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Rock Your Plot Audiobook

Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel

Are you stuck trying to write a novel? 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Premise: Test your premise for inherent conflict and sustainability.
  • Characterization: Create strong characters with urgent goals, understandable motivation, and tons of obstacles.
  • Plot outline, turning points: Use those characters to build logical and powerful plot points and complete character arcs.
  • Plot outline, scene-by-scene: Develop a sequence of dynamic scenes that propels your reader through your story.

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

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    Michael 07-01-14
    Michael 07-01-14

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Take Notes, every word is a gem"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 02-12-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Very Helpful Outlines & Bonus Material"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Narre Warren, Australia 12-14-15
    Joy Narre Warren, Australia 12-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Short, easy to listen to."

    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.

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    Shelley A. 09-13-15
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    "Terrific and condensed!"

    Short but very informative. She has helpful materials on a website. Got the audio and will go back and take lots of notes.

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    Patrick Mooney Halifax, MA USA 07-05-15
    Patrick Mooney Halifax, MA USA 07-05-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A Must Have if you are interested in Plot"

    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!

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    Deborah Downing-Wilson London, England 04-29-15
    Deborah Downing-Wilson London, England 04-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just the help I needed!"

    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.

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    Umoja 03-23-15
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    "Very Helpful!"

    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.

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    yazmin Zupa 03-12-15
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    "Great info on plotting."

    Very organized, easy to understand. Examples were clear and really helped illustrate the point the author was making.

    The info in this book and the corresponding workbook from Yardley's website breaks the process down so it's not so overwhelming.

    I highly recommend.

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    Matt J 02-13-15
    Matt J 02-13-15
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    "Wonderful and gentle intro to plotting"

    Clear, useful, and so enjoyable to listen to. The best and most succinct book I've found on the topic so far.

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    Rebecca 01-24-15
    Rebecca 01-24-15
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    Very quick overview of plotting your story. Good if you need a quick basics reminder to make sure you've got all your motivated goals and escalating conflicts in place.

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    "Good book for the beginners writers."
    Where does Rock Your Plot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere between the middle and the top ones. Between 1 and 10 would be somewhere 6-7.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Proven method well explained, which can be useful for some authors.


    What does Cathy Yardley and Michael Anthony Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    By the voice intonation you can follow, where the author put more emphasis and what part of the book content is more important.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Learn to rock your plot from ZERO experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book for those, who are just starting to learn about plot and structure of the story.

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