20 Master Plots

And How to Build Them

Author: Ronald B Tobias

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635378

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Give your story a solid foundation—a plot that engages readers from start to finish! The best stories linger in the hearts and minds of readers for decades. These tales gain their power through plots that connect with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level. Inside Ronald B. Tobias details these 20 time-tested plots. Each is discussed and analyzed, illustrating how a successful plot integrates all the elements of a story. Tobias then shows you how to use these plots effectively in your own work. Tobias then goes to the next level, showing you how to choose and develop plot in fiction. He shows you how to craft plot for any subject matter, so that you develop your work evenly and effectively. As a result, your fiction will be more cohesive and convincing, making your story unforgettable for readers everywhere. "Plot isn't an accessory that conveniently organizes your material according to some ritualistic magic. You don't just plug in plot like a household appliance and expect it to do its job. Plot is organic. It takes hold of the writer and the work from the beginning." —Ronald Tobias

Plotto

The Classic Plot Suggestion Tool for Writers of Creative Fiction

Author: William Wallace Cook

Publisher: Norton Creek Press

ISBN: 0981928471

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

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Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities? Plotto does all this. Created by a master of organized creativity, William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in history), Plotto has been prized by professional authors and screenwriters since its publication in 1928, and is still in demand today, with copies of the original edition selling for up to $400. This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook's work. To keep the book down to a manageable size (300 pages of very small type) while retaining its powerful features, Cook uses a telegraphic format that takes some getting used to, so working your way carefully through the introduction and its examples is the key to professional-quality results. Because Plotto was written in the Twenties, its situations can seem old-fashioned and its terminology politically incorrect, but these problems are more apparent than real. Cook himself wrote both westerns and early classics of science fiction, so you see how replacing stagecoach with star ship or dance hall girl with male stripper are within the reach of anyone using the Plotto system, and, in fact, this kind of substitution is how the book is intended to be used, and is the key to its flexibility and enduring popularity.

Story Structure Architect

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt,Victoria Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973258

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 277

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A lighthearted, illustrated guide takes readers through each step of the structuring process from identifying characters, to building conflict, to incorporating plotlines, in a resource that provides thousands of possible story combinations and a range of dramatic templates. Original.

45 Master Characters, Revised Edition

Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635347

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Create unforgettable characters your readers will love! Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story. Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.

A Writer's Guide to Characterization

Archetypes, Heroic Journeys, and Other Elements of Dynamic Character Development

Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599635576

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

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Develop compelling character arcs using the power of myth! In the best novels, characters undergo dramatic changes that keep readers turning pages. A Writer's Guide to Characterization shows you how to develop such meaningful character arcs in your own work--stories of transformation that will resonate with readers long after the story ends. In this comprehensive guide, author Victoria Lynn Schmidt examines cross-cultural archetypes to illustrate how they can make your work more powerful and compelling. Plus, you'll learn how to draw from Jungian psychology to add complexity and believability to your characters. Schmidt also provides: 40 lessons on character development (with examples from well-known films and novels) that you can apply to your own work Questionnaires and exercises to help you select male and female archetypes and adapt them to your story 15 classic animal archetypes (including the coyote, snake, tiger, and butterfly) you can use to build convincing character profiles With A Writer's Guide to Characterization, you'll have the information you need to infuse the development of your characters with drama and authenticity.

Wired for Story

The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

Author: Lisa Cron

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 1607742454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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"This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain's hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers' minds through each plot element"--Provided by publisher.

The Insider's Guide to Writing for Screen and Television

Author: Ron Tobias

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

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Industry insider Tobias shows writers the creative, political and financial realities of writing for film and TV. Plus all-star interviews show how directors and actors look at scripts.

The Seven Basic Plots

Why We Tell Stories

Author: Christopher Booker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826452092

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 728

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"This book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales, via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling." "But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology. Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Emotional Craft of Fiction

Author: Donald Maass

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781440348372

Category: REFERENCE

Page: 224

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"Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers" --

30-6 DRAMATIC SITUATIONS UPDAT

Author: Georges Polti

Publisher: Book Tree

ISBN: 9781585093731

Category: Drama

Page: 202

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Essential reading for writers and those involved in the dramatic arts. It helps writers to expand creative boundaries, remove writer's block, and increases their power to deliver a compelling story. It is also gives actors and directors a new perspective of the dimensions found in a story.

The Railway Children

Author: E. Nesbit

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486114309

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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Three children, forced to alter their comfortable lifestyle when their father is taken away by strangers, move to a simple country cottage near a railway station where their days are filled with adventure.

Literature

Craft and Voice

Author: Nicholas Delbanco,Alan Cheuse

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: 9780077369446

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Better readers make better writers. Today's students do read—we know that they read a significant amount of email, text messages, web pages, and even magazines. What many do not do is read in a sustained way. Many do not come to college prepared to read long texts, nor do they come with the tools necessary to analyze and synthesize what they read. Nick Delbanco and Alan Cheuse have proven in their own teaching that when you improve students' ability and interest in reading, you will help them improve their writing. Bringing writers to students, Bringing students to writing. Literature: Craft and Voice is an innovative new Introductory Literature program designed to engage students in the reading of Literature, all with a view to developing their reading, analytical, and written skills. Accompanied by, and integrated with, video interviews of dozens of living authors who are featured in the text, conducted by authors Nick Delbanco and Alan Cheuse specifically for use with their textbook, the book provides a living voice for the literature on the page and creates a link between the student and the authors of great works of literature. The first text of its kind, Literature: Craft and Voice offers a more enjoyable and effective reading experience through its fresh, inviting design and accompanying rich video program.

