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Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel Audio Download – Unabridged

4.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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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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How-to-write books are such a hit-or-miss proposition, and what is useful to one person may be useless to another. For example, I'm probably the biggest S. King fan that you'd find outside of the basement-dwelling community, and 'On Writing' is probably the most frequently recommended book on the topic today, but I felt it offered me very little in the way of practical tools which I could apply directly to my work. (It is, however, a fascinating memoir of the creative process and a very rewarding read as such...Go get it now; you won't regret it.)

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 The thing may never rate publication, but it's a much better unpublished MS!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?
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I thought this was good. It's short, it's simple and it actually helps you to think things through. All good stuff. I'd gotten into a tangle with the plot of the book I'm currently writing and used this as a sort of check list to work through each of the areas in my plot that were worrying me. It really made a difference. I am now untangled!

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.
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This is my 1st review I have written, but I found this book so helpful. I have been looking for a book that explained the informal/formal structure of a novel for ages and the title and good reviews drew me to buy this one and I was not disapointed, and I love the fact she also give you links to free downloads to give you a kick start. The book was so easy to read and not stuffy but written in a friendy human way letting you know everyone else is the same when they start. I enjoyed reading it, and found it the most helpful book I have read on this subject so far. So if you have the novel in your head trying to get out only to hide when you try to wright it down, this book is the perfect starting point. Have recomended to friends already.
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Definitely some useful ideas here. I have been sat on the edge of writing a novel for about a year now, started a few times only to stumble into that brick wall and start over.

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...
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This book is full of practical ideas for generating plot ideas. Like other books in this series, it is easy to read and apply.
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Cathy has distilled her learning from many of the great writing books and presents her own take in a succinct and practical way. If you've hit a wall or sunk into a sagging middle this concise book will help you find your way again.
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This book gave me a real understanding of how to structure and develop my story into a proper novel that people will want to read from beginning to end. Great book for anyone who likes to have a clear set of rules to guide them.
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In the same way that just about everyone who has ever self published has found themselves wondering if they could write a book on self publishing, I suspect that most writers have toyed with the idea of writing a "how to" book to help make ends meet. Sad to say, most of them are really neither use or ornament. This on the other hand, is a a really nice concise summary of a really broad range of other book on writing. Really useful.

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.
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