- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Fifth edition (October 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158297294X
- ISBN-13: 978-1582972947
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 383 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish Fifth Edition
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About the Author
A former trial lawyer, James Scott Bell is the award-winning author of numerous thrillers, including the Ty Buchanan series (Try Dying, Try Darkness, Try Fear). He is also the author of two other popular writing books: Revision & Self-Editing, and The Art of War for Writers. A frequent teacher and keynoter at writing conferences, he resides in Los Angeles.
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As a writer, I am a "seat of the pants" guy, who's reluctantly recognized it isn't working for me (a major motivation for getting this book). Bell's discussion of different styles of outlining, though brief, gave me ideas of how to proceed. While I've often read books that include exercises, I confess to rarely doing them -- Bell is an exception (no, I didn't do *all* of them, but.... :) ). His text uses plenty of examples, drawn from movies and well-known novels. I've read other works on plot and structure (both general books and at least two dedicated to these topics), and have found this one to be by far the most readable, instructive, easy-to-digest, and *helpful.*
Bottom line: if you want to learn the craft of writing and intend to pursue the publishing market, do yourself-- and the world-- a favor and read this book.