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Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel (Rock Your Writing Book 1) (English Edition)
 
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Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel (Rock Your Writing Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Cathy Yardley

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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 book 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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sharp, detailed, and straight to the point 12 août 2012
Par Dingfelder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've read a number of books on structure and plotting. None put things in as direct and actionable a manner as Rock Your Plot does. Even one of my favorite books on structure was comprised largely of chatty and repetitive blog entries barely repurposed into book form, and getting through its flabby bloat was a chore. I love how Rock Your Plot quickly gets to the point and stays focused.

The author shows us the system she developed to structure her own novels. She examines plot points, pinch points, and a key "black moment," then shows where they should be placed and why.

She explores building characters by focusing on Goals, Motivation, and Conflict(GMC), and drills down to their expression in individual scenes by adding Disaster as a fourth component(GMCD) which links one scene to the next. She suggests ways to coordinate scenes naturally into a coherent plot.

Ms. Yardley addresses internal and external character motivations and analyzes the way they may harmonize and conflict as character and story arcs come together -- ideally to create emotional movement on the part of characters and emotional involvement on the part of readers.

She explores creating "high concept" premises and testing them to see how they hold together.

Best of all, she writes clearly and provides examples right where they are needed. Too many writing books mouth principles but leave them in the realm of theory by providing cursory examples of those principles, or none. The reader may feel he has been given clues, and shown the rough shape of things, rather than knowledge.

Also common is to wait until too much information and theorizing has been presented before coughing up the concrete illustrations that would ground them all and make them stick in memory. Yardley positions examples -- stories, character sketches, sample plot progressions -- in tight proximity to what they're meant to make clear, easing the learning process and minimizing the need to flip backwards through the book simply to reorient oneself enough to keep going forward.

Yardley admits her book is very much directed toward the structure and plotting needs of genre fiction. However, the principles behind Rock Your Plot are not too brittle to be bent to other purposes.

For one example, literary fiction as well as genre fiction benefits from a sense of shape and direction, and some principles, like the interplay between external and internal motivations, are universal. For another, "pantsers" (people who write by the seat of their pants) as well as "plotters" (those who prefer to plot stories out before writing) can benefit from the basic principles Yardley clarifies. Yardley makes clear that plots and outlines are a writer's tools, not his overlords. One is always free to make changes.

So then, Rock Your Plot is clear, to the point, and withholds no secrets. It's a great explanation of not just what structure is, but why it works the way it does and how to incorporate it into novels. Useful assignments follow every chapter and help direct one down from theoretics to real work. If what Yardley says works for you -- or to help it work for you -- her website also has free downloads and worksheets to guide you further.

It's short, but that's one of the reasons I recommend it and give it five stars. No padding. No talking in circles. Right to the point. Bravo.
23 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must have and user friendly book 17 juillet 2012
Par ALBonds - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I purchased this book on Kindle a couple of days ago and read it in under an hour. The part that got my attention in Rock Your Plot was when Cathy touched upon the subject of jumping into writing without planning and fizzling out half way through then starting a completely new project. That's me. This time I'm following Cathy's recommendations. I'm learning everything I can about my characters and what makes them tick. I'm not sitting down to write until I've plotted out my entire novel and created a scene by scene outline. My novel is finally taking shape and coming together nicely and a lot quicker than I expected.

I highly recommend this book for writers like me who need the step by step structure and like to see lots of examples.
16 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A competent short book on outlining plots and scenes 13 février 2013
Par KindleReader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a competent little book on how to structure and outline your plot and scenes. It has three main parts, as far as I could tell: Plot structure and plot points, outlining your book, and outlining your scenes.

I thought the best two parts were the parts on outlining the book and the scenes.

The author starts with a word count (such as 100K words), effectively divides by a words-per-scene estimate, and comes up with an initial guess/guide scene count of 60 scenes for her 90-100K word count book. Very good. Then she shows you how to fill in the sixty scenes with plot point scenes, "pinch point" (key opposition scenes), and other scenes so you can see how to flesh out the scene slots.

Then she shows how to outline each scene with POV, goal, motivation, conflict, and so on. I got the feeling that this was a nice smooth process for creating a good premise, plot outline, scene outlines, and eventually-the writing itself.

