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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440560811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440560811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Martha Alderson, a.k.a "The Plot Whisperer," has been a nationally recognized plot consultant for 15 years. Here she offers loads of exercises to help writers think clearly about plot and activate a story's momentum. This book's practical exercises will show writers how to bring 'moments of transformation' into their own stories." --Writer Magazine

"Unlike many other programs, Alderson asks you to come up with your own goal. Planning to write a screenplay? Or a novel? See how long a comparable work is, then divide that number by 30. Write this number of words daily for 30 days and you will have a completed draft. All you need to get yourself moving are the prompts in this book. How do I know? 2200 words in two days and counting. Not bad for someone who can't stand writing prompts." --Women on Writing

About the Author

Martha Alderson, founder of PlotWrMo, has worked with hundreds of writers in plot workshops, retreats, and plot consultations for more than fifteen years. Her clients include bestselling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors. She is the author of The Plot Whisperer.


More About the Author

Write a great plot for your novel, memoir, screenplay. Martha Alderson, aka Plot Whisperer, writes books to help you do just that -- write great plots.

The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master demystifies plot with the help of novel, memoir and screenplay examples. The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories is your place to pre-plot, revision and give the final test to your novel, memoir, screenplay. The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing prompts you to write everyday and what to write each day to write a story from beginning all the way to the end. The PW books are published by Adams Media (a division of F + W Media). Her Blockbuster Plots Pure & Simple and plot ebooks are published through Illusion Press.

She is the founder of the award-winning blog The Plot Whisperer, Blockbuster Plots for Writers, International PlotWriMo and the vlog How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay?

Follow 27 Steps to plot a story from the beginning to the end at How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay? visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/marthaalderson

Martha combines what she knows about how people learn after more than twenty years of working with thousands of children with what she knows about plot and the structure of story after writing and teaching for twenty years. She takes readers and writers alike beyond the words and into the very heart of a story.

Her clients include best-selling authors, writing teachers and fiction editors, and Hollywood movie directors.

She can help you with plot.

Customer Reviews

The Plot Whisperer:Book of Writing Prompts.
James Sr.
The last prompt, the writing prompt, helps the writer advance the story in a very specific way.
Marilyn Gordon
Let's say you've already worked up the beginning of your novel.
SueBE

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SueBE on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Writing prompts and I mix about as well as oil and water. I don't want to do pointless exercises. Translation: if it doesn't add words to my work-in-progress it is pointless.

When I received my copy of The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts, I was skeptical. As much as I adore Martha Alderson's Youtube videos, I just didn't see how a book of prompts could get me moving.

Fortunately, Alderson has anticipated this kind of reaction. "While following the plot prompts in this book, no stream of consciousness writing is allowed, unless it applies directly to the advancement of the plot of your story."

Alderson designed her book with 120 prompts divided equally among 4 sections--The Beginning, The Halfway Point, The Crisis, and the Climax and Conclusion. Let's say you've already worked up the beginning of your novel. Now you're floundering in the middle. Turn to that section. Seem to have lost all steam as you reach the Crisis? Again, turn to that section in the book.

Each prompt is actually a grouping--an affirmation, a plot prompt and a writing prompt. The affirmation is a "you go" section to help prime the pumps. Next comes the plot prompt which reminds you what you should be considering right now in terms of story development. It might have something to do with your character's goals or the setting or even the antagonist. Last but not least is the actual writing prompt with instructions for a scene in your story.

The wondrous thing about these prompts is that they are designed to be helpful no matter what kind of story you a writing. Mine is a middle grade fantasy. Not an adult novel. Not a screen play. Not a mystery. Yet, the prompts that got me going could be used in each of these kinds of writing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marsha L. Keeffer on February 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
The difference between The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing and other books featuring prompts is huge. With Alderson's book, a writer has a finished product at the end of the book.

Other prompt books I've worked with do provide writing exercises. But I'm looking for more than just practice. I want productivity leading to a completed project. Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, it's getting the manuscript done and beginning the editing process that's so important.

I'd like even more direction, so I gave the book 4 stars. Results may vary. Altogether, a fine work book and one that is easy to use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne D. Dowling on February 28, 2013
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This book is NOT just for writers -I'm a musician and am finding it most invaluable - we need structure, frameworks, and practical tips to move forward in our art form - I'd recommend this book to any artist! Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lorien on May 2, 2013
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This might be a good book... And I gave it 3 stars based on other reviews. But as I got into it I realized that there would be no way to get enough from this book without buying the actual book itself. I did not realize that this book does not stand alone. You must buy the actual text that matches it as many things I came over in this book were not well explained and referred back to the main book.

It is not fair to make me buy the main book when all I wanted was exercises.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Rudd on July 20, 2013
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I've only just purchased this today, so this will be a quick review...

I own a few 'how-to' writing books already, although none by this Author. I also had never heard of her before purchasing this, so wasn't sure which book to buy (also didn't want to spend too much.)

Long story short - I'm glad that I bought this one.

My main concerns after reading the reviews here and elsewhere, were that this would be too 'new agey' and not a stand-alone book. I'm happy to report that I didn't find either of these to be the case. There are affirmations involved, but they are not OTT, and I can see how a good little pep-talk each day would be beneficial. There is, of course, also lots of solid, actionable steps and advice.

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts appears to be a condensed version of the Author's work (although it is still a decent read, at 232 pages), which is exactly what I was looking for. She explains each point succinctly and also provides links to her youtube videos/channel for those who require more details.

If I had to choose one thing that I didn't like about the book, it would be that the Kindle version doesn't list the contents/chapters down the LHS of the reader (Kindle-for-PC.)

If you are already familiar with basic writing concepts, and/or need someone to motivate you and guide you through the whole process, one step at a time, then I highly recommend this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.D. on November 9, 2013
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The author has a Youtube channel, and all I can say is that what's there is much more helpful than this book. I had high hopes of it, but had it been possible to see more, I wouldn't have made the purchase. My only guess is that she probably woke up bored one day and decided to write this, for having nothing better to do.
Anyone can write this, all you have to do is grab a popular book and make prompts from it, without giving any details, just making generalizations. I found a few of the prompts to be helpful, but the vast majority didn't really make any sense and had absolutely no correlation to my story's plot.
Everything is very formulaic in this book. It goes about something like this:
1. Write a scene where the character takes a step towards her goal.
2. Incorporate 1. in a setting.
3. Your protagonist takes the next step towards her goal, but something stands in her way. Introduce a new character.
4. Show the protagonist facing a challenge and show her body language.
5. Two characters meet, who represent the romantic plot.

..and so on and so forth. I mean, really. If you want something completely formulaic, then this is your book. But what if the plot you thought has a completely different action, series of events? What if you decide to start in the middle of the story and then return back in time with different chapters, for example?
I would like to mention, as another reviewer did, the book does not really stand by itself. She recommends you in it her other books for specific parts and tasks.
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