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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview with useful info
A cut above the usual stuff that fills most of the "how to write" genre over and over again. A useful look at the major categories of plot and what readers expect from each. This is NOT a write-by-numbers book. It could be especially useful for anyone who wants to experiment with writing different, and perhaps unfamiliar, types of stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some how useless - and informative
This book will show you the usual format for the "Twenty Master Plots" and gives them nifty names but as the author says this is a pretty arbitrary figure. some of the plots are actually very similar in structure.
What it won't do is teach you how to write a novel, screenplay, short story or anything else.
That said it does make you think about structure...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview with useful info, 9 Dec. 2001
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A cut above the usual stuff that fills most of the "how to write" genre over and over again. A useful look at the major categories of plot and what readers expect from each. This is NOT a write-by-numbers book. It could be especially useful for anyone who wants to experiment with writing different, and perhaps unfamiliar, types of stories.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic LEGO brick builder for a first time writer., 11 Jan. 2001
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I have read this book a couple of times. It is easy to follow and logically laid out. The author brings a wealth of practical experience to this work. This is a great book for a starter, it helps build a proper foundation for formula story writing. Thank - you Ronald.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Basic Info, 6 Sept. 1999
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This is a wonderful book. Not too complex, and handy as all get-out. Readers have certain expectations, and this helps you make sure you've covered all your bases. The checklist at the end of each plot description is useful in helping the writer see if most of the possibilities have been explored. Don't we all want to use our characters and situations to their best advantage? This book can help you!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help for a beginner writer, 28 April 1998
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As a begginer writer, I love this book. Very easy to read and urderstand. Besides the explanation of the 20 plots, the first chapters about plot and structure in general are great.
It is helping me alot with my second novel.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great handbook for Plot making/revising, 7 Jun. 1996
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Tobias includes Aristotles three parts of the play, then expands this into a list of "the lowest common plot denominators." Writers may wish to change these into questions to revise their own story's plot. It helps to have a list of plots sometimes to jar the creative flow, but nothing can compare to just sitting down and writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for just the first few chapters alone., 11 July 2014
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Quick read, and the first quarter of the book I found very useful. However, some of the later plots have so much overlap and in common with the earlier ones, that I ended up skimming much of the second half of the book. Well worth a read if you are or have ever written anything for anyone else to read, and you wanted to actually hold their attention. This book will tell you what you should be doing to tell a story that resonates with your reader - by revealing the plot structures that we all naturally expect and yearn for in a story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some how useless - and informative, 23 Aug. 2013
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This book will show you the usual format for the "Twenty Master Plots" and gives them nifty names but as the author says this is a pretty arbitrary figure. some of the plots are actually very similar in structure.
What it won't do is teach you how to write a novel, screenplay, short story or anything else.
That said it does make you think about structure of you story and that's not a bad thing...
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and thorough, 20 April 2014
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This little book is a fascinating exploration of the various plot types and variations. It covers all kinds of plots, for all kinds of books, from action/adventure to romance in a way that is not restrictive, but allows you to bring your own take and your own twists to what you are trying to create, while steering you in the most effective direction.Thoroughly recommended.
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8 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for help with plotting, 26 July 1999
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This author's style is arrogant and condescending toward certain genres. Overall, I found the book to be a rather boring read, and it hasn't helped me much in my efforts to create better plots in my fiction. Mostly, the author spends a lot of time stating the obvious.
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