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The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories Paperback – August 18, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1440542749 ISBN-10: 1440542740 Edition: Workbook

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Workbook edition (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440542740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440542749
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

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This workbook gives quick and easy exercises that help develop any story.
Katie
Martha Alderson has created a perfect companion for her earlier Plot Whisperer:Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master.
Marilyn Gordon
I read through it once and then went back and started working through it.
Marilee

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L. Montano on August 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Marilee on July 20, 2012
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SueBE on June 9, 2013
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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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Gordon on August 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Singh on October 12, 2012
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Reviewed by C. J. Singh (Berkeley, California)
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Plot, Plot, Who's Got the Plot? After you've done the
exercises in this workbook, you do.

You'll find doing the exercises easier if you've studied
the main text
The Plot Whisperer:
Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master

(See my review of the main text on amazon.)

To the examples in the main text, the workbook adds instructive
illustrations from classics like F. Scott Fitzgerald's
"The Great Gatsby" and Ernest J. Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying,"
as well as several twenty-first century bestsellers such as:

* "Change of Heart: A Novel,"
by Jodi Picoult, published in 2008.

*"Help: A Novel " by Kathryn Stockett,
published in 2009.

* "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel"
by Helen Simonson,
published in 2011.

Five stars.
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