Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene

Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene

by Paula Munier


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Build an Exceptional Plot, One Scene at a Time!

Think of your favorite story--the one that kept you turning pages late into the night, the one with a plot so compelling, so multilayered, so perfect that you couldn't put it down. How can you make your own plots--in your novels, short stories, memoirs, or screenplays--just as irresistible?

Plot Perfect provides the answer. This one-of-a-kind plotting primer reveals the secrets of creating a story structure that works--no matter what your genre. It gives you the strategies you need to build a scene-by-scene blueprint that will help elevate your fiction and earn the attention of agents and editors.

Inside, literary agent, editor, and author Paula Munier shows you how to:

  • Devise powerful plots and subplots and weave them together seamlessly
  • Organize your scenes for the greatest impact
  • Develop captivating protagonists, worthy antagonists, and engaging secondary characters
  • Use dialogue, setting, tone, and voice to enhance your plot
  • Layer, refine, and polish your storyline
  • Define your story in terms of its theme
Filled with writing exercises, plotting templates, and expert advice, Plot Perfect helps you dive into the intricacies of plot--and write a compelling story that readers won't be able to resist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599638140
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 11/14/2014
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 227,856
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paula Munier is the Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist at Talcott Notch Literary Services. A well-published journalist, author, copywriter, and ghostwriter, Paula has penned countless new stories, articles, essays, collateral, and blogs, as well as authoring/co-authoring more than a dozen books.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I What is Plot?

Chapter 1 The Power of Theme 4

Chapter 2 Subplots and Variations on Themes 17

Chapter 3 Action Is Character: Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters 31

Chapter 4 Scene: The Basic Unit of Plot 51

Part II The Theme-Based Three-Act Structure

Chapter 5 Your Plot in Three Acts 66

Chapter 6 Case Study: The Maltese Falcon 96

Chapter 7 Plus and Minus Scenes 127

Chapter 8 Act-by-Act Tips and Tricks 142

Part III Putting It All Together

Chapter 9 The Tapestry of Story 175

Chapter 10 Pacing: The Secret to Creating a Page-Turner 206

Chapter 11 Plot vs. Organizing Principle 223

Chapter 12 Your Plot Perfect Checklist 246

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This reminds me of the articles I've seen by inexperienced writers on Pinterest. It's hard to believe she's an editor. Get Story Genius instead to help use a character to build plot up from the inside out rather than mistake the structure for the art. Then maybe use a book like this to merge in a few commonly given tips that SG doesn't dive into.