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DISCLAIMER This book is the supporting material for a plotting class taught at writing conferences and in no way is meant to be a full-blown plotting book. Class attendees asked for a cheap ebook and we complied. The intent of this book is to present the craft of plotting in UNDER 30 MINUTES. Estimated word count is 5000. In other words, it is a SHORT book. We keep saying " DISCLAIMER This book is the supporting material for a plotting class taught at writing conferences and in no way is meant to be a full-blown plotting book. Class attendees asked for a cheap ebook and we complied. The intent of this book is to present the craft of plotting in UNDER 30 MINUTES. Estimated word count is 5000. In other words, it is a SHORT book. We keep saying "short" because some reviewers remain surprised to find it is a SHORT BOOK and criticize its brevity. The information contained in Plotting Simplified came from research, reading great novels, studying writing books, taking classes at writers conferences and practicing what I'd learned. After two years of using this information I landed a 3-book contract that allowed me to quit my day job and write full time. I do not mean to imply this will happen for you. But the concepts of basic plotting will help your story meet the minimum requirements for good story telling. Good luck! Here's hoping you become a "blessed seller." BOOK DESCRIPTION We remember characters; we pitch plot. In Plotting Simplified you'll learn how to map your story using the "passage markers" that shape every story's journey. From introduction and motivation to your Lead's moment of maximum angst, you'll see how easy it is to develop a story line and keep your characters on the path to a compelling climax. Learn how to introduce the Great Disturbance, what 4 Questions you should ask of your plot, how to map-out your story, manage your key scenes, the 7 Keys to every good plot, whyWorry, Conflict and Disaster spells success for the writer, and how to introduce your Major Dramatic Question.


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DISCLAIMER This book is the supporting material for a plotting class taught at writing conferences and in no way is meant to be a full-blown plotting book. Class attendees asked for a cheap ebook and we complied. The intent of this book is to present the craft of plotting in UNDER 30 MINUTES. Estimated word count is 5000. In other words, it is a SHORT book. We keep saying " DISCLAIMER This book is the supporting material for a plotting class taught at writing conferences and in no way is meant to be a full-blown plotting book. Class attendees asked for a cheap ebook and we complied. The intent of this book is to present the craft of plotting in UNDER 30 MINUTES. Estimated word count is 5000. In other words, it is a SHORT book. We keep saying "short" because some reviewers remain surprised to find it is a SHORT BOOK and criticize its brevity. The information contained in Plotting Simplified came from research, reading great novels, studying writing books, taking classes at writers conferences and practicing what I'd learned. After two years of using this information I landed a 3-book contract that allowed me to quit my day job and write full time. I do not mean to imply this will happen for you. But the concepts of basic plotting will help your story meet the minimum requirements for good story telling. Good luck! Here's hoping you become a "blessed seller." BOOK DESCRIPTION We remember characters; we pitch plot. In Plotting Simplified you'll learn how to map your story using the "passage markers" that shape every story's journey. From introduction and motivation to your Lead's moment of maximum angst, you'll see how easy it is to develop a story line and keep your characters on the path to a compelling climax. Learn how to introduce the Great Disturbance, what 4 Questions you should ask of your plot, how to map-out your story, manage your key scenes, the 7 Keys to every good plot, whyWorry, Conflict and Disaster spells success for the writer, and how to introduce your Major Dramatic Question.

30 review for Plotting Simplified: Story Structure Tips for the Break-Out Novelist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claire Dawn

    "For the pantser who needs a plot." This book is super-short, and easy to read. I don't think it's a book for the writer who doesn't already have some knowledge of plotting. In fact, it reads more like an extended checklist. Plotting does not come easily to me, so I've read quite a few books on the subject. Yet I've had difficulty infusing what I know into my work. I always get bogged down in the technicalities. But this book strips plotting down to it's most basic. Your character needs to be th "For the pantser who needs a plot." This book is super-short, and easy to read. I don't think it's a book for the writer who doesn't already have some knowledge of plotting. In fact, it reads more like an extended checklist. Plotting does not come easily to me, so I've read quite a few books on the subject. Yet I've had difficulty infusing what I know into my work. I always get bogged down in the technicalities. But this book strips plotting down to it's most basic. Your character needs to be this person, he/she needs to start out somewhere and have a reason to want to move somewhere else, and these things need to happen along the way. If you've read all the books on plotting, and tried everything, but none of it sticks, this may well be the book for you. I'm off to try and insert a plot in my last manuscript. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather Erickson

    Simple and Inspiring This book was easy to understand, and simple in its layout. But don't let that fool you. This shot t book is also inspiring. As you read it, you discover what separates well written storylines from those missing essential elements that make a story touch a person's heart. This book has gotten me excited to hone my writing skills again. That's why I say it is inspiring. Simple and Inspiring This book was easy to understand, and simple in its layout. But don't let that fool you. This shot t book is also inspiring. As you read it, you discover what separates well written storylines from those missing essential elements that make a story touch a person's heart. This book has gotten me excited to hone my writing skills again. That's why I say it is inspiring.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    A very quick primer on plotting. It served as a useful outline, and by including my own notes on my current WIP directly (via my Ipad Kindle), I can refer back to it while I continue to outline my novel. For a more in-depth description of plotting, however, the reader will want to supplement with other materials.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle ♣ Ndayeni

    Has a few bits of decent information, but nothing you can't find elsewhere online for free really. It's short, and the first half is pretty choppy and doesn't make a lot of sense. The last part where it's explaining the 3 act structure is the best, but I've seen it explained a bit better elsewhere. Has a few bits of decent information, but nothing you can't find elsewhere online for free really. It's short, and the first half is pretty choppy and doesn't make a lot of sense. The last part where it's explaining the 3 act structure is the best, but I've seen it explained a bit better elsewhere.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Very useful, concise, and simple guide for writers to use as a checklist and guide for plotting and story structure. Superb resource for fiction writers, with lots of good stuff for non-fiction writers, as well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Jones

    Short but powerful

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Simple, quick read on plotting with an excellent concluding example

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catrina Barton

    A great book for beginners to the craft of writing. Sadly, not much was in here that I haven't already learned. I guess that means I'm no longer a beginner. XD A great book for beginners to the craft of writing. Sadly, not much was in here that I haven't already learned. I guess that means I'm no longer a beginner. XD

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimi Keough

  10. 4 out of 5

    Varina Denman

  11. 4 out of 5

    William Andrews

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Monroe

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    Ewan

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    Mark S

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Reed

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Perfect summary of much I've already learned, but it was helpful to me to see it in this format. Perfect summary of much I've already learned, but it was helpful to me to see it in this format.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Armstrong

  18. 4 out of 5

    James K Ide

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tim King

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura McClellan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Irm

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex Lizzi Jr

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Joyner

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    Jerry Jenkins

  26. 4 out of 5

    Катя Czaja

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charles Shipps

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marissa van Uden

  29. 5 out of 5

    Terri B.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Troy Williams

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