Story Trumps Structure

Don’t limit your fiction – LIBERATE IT

All too often, following the “rules” of writing can constrict rather than inspire you. With Story Trumps Structure, you can shed those rules—about three-act structure, rising action, outlining, and more—to craft your most powerful, emotional, and gripping stories.

When you focus on what lies at the heart of story – tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery – rather than plot templates and formulas, you’ll begin to break out of the box and write fiction that resonates with your readers. Story Trumps Structure will transform the way you think about stories and the way you write them, forever.



“This book is a treasure chest of writing gems.” — Donald Maass


Winner of the Storytelling World Award


“The best book on writing you’ll ever read. It’s worth a thousand times its cover price to would-be authors.”

—Eric Wilson

“Steven James is the best teacher I’ve ever worked with. I’ve been keenly awaiting Story Trumps Structure since I first heard it was coming out. Like Steven’s lectures, the book is an invaluable resource for aspiring authors and published novelists alike.”

—Robert Dugoni, New York Times best-selling author of The Jury Master

“With its plethora of memorable lists and charts, powerful insights, and helpful index, Story Trumps Structure can be a valuable ongoing resource for novelists, whether they join the rule-breaking revolution or not.”

—Christian Communicator