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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Cathy Yardley Wilson
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Jun. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DIDHKWM
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Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel Audio Download – Unabridged
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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 The thing may never rate publication, but it's a much better unpublished MS!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?
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.
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...
Only complaint is that it's a bit chick lit heavy in the examples, I guess that it's what the author knows, and In all fairness, she has tried to reference other material (like Lord of the Rings)- but I still found it a bit irritating... Otherwise, very much worth the princely £1.90 I paid, It is certainly a much more valuable tool than other more expensive books I could mention.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
'Rock Your Plot' is fantastic. Cathy Yardley's writing is clear and concise as she walks the reader through her system for creating great plots. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Caitlin
This book was recommended to me by a published author (Cathy Bramley) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's my style of help-book, swift, to the point, and not full of superfluous... Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. J. Haswell
Cathy offers her wisdom for writers in her Rock Your series. This is a great resource. But I've said it once and I'll keep saying it - I need reference books in print! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Shah Wharton
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 morePublished on 7 July 2014 by Nadia Uys
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 morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Brenda P. Martin
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 morePublished on 25 May 2014 by Amazon Customer