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Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel or Screenplay

Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel or Screenplay [Kindle Edition]

Nick Daws
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Use these three powerful techniques to devise all the plot ideas you'll ever need!

If you were to take a poll of aspiring writers, probably their biggest worry would not be how to write life-like dialogue, create convincing characters, or give great description. Rather, it would be how to come up with a good plot.

And it's an understandable concern. Certainly, when you're writing for the popular market, the plot is the single most important aspect of any work you create.

Want proof? Then just look at how books and movies are sold - nine times out of ten, it's with a quick summary of the plot. Yes, your novel or screenplay will need other ingredients such as interesting characters and snappy dialogue as well - but unless you can come up with a good plot idea, your story will be dead in the water.

The ability to create a compelling plot is essential for any writer who hopes to write for the popular market - and yet for many writers, plotting doesn't come naturally.

This no-fluff mini-guide therefore sets out three powerful techniques you can use to generate all the plot ideas you need (and more) to turn out a stream of successful short stories, novels and screenplays!

The techniques can be used individually or - for even greater impact and originality - by combining two or all three of them. Examples are included throughout.

If you're a writer or aspiring writer, this low-cost, easy-to-read guide will add a suite of powerful plotting tools to your fiction and screenwriting armory.

So don't lose the plot - click on the 'Buy' button now!

About the Author

Nick Daws is a professional freelance writer, editor and writing teacher, living in the English county of Staffordshire. He is the author of over 100 books, and innumerable published articles, training materials, radio and stage plays, advertisements, e-books, games and novelty products. He is also an award-winning short-story writer.

Nick Daws is also the creator of the top-selling CD-ROM Write Any Book in Under 28 Days. This mini-guide is partly adapted from one module of this course. Write Any Book in Under 28 Days, published by the Self Development Network, covers every aspect of devising, writing, editing and marketing a book - fiction or non-fiction - in the least time possible.

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I am a professional freelance writer, editor and writing teacher living in the county of Staffordshire (UK).

I write mainly non-fiction, on subjects including personal finance, small business matters, PR and marketing, self-employment, personal development, creative writing, grammar and punctuation, and so on.

As well as books, I also write training courses, including the CD-based "Write Any Book in Under 28 Days", published by The WCCL Network. In addition, I write web page content, newsletters, articles, advertising materials, novelty products, and more.

Although non-fiction pays the bills, I also enjoy reading and writing fiction (especially science fiction/fantasy) when time permits.

I live in Burntwood, near Lichfield, with my partner, Jayne, who is a lecturer at a local college, and a variable number of cats.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips here 4 Aug 2013
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I have been an aspiring writer for many years and have had a few articles and short stories published. However I have been afflicted by writers block for some time. Writing is not easy!
This is a very short article rather than a book. As the author says it is taken, in part, from his CD, "how to write a novel in 28 days"' which I also have.
For new writers any information is helpful....and although this short book does not even mention other important aspects such as characters, dialogue concentrates on the basics.....lets have a plot to start with aspect.
Yes, there are some good tips here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 2 Aug 2013
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This work has a lot of useful information in it and, as usual, Nick Daws knows how to put it across in an easy to read manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foolproof tips for storytellers 29 July 2013
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Nick Daws serves up a quick, crisp, dynamic guide to story-lining that will transform your work whether you're a novice or a narrative know-it-all. Easy-to-follow techniques, well explained, show how to introduce a plethora of exciting twists, turns and surprises that guarantee your plot will grip the reader from the outset and keep them riveted. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As always a great Read 21 July 2013
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This is a great short report giving the insight to plotting your next novel or screenplay. It was a great reminder and a useful tool to have with you if you feel your story has lost it's way. Never be stuck for ideas for your next story again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel 17 July 2013
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The one thing every writer gets asked is how did you come up with that story? This book gives you three easy to follow methods to take an idea and turn it into a great story.

The book is well written and a quick read. It gets straight to the point of each method and explains it in a way that you can easily follow. It includes examples to further illustrate the point.

I had come across the second method before but the clear breakdown in this book makes it much more easy to use and adapt. I guess I use the first method, but in a much less structured way, but the third method is really genius. It is so simple and also something that successful writers have been doing, even if subconsciously.

If you are looking for ways to plot your next novel or are stuck with one you are writing I highly recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as super as the other reviewers say... 9 Nov 2013
By notimetoulouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Firstly, if you see my other reviews, you'll find I'm not a 'harsh marker' but the purpose of me offering up reviews to Amazon is to help potential purchasers with their buying decisions - so if I find something that needs highlighting, and feel it needs a low star grade, I think it a duty to pass that on,
So, that said, If you are looking for a book on how to craft a plot, this isn't it - but if you are after a very basic overview of plotting (the 4 c's), and of one type of plot (Hero's Journey) this would fill the bill, but even then this is a quite skimpy exposition of those plotting mechanisms.
Very basic plotting guidance is given, but this is far from what a budding author will need to learn the craft of putting together a 'grippy' plot.
It is, in fact, a 15 page excerpt from Module 1 of Nicks writing course, (there is even a part left in it where you are told that area will be covered in module 3).
Am I against short Kindle books? Far from it - check out my review of Kristen Ecksteins book elsewhere, which is a 48 page roadmap of how to lay out a book - it's short, punchy and a working template for a budding author to work with, which is what this book/short report could have been - or check out the 70 page Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley, which costs slightly more but provides exponentially more advice.

Sorry to give it only two stars, but even though it costs what it costs, it's still very very light on useable content.
I hope this helped.
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