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I will say that I picked up some basics on plotting and scene structure in this book, but I got lost somewhere in the higher energy, Universal Story segment, which plays a large role in the teachings of this author.
Obviously our writings come from within us, so whatever avenue gets our stories from our minds and into written words on paper; be it positive energies, meditation, all nighters in front of the computer typing away with non stop coffee, then so be it.
I have no doubt that this book has and will motivate many aspiring writers. As for me, right now--I just want the facts minus the fluff.
Perhaps what sets the Plot Whisperer apart from other writing or plotting craft book is the emphasis on thematic significance. The theme ties together the plot and character changes. There is a goal to every action, and the underlying theme is sometimes not clarified or revealed until the third or fourth draft.
Using examples from popular stories such as "To Kill a Mockingbird", "East of Eden", and "The Lord of Flies", the Plot Whisperer demonstrates graphically the rise and fall of energy through the three act structure. It is also a motivational handbook, one that relates the crisis and struggles a writer faces with the conflict and setbacks of the characters. Just as story characters are held back by their flaws, so are writers held back by their negative attitudes. Just as story characters must cast off the traits and beliefs that hold them back, writers must do the same.
I reread this book every time I finish a first draft and meditate on my story for a month before embarking on the rewrite. I don't necessary do all of the mechanical steps, like Scene Tracker and Plot Planner, but I use the concepts to further refine and unify my characters' goals with the themes that run through the story.
I am amending my review after attending the conference. I am now completely sold on this book and approach. As a hopeless "right-brainer," I am finding Alderson's techniques for tight plotting to be extremely challenging, but also extremely satisfying and valuable. Alderson gave me some tips and skills that I will be able to use now and for every subsequent book I write. I recommend getting a physical copy rather than a kindle version. I ended up purchasing both-- and really needed the physical copy to mark up and consume. I would also recommend getting the companion workbook if you are serious about rethinking plot structure.
Definitely worth buying!
Too bad I lost contact with the 5 time published author who recommended this book to me. Five books under her belt and she thought this book was the best thing out there. She said it was helping her write her 6th book.