Hi guys, I thought I'd get a thread going to tell everyone our recommended books on writing. For me I like books that explain 'why', give practical examples and exercises. I have lots of books on my kindle account so am starting to actually go through them and learn. I downloaded one called 'Story Engineering' from a recommendation. Really liking it so far. It breaks stories down into six 'elements'. Only on the first element which is concept but it goes into an explanation of the difference between theme, idea, concept and premise. A concept is usually a 'what if' scenario. Idea -> Concept -> Premise. Example: Idea - I want to write a book about a soldier trying to get back to his family from the war Concept - What if a soldier discovers that his CO has been selling secrets to the enemy forces, and now needs to get back to his family before they're killed? Premise - A soldier is made out to be a traitor by his CO and must escape both his comrades and the opposing enemy to reach his family. Just the idea of using 'what if' to create compelling story was incredible for me. I feel it also allows for multiple options. You can 'mind map' the possible what if scenarios. I just thought of a great what if for the above scenario while I was typinh. What if the soldier was injured by a proximity mine, and while he's in the infirmary he overhears his CO talking about selling secrets. This then suddenly adds to the drama because he can't get away as quick. He's less mobile, maybe in a lot of pain, runs out of meds etc.