Are you stuck trying to write a novel? Have you tried writing several stories, only to stall out in the middle and move on to a new project? Do you like the idea of plot outlines, but have difficulty figuring out what happens next, or what should happen where? Or are you a writer who hates outlining, preferring to write a novel organically - but still feel like your story needs more plot and structure?
Outlining, whether it's just the turning points or a comprehensive scene by scene plot outline, might help you get past your block.
Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel teaches a clear, flexible process to help you with your:
This audiobook goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding examples from blockbuster stories, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you work with your characters to write a novel that excites you... and your readers.
©2012, 2013 Cathy Yardley Wilson (P)2013 Cathy Yardley Wilson
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Excellent book on plot. Flies at you at a very quick pace and I suggest you have a note book ready to dot down the pearls of wisdom. Follow this book and you are on your way to writing success.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This is practical help, not just theory and blabber. She offers online supplemental downloads to go along with the info in the book. It is short, to the point and motivating. She narrated it herself so you get her personality and humor, but it is read at various speeds sometimes and while you can listen comfortably at 1.25X speed, some sentences are spoken very fast. Overall, I would recommend for someone interested in writing. I also recommend 'The Successful Novelist' by David Morrell. Hope this helps. Later.
I listen to this book over and over again. Although it's narrated by the author it's a very easy listen.
It's also packed full of information. I actually went back and bought the Kindle version just so I could slow myself down. The included PDF (which you find by going to audible on your computer and then downloading), is an invaluable tool.
This is truly the best shorthand advice on how to get started on plotting versus writing by the seat of your pants.
I love, love, love this audiobook! I recommend it for all aspiring writers.
I have read a number for books. And I find each one very informative. Especially those about writing.
This is a book for people who just want a quick idea how to outline. It is a system one can adjust to your own needs. There are other books which do go in-depth about outlining and plotting but this is a great start to make a writer think about the process and how they're going to write their story. It forces a writer to determine their objective. -- I think we sometimes forget our path in the midst of writing--this helps remind me, at least.
I recommend it -- especially the audio!
in addition the narrator (in this case the author) voice was clear and wonderful to listen to.
Basic overview of plot not creativity. Great advice on organizing thoughts. Concise. I would recomnend reading all the way through than getting out the workbook she suggest and doing the assignmemts. I am doing one a day. It works, but as a pantser, there are times when just writting seems less time consuming in the beginning, but I stuck with it and finding my writing is faster and more to the point, less cutting and revising. So, plot now or cut later. I think the book is a good tool.
Really got the ideas flowing. Great to listen to if you've already listened to or read a few books from other authors.
I highly recommend: William Bernhart's Red sneakers writing series for more in depth planning, wit and humor.
If you are interested in Plot and a sure fire way to outline your story then you must get this book. It's pure gold!
Thank you Cathy Yardley for this clear guideline for starting my novel. I'm finally inspired to dive into that mess of ideas
and half written scenes that have been cluttering my desk for years.
I am supposed to write the first chapter of my novel for a class, and I was struggling with the inciting incident, as well as, basic story conflict/trajectory. Thanks! This has been like a treasure map for moving me forward.
"Good book for the beginners writers."
Somewhere between the middle and the top ones. Between 1 and 10 would be somewhere 6-7.
Proven method well explained, which can be useful for some authors.
By the voice intonation you can follow, where the author put more emphasis and what part of the book content is more important.
Learn to rock your plot from ZERO experience.
Good book for those, who are just starting to learn about plot and structure of the story.
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