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Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel (Rock Your Writing Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Yardley
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Are you stuck trying to write a novel?

Have you tried writing several stories, only to stall out in the middle and move on to a new project?

Do you like the idea of plot outlines, but have difficulty figuring out what happens next, or what should happen where?

Or are you a writer who hates outlining, preferring to write a novel organically- but still feel like your story needs more plot and structure?

Outlining, whether it's just the turning points or a comprehensive scene by scene plot outline, might help you get past your block.

ROCK YOUR PLOT: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel teaches a clear, flexible process to help you with your:

  • Premise: test your premise for inherent conflict and sustainability.
  • Characterization: create strong characters with urgent goals, understandable motivation, and tons of obstacles.
  • Plot outline, turning points: use those characters to build logical and powerful plot points and complete character arcs.
  • Plot outline, scene-by-scene: Develop a sequence of dynamic scenes that propels your reader through your story.

This book goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from blockbuster stories, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you work with your characters to write a novel that excites you... and your readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CC5L8Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Helpful!!!! 28 July 2012
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How-to-write books are such a hit-or-miss proposition, and what is useful to one person may be useless to another. For example, I'm probably the biggest S. King fan that you'd find outside of the basement-dwelling community, and 'On Writing' is probably the most frequently recommended book on the topic today, but I felt it offered me very little in the way of practical tools which I could apply directly to my work. (It is, however, a fascinating memoir of the creative process and a very rewarding read as such...Go get it now; you won't regret it.)

Rock Your Plot, on the other hand, actually gave me the "tools" I was seeking to fill up my toolbox: how to create a solid three-act structure, pace the action, and plan the plot points. This book enabled me to get out an old project, re-plot it from scratch, and improve it tenfold. The thing may never rate publication, but it's a much better unpublished MS!

Most people want to believe that writing is an organic process and that, as King says, we should just find an interesting image and let the story unfold itself from there. In this model, the plot grows like a plant, of its own accord, while the writer/gardener prunes and waters but is essentially a bystander to the process. And that's fine if you're Stephen King. If you're a plain-old peasant like me, though, you wind up with a lot of overgrown weeds and brambles.

Rock Your Plot's paradigm is more like architecture than horticulture. Here, the writer draws up the blueprints first, then lays the foundations, and only then begins to build. It's planning a towerblock rather than planting a tree.

So give this book a shot even if you are a little in love with the "gardening" model of writing. You'll be surprised at how much of the craft _can_ be learned, and at this price, what do you have to lose?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for experienced writers 23 Feb 2013
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I thought this was good. It's short, it's simple and it actually helps you to think things through. All good stuff. I'd gotten into a tangle with the plot of the book I'm currently writing and used this as a sort of check list to work through each of the areas in my plot that were worrying me. It really made a difference. I am now untangled!

I can't say that there was anything new in this book - I've read a lot of books on writing over the years and this didn't stand out for new advice. What it did stand out for is the way it is so practical. It doesn't clutter your brain with the why's and wherefores of how things work in a story. Instead it takes each point in a plot and gives you the questions you need to ask yourself to get on track. It helped me to cut through all the extra information in my head and find the core of my story again. I will use this book again. I view it as a large and helpful checklist for writing a novel.

So if you've already written a book and need a little help on the next one, this book is a good place to start.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read and explained wonderfully 12 Feb 2013
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This is my 1st review I have written, but I found this book so helpful. I have been looking for a book that explained the informal/formal structure of a novel for ages and the title and good reviews drew me to buy this one and I was not disapointed, and I love the fact she also give you links to free downloads to give you a kick start. The book was so easy to read and not stuffy but written in a friendy human way letting you know everyone else is the same when they start. I enjoyed reading it, and found it the most helpful book I have read on this subject so far. So if you have the novel in your head trying to get out only to hide when you try to wright it down, this book is the perfect starting point. Have recomended to friends already.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for generating plot ideas 8 April 2013
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This book is full of practical ideas for generating plot ideas. Like other books in this series, it is easy to read and apply.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct and to the point 12 Mar 2013
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Cathy has distilled her learning from many of the great writing books and presents her own take in a succinct and practical way. If you've hit a wall or sunk into a sagging middle this concise book will help you find your way again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 14 Feb 2013
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This book gave me a real understanding of how to structure and develop my story into a proper novel that people will want to read from beginning to end. Great book for anyone who likes to have a clear set of rules to guide them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some useful tips 12 Jan 2014
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Definitely some useful ideas here. I have been sat on the edge of writing a novel for about a year now, started a few times only to stumble into that brick wall and start over.

With Cathy's advice, I am going to step back, think about what I want write and then bottom out a solid plan.

Just one point: if you intend to read this book, make sure you have read the Hunger Games first...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful little book 28 Oct 2013
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This book is a great starting point if you're struggling with generating plot ideas. It's easy to read and gives you an understanding of how to develop your story into a proper novel. I found the exercises extremely helpful and I know I will be extracting useful information from this book for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 13 days ago by Lee J Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock your plot is as good as it gets
Like the author I am an avid reader of how to writing guides and this is by far the best one I've come across. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nadia Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Your Plot rocks
This is the perfect how-to book - sticks to the point, sets things out clearly and simply and gives you just what - and only what - you need. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brenda P. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Gievs you all you need to plot your story or novel
Nice easy read with great information - I didn't want a big book on structure and plotting techniques and this was and still is a useful summary of the basics worth for refering to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
I enjoyed reading this aid tyo writers book by a practised commercial type.(one two three four five six seven eight)
Published 4 months ago by S. McHugh
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!!!!!
this book is amazing. I am half way through my own murder mystery which I made up as I went along, and sure enough, I got to the middle and nothing worked anymore. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sandra Schmied
5.0 out of 5 stars Most helpful...
This was by far the most helpful and motivating book I have read to get me started on my writing. Until now I have always put off starting for not knowing where to start and where... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daisy
4.0 out of 5 stars Really quite a good tool
Talks you through your novel/character ideas and helps them set out in a concrete and useable form. Definately worth using.
Published 6 months ago by Muffintop
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin.
This book made the process of plotting a novel so much more readily available. It will be read many times during the next year or two. A good buy.
Published 6 months ago by Leonard K
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!
An essential addition to any new writer's how-to arsenal. Worth every penny, and more. Clear. concise, well structured and accessible.
Published 6 months ago by DC HARRISON
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