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This book shows you how to take timeless storytelling structures and make them immediate, now, for fiction that's universal in how it speaks to the reader's heart and contemporary in detail and impact. Each chapter includes brief excerpts and descriptions of fiction from many times, many genres - myth and fairy tale, genre and mainstream fiction, film plots of all types, short story and novel. Find 20 fundamental plots that recur through all fiction - with analysis and examples - that outline benefits and warnings, for writers to adapt and elaborate in their own fiction.

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The information is laid out in a very easy to read way. The writing is clear and to the point. It does not go very in-depth. The information is pretty basic and the author relies on a lot of examples from old movies and fairy tales. I would have liked more examples from contemporary literature or contemporary television.more
I found this book to be very useful in helping me choose a plot for a story I'm working on. I have a longish story I'm planning to expand into a novel, but I wasn't sure exactly what kind of plot it would have. Reading through the examples here helped me clarify my ideas. The introduction was very interesting, too, going over types of plots, their uses and evolution. It even delves into the ramifications of the number of characters you have. I suspect it will make a good reference for future projects, as well.more
What is the difference between a plot and a story? What is the importance of developing a plot? What are the main characteristics of a quest? What do you have to be attentive to if you write the story of an underdog? These are interesting questions for a young writer, indeed for any reader. The book is fairly simple, full of examples and interesting to read. It is also deceptively simple. It is easy to think "I knew that" and much more difficult to practice it. Each chapter has a checklist that should help a student to write a better essay. There are lots of examples from classic literature. Of course one may consult many more complex and authoritative books, but I like this one because it really makes you think about your own project.more
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The information is laid out in a very easy to read way. The writing is clear and to the point. It does not go very in-depth. The information is pretty basic and the author relies on a lot of examples from old movies and fairy tales. I would have liked more examples from contemporary literature or contemporary television.more
I found this book to be very useful in helping me choose a plot for a story I'm working on. I have a longish story I'm planning to expand into a novel, but I wasn't sure exactly what kind of plot it would have. Reading through the examples here helped me clarify my ideas. The introduction was very interesting, too, going over types of plots, their uses and evolution. It even delves into the ramifications of the number of characters you have. I suspect it will make a good reference for future projects, as well.more
What is the difference between a plot and a story? What is the importance of developing a plot? What are the main characteristics of a quest? What do you have to be attentive to if you write the story of an underdog? These are interesting questions for a young writer, indeed for any reader. The book is fairly simple, full of examples and interesting to read. It is also deceptively simple. It is easy to think "I knew that" and much more difficult to practice it. Each chapter has a checklist that should help a student to write a better essay. There are lots of examples from classic literature. Of course one may consult many more complex and authoritative books, but I like this one because it really makes you think about your own project.more
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