20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them Second Edition
Give your story a solid foundation - a plot that engages readers from start to finish!
The best stories linger in the hearts and minds of readers for decades. These tales gain their power through plots that connect with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level.
Inside, Ronald B. Tobias details these 20 time-tested plots. Each is discussed and analyzed, illustrating how a successful plot integrates all the elements of a story. Tobias then shows you how to use these plots effectively in your own work.
Tobias then goes to the next level, showing you how to choose and develop plot in fiction. He shows you how to craft plot for any subject matter, so that you develop your work evenly and effectively. As a result, your fiction will be more cohesive and convincing, making your story unforgettable for readers everywhere.
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About the Author
- Publisher : Writer's Digest Books; Second edition (January 17, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1582972397
- ISBN-13 : 978-1582972398
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #646,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Long story short, this book is for writers. It tells you what makes a good plot, and gives you many plot archetypes to study and gives you the foundation for what is a good plot structure (and what a specific plot needs when) to really deliver the best for the story you're working on. I really suggest this one along with 'Save the Cat' by Blake Snyder if you're serious about writing stories.
This book is incredibly insightful and really blew my mind when I first read it. I bought this years ago and still use it to this day.
However, the book will not go much deeper than getting you started in any master plot type. It essentially delivers a magazine article about every plot type -- a great starting place.
The book is a great reference book and should sit in the writers library. From there it will deliver wisdom in 10-minute shots and get you going on any story.
The writing is crisp, enjoyable, accessible, yet also deep with critical insights valuable to any writer or wannabe.
I've already recommended it to several friends without hesitation! Read, learn, apply, enjoy!
Top reviews from other countries
Splash out on these three and IMO you'll know all you ever need to know about plotting.
A useful guide to someone who wants to start writing fiction, I would recommend also buying a few other guides to ensure that you cover as many techniques and ways of working as possible.
I was pleased to read that some of the themes it explained I already was using in my writing work.