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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 nTurn 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 suspenseIncorporate effective subplotsTie up all the loose endsKeep 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...

Title : Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
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ISBN : 9781440542749
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories Reviews

  • Haley Whitehall
    2019-03-28 21:30

    This workbook recycles many writing exercises that have been around for a long time like writing backstory for your characters and interviewing them. Unless you have read the books used as examples it is hard to follow them. I was looking for a new way to plot, and was disappointed. This book was at times confusing, at best old news.

  • Sue Edwards
    2019-03-31 23:45

    My first fantasy novel has become an ongoing project that has sucked me in and spat me out countless times. My plot as a whole is solid, but the beginning has been a challenge. When I say that, I’m being polite.I took my first beginning to my critique group. Nope. It was too confusing, because I had started the story too late. I started the story earlier and tried again. I took the new first chapter to my critique group. Still not enough backstory so I started still earlier. When that didn’t work, my confidence deflated. I remembered a plotting diagram in the Plot Whisper and The Plot Whisperer Workbook. They were in my “to review” stack. What better way to test them than this first chapter fiasco? I mentally issued the author a challenge. Drag me out of this writing slump, Martha Alderson. I dare you.The plot diagram, Alderson’s Plot Planner, includes the character’s emotional development. Although I was convinced that the problem was plot not emotion, I sat down to do the activities. After all, a dare is a dare. I created character emotional profiles for my protagonist, my antagonist and side kick. Apparently, Mr. Sidekick is not the goody-two-shoes people see; this new knowledge deepened the story.I typed a list of scenes. Not difficult, but they were more numerous than I had expected. I found a 6-foot-long piece of paper as recommended by Alderson for a full-sized plot planner. I wasn’t convinced I needed this much, but I typed my scenes including plot, subplot, emotional arc, dramatic action and theme. As I cut and taped to the chart, I realized it would take 6 feet of paper. Then I got another shocker. Original scene #1 was now scene #6, at the first turning point. I had originally started the story way too late, a fact I would have seen on this type of plot diagram. Alderson has you look at turning points. At the first one, your character commits to a course of action different from his opening goal. At the turning point, my character decides on revenge. If I had been using the Plotter from the start, I would have plunked down a revenge chapter and realized that the story needs to build to this point, not start here. I highly recommend these books. The Plot Whisperer explains the concepts you will use, showing how each is essential. The workbook takes you through exercises that get the job done. There are sections on exploring theme; creating story arcs for your antagonist and secondary characters; how and where to work in details; testing cause and effect; and working in backstory. I’m looking forward to playing with theme but I’ll also study the sections on backstory and all the rest. Why? Alderson has already surprised me multiple times by supplying tools I need before I understand that I need them.--SueBEReview first appeared on WOW! Women on Writing Blog, the Muffin (http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/...)

  • Marcus Speh
    2019-04-17 02:30

    Discovered Alderson's work only last week, watched a number of her fresh, inspiring video clips and bought her book which I think is very accessible and combines the BEST from Gardner (On Becoming a Novelist), Brande (Becoming a Writer), Forster (Aspects of the Novel), Campbell (The Hero With a Thousand Faces) and others I have read. Wonderfully grounded, highly pragmatic presentation and yet with soul! Besides the tools, the observation (so obvious now, but she had to say it!) that there's a transference (my term) between the transformation of the plot's (main) characters and the writer's own transformation strikes me as highly original...never read this before, pure gold. She works in a rather hypnotic way. Highly recommended. Really looking forward to finishing not just your course but my novel, too!

  • Martha
    2019-04-07 19:24

    I wrote The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories to serve as a companion to The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master. After reading the PW book, writers clamored for a workbook with space available to complete the exercises in the PW book that are necessary to plot a novel, memoir, screenplay from beginning to end. The PWWorkbook as all new examples and many more exercises. When writers need more in-depth explanations about the concepts, my hope is that they turn to the PW book as a resource when filling out the exercises.

  • Lyn
    2019-04-06 21:44

    Superb. Although I've watched the videos produced by Martha and Jill Corcoran (available on the website apathtopublishing.com) and taken copious notes on said videos, this workbook is the perfect companion. Wish I'd known about it earlier in my writing journey. Thank you, Martha, for sharing your wisdom so generously.

  • Selina Kyle
    2019-04-11 22:24

    Such a great resource. If you're like me, you have plots in mind but they end up scattered, or they end up a little flat on paper. Well, this book gives your plot zest and gives you a clear idea how to get from beginning to end without boring or losing your readers.

  • Jenny Orelle
    2019-04-10 22:24

    I love this little book. I have a grid of white boards along my writing room wall to work out story structure, but I use this workbook as a convenient and portable story-board with lots of mini post-its for each plot point. Now I can plot in the park.

  • Melinda Collins
    2019-04-14 01:41

    One of the best craft best I've ever read. I read the book before diving into the workbook, which helped because I already knew the craft elements being referenced, but I felt as though this workbook gave me a much better grasp of plot and all its intricacies than any other craft book I've read.

  • Abigail
    2019-04-14 18:30

    very useful. looking forward to a second read-through, this time armed with post-it notes.

  • Helen
    2019-03-31 01:42

    This book contains lots of hands-on exercises to help you nail your plot, characters, and settings. Very helpful!

  • Danielle
    2019-03-21 19:38

    Not really a book to consider read or completed. Otherwise would stay on my current shelf for years.

  • Kayla
    2019-04-20 00:45

    I'll definitely be using it again.