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Crafting Your Plot: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Mosse
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A basic plot is like a jack in the box – a simple mechanism with a predictable conclusion. A complex plot is like the mechanism of a watch – intricate, intriguing and satisfying to see in motion.

‘Crafting Your Plot’ is a masterclass in developing the plot for your novel. It provides expert advice on how to blend the ingredients of your story together to create a book that will hook the reader. Clear and practical with instruction, analysis, discussion points and exercises, it will show you the way to plot perfection. All in an hour.

‘Crafting Your Plot’ covers:

+ The balance between your main plot and subplots
+ Creating tight knots of incident and motivation
+ How new action begins to unravel those knots
+ Managing delay without losing focus
+ Revealing your main characters through action
+ Interconnections with your secondary characters
+ How minor characters enrich your imaginary world
+ Using character to intensify and complicate your plot
+ Understanding the final crescendo
+ Resolving all your plotlines in a unifying climax

60-Minute Masterclasses are expert ebooks that help you do more with your creative writing, journalism and entrepreneurship. Locking on to the stuff that you actually need to know, each title is a precise, practical pointer on the matters that matter most.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5387 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Guardian (7 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Indispensable Read For Any Writer 11 July 2014
Greg Mosse is an editor and creative writing teacher who, in my humble opinion, is beginning a revolution in the craft of story-telling. He has an intuitive grasp of what makes a reader 'read', borne out of his deep understanding of the nature of humanity. My guess is that he has done a fair amount of observing how people live and behave and postulating at their motivations. This has made him a non-judgemental commentator on character and character volition and he has applied these assertions to the crafting of plot (which, of course is the volition of character). Mosse's strengths as an editor is that he takes as his starting point this unanecdotal, universal observational view. I have found his teaching to be an irrestiible thesis.

His approach to teaching the craft of writing is cogent and aims to empower the writer in his or her endeavour, offering a solution to the age old problem that has plagued novel writers for generations - how to maintain imaginative stamina. This book is the first in a series by Greg Mosse that deals mainly with the crafting of plot, although, naturally crosses into the realms of suspense, invention, character development, timelines and narrative structure. 'Crafting Your Plot' is a potted gem, encapuslating in one hour's reading the building blocks to writing an authoratative plot-driven story, recounted in a demystified and expresive style in which Mosse's eager intent is to clarify where the pitfalls of novel writing happen. Literary writing (fiction in which I would say  the reader is left with an improved vocabulary and pondering the big questions of the world) is not exempt from benefitting from Mosse's thesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greay insight into the mysterious 'plot' 5 Nov. 2014
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This is certainly a helpful read for any storyteller, although it's geared towards those writing novels. As the author mentions: there is no universal step-by-step for creating a good plot. However, this book contains great gems to understand the 'mechanics' of plot that are present in all good stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 15 Aug. 2014
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Interesting though the text took me much less than 60 minutes!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Type Too Faint To Read 1 Oct. 2014
Judging by the sample, and by way of a note for the publisher, I couldn't buy this book because the type is very light, making it hard on the eyes. Not everyone has great eyesight, also it makes the format look amateurish.
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