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Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure

Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish


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Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure
Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish
by James Scott Bell
Writer's Digest Books, 2004
ISBN 1-58297-294-X
$16.99 paperback, 240 pages

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In chapter 1, "What is Plot, Anyway?" find out what plot is,how it works, and learn the LOCK system: Lead, Objective, Confrontation, and Knockout.

About the Book
How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course?

With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:

  • Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends
  • Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts
  • Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas
  • Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter
  • Story structure models and methods for all genres
  • Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems

Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

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