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5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY book on writing that helps in a practical way, December 15, 2000
This review is from: 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them (Hardcover)
Ronald B. Tobias must have written this book with me in mind. I've published and edited non-fiction for years, but now trying my hand at writing fiction. Scary! I usually advise people to stay away for books on how to write, believing it can't be taught. But Tobias chops through the undergrowth and reveals very practical information on structuring your work.
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!
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2013 8:00:37 AM PDT
E. Scoles says:
Except that it perpetuates a common and pernicious conflation: These aren't plots, they're CONFLICTS.

What the book is ACTUALLY about is taking 20 master CONFLICTS and turning them into plots.
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