My biggest gripe about the ebook was the poor formatting. For some reason the author chose to use a block-paragraph (no indent) style, with ragged right margins. This was definitely not a good choice, in my opinion, since it made the book much more difficult to read than if normal indented paragraphs with right justification had been used.

The whole bad formatting effect was made worse by using minimal-sized 1/3 size blank lines between the block paragraphs (blanks are required between paragraphs so you can see where they start). The gap is too small, so it was easy to miss the start of the next paragraph. It was also made worse by the number of short sentences. If you imagine a short sentence with a couple of big words that won't fit on the ragged right, maybe you can picture a series of short paragraphs whose words go 3/4 across the screen, then a huge right side gap, then a couple of more words, then a 1/3 size blank between paragraphs, another short line with a big word, a huge ragged right gap, and so on. Ugh. I think the author should fix the formatting and try to reduce the use of long words if they screw up the reading experience.

Other than the formatting issues, I liked the book. It did a competent job for its purpose, was fairly priced, and did a really nice job on the outlining examples. I would recommend this book to writers.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must have resource for every writer's toolbox 18 juin 2012
Par D. D. Falvo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This easy to understand but oh-so very essential guide takes you through all the important steps for creating a well-crafted novel. The presentation is an expanded outline providing concise instructions; important points are in bold for easy referencing. Rock Your Plot begins with the fundamentals: you will learn how to develop the idea for your book, test it for key points that will produce a sound product, and then define the vehicles that will drive it to the finish line-- your characters. I learned so much about GMC (goal-motivation-conflict,) plotting points, setting scenes, and outlining. All of the information is backed up with illuminating examples and, for those who want to dig in deep, recommendations for additional reading are included. This book is a great organizational tool for any writer, whether you are established or just starting out.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Yardley's Plot Method Rocks!!! 17 août 2012
Par Melissa Sugar Gold - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have read just about every book designed to help us plot a novel or screenplay. I purchased this while at the beach last week. I planned to enjoy my vacation with my kids while also taking a vacation from my novel in progress, (NIP), but as soon as I started reading this gem, I had to work on my plot. The author has obviously read most, if not all, of the current plotting and story structure books and has mastered the art. I was extremely impressed with the methods outlined by Yardley. She combines methods taught by experts such as Larry Brooks and others and devised her own plotting system that is efficient, effective and, best of all, easy to follow and understand. We all know that the key to writing a bestseller is plot, characters and story structure and Yardley show us how to do it, step by step. Her system is similar to Larry Brooks, but Yardley's system includes three plot points rather than two. She really breaks down and explains the purpose of and timing of the crucial plot and pinch points.

This is a must purchase, IMHO, for anyone who is writing a novel. It is a useful resource for novice and published authors. You will learn how to create dynamic stories with rock solid plots. The best part of the book and Yardley's plot system is her scene outline. I immediately reworked my own scene outline with the information I learned from this book and was amazed at the positive result. When I went back through my scene outline using Yardley's ("GMCD") goal-motivation-conflict-disaster pattern I discovered scenes that were not really scenes, scenes that needed work and scenes that needed to be combines or moved. Her books provides examples and I learn best by example. She also includes blank templates for filling in your own scene outlines.

This is an excellent book that demonstrates how you should test your premise for conflict and sustainability; how to incorporate your POV character's goal, motivation and conflict into your scenes and how to create character sketches. It includes an easy to follow explanation of the major plot points and the the order of their appearance in your novel and shows you how to construct your scene outline. My absolute favorite part of this book was the chapter in which the author demonstrate by example which of the major scenes should be written first and the order to write them. Once I understood this and the reasoning behind it, everything else became clear and my the novel that I was having a difficult time structuring , fell into place.

I highly recommend this book. It is not often that I give a book five stars (reserved for the creme de la creme) but Rock Your Plot meets the criteria. If you purchase this book, read it and work the assignments, you will have a plotting system for a successful story. You will have the knowledge and necessary tools to build your plot, sculpt your characters and time your scenes perfectly. Outstanding book. I wish I could give more stars . I am a new fan of Cathy Yardley and her simple, but successful system for plotting a novel.

Melissa Sugar-Gold
sugarlaw67@yahoo.com
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