- File Size: 1810 KB
- Print Length: 50 pages
- Publisher: Marg McAlister; 1 edition (May 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083FXTB6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Busy Writer's One Hour Plot Kindle Edition
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What I had then lacked was planning and plot. Marg McAlister's book would have been invaluable. Now, having devoured it cover to cover, I have before me my stack of 5X8 cards, a clock, a stop watch, pens, notepaper and an hour to spare. I'm off.
I highly recommend The Busy Writer's One Hour Plot.
Optimistically (mainly due to this book's reviews), I decided to give the One Hour Plot a try. I had one hour to spare; I mean, I had been struggling for 6 months with a method that didn't work, what was another hour? Much to my surprise, after the hour was up, I had my plot structure set. Granted, I've been sitting on this idea for months, but I couldn't imagine crafting my overall plot so quickly.
Now, I am more inspired to start the writing process, rather than dreading another night of pain-staking outlining. Given my own experiences, the most important part of outlining/plotting is finding the method that works best for you. This method really clicked for me, and apparently a lot of other writers too. I would highly recommend this for writers who need a kick getting the basics of their plots down but don't have months to spend carefully crafting every element of every scene.
McAlister starts off by 'priming your pump'. Characters and storyline ideas are all around us and she offers up a lot of advice on how to find and seek them out, making the whole point of being ready to 'prime' them for beginning your plot.
This short book's concept is a hands-on exercise of laying the foundation and moving everything forward. No exceptions, no quitting and definitely no throwing ideas or half-finished novels into the bottom-drawer. Here is the frame-work to guide you. There's advice and tactics to structure your novel thematically with proven techniques of plotting.
Marg McAlister, a well-known Australian and International Writing Teacher with many years of experience shows the would-be author how to plot well. Her book offers premises of storylines and how to actually develop a plot from them. All within a one hour period, so that a base is there to build on and keep building on. This book is one of a series of books called "The Busy Writer". I would suggest that we busy ourselves now and buy this book, as that 60 minute clock is starting to tick.
Marg guides you through the process of priming the pump to identify your characters. She has suggestions for plot ideas. But then she gives you the 1 hour method to define the key characters, define the main components of the plot and bring the story to a good conclusion.
I also think the fact that each step is timed forces you to produce each part of the story framework without over-thinking it. By the time you're done you have all of the details you need to write your book. Very cool approach!