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Novelists Essential Guide to Creating Plot (Novelists Essentials)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This book covers the most popular element among our fiction-writing audience: plot. Appealing to novelists of any stripe. The Novelist's Essential Guide to Creating Plot allows readers to focus on and examine in depth the structure of the novel - either one they're currently working on or one that they are planning. Light in tone and friendly to the beginner, Davis' instru ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 15th 2000 by Writers Digest
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Juergen John Roscher
Date First Read: 19-Jul-2010

This book was my first formal introduction to the subject of creating plot for a novel. Since it is my first book on the subject, I don’t have a good feel for how good this book covers the subject matter. I did learn the basics of how to create a plot for a novel, so I believe that it was worth the time and effort to read. I may find with further study that this book deserves a higher rating.

Some of the key concepts that I learned about plotting from this book:
1. The
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Sandy Parsons
Unlike Davis, I don't think plot is more important than character, but I have shifted a bit and now I'd say it's more like 60/40 character to plot. Plot gives your characters something to do, and pulls them along so that they don't wander off aimlessly and get into trouble in ways that you just can't fix.

The tone of the book is somewhat condescending, as if he was lecturing a bunch of recalcitrant 8th graders, but for the most part, the advice is sound on the basics. And it's always good to revi
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John Hanson
Overall it reads as if it should be shorter. There is a lot of filler and some rather pointless discussion. The book is based on the author's opinion and apparently experiences from his practical writing career. He has written what he knows and what works for him. It is a beginner to intermediate craft book, and it should help all writers in some way. It is not an academic treatise.

I enjoyed the discussion on Aristotle's "Poetics." I agree that plot is most important. I am not sure Davis made th
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Samantha
This book actually broke down my reasoning for not wanting to bother with time-consuming, overwhelming outlines. I picked this for the Salt Lake Library's challenge to read a "self improvement" book, while working on my story's first draft. I have found at least 3 or 4 or 7 helpful suggestions, mostly found at the end of the chapters in the "instant workshop" sections. Most of the meat in the chapters is just elaborating on the principles that you'll practice when you get to the workshop. Howeve ...more
Joe
A lot of information and presented in a way that I can understand. First book that I've read on the topic, so its hard to say if it is really good or not, but I got something out of it.

-Joe-
Enid Wilson
I liked the development from plot to scene and to story. But the font is a bit too small for my ageing eyes. I would have given it 4 stars if I could read it more easily.
Bob Conder
Good book for ploting all types of storytelling.
Christi Lupher
Best book on plot I've found.
Roland Martinez
Best plot book I have read.
R.M.
Plot is everything.
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