Compass Points - Building Your Story: A Guide to Structure and Plot

Compass Points - Building Your Story: A Guide to Structure and Plot

by Kelly Lawrence

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Compass Points - Building Your Story: A Guide to Structure and Plot by Kelly Lawrence

A lively and comprehensive guide on the importance of structuring your plot with in-depth looks at different techniques and lots of practical advice, including at least one writing exercise in each chapter on topics such as building tension, staging drama, identifying and rectifying structural issues and internal and external plot journeys. So if you're struggling with structure or grappling with your plot points, this up-to-date and informative book is a terrific aid for both emerging and established writers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782796077
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 95
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kelly Lawrence is a writer, creative writing teacher and mother from Coventry, West Midlands.

Table of Contents

Introduction - No Structure, No Story 1

Chapter Breakdown 2

Exercise - Recognising Structure 4

Chapter 1 Structural Techniques and Crafting your Plot 7

The Three-Act Structure

Exercise - Skeleton Structure 10

The Eight Point Arc

Complex Structures 13

'Gone Girl' 14

The Seven Plots 15

Plot and Structure - Bricks and Mortar 18

Structuring plot layers 22

Exercise - Mind-Mapping your Plot 23

Chapter 2 Learning from the Movies 27

'Cloud Atlas' - From Novel to Film 28

Exercise - From Page to Screen 29

Vogler's Journey 30

Exercise - Going to the Movies 33

Chapter 3 Run, Story, Run - Pace and Narrative Flow 37


Continuity 40

Tension on Every Page 42

Exercise - Adding Tension 44

Structure, pace and time

Exercise - Playing with Time 46

Chapter 4 Staging the Drama 49

Exercise - Where's the Body? 52

Build-up and Impact 53

Establishing Setting 56

Exercise - Staging the Drama 60

Chapter 5 Plot Mirrors; External and Internal Journeys 63

Motivation and Turning Points 64

Exercise - Defining and Raising the Stakes 66


Exercise - Using Exposition 68

Using Structure to Weave it all Together 69

Exercise - Putting it all Together 70

Afterword - After the Draft; Identifying Structural Issues 73

Appendix - Story Writing Software; Does it Help? 79

Resources and Recommended Reading 85

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