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Advanced Plotting [Kindle Edition]

Chris Eboch
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Book Description

Advanced Plotting is designed for the intermediate and advanced writer: you've finished a few manuscripts, read books and articles on writing, taken some classes, attended conferences. But you still struggle with plot, or suspect that your plotting needs work.

This book can help.

The Plot Outline Exercise is designed to help a writer work with a completed manuscript to identify and fix plot weaknesses. It can also be used to help flesh out an outline. Additional articles address specific plot challenges, such as getting off to a fast start, propping up a sagging middle, building to a climax, and improving your pacing. Guest authors share advice from their own years of experience.

Read the book straight through, study the index to find help with your current problem, or dip in and out randomly -- however you use this book, you'll find fascinating insights and detailed tips to help you build a stronger plot and become a better writer.

Chris Eboch writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages, with 20 traditionally published books for children. Chris is a popular leader of writing workshops around the country and online. She shares 20 years of experience as a writer and writing teacher in Advanced Plotting.

Praise for Chris Eboch's Workshops:

You were generous with your attention to our writing needs, and you shared so much of your wisdom with us.

Your workshop was the one I got the most useful information from. It was quite informative and introduced me to several trains of thought that were new to me.

Thank you for putting together such a helpful workshop. Of the entire weekend, I think I learned the most from listening to you.

I loved your thoughts on pacing, cliffhangers, etc. You certainly added to my positive experience!

Your class was my favorite. You gave us very specific things we could incorporate into our own work.

Thank you for your session on plotting. I found it to be the most informative and helpful hour I spent at the conference.

Praise for Advanced Plotting:

This really is helping me a lot. It's written beautifully and to-the-point. The essays really help you zero in on your own problems in your manuscript. The Plot Outline Exercise is a great tool!

I just read and--dissected--your well written book: Advanced Plotting. It's now highlighted in bright orange and littered with many of those little 3M sticky labels. GOOD JOB. There are too many just-for-beginners books out there. Yours was a delight.

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About the Author

Chris Eboch writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages, with more than 20 traditionally published books for children. Chris's novels for ages nine and up include The Genie's Gift, a middle eastern fantasy, The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; and the Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs.  Learn more at Chris also writes novels of suspense and romance for adults under the name Kris Bock; read excerpts at

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  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
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  • Publisher: Pig River Press (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FMBI18
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginning writers unless your a literary prodigy September 25, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Warning. This book is not for someone who wants to be a writer - someday. Save your money.

This 106 pg. book is unlike the other how-to books that promise to teach you everything you need to know about writing a good story. This book will help any intermediate or advanced writer who already has a short story, novel etc. in progress, so that they can immediately apply the author's principles of plotting to their story. The book includes comments and writing advice from 15 other established authors. I consider this a bonus.

If you're like me, this book will end up highlighted in your favorite colors, dog-eared and full of 3M post-it notes.

Buy this book now. In fact, buy two copies and give one to a writing friend. This is a NEW book. Published in 2011 by Pig River Press. This is the authors (Chris Eboch) 14th book. She has written this guide to advanced plotting from real world experience . . . not by condensing 20 other story structure books and a bunch of outdated magazine articles.

A few highlights of what she covers are listed here.
1. You need a good plot to begin building a strong foundation for your story. Sure, you also need a hook, an interesting setting, a believable theme, a strong theme, passion for writing and the genetic gene - all writers need to have. (The last part about the genetic gene, is my idea)
2. The Story Resolution: If your character succeeds at the end with his quest, you need a moment - where it appears the character will fail. (And vice versa as well)

3. Two of my favorite chapters are called: Plotting Like a Screenwriter and The Hollywood Touch. It shows you how the techniques - used to write a great movie - can be applied directly to writing your short story/novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why only now? December 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded Advanced Plotting last week and dived into the reading. Why did I not find this book earlier? I have just finished my WIP and I wished I had read Chris EBoch's book 9 months ago before starting the whole mss. The bright side is that I can use all the good advice for the sequel I am about to kick off. Advanced Plotting is for writers who have already a grasp of the basic elements of the craft of writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another tool for your writer's toolkit November 6, 2011
Advanced Plotting is another tool that allows you to analyze your novel to help you solve problems with plot, tension, pacing, character development, conflict and theme. The author's strategy is extremely useful and if you apply the exercise she suggests, you'll undoubtedly see results with your work-in-progress. It's also a great tool to help you crank out a first draft. I highly recommend this book on craft and the additional essays included and written by industry professionals are an added bonus. Worth every penny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Class in Manuscript Writing June 20, 2012
By Brenda
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This book is like taking a master class in manuscript writing. The author, who has published thirteen books, and several of her also-published colleagues, give specific ways to make your writing stronger.

