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Outlining, whether it's just the turning points or a comprehensive scene by scene plot outline, might help you get past your block.
Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel teaches a clear, flexible process to help you with your:
Premise: Test your premise for inherent conflict and sustainability.
Characterization: Create strong characters with urgent goals, understandable motivation, and tons of obstacles.
Plot outline, turning points: Use those characters to build logical and powerful plot points and complete character arcs.
Plot outline, scene-by-scene: Develop a sequence of dynamic scenes that propels your reader through your story.
This audiobook goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from blockbuster stories, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you work with your characters to write a novel that excites you... and your readers.
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By avoidthelloyd on 02-12-14
Very Helpful Outlines & Bonus Material
This is practical help, not just theory and blabber. She offers online supplemental downloads to go along with the info in the book. It is short, to the point and motivating. She narrated it herself so you get her personality and humor, but it is read at various speeds sometimes and while you can listen comfortably at 1.25X speed, some sentences are spoken very fast. Overall, I would recommend for someone interested in writing. I also recommend 'The Successful Novelist' by David Morrell. Hope this helps. Later.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
By T. Nash on 05-28-16
Best I've found for getting started on plotting
I listen to this book over and over again. Although it's narrated by the author it's a very easy listen.
It's also packed full of information. I actually went back and bought the Kindle version just so I could slow myself down. The included PDF (which you find by going to audible on your computer and then downloading), is an invaluable tool.
This is truly the best shorthand advice on how to get started on plotting versus writing by the seat of your pants.
I love, love, love this audiobook! I recommend it for all aspiring writers.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Lord of the Items on 07-07-14
Good book for the beginners writers.
Where does Rock Your Plot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Somewhere between the middle and the top ones. Between 1 and 10 would be somewhere 6-7.
What did you like best about this story?
Proven method well explained, which can be useful for some authors.
What does Cathy Yardley and Michael Anthony Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
By the voice intonation you can follow, where the author put more emphasis and what part of the book content is more important.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Learn to rock your plot from ZERO experience.
Any additional comments?
Good book for those, who are just starting to learn about plot and structure of the story.