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Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories Workbook Edition

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About the Author

Martha Alderson, founder of PlotWrMo and author of The Plot Whisperer, 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.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Workbook edition (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440542740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440542749
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Write a great plot for your novel, memoir, screenplay. Martha Alderson, bestselling author of The Plot Whisperer, writes books to help you do just that -- write stories with great plots.

Martha has been exploring and writing about the Universal Story for the past twenty years as part of the plot support she offers to writers. She first introduced the Universal Story in The Plot Whisperer to transform writers' creative lives and to "show" plot. More recently, she has expanded her work to include helping people transform their creative lives.

The Plot Whisperer Work book: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories and The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing quickly followed. Her most recent book is Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme with Jordan Rosenfeld. Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure & Scene is due out 3/16. Secrets of Personal Transformation: A Spiritual Guide comes next.
The Plot Whisperer blog she manages has been awarded top honors by Writers Digest 2009 - 2015.
She is currently filming 2 new video programs: The 27-Step Tutorial: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay? and A Spiritual Guide for Writers: Secrets of Personal Transformation. Join her! Opt-in now to the Beta-Membership: Writing a Story with a Plot Takes You on an Epic Journey.
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. Much like how the dramatic action in a story transforms the protagonist, writing a story with a plot from beginning to end changes you in significant ways and always points to transformation. Evaluate where you are now with your story, where you'd like to be and how to arrive there joyfully. Visit her website for books, on-line video programs, consultations, writing and renewal retreats and more: http://marthaalderson.com
Join her mailing list to receive plot tips and notification of a new release or sale here: http://marthaalderson.com/subscribe-plot-tips/
Visit her on Facebook here: facebook.com/PlotWhisperer
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I snagged the The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master from my local library and loved it! I am a very visual person, her diagrams and down to earth writing style helped me better visualize the story I had been desperately trying to compose. My pile of post-its became a navigable map guiding my writing toward a powerful and meaningful tale. I found holes in my plans, ideas for improvement, and she empowered me to make those changes with gentle, actionable tasks.

I ordered the workbook as soon as I discovered it was available. The workbook is a strong supplement to the book. I feel like the book is more the 'whats' and the workbook is more 'hows'. The ideal option is to have both books together, but I don't think you must have both to benefit from her guidance.

Many writing books have crossed my desk. This is the strongest plotting book I have read so far. =D
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After poring over The Plot Whisperer, I was beyond excited to learn that a workbook was coming out. I pre-ordered it the same day and waited and waited for the release date. Imagine my excitement when it shipped early! That excitement increased when I started reading it.
I read through it once and then went back and started working through it. For the first time, I truly understand what I've been missing and, even better, I truly understand what to do!
Writers at all levels can benefit greatly from this book!
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My first fantasy novel has become an ongoing project that has sucked me in and spat me out countless times. My plot as a whole is solid, but the beginning has been a challenge. When I say that, I'm being polite.

I took my first beginning to my critique group. Nope. It was too confusing, because I had started the story too late. I started the story earlier and tried again.

I took the new first chapter to my critique group. Still not enough backstory so I started still earlier.

When that didn't work, my confidence deflated. I remembered a plotting diagram in the Plot Whisper and The Plot Whisperer Workbook. They were in my "to review" stack. What better way to test them than this first chapter fiasco? I mentally issued the author a challenge. Drag me out of this writing slump, Martha Alderson. I dare you.

The plot diagram, Alderson's Plot Planner, includes the character's emotional development. Although I was convinced that the problem was plot not emotion, I sat down to do the activities. After all, a dare is a dare.

I created character emotional profiles for my protagonist, my antagonist and side kick. Apparently, Mr. Sidekick is not the goody-two-shoes people see; this new knowledge deepened the story.

I typed a list of scenes. Not difficult, but they were more numerous than I had expected.

I found a 6-foot-long piece of paper as recommended by Alderson for a full-sized plot planner. I wasn't convinced I needed this much, but I typed my scenes including plot, subplot, emotional arc, dramatic action and theme. As I cut and taped to the chart, I realized it would take 6 feet of paper. Then I got another shocker. Original scene #1 was now scene #6, at the first turning point.
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Martha Alderson has created a perfect companion for her earlier Plot Whisperer:Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master. She has also provided a perfect personal companion to accompany writers on a carefully supported journey to success. The dedication tells us the author has a love of the craft instilled by her father at an early age. The readers know she brings his gift full circle by giving them what they need to believe in themselves.She sets up her organization immediatley and clearly states how the ideas will be presented. The reader is encouraged to make the book very personal by working through the exercises that will give their own work foundation and direction. As with the earlier book, she is generous in her use of fine literature of all types to show how an author creates plot and employs sound technique. This makes it easy to think about and fill in templates and other visual aids creating the structure of ones own novel.
This book along with the first would certainly be valuable tools for the solitary writer or for the writer participating in a writing group. Martha Alderson is definitely an author who writes to support the personal satisfaction and success of others.
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It would be insane for a farmer to try to plow his fields with a shovel. It would be exhausting work with little results. Farmers need tractors to plows fields. Tractors allow the farmer to plow more land in a very short amount of time with no exhaustion and the end result is food on the table and money in the bank. Martha's book, The Plot Whisperer's Workbook. Is the tractor that will revolutionize your writing. Take it from me. I've tried every writer's plotting aid out there. They were all shovels compared to Martha's workbook. I've already had my first novel optioned for film and when I pitched my book to 17 agents at a pitch slam in New York, they all requested a copy of the manuscript. I now have an agent and am on my way to being published. I'd still be hopelessly digging away one shovel at a time if it weren't for The Plot Whisperer's Workbook (I also bought the companion book which provides a thorough explanation of the essentials of plotting - the workbook lays out the process step by step.) You just fill in the blank forms in the book. When you finish filling in the workbook, all of the parts of your story that you've been unable to pull together (the plot and subplots and character arc and theme and action and suspense) will finally come together as the story you have to tell, the story you've been trying to tell, the story you've been
dreaming to tell. If you're serious about being published, whether you're just starting or working on a revision of a completed manuscript, The Plot Whisperer's Workbook will help you reach your goal. It won't write your story for you but it will simplify the writing process so you can enjoy
writing your story and getting it published! Three cheers, FIVE stars and hip hip hooray for The Plot
Whisperer's Workbook!
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