Plot and Structure : Techniques and Exercises for Crafting and Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish, Paperback Book

Plot and Structure : Techniques and Exercises for Crafting and Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish Paperback

Part of the Write Great Fiction series

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Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure?

What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction?

How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course?

With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more.

Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and endsEasy-to-understand plotting diagrams and chartsBrainstorming techniques for original plot ideasThought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapterStory structure models and methods for all genresTips and tools for correcting common plot problems Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.




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Highly recommended. Despite the fact I have three novels in print, I will never stop devouring how-to books. This is one of the best I've read on the subject of plotting a gripping novel, giving plenty of detail and examples.

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I learned more about writing an interesting story from this book than from all the other good writing books I've read. James Scott Bell distills the most crucial aspects of constructing an interesting plot into an easily read and understood book which should be a reference for beginning writers.

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The best book on writing that I've ever read.

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A great two-for-one guide, encompassing advice on the construction of plot and scenes.Bell's writing style is engaging and encouraging to the new writer. His teaching style is replete with mnemonics/acronyms and diagrams; which I really appreciated as a slightly visual learner.The only theoretical downside I noticed was that he draws from modern commercial fiction and film for his examples. While I found this helpful, a new writer with high literary aspirations may be put off.

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The information in this book is assembled in an accessible, enjoyable format. Mr. Bell breaks up the chapters with suggested exercises for improving ones writing techniques, all of which are useful. The lessons themselves are conveyed in a friendly, conversational style, with anecdotes and personal examples. I chose this book as a supplementary guide in an Independent Study course, and recommend it as a useful, applicable work to any serious writer.

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