Be sure to do the challenging Plot Outline Exercise to find and correct possible flaws for your work-in-progress. I am currently working on the "Exercise" and am stunned at how much my manuscript improves as I work my way through each segment of this rigorous exercise. I feel like I have an editor sitting next to me as I write.

This jewel of a book can and should be used throughout the writing process.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Hiring an Editor October 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Advanced Plotting is a master-level course in plotting stories, written by experienced novelist and writing teacher Chris Eboch. Plot Outline Exercises are equivalent to having an editor analyze your manuscript and show you the weak spots. In addition to Eboch's expert advice, this book contains essays on plotting by 15 other published writers. Excellent to use either before writing your first word or in the revision stage.

-- Christine Kohler, Words Alive! Christian Writers' Prompts & Skills
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More About the Author

Chris Eboch writes a variety of genres for children. She also writes for adults as Kris Bock (see below).

THE EYES OF PHARAOH, set in Egypt in 1177 BC, brings an ancient world to life. When Reya hints that Egypt is in danger from foreign nomads, Seshta and Horus don't take him seriously. How could anyone challenge Egypt? Then Reya disappears. To save their friend, Seshta and Horus spy on merchants, soldiers, and royalty, and start to suspect even The Eyes of Pharaoh, the powerful head of the secret police. Will Seshta and Horus escape the traps set for them, rescue Reya, and stop the plot against Egypt in time?

THE WELL OF SACRIFICE (Clarion Books, 1999) is a middle grade historical adventure set in ninth century Guatemala. Kirkus Reviews called The Well of Sacrifice, "[An] engrossing first novel.... Eboch crafts an exciting narrative with a richly textured depiction of ancient Mayan society.... The novel shines not only for a faithful recreation of an unfamiliar, ancient world, but also for the introduction of a brave, likable and determined heroine."

The HAUNTED series follows a brother and sister who travel with their parents' ghost hunter TV show. In each book, the TV show researches a new ghost at a new location. The kids try to help the ghosts, while keeping their activities secret from meddling grownups. The series, for ages 8-12, contains THE GHOST ON THE STAIRS, THE RIVERBOAT PHANTOM, and THE KNIGHT IN THE SHADOWS.

THE GHOST ON THE STAIRS is set at a Colorado hotel haunted by a ghost bride from the 1880s who is waiting for her missing husband to return. THE RIVERBOAT PHANTOM features a steamboat pilot still trying to prevent a long-ago disaster. In THE KNIGHT IN THE SHADOWS--winner of the 2010 New Mexico Book Awards in the category Juvenile Book--a Renaissance French squire protects a sword on display in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

JESSE OWENS: YOUNG RECORD BREAKER, for ages 8-12, is written under the name M. M. Eboch. This is an inspiring story, focused on Jesse's childhood. Through hard work and courage, African-American runner Jesse Owens overcame racism, poverty and poor health. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics, in Hitler's Germany, proving that Blacks could compete at the highest level.

Like JESSE OWENS, MILTON HERSHEY, YOUNG CHOCOLATIER, is part of Simon & Schuster's Childhood of Famous Americans series. It's an inspirational biography of chocolate king Milton Hershey. Plus, chocolate history!

Chris also writes for adults as Kris Bock.

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Adventures

WHISPERS IN THE DARK: A young archaeologist seeking peace after an assault stumbles into danger as mysteries unfold among ancient Southwest ruins. Can she overcome the fears from her past, learn to fight back, and open herself to a new romance?

RATTLED: The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends--a heretic Spanish priest's gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But she's not the only one after the treasure. Just how far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she's really made of?

"The story has it all--action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship...."

"The action never stopped .... It was adventure and romance at its best."

"I couldn't put this book down. You'll love it."


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