- File Size: 917 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1 edition (September 15, 1993)
- Publication Date: September 15, 1993
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005LIYZJ8
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Almost all of the books I've worked on as inhouse editor suffer from lack of structure. Intelligent people seem clueless when it comes to shaping their manuscripts and making them commercially viable. 20 Master Plots offers much more than plot ideas. It succinctly puts forth a wealth of information on how to think about what you're doing and where you are going with your work. I'm so jazzed by this book, I woke up after three hours' sleep to write this review and get back to my novel. Exciting!
Tobias has taken the time to find out what many great authors said and wrote about the nature of their craft. My favorite is a quote attributed to Somerset Maugham: "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are." This book attempts to identify the rules for story construction in a way that many aspiring novelists will find useful.
While the book does give you a semblance of an outline in regards to themes, and what should go in which Act, it does NOT tell you how to develop the plot according to theme.
All in all, if you are writing a story about sacrifice or adventure, or one of the 18 other things this book covers, and you are having problems with what is involved in the theme, this is the book for you.
With the use of these checklists I'm abel to see the plots I'm using in my stories and determine if I'm being too cliche or not.Now that I have something to compare things with, I'm able to decide if my story plots need elements added or removed.
For the plot types that I haven't started yet, I found reading the plot generalizations to be a nice springboard for brainstorming twists and turns that my own stories can make as I mix-n-match the different plot devices.
I'm very happy I got my hands on this book!
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I like this book so much, I bought another to share with a family member.Published 6 months ago by Ralph Lawrence
Lovely, educational book that any writer, filmmaker, game developer, etc should give a read. It broadens the mind and allows for less cluttered story creationPublished 19 months ago by Juliana LV
This is a comprehensive book that I reference again and again in my writing.
It's a book that breaks down the principles underlying the types of stories we tell,
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Because where are we without a plot? Aimlessly wandering around, for sure. So getting my teeth into this book, which gives me twenty arch-typical plots for study and dissection and... Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Askja
Ronald Tobias makes how to construct a plot as clear as the antagonist's motivations. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is learning to write fiction. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Ellell Bee
The contents were thorough and were a good reminder of many of the useful story plots. I'm glad I bought it and it arrived within the time the retailer had predicted.Published on October 10, 2011 by James Nee
I've read many, many books on the topic of writing, trying to gather advice to launch a writing career of my own. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Jacob Dieffenbach
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