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
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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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.