysis? Often I read something great and I really want to know what was going through the authors head. Often times writing books give an occasional example, but what is great is the ones that take an excerpt from an existing book, explain why, maybe even show a bad way of writing that same scene so I can see the full picture. I'm off to trawl Amazon's suggested books based on Randy's book in the hope of finding some more gems Thanks heaps!