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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440560811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440560811
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Martha Alderson, a.k.a "The Plot Whisperer," has been a nationally recognized plot consultant for 15 years. Here she offers loads of exercises to help writers think clearly about plot and activate a story's momentum. This book's practical exercises will show writers how to bring 'moments of transformation' into their own stories." --"Writer Magazine""Unlike many other programs, Alderson asks you to come up with your own goal. Planning to write a screenplay? Or a novel? See how long a comparable work is, then divide that number by 30. Write this number of words daily for 30 days and you will have a completed draft. All you need to get yourself moving are the prompts in this book. How do I know? 2200 words in two days and counting. Not bad for someone who can't stand writing prompts." --"Women on Writing"

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Martha Alderson has worked with hundreds of writers (including Shreve Stockton, author of The Daily Coyote and Eating Gluten Free; Terri Thayer, author of the Quilting mystery series and Stamping Sisters mystery series; Jennifer Solow, author of The Booster and The Aristobrats; Adrienne Barbeau, author of There Are Worse Things I Could Do; Penny Warner, author of The Official Nancy Drew Handbook and Dead Man’s Hand) in plot workshops, retreats, and plot consultations for more than fifteen years. Her clients include bestselling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors.

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By Katy Walters on 29 Jan. 2014
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Although a veteran writer, sometimes a refresher is welcome. This proved to be informative and instructive which did refresh my earlier studies. The was well structured and easy to assimilate. This would be a boon for the writers just starting their professional career and us stalwarts in need of the equivalent of a weekend at an upmarket spa. Highly recommnended
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I gave this book 5 Stars because it is a gem of a guide to the complex and beautiful engine of the storytelling vehicle.

If you are a writer who is humble enough to know there is always something new to learn about the art and craft of novelling, then this book should be on your shelf.

It covers the three main strands of all stories. Theme, Character and Pilot and outlines a simple method of layering these into a deep, exciting and meaningful story. If you don't plan your novels - try it, just once using this method. See what happens,
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How to Get Moving on Your Work-in-progress 30 Mar. 2013
By SueBE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Writing prompts and I mix about as well as oil and water. I don't want to do pointless exercises. Translation: if it doesn't add words to my work-in-progress it is pointless.

When I received my copy of The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts, I was skeptical. As much as I adore Martha Alderson's Youtube videos, I just didn't see how a book of prompts could get me moving.

Fortunately, Alderson has anticipated this kind of reaction. "While following the plot prompts in this book, no stream of consciousness writing is allowed, unless it applies directly to the advancement of the plot of your story."

Alderson designed her book with 120 prompts divided equally among 4 sections--The Beginning, The Halfway Point, The Crisis, and the Climax and Conclusion. Let's say you've already worked up the beginning of your novel. Now you're floundering in the middle. Turn to that section. Seem to have lost all steam as you reach the Crisis? Again, turn to that section in the book.

Each prompt is actually a grouping--an affirmation, a plot prompt and a writing prompt. The affirmation is a "you go" section to help prime the pumps. Next comes the plot prompt which reminds you what you should be considering right now in terms of story development. It might have something to do with your character's goals or the setting or even the antagonist. Last but not least is the actual writing prompt with instructions for a scene in your story.

The wondrous thing about these prompts is that they are designed to be helpful no matter what kind of story you a writing. Mine is a middle grade fantasy. Not an adult novel. Not a screen play. Not a mystery. Yet, the prompts that got me going could be used in each of these kinds of writing.

The first prompt was to write a scene in which your protagonist takes a step to achieve his goal. My character took such a step, and I pulled down 1200 words. The next day I used a prompt about setting. I always know where my stories take place but the details are hard pressed to make it into the manuscript. This prompt enabled me to move my plot along and set the story more firmly in my fantasy world, and I compiled another 1000 words.

Unlike many other programs, Alderson asks you to come up with your own goal. Planning to write a screenplay? Or a novel? See how long a comparable work is, then divide that number by 30. Write this number of words daily for 30 days and you will have a completed draft. All you need to get yourself moving are the prompts in this book. How do I know? 2200 words in two days and counting. Not bad for someone who can't stand writing prompts.

--Sue Bradford Edwards
This review first appeared at the WOW! Women on Writing blog, The Muffin.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Get That Book Done! 10 Feb. 2013
By Marsha L. Keeffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The difference between The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing and other books featuring prompts is huge. With Alderson's book, a writer has a finished product at the end of the book.

Other prompt books I've worked with do provide writing exercises. But I'm looking for more than just practice. I want productivity leading to a completed project. Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, it's getting the manuscript done and beginning the editing process that's so important.

I'd like even more direction, so I gave the book 4 stars. Results may vary. Altogether, a fine work book and one that is easy to use.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended 1 Mar. 2013
By Suzanne D. Dowling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is NOT just for writers -I'm a musician and am finding it most invaluable - we need structure, frameworks, and practical tips to move forward in our art form - I'd recommend this book to any artist! Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Glad I bought this one 20 July 2013
By K. Rudd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've only just purchased this today, so this will be a quick review...

I own a few 'how-to' writing books already, although none by this Author. I also had never heard of her before purchasing this, so wasn't sure which book to buy (also didn't want to spend too much.)

Long story short - I'm glad that I bought this one.

My main concerns after reading the reviews here and elsewhere, were that this would be too 'new agey' and not a stand-alone book. I'm happy to report that I didn't find either of these to be the case. There are affirmations involved, but they are not OTT, and I can see how a good little pep-talk each day would be beneficial. There is, of course, also lots of solid, actionable steps and advice.

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts appears to be a condensed version of the Author's work (although it is still a decent read, at 232 pages), which is exactly what I was looking for. She explains each point succinctly and also provides links to her youtube videos/channel for those who require more details.

If I had to choose one thing that I didn't like about the book, it would be that the Kindle version doesn't list the contents/chapters down the LHS of the reader (Kindle-for-PC.)

If you are already familiar with basic writing concepts, and/or need someone to motivate you and guide you through the whole process, one step at a time, then I highly recommend this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Be encouraged as you write, You get a pep talk and wonderful advice to get you through the process. 19 May 2013
By Lee Joanne Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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I first got acquainted with Martha Alderson when I read about her book of prompts. I immediately went up on Amazon and downloaded the book to my Kindle app. I love that her 120 prompts aim at getting the reader/writer through the entire range of story telling: beginning, middle, and end of the book. And each prompt has three parts: an affirmation to encourage the writer, a plot prompt that reminds me what should be happening in my story at this point, and a writing prompt (just do it!)

I bought a paperback copy of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master at Barnes and Noble this week and am enjoying this book as well. "You imagine yourself into being a writer," Martha says, and she shows us how to do that very thing. Thanks, Martha.
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