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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Babylon Books (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989378926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989378925
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of novels. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center in 2005, hosting writing workshops and small-group seminars and becoming one of the most in-demand writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published at major New York houses. He holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and is the only writer to have received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (Oklahoma State), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." In addition to the novels, he has written plays, including a musical (book and music), humor, nonfiction books, children books, biography, poetry, and crossword puzzles. He is a member of the Author’s Guild, PEN International and the American Academy of Poets.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, succinct pointers for writers 31 July 2013
By Aisling D'Art - Published on Amazon.com
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Often, I buy great writing references... and then don't find time to read them, cover to cover. This book and others in the series are short and jam-packed with lots of useful information.

This isn't a replacement for The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition, but a slightly different twist on the concept, while still including many of the same elements.

I've bought a couple of books in this series and I'll probably buy the rest, too. All it takes is one really good, juicy idea to improve a book, and that's money (and time) well spent. These books deliver plenty of good tips.

This book provides good information, well-written, straight and to the point, in bite-sized sections. The pages are easy to skim. Then, you can zero-in on the most useful points for your current writing project.

Added bonus: This book is small enough to fit into a backpack or purse, without taking up lots of room. (Don't let the size fool you. Like the TARDIS, it's bigger on the inside.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Extremely Helpful Book! 5 July 2013
By Dara Fogel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this slim guide for all serious novelists.

In this book, Bernhardt shows how to connect character to plot, to create riveting and enticing stories. Many writers fumble in this area. Bernhardt's advice is practical & easy to implement.He gives practical, hands-on advice that can be immediately put to use. The exercises at the back of each chapter help you apply the nuggets of insight found on every page. He has eliminated the mystery and reveals the structure behind writing memorable characters, without taking away from your precious writing time. As a best selling author & writing teacher for many years, Bernhardt has earned his bona fides.

I have read many writing guides in my day. Bernhardt consistently ranks amongst the best I've found. I recommend all 3 of his Red Sneaker Writing guides to anyone who is serious about writing good fiction. He is also a hell of a good teacher in person, so take advantage of his classes & workshops, if you are able. If you're not able to learn from Bill in person, these books are the next best thing! They also contain his insight, sincerity and willingness to share what his career has taught him (even if they aren't as fun or cute!).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of my best instruction resources 4 Aug. 2013
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been writing for a while and have found some very helpful and some incredibly dumb instruction books written by self-absorbed writers. William Bernhardt knows what he is talking about, conveys the information in clearly understood language without pretense or artsy generalities that causes so many others to fall flat. I am impressed and have been enlightened. I wish he had undertaken this effort sooner and I'd found it sooner because the material and his methods lead me to the conclusion he wants his readers to succeed and grow. I truly believe reading his instruction books have advanced me another step toward my writing goal. I have read and recommend this and his other books in the series. I look forward to and will purchase future installments of his instruction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Solid Foundational Knowledge 23 Nov. 2013
By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to echo what others have said: the title is misleading as there is very little that even references the classic character arc known as the Hero's Journey. However, that aside, this is still an excellent little primer on plot and character. There's not much here that's absolutely new, but it's a fast read full of useful reminders for old hands and solid foundational knowledge for those with less experience.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read 14 July 2013
By Dreamer Action Figure - Published on Amazon.com
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Having just completed, this the third short tome so far in Bill Bernhardt's Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, I can honestly say that I learned a lot. It's all about the fundamentals, folks. Dynamite comes in small packages and these books are an incredible value. Re Bernhardt's advice to writers contained in this series (of which Perfecting Plot is the best...or at least contained the information I needed the most at that moment): Learn It. Love it. Live it.
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