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Chris Eboch is the author of 20 books for young people. Her novels for ages nine and up include The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; and the Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs. Learn more at www.chriseboch.com or check out her writing tips at http://chriseboch.blogspot.com/. Chris also writes for adults under the name Kris Bock. Her romantic suspense novels feature outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. To learn more, visit www.krisbock.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463739303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463739300
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Warning. This book is not for someone who wants to be a writer - someday. Save your money.

This 106 pg. book is unlike the other how-to books that promise to teach you everything you need to know about writing a good story. This book will help any intermediate or advanced writer who already has a short story, novel etc. in progress, so that they can immediately apply the author's principles of plotting to their story. The book includes comments and writing advice from 15 other established authors. I consider this a bonus.

If you're like me, this book will end up highlighted in your favorite colors, dog-eared and full of 3M post-it notes.

Buy this book now. In fact, buy two copies and give one to a writing friend. This is a NEW book. Published in 2011 by Pig River Press. This is the authors (Chris Eboch) 14th book. She has written this guide to advanced plotting from real world experience . . . not by condensing 20 other story structure books and a bunch of outdated magazine articles.

A few highlights of what she covers are listed here.
1. You need a good plot to begin building a strong foundation for your story. Sure, you also need a hook, an interesting setting, a believable theme, a strong theme, passion for writing and the genetic gene - all writers need to have. (The last part about the genetic gene, is my idea)
2. The Story Resolution: If your character succeeds at the end with his quest, you need a moment - where it appears the character will fail. (And vice versa as well)

3. Two of my favorite chapters are called: Plotting Like a Screenwriter and The Hollywood Touch. It shows you how the techniques - used to write a great movie - can be applied directly to writing your short story/novel.
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Advanced Plotting is another tool that allows you to analyze your novel to help you solve problems with plot, tension, pacing, character development, conflict and theme. The author's strategy is extremely useful and if you apply the exercise she suggests, you'll undoubtedly see results with your work-in-progress. It's also a great tool to help you crank out a first draft. I highly recommend this book on craft and the additional essays included and written by industry professionals are an added bonus. Worth every penny!
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I downloaded Advanced Plotting last week and dived into the reading. Why did I not find this book earlier? I have just finished my WIP and I wished I had read Chris EBoch's book 9 months ago before starting the whole mss. The bright side is that I can use all the good advice for the sequel I am about to kick off. Advanced Plotting is for writers who have already a grasp of the basic elements of the craft of writing.
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This book is like taking a master class in manuscript writing. The author, who has published thirteen books, and several of her also-published colleagues, give specific ways to make your writing stronger.

Be sure to do the challenging Plot Outline Exercise to find and correct possible flaws for your work-in-progress. I am currently working on the "Exercise" and am stunned at how much my manuscript improves as I work my way through each segment of this rigorous exercise. I feel like I have an editor sitting next to me as I write.

This jewel of a book can and should be used throughout the writing process.
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Advanced Plotting is a master-level course in plotting stories, written by experienced novelist and writing teacher Chris Eboch. Plot Outline Exercises are equivalent to having an editor analyze your manuscript and show you the weak spots. In addition to Eboch's expert advice, this book contains essays on plotting by 15 other published writers. Excellent to use either before writing your first word or in the revision stage.

-- Christine Kohler, Words Alive! Christian Writers' Prompts & Skills
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I was fooled first by the title and then taken in by the six 5 star reviews this book had received when I purchased it. This is NOT a book on advanced plotting. The author(s) does a serviceable job in explaining some elemental plotting but falls far short of the advanced techniques advertised by the title. Call it Plot Techniques for Beginners and you would be much better served and people like me who are hoping to learn some new ideas would not be so bitterly disappointed in spending hard-earned money on pulp. The only reason I didn't give it 1 star was for the editing, which was at least professionally done.
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