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MAKING STORY: TWENTY-ONE WRITERS ON HOW THEY PLOT (TWENTY-ONE WRITERS #1) (THE TWENTY-ONE WRITERS PROJECT) [Kindle Edition]

Bill Crider , Meredith Cole , Jeremy Duns , Brett Battles , Cara Black , Lisa Brackmann , Rachel Brady , Rebecca Cantrell , Jeffrey Cohen , Timothy Hallinan
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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It's often said that everyone has a book inside him or her -- but how do you plot it? In MAKING STORY, edited by the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated author Timothy Hallinan, twenty-one novelists--who have written more than 100 books among them and sold hundreds of thousands of copies--talk about how they go about turning an idea into a plot, and a plot into a book. MAKING STORY offers practical, experience-based advice from people who have repeatedly sat down to write a good book and succeeded in doing just that. The writers who will help you to create your story are Michael Stanley, Kelli Stanley, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Jeffrey Siger, Zoe Sharp, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Mike Orenduff, Debbi Mack, Wendy Hornsby, Gar Anthony Haywood, Timothy Hallinan, Leighton Gage, Jeremy Duns, Bill Crider, Meredith Cole, Jeffrey Cohen, Rebecca Cantrell, Rachel Brady, Lisa Brackmann, Cara Black, and Brett Battles. This is an indispensable book for aspiring authors and the first in a series, each focusing on a different writing challenge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Twenty-One Writers Project (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00961NCMW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars enlightening 5 Aug 2013
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A useful, enlightening read - very easy and straightforward to both follow and dip in and out of. There is almost inevitably some duplication of advice from one author to the next, how could there not be? Yet every voice is clearly different. My only criticism (and perhaps an opening for a sequel) is that I would have liked to see some contributions from writers in other genres. Well worth the money and the time invested. Thanks to all involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and reassuring 15 July 2013
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Read it on a long train journey and, apart from it fitting the journey like a glove as far as timing went, its contributors imparted so much about their styles of plotting/non-plotting or, as they called it, 'pantsering', that I felt I didn't need to fret; I wasnt 'doing it all wrong' and I could produce a book with some merit by doing it my way. A great read for aspiring writers, especially of crime and mystery stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for finding new authors to read 14 Jun 2013
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Interesting to an extent - how different authors approach their writing. There are always gems of advice to be found in this type of book. Similar with British authors would be good.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Nov 2012
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Interesting if you like reading about what other people do. I was hoping to find little tidbits of guidance and/or instruction to help me along with my own WIP. Sadly disappointed. But, the bright side was the price didn't empty my wallet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Successful writers telling how they write what makes them successful 28 Sep 2012
By Dana King - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was a graduate student at New England Conservatory, lessons were delayed by a couple of weeks one year because the Boston Symphony Orchestra was on tour. A freshman was heard to complain, considering what it was costing him to go to college, he expected a full-time teacher. A soon-to-be-friend of mine replied, "You want to learn to play like a college teacher, study with a college teacher. You want to learn to play like a symphony orchestra musician, you study with one."

That's the problem with most "how to write" books. Few are written by anyone you've ever heard of, and the reasons you've never heard of these people are often legitimate. Books by writers who actually earn their livings writing fiction are rare, because these people are busy writing the books that feed their families. That's why Timothy Hallinan's latest effort, Making Story: Twenty-One Writers On How They Plot is such a welcome addition to the literature.

Hallinan's authors have published over one hundred books among them, and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. They tackled one of the most debated aspects of fiction--plotting--and described how each of them does it. Rarely, if ever, has such a broad spectrum of techniques been solicited.

And guess what? It's a mess. No one does it exactly the same. Few do it even mostly the same. The thread that runs through the book is every author--and, often, every book by the same author--requires their own approach. What worked last time won't work this time, no matter how hard you try to shoehorn your raw material into the old mold.

The only thing close to a consensus in Making Story comes from showing it's not just okay to experiment, it's practically mandatory. Where the real help comes is in seeing the different things all these successful authors have tried, and cherry-picking which might work for you on the next project, or when you're stuck. You may also smile when you discover someone whose work you enjoy, maybe even admire, does something much the way you do.

Another bonus of getting a group of fiction writers to talk about writing is, their comments will not be dry. They write entertaining prose fpor a living. This is no textbook full of rules. The primary thing most will take away is, there are no rules when it comes to plotting.

Making Story is a quick and entertaining read you'll want to keep around for future reference, so the next time you're stuck, you can refer back to how one of your favorites gets past such obstacles.

(Here are the writers who participated: Michael Stanley, Kelli Stanley, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Jeffrey Siger, Zoe Sharp, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Mike Orenduff, Debbi Mack, Wendy Hornsby, Gar Anthony Haywood, Timothy Hallinan, Leighton Gage, Jeremy Duns, Bill Crider, Meredith Cole, Jeffrey Cohen, Rebecca Cantrell, Rachel Brady, Lisa Brackmann, Cara Black, and Brett Battles.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 3 Oct 2012
By Chris La Tray - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't a how TO do it book, it's a how *I* do it book, and that's the best thing about it. I'm fairly burned out on writing books, but I love to read about the processes that other writers use to get the work done. This is a wealth of that, and I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. I've read a few of the writers, and am at least familiar with the names of most; I will definitely be reading more from them. An entertaining read on what could be a dry subject, and definitely an inspiring one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plotting Primer 23 Sep 2012
By Linda G. Hengerer - Published on Amazon.com
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At a writers conference, one of the questions asked most often of the presenting authors is "Do you plot, or are you a pantser?" This book is a primer on plotting and/or pantsing, and full of useful and practical information. The excerpts following each contributor's chapter is a lovely way to introduce their characters and stories to new readers and potential fans. This book will be on my reference shelf, and the bookmarked sections will be useful in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than inspiration 18 Sep 2013
By Kathleen A. Woodward - Published on Amazon.com
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For someone struggling with the writing process on a personal level this look at how working writers work doesn't show you THE path to achieving your writing goals--it shows you the many different paths that writers have created for themselves to get their work done. I read this book over many brief sessions. It was like being able to hold an informal conversation with a knowledgeable friend about the things that confuse me the most about writing a book. The authors have richly succeeded in providing many practical insights into the writing life. You won't find how-to technical tips compiled into convenient lists or formulae for writing outlines and scenes. It's not that kind of book. Along with Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, by Lawrence Block, it's one of the most helpful books on writing I've read (and I've read a fair few :)) Here's hoping that the authors follow Making Story with the sequel on writing routines and staying motivated alluded to in the final section of the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice on every page 30 July 2013
By Clyde Witt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This little gem is filled with great advice to help you find your way. Certainly one or more of these successful writers will answer the questions you didn't know you had.
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