Plot

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This book is about identifying the choices available when creating, fixing, steering, and discovering plots and then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move.

How to create, fix, steer, and discover plots that result in strong, solid stories and novels that sell.

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Overview

This book is about identifying the choices available when creating, fixing, steering, and discovering plots and then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move.

How to create, fix, steer, and discover plots that result in strong, solid stories and novels that sell.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898793031
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/1988
  • Series: Elements of Fiction Writing Series
  • Edition description: First ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

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    Plot is a wonderfully helpful book designed to help steer stories in the right direction. It gives helpful hints on when to stop writing and common traps that writers can fall into. Examples are taking from other pieces of fiction to show how to effectively use the things talked about in the book. The book discusses what plot is and how to weave subplots into stories and how to handle exposition. It also talks about how to add in symbolism to give all major characters and events a greater meaning. Foreshadowing is briefly mentioned in one of the chapters. It¿s something that should be handled carefully too much foreshadowing makes events easy to guess, but too little can confuse readers and make them feel distant from the story. Patterns are talked about several times in the book. Patterns are particularly useful when working with parallel plots, as they give a connection between the two subplots. The best part of the book is that it builds on what is talked about from the very beginning until the end. When something is talked about in depth, it¿s not just dropped and never mentioned again, it comes up again and again in later chapters so that it¿s remembered. I also like that it uses various examples from well-known pieces of fiction. The worst part of the book is that it can be a little difficult to read. There¿s so much to remember that I find myself going back to reread parts and then forgetting where I was at before going back. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to write well. I feel like it has helped me and I now see mistakes I¿ve made in previous stories as well as the things I have been doing effectively all along.

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