Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)
This is an excellent breakdown of character backstory and depth. It has an odd nomenclature, but can blend with more traditional terms. The prescribed story structure is more for literary fiction, but is adaptable for genre fiction. It’s not great for understanding story structure, but workable for building a story blueprint. Overall, it’s not as useful for developing a plot outside of a character’s psyche.
Would highly recommend to anyone who wants or needs an in depth understanding of how to make characters feel like real, flawed human beings.
Great for character—amazing, even, but not so great for everything else.