Plot Perfect

How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene

Author: Paula Munier

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638140

Category: Reference

Page: 281

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Build an Exceptional Plot, One Scene at a Time! Think of your favorite story--the one that kept you turning pages late into the night, the one with a plot so compelling, so multilayered, so perfect that you couldn't put it down. How can you make your own plots--in your novels, short stories, memoirs, or screenplays--just as irresistible? Plot Perfect provides the answer. This one-of-a-kind plotting primer reveals the secrets of creating a story structure that works--no matter what your genre. It gives you the strategies you need to build a scene-by-scene blueprint that will help elevate your fiction and earn the attention of agents and editors. Inside, literary agent, editor, and author Paula Munier shows you how to: Devise powerful plots and subplots and weave them together seamlessly Organize your scenes for the greatest impact Develop captivating protagonists, worthy antagonists, and engaging secondary characters Use dialogue, setting, tone, and voice to enhance your plot Layer, refine, and polish your storyline Define your story in terms of its theme Filled with writing exercises, plotting templates, and expert advice, Plot Perfect helps you dive into the intricacies of plot--and write a compelling story that readers won't be able to resist.

The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

Author: John Truby

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9780865479937

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script." —LA Weekly John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy,General Press

Publisher: GENERAL PRESS

ISBN: 8180320022

Category: Fiction

Page: 2790

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The most famous and perhaps greatest novel of all time, Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. As Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature. Among its many unforgettable characters is Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, a proud, dashing man who, despising the artifice of high society, joins the army to achieve glory. Badly wounded at Austerlitz, he begins to discover the emptiness of everything to which he has devoted himself. His death scene is considered one of the greatest passages in Russian literature. The novel's other hero, the bumbling Pierre Bezukhov, tries to find meaning in life through a series of philosophical systems that promise to resolve all questions. He at last discovers the Tolstoyan truth that wisdom is to be found not in systems but in the ordinary processes of daily life, especially in his marriage to the novel's most memorable heroine, Natasha. Both an intimate study of individual passions and an epic history of Russia and its people, 'War and Peace' is nothing more or less than a complete portrait of human existence. Publisher : General Press

Writing Deep Scenes

Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme

Author: Martha Alderson,Jordan Rosenfeld

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638836

Category: Authorship

Page: 256

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"Scenes sell stories. The strength of a novels, screenplays, or memoirs scenes is often the key to its success. Deep Scenes will explore the intricacies and subtleties of scenes at every point in a story so writers can take their characters on a moment-by-moment journey of transformation, an element found in all best-selling stories." -- Publisher annotation.

The Fire in Fiction

Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great

Author: Donald Maass

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582975061

Category: Reference

Page: 272

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Discover the Difference Between a So-So Manuscript and a Novel Readers Can't Forget We've all read them: novels by our favorite authors that disappoint. Uninspired and lifeless, we wonder what happened. Was the author in a hurry? Did she have a bad year? Has he lost interest altogether? Something similar is true of a great many unpublished manuscripts. They are okay stories that never take flight. They don't grip the imagination, let alone the heart. They merit only a shrug and a polite dismissal by agents and editors. It doesn't have to be that way. In The Fire in Fiction, successful literary agent and author Donald Maass shows you not only how to infuse your story with deep conviction and fiery passion, but how to do it over and over again. The book features: Techniques for capturing a special time and place, creating characters whose lives matter, nailing multiple-impact plot turns, making the supernatural real, infusing issues into fiction, and more. Story-enriching exercises at the end of every chapter to show you how to apply the practical tools just covered to your own work. Rich examples drawn from contemporary novels as diverse as The Lake House, Water for Elephants, and Jennifer Government to illustrate how various techniques work in actual stories. Plus, Maass introduces an original technique that any novelist can use any time, in any scene, in any novel, even on the most uninspired day...to take the most powerful experiences from your personal life and turn those experiences directly into powerful fiction. Tap into The Fire in Fiction, and supercharge your story with originality and spark!

The Writer's Idea Thesaurus

An Interactive Guide for Developing Ideas for Novels and Short Stories

Author: Fred White

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781599638225

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 311

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Endless ideas at your fingertips, and at the turn of a page... Need an idea for a short story or novel? Look no further than The Writer's Idea Thesaurus. It's far more than a collection of simple writing prompts. You'll find a vast treasury of story ideas inside, organized by subject, theme, and situation categories, and listed alphabetically for easy reference. Author and award-winning writing instructor Fred White shows you how to build out and customize these ideas to create unique plots that reflect your personal storytelling sensibilities, making The Writer's Idea Thesaurus an invaluable tool for generating creative ideas and vanquishing writer's block--for good. Inside you'll find: 2,000 unique and dynamic story ideas perfect for novels and short stories of any genre or writing style Twenty major idea categories, such as The Invasion of X, The Transformation of X into Y, Escape from X, The Curse of X, and more Multiple situations that further refine the major categories, such as The Creation of Artificial Life, The Descent Into Madness, Love in the Workplace, The Journey to a Forgotten Realm, and more Invaluable advice on how to customize each idea. The Writer's Idea Thesaurus is an interactive story generator that opens the door to thousands of new story arcs and plotlines.