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5.0 out of 5 stars An Indispensable Read For Any Writer
Greg Mosse is an editor and creative writing teacher who, in my humble opinion, is beginning a revolution in the craft of story-telling. He has an intuitive grasp of what makes a reader 'read', borne out of his deep understanding of the nature of humanity. My guess is that he has done a fair amount of observing how people live and behave and postulating at their...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Type Too Faint To Read
Judging by the sample, and by way of a note for the publisher, I couldn't buy this book because the type is very light, making it hard on the eyes. Not everyone has great eyesight, also it makes the format look amateurish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Indispensable Read For Any Writer, 11 July 2014
This review is from: Crafting Your Plot: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Greg Mosse is an editor and creative writing teacher who, in my humble opinion, is beginning a revolution in the craft of story-telling. He has an intuitive grasp of what makes a reader 'read', borne out of his deep understanding of the nature of humanity. My guess is that he has done a fair amount of observing how people live and behave and postulating at their motivations. This has made him a non-judgemental commentator on character and character volition and he has applied these assertions to the crafting of plot (which, of course is the volition of character). Mosse's strengths as an editor is that he takes as his starting point this unanecdotal, universal observational view. I have found his teaching to be an irrestiible thesis.

His approach to teaching the craft of writing is cogent and aims to empower the writer in his or her endeavour, offering a solution to the age old problem that has plagued novel writers for generations - how to maintain imaginative stamina. This book is the first in a series by Greg Mosse that deals mainly with the crafting of plot, although, naturally crosses into the realms of suspense, invention, character development, timelines and narrative structure. 'Crafting Your Plot' is a potted gem, encapuslating in one hour's reading the building blocks to writing an authoratative plot-driven story, recounted in a demystified and expresive style in which Mosse's eager intent is to clarify where the pitfalls of novel writing happen. Literary writing (fiction in which I would say  the reader is left with an improved vocabulary and pondering the big questions of the world) is not exempt from benefitting from Mosse's thesis. In fact I feel that literary fiction, by dint of it being textually more layered than commercial fiction and more elevated in its prose style, can apply Mosse's suggestions to attract a wider readership without losing its sophisticated integrity.

As a writer, who was fortunate enough to be taught by Greg on his MA, I have incorporated his theories into my writing. I believe that many writers who are unpublished now will owe a great debt to him in years to come. Some may feel that there's something maverick in his treatise, but all visionaries are received this way, it's the response to any kind of 'rethinking'. Be clear that in this book Greg Mosse is not offering a formula to writing plot, he is sharing his interpretation of crtical and logical analysis to the shape storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greay insight into the mysterious 'plot', 5 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Crafting Your Plot: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
This is certainly a helpful read for any storyteller, although it's geared towards those writing novels. As the author mentions: there is no universal step-by-step for creating a good plot. However, this book contains great gems to understand the 'mechanics' of plot that are present in all good stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 15 Aug 2014
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Interesting though the text took me much less than 60 minutes!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Type Too Faint To Read, 1 Oct 2014
This review is from: Crafting Your Plot: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
Judging by the sample, and by way of a note for the publisher, I couldn't buy this book because the type is very light, making it hard on the eyes. Not everyone has great eyesight, also it makes the format look amateurish.
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