Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories

Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories

by Martha Alderson


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Turn lackluster plots into irresistible stories!

When it comes to writing bestsellers, it's all about the plot. But creating a captivating storyline that mesmerizes your audience until the very end is easier said than done. With thousands of engaging books on the shelf, you'll need to set yours apart by developing unique scenarios that leave readers wondering what happens next.

In this writing workbook, celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson covers everything from constructing spirited action and compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending. She also walks you through the development of a successful narrative with exercises that:
  • Help build suspense
  • Incorporate effective subplots
  • Tie up all the loose ends
  • Keep the reader turning pages

Filled with essential advice and writing exercises, /The Plot Whisperer Workbook will quickly become your go-to guide for crafting a tale worthy of the bestseller list!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440542749
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 08/18/2012
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 649,282
Product dimensions: 18.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Martha Alderson, founder of PlotWrMo and author of The Plot Whisperer, has worked with hundreds of writers in plot workshops, retreats, and plot consultations for more than fifteen years. Her clients include bestselling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part I Preparation 15

Chapter 1 Prepare to Plot 17

Chapter 2 Create Compelling Characters and Spirited Action 27

Chapter 3 Making the Scene 39

Chapter 4 Build Your Own Plot Planner 45

Chapter 5 Who's Your Protagonist? 59

Part II Begin Plotting 67

Chapter 6 Create an Introduction Checklist 69

Chapter 7 Build the Opening Scenes 81

Chapter 8 Begin at the Beginning 95

Chapter 9 You're Halfway There 107

Chapter 10 the Crisis is Here 131

Chapter 11 What Are the Subplots? 149

Chapter 12 We're at the End 157

Part III Analyzing Your Plot 177

Chapter 13 It's About Cause and Effect 179

Chapter 14 Find Your Thematic Bubble 189

Chapter 15 Finding the Strongest Climax 199

Chapter 16 Just Who Are Your Characters, Anyway? 207

Chapter 17 the End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End 213

Conclusion 221

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