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Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Allston
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Aaron Allston shares his analytical insights to teach the craft of novel plotting.

The book includes methods for:

> Generating scenes in a logical, organic way
> Ensuring that every scene should be in your novel
> Integrating scenes, themes, and character arcs
> Unsticking stuck plots
> Discovering a novel's hidden meaning
> Correcting plot mistakes
> Writing outlines for every purpose
> Exercising creative "muscles"

The book also includes Blood Kin, a complete novel plot, demonstrating its creation from initial idea to fully-detailed outline.

Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide is for aspiring writers at all levels of experience. Written by a genre specialist, it is also genre-friendly and fanfic-friendly.

Product Details

  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ArcherRat Publishing (February 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFF1BJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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If you've ever wanted to look over an author's shoulder as he or she developed a story from the initial germ of an idea through to a finished plot outline, this book is your dream come true.

Bestselling author Aaron Allston shares many of his secrets for crafting a story, fleshing out characters, creating character arcs, pacing the narrative, and much more in this book.

As he does this, he also walks through the development of a hypothetical novel from the initial idea (a monster story loosely based on very old vampire lore) through the development of the idea, the brainstorming of characters, the plotting of the story and character arcs, etc.

In addition to the reference materials and walkthroughs, Allston also provides a number of exercises to help the would-be author develop the skills and techniques he describes.

I found this book much more helpful than many of the writing books on my shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Do any of these statements sound familiar?
"I come up with good ideas, but I can't develop them into complete novels." [Yes! That’s me!]
"I'm going along fine with my novel, and then it just stops. I can't get it moving again." [Again, yeah!]
"I know what happens from start to finish, but I can't figure out what it's really about." [Sometime, yeah.]
"I know what's supposed to happen and what it's supposed to mean, but my story is just not working." [Still me, a bit]
"My novel is missing something and I can't figure out what it is." [Sure.]
If any of the above applies to you, Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide can help. [From Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide, page 1]

Well, I’m here to tell you that I’ve finished this book and it is exactly what I needed. You see, I’m stuck on a story that I’m writing and I’m trying to figure out which way it needs to go (bullet point #2). Moreover, bullet point #1 is a thing I struggle with as well.

Allston breaks down his book into two large sections. The third section is the appendix. Part one is theory. Here is where he lays out, in detail, many of the concepts most of us already know: What is a scene, the basics of plotting, the four elements of plots, etc. But where this book differs from others I’ve read is in two very important ways. One, Allston gives you exercises! Yes, you have homework. Some of these exercises might be basic, but for a beginning writer (or one who might be stuck), they are fantastic. There are exercises in each chapter (four chapters per section) and, while they start out as random exercises, they gradually turn to your own work. That’s a nice way of coming at your novel--in-progress with something akin to outside eyes.
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