6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not as super as the other reviewers say...,
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This review is from: Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel or Screenplay (Kindle Edition)
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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Initial post: 11 Jan 2014 08:44:55 GMT
Darren M. Sparrow says:
Great review and very true to the whole course, which I bought a couple years ago. Certainly I would have given the whole course two stars really. It's that bad!
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