- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Adams Media (January 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440560811
- ISBN-13: 978-1440560811
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Martha Alderson, a.k.a "The Plot Whisperer," has been a nationally recognized plot consultant for 15 years. Here she offers loads of exercises to help writers think clearly about plot and activate a story's momentum. This book's practical exercises will show writers how to bring 'moments of transformation' into their own stories." --Writer Magazine
"Unlike many other programs, Alderson asks you to come up with your own goal. Planning to write a screenplay? Or a novel? See how long a comparable work is, then divide that number by 30. Write this number of words daily for 30 days and you will have a completed draft. All you need to get yourself moving are the prompts in this book. How do I know? 2200 words in two days and counting. Not bad for someone who can't stand writing prompts." --Women on Writing
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I've written 35 scenes of my new novel since I began the book of prompts. !0 of them were written on a return trip from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. I was bored to death and decided to write. It was wonderful!!! Thank you, Martha Alderson for making my writing life so easy and for saving me time.
You won't regret getting this book. Actually, I have 5 books by Ms. Alderson and I can't stop writing and rewriting. I am sure I will complete my new novel much sooner than I finished my first thanks to Ms. Alderson.
Good luck and WRITE!!!
I first got acquainted with Martha Alderson when I read about her book of prompts. I immediately went up on Amazon and downloaded the book to my Kindle app. I love that her 120 prompts aim at getting the reader/writer through the entire range of story telling: beginning, middle, and end of the book. And each prompt has three parts: an affirmation to encourage the writer, a plot prompt that reminds me what should be happening in my story at this point, and a writing prompt (just do it!)
I bought a paperback copy of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master at Barnes and Noble this week and am enjoying this book as well. "You imagine yourself into being a writer," Martha says, and she shows us how to do that very thing. Thanks, Martha.
I own a few 'how-to' writing books already, although none by this Author. I also had never heard of her before purchasing this, so wasn't sure which book to buy (also didn't want to spend too much.)
Long story short - I'm glad that I bought this one.
My main concerns after reading the reviews here and elsewhere, were that this would be too 'new agey' and not a stand-alone book. I'm happy to report that I didn't find either of these to be the case. There are affirmations involved, but they are not OTT, and I can see how a good little pep-talk each day would be beneficial. There is, of course, also lots of solid, actionable steps and advice.
The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts appears to be a condensed version of the Author's work (although it is still a decent read, at 232 pages), which is exactly what I was looking for. She explains each point succinctly and also provides links to her youtube videos/channel for those who require more details.
If I had to choose one thing that I didn't like about the book, it would be that the Kindle version doesn't list the contents/chapters down the LHS of the reader (Kindle-for-PC.)
If you are already familiar with basic writing concepts, and/or need someone to motivate you and guide you through the whole process, one step at a time, then I highly recommend this.
All her books are great because she knows this subject. I have found that her experience in plotting the universal story is needed for beginning writers. Experienced ones too.
It is not fair to make me buy the main book when all I wanted was exercises.