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Publisher's Summary

Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey - the plot - fails.

In this audiobook, best-selling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that have delighted readers since the first story was told. The audiobook also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own writing.

William Bernhardt is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid novels. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given “in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.”

The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this audiobook is for you.

©2013 William Bernhardt Writing Programs (P)2014 Babylon Books

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A little vague

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Pretty good, but I found this to be more of an introductory course, kind of a 101 series rather than an in depth review and insight. Good for beginners.

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Excellent

The most helpful book ever for newbies to craft. .This has also helped me with writers block by refocusing my view..

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Great information

Lots of great information. Easy to understand. Short and sweet. Best read by the author.

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Just What I Needed

If you could sum up Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey in three words, what would they be?

A well deliver, concise, and entertaining effort. Just what I needed. Thanks William!

What did you like best about this story?

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Which character – as performed by William Bernhardt – was your favorite?

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What insight do you think you’ll apply from Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey?

Plot is Character, Character is Plot

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Must have for any writer!!!

I'm so glad I bought this audiobook from William. If you want to learn how to really prefect the plot in your book, add this to your collection! I have a better appreciation for the plot when writing now thanks to William!

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Mind blowing information

Love it in all aspects...... Thanks William keep it up. Keep buying his books u will never be regretful

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  • drew
  • stanmore, Australia
  • 01-06-16

good for authors

What made the experience of listening to Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey the most enjoyable?

He helps with many plots, not just the hero plot.

What does William Bernhardt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is very clear and offers a lot of great information.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

He makes you laugh at times.

Any additional comments?

Buy the series.

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Great listen

Love the stories and advice. Very useful. Would highly recommend. Now onto the dialogue book.

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Excellent successful nct, clear and inspiring

Excellent successful nct, clear and inspiring. Reader had nice tone great match for subject. Will look for more by this author

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Yawn

Though this book has some information of value in it, it is exhaustingly boring.
The writer/reader has a great voice, but has almost no personality. He reads with a dull monotone throughout the entire book.

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  • mark
  • 05-03-17

Great book

Really helped me understand how and why to plot, good exercises and summaries at the end of each chapter, highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-31-17

Half a book.

Would you try another book written by William Bernhardt or narrated by William Bernhardt?

Yes, if the author would make available the appendixes and reference material he has promised.

Has Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of William Bernhardt?

I wouldn't. He's the best narrator for this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and frustration. While there is content in this book, a lot of it is unavailable because it references diagrams and material which is available in the ebook but not the audiobook.

Any additional comments?

The author promises to provide the ebook if you contact him. I've tried. He doesn't. This means that half the exercises aren't accessible, and half the content makes no sense because it relies on visual diagrams or references, which aren't provided for download.