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Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course [Kindle Edition]

Holly Lisle
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Book Description

No one is BORN a writer (just as no one is BORN a lawyer). We all have to learn the SAME skills. But no matter where you're starting...

Even if you have NO story ideas, NO characters, and NO experience, you can finish a complete working plot outline in just SEVEN tiny lessons.

If you have ever labored to come up with a GOOD way to start a story...
If you have ever stumbled, lost and frustrated, through the MIDDLE of your book...
If you have ever wondered, "How do I find an idea worth writing?"...

Stop Struggling. Help Is Here.

Start with Section One, where I'll give you each step to creating a quick, professional plot outline. I'll do a demonstration, and then, because writers write---they don't just read about writing---you'll do the exercise in which you'll take what I've demonstrated and use it to start building your working plot outline.

Step by step, you will:

Figure out your character.
You'll decide on the few points about him or her that really matter--but enough to give you a place to start your story, and not so much that you get bogged down in background and never get to your writing.

Decide on your central idea.
You'll figure out what actually counts in your story, so you avoid getting bogged down writing details that don't.

Write your opener.
You'll learn how to give yourself and your readers a GREAT first look at your character doing something fascinating.

Create your ending.
You'll discover one method of planning out a great conclusion.

And rough in your middle...
You know...all those pages that used to bog you down when you couldn't figure out what happened next? Not anymore.

But That's Just Section One.

My Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course also includes seven sequential plot-and-conflict lessons--to make sure you create a story that is tight, fascinating, compelling...

...And as fun for you to write as it will be for your readers to read.

Lesson One: What Is NOT A Plot

Discover a secret about plots that even most professionals don't know--a secret that has led way too many writers, including countless full-time novelists, in circles trying to figure out why their story is going wrong.

Lesson Two: Mix 'N' Match Conflict

Even if you have no idea what you want to write about, you can build a solid foundation for a good story in just minutes.

Lesson Three: Questions And Answers

Once you have conflict under control, you'll find out one technique for giving your story and characters depth, and makig your story unbelievably richer and more interesting.

Lesson Four: Candy Bar Scenes

You'll discover and apply one critical technique for keeping your story flowing and keeping your interest high from beginning, through treacherous story middle, to gripping ending.

Lesson Five: Ordering Scenes For Conflict

Learn how to experiment with structure to discover how you can best present your story to your reader.

Lesson Six: Filling In The Blanks

Now you'll hunt down empty spaces between your candy bar scenes, and fill them with story that MATTERS--not with pointless wandering, characters who sit around thinking, or dialogues that go nowhere.

Lesson Seven: Plotting As You Go

Stories change as you write them. In your final lesson, you'll learn how to adapt your plot outline to bend with the changes--without breaking your story.

If you've always wanted to write, but weren't sure where to start, start here.

You can do this.

Cheerfully,
Holly Lisle

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About the Author

Holly Lisle went pro in 1992 with her award-winning first novel, FIRE IN THE MIST. Now with more than 30 published novels and more than a million books in print, she’s taking her private writing courses public. Look for her novels, as well as HOW TO THINK SIDEWAYS: Career Survival School for Writers, HOW TO REVISE YOUR NOVEL: Get the Book You WANT from the Wreck You Wrote, HOW TO WRITE A SERIES, and more, available or coming soon in both ebook and print formats at the store where you purchased this book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 275 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Holly Lisle - OneMoreWord Books (1 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QW2CZ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book, I have been trying to get started on my stories for ages but just couldn't seem to get started... This book has some fantastic exercises which really helped to kick start my plot development - would have liked more on character development, but then realised that is available as a separate book. I have also bought that and it is just as good. For the price you literally have nothing to loose...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You need more than this to get the job done 11 Nov. 2013
By notimetoulouse TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've given Holly's book 3 stars - at the moment - because once you buy this book (I think it's a cut out module from a bigger course), you quickly realise that you will need worksheets for each lesson (not a problem, they are a free download from her site) and there are other bits of the jigsaw you will need to make this work.
In what way?
Take her workthrough of some conflicts she chooses - Holly chooses three, and then says "I'll choose the CLIFFHANGER structure (Plot Clinic p.31) because I love potboilers. They're fun to write)."
Plot Clinic is another of Holly's books weighing in at £6.30.
Five or six pages further on she shows you how to start putting flesh onto your characters, and for this she uses 'Holly Lisle's Create a Character Clinic p26 and 27.'
Yup, that's another book, for the same price as the Plot Clinic one.
Holly does give you an ubershorthand version of what to do - she obviously explains in more depth in the character book itself - but that approach left me thinking 'what am I missing that's in the book - do I need it?'
Which, as an ex marketer, I find very classy stuff.
All that said, I quite like this book.
Holly talks to you at warp factor 6. Her style is direct, to the point, and very 'come on, let's get on with it'. I quite like it. In fact I like her way of talking to me so much, I'm going over to her website after finishing this review (howtothinksidewaysdotcom - where the worksheets are too) and sign up for her free short writing course.
If I think it's worth it, I'll buy the bundle of 'Clinic' books and come and report back to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energising! 16 July 2013
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I loved the no-nonsense, bracing enthusiasm of Holly Lisle's style. She poses some straightforward questions which help you frame your plot, and shows you her own worked example. That doesn't sound particularly exciting, but she manages it. I came away with several aha! revelations. I'll be looking out for other examples of her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 2 May 2013
By Duchess
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Lots of helpful tips and good ideas for authors. Not able to download some sheets for planning but she does offer another option which I haven't tried yet. Worth the money
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