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Publisher's Summary

Your "Why" for writing will also be their "Why" for reading. 

Are you struggling to take your story to the next level? Would you like to know the best ways to create intrigue and have your readers rave about your book? Plotting is a step-by-step guide that takes you through the process of developing compelling plots from beginning to end.  

With tips and tricks taken straight from professional writers, the novelist will learn how to use plotlines for maximum effect while retaining creative freedom.  

Making conflict real 

Plotting helps the author weave suspense through improved conflict writing, centered around a developing plot. Characters are challenged and affected and emerge changed in ways that infuse emotions in your readers so that they cannot help but be personally invested in the welfare of your protagonist.  

Marsh explains in concise, straightforward language and with clear examples the benefits of knowing where you are going with your novel; where the plotline starts (exposition) to how it ends (resolution) and how working with an overview helps to captivate readers in terms of the lessons learned and the experience of life through the eyes of your characters.  

Eight steps to conflict resolution 

This audiobook acts as a go-to framework for all levels of writers and introduces an eight-step process to adding substance to your story through plotting; these include:   

  • Get inspired
  • Getting direction
  • Turn your ideas into a story
  • Create your story arc
  • Start with the end

From understanding the basic principles of a plotline to placing your characters into situations that will help you get inside their head more, Marsh demonstrates the ways to make a plot event a more profound experience for the reader, to activate emotions and keep them engaged until the end of the book.

©2018 Sandy Marsh (P)2018 Sandy Marsh

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discipline guide


I found this book helpful in steering me to elaborate more with my ideas in forming the correct plots for my novel.

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comprehensive guide


I loved this book so much! It helped me plan my novel using different approaches I hadn't thought of before. I think the reason why I enjoyed this book so much is because the examples she uses in the book get you thinking and creating

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This book was so helpful. It gave me a better understanding of what I wanted out of my book, but also an understanding of what I needed to create a great plot.

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perfect


This is the class my Creative Writing degree program should have offered at the end. It helped me to figure out how to actually go about starting and writing my novel the way I create, not just some cut and dried method.

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It covers plot, characters, character arcs, setting, and even scene-by-scene outlining. This is the book I recommend to people when they ask about outlining or brainstorming a plot.

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well presented

This book presents a clear and logical way to plan your novel whether you are a pantser or a plotter she breaks down the process in easy to follow steps. I am going to try her process for my next book

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pretty good

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was exactly what I needed. I had to wade through an unbelievable amount of highly rated and yet incredibly unhelpful writing books before I stumbled on this gem

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Vague/Useless. Try Robert McKee or Save the Cat.

Vague/ Useless. Try Robert McKee or Save the Cat.
They are MUCH better books.

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It provides comprehensive step-by-step examples and is full of useful exercises that had me outlining story ideas in a frenzy of inspiration.

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I promise you that many lightbulbs will go off as you read her book. If you want to plan a tight, perfectly paced novel, read Janice Hardy's book and please don't skip the exercises.