Story Logic And The Craft Of Fiction by Catherine Brady is an intense and dynamic book which explores how to craft a story and the logic behind how to accomplish that task. (There are graphs and talk of arching, etc. )
Former classmates of mine and an instructor have said that Brady’s prose usually requires a few readings before you can wrap your head around it and the wealth of information she’s collected and broken down for writers. It’s a smart, sophisticated handbook that every writer might want to keep handy.
Besides imparting wisdom and de-constructing some of the more complex concepts of the actual craft of writing, she provides a Q&A section, along with exercises.
Give it a read, use it as a reference, try to imagine what was on Wayne Thiebaud’s mind when he came up with the subject matter for the art on the cover. I’ll bet there’s a helluva story there, don’t you think?