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The Plot Skeleton breaks the plotting process down into a rather interesting analogy of the human skeleton beginning with the head and ending with the feet. While there is nothing new or earth shattering here, it does present an easy-to-follow organizational structure for creating a plot outline. She includes helpful examples to illustrate her points, making it pretty painless to grasp the concepts.
Even if you're a pantser, it helps to have a basic understanding of your plot and where your story is going before you sit down to write. You don't have to stick with your outline, it can ebb and flow with your writing, but if you don't know where you're going when you start, your story can meander, not really going anywhere. Personally, I hate the editing process, so the more work I can do up front to reduce the amount of editing required after the first draft, the better. While my story may not end up exactly as I conceived it, I know when I'm veering wildly off course if I have some sort of an outline before I start.
The first novel I wrote, The Union, has been through over 30 revisions. I wrote without an outline or any real understanding of where I was going other than I knew my storyworld, my protagonist's story goal, and her hidden need. However, on the next three books I wrote in the series, I had a rough outline. Even though those aren't polished yet, they're a lot stronger structurally after early drafts than The Union was.
This is a quick and easy read that lays out the process for outlining your plot in a pretty straightforward way. Even if you don't learn anything mind blowing, it's a useful tool. I tend to glance through it before I sit down to write a new project. It never hurts to refresh my memory on what makes a strong plot, and skimming a 30-page book is a lot easier than a 300+ page book.
If a critique partner, friend, editor or publisher says 'you need to work on point of view' and you have no idea what they are talking about, then this is a good introduction to the subject. It covers the main points of view and where you would use them, as well as covering why head-hopping is considered inappropriate in modern writing. Hunt uses examples from well known books, movies and TV shows to illustrate and emphasise her points.
However, I didn't learn much from this. I've read quite a few books on writing and editing, and all have covered point of view in more depth. More experienced writers or those looking to develop their skill in deep perspective POV will get more out of Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View.
I would not have purchased this book if I had known. I hope this is not like all
Amazon books. You should check the print on your books.
Very unhappy and sorry I purchased this book.