Plotto

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Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities?

Plotto does all this. Created by a master of “organized creativity,” William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in ...

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Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots

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Overview

Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities?

Plotto does all this. Created by a master of “organized creativity,” William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in history), Plotto has been prized by professional authors and screenwriters since its publication in 1928, and is still in demand today, with copies of the original edition selling for up to $400. This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook’s work.

To keep the book down to a manageable size (300 pages of very small type) while retaining its powerful features, Cook uses a telegraphic format that takes some getting used to, so working your way carefully through the introduction and its examples is the key to professional-quality results.

Because Plotto was written in the Twenties, its situations can seem old-fashioned and its terminology politically incorrect, but these problems are more apparent than real. Cook himself wrote both westerns and early classics of science fiction, so you see how replacing “stagecoach” with “star ship” or “dance hall girl” with “male stripper” are within the reach of anyone using the Plotto system, and, in fact, this kind of substitution is how the book is intended to be used, and is the key to its flexibility and enduring popularity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981928470
  • Publisher: Norton Creek Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 475,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Still trying to figure it out!

    I was very disappointed in the book. It was republished in the same format as originally printed and that was in a very small case-looks like less than 10pt. It is a little confusing but I am still working at it. Maybe one day I will get it sorted out.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2014

    Gets you thinking

    This book gets you thinking in terms of causes, effects, characters, influences, conflicts, etc. Shows you that a basic idea can be turned 50 different ways with just a very few changes.

    I was originally going to try to put Plotto plots into a spreadsheet with macros so that you could do the cross-referencing via automated means. But, the act of manually doing the cross referencing is that part that helps you start thinking in terms of plots, etc. So, entering the book to a sheet sounds good, but is self defeating. you have to use the book as was originally intended.

    Print is small. Looks like this book is a photocopy of a older tome, circa 1920's. Several typos in the tutorial section, which can be confusing when you are trying to learn the Plotto method.

    Still, this book is better by far than 99% of the writer's "ideas" books of more recent vintage.

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