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Plot Fiction like the Masters is an exercise in reading like a writer – reading with the purpose of figuring out how the plots of a few recognized masterpieces succeed in making readers turn the page. The reason for proposing this as a way of learning plot-making is my own experience as a writer -- that the most accomplished novelists are the greatest teachers and that the ...more
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Published September 15th 2015 by Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Publishers (first published January 1st 2015)
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David Lentz
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of many literary strengths in the novels of Terry Richard Bazes and clearly evident in "Goldsmith's Return" and "Lizard World" is his uncanny gift for compelling, original and realistic plotting. Few novelists possess the native talent to weave the plot of a novel in such a truly original fashion as if it were the revelation of a magnificent tapestry of unexpected beauty in its construction by looking at the weaving of its underside. In "Plot Fiction like the Masters" we find that Bazes has ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plot Fiction Like the Masters is more of a nuts-and-bolts kind of approach to the process and focuses on what to do and how best to do it, offering a satisfyingly positive contrast to this approach and providing a toolkit of possibilities to authors who are just getting started in the fiction genre.

Part of the willingness to absorb the important messages herein will include an ability to see the value in an analytical approach that contrasts three very different authors' successful methods and c
Kat Olmstead
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After winning this book on Goodreads First Reads I was anxious to begin reading. I have wanted to be an author since I was young, but never felt my books were strong enough. After reading this book Terry helped me apply a different thought process to writing. A strong plot will get you everywhere! This is a must read for budding authors!
Emily Wemily
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-writing
This was a quick read, partially because it was actually short and partially because I began to skim it past the 50/60% point.

Positives first - this book had some good advice:
- You should know the ending of the book before you write the beginning.
- Competing forces create conflict. Conflict is necessary for good stories.
- Subplots should advance the main plot.
- The antagonist is the plot-maker; knowing the villain is the first step in the process of dreaming up plot.
- Surprising your r
Patrick Murtha
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The title of this small, valuable book immediately suggests its intended audience - aspiring fiction writers - although intense fiction readers would also find it worth their time. It is pitched closer to literary criticism than a "how to" manual, so it is not like one of those screenwriting guides that tells you that you must concoct a sub-crisis on page 46 of your script. (And thank heaven for that, because those screenwriting books are a scourge against creativity in Hollywood. If you ever wo ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What makes a good novel? Let’s start at square one and focus on what makes a novel. You may have already (and with much relish) thought up your characters and your setting and a bit of what might happen in your story. Now you need to structure your story. We’re talking about plot, a sequence of events in which to place your story’s fortunate (or not so fortunate) characters. The golden thread that connects critical actions, traits, motives, goals and their consequences. There isn’t really a righ ...more
Lilac Reviews
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Smart writers read a great deal. They love words so that’s not really surprising. The smart part is that not only are they enjoying a novel for entertainment, they are learning skills consciously or unconsciously. Mr. Bazes takes this a step further and deconstructs what exactly were the strategies and techniques used by some authors he admires.
It was a wonderful move that he selected three entirely different writers to chat about. These approaches work no matter what genre you write. Some write
Nick Rossi
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truly unlike any instructional 'how to write' type of book I've come across before, Terry Richard Bazes' "Plot Fiction Like the Masters" is unique and refreshing. It takes an original stance on identifying what the magic is behind some of the universally acknowledged literary classics of our time.

Using Ian Fleming's "Dr. No", Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Evelyn Waugh's "A Handful of Dust" as case studies, Bazes analyzes the thematic constructs and tricks by these authors to help defin
Linda Morelli
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gustave Freytag created a story pyramid, wherein he divided stories into five parts: the introduction, rise, climax, fall and catastrophe. Bazes' application of Freytag’s pyramid to a James Bond thriller, a classic Regency romance and a 20th century black comedy, illustrates how we can apply Freytag’s pyramid to novels and better understand the importance of conflict in plotting in the novels we read or write. ... Bazes proposes that, by analyzing stories, we can “unlock the treasure chest insid ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is very informative, and doesn't feel like you're reading a boring textbook on the subject. The author's writing held my interest despite this being a non-fiction book, and one I normally wouldn't be interested in. I am likely going to find other books by Terry Richard Bazes now.
After only three pages I was already learning things I didn't know about writing fiction. It is good for its intended purpose, and I would definitely recommend it to those who want to write, or even those who
Akhila Nasina
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got the book via Goodreads Giveaway. The book is a true guide for all the aspiring writers. I love the apparent assumptions relating to the thought processes of different authors in accordance with their books. I am definite that the tips and advices provided by Terry Richard Bazes in the book will enable me and every other reader to gain the skill of intriguing their future readers. I really appreciate the frequent references to the Freytag's Pyramid. This book has greatly provided me with th ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look into the plots of three popular books and learning how the authors built out there plots to produce page-turning masterpieces! An invaluable resource for authors; a chance for readers to read like a writer. Highly recommended. Full review on my blog Guiltless Reading.

Such an intriguing book -- now am really curious about the works mentioned. I've read only Pride and Prejudice so I don't think I get as much as someone who knows all three works mentioned!
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot from this book.. I learned good ideas about plot of a book, on what is I think the best way to start, end and gives the climax of the story. It reminds me of types of a novel plot that I can be use even when writing a short story. The author explained and gave a good summary and description for each book that he reviewed. Hope to read your other published books. Thank you for sharing you knowledge and talent especially for us beginners.
Kay Jackson
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read-books
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads, I've wanted to be a writer since I was little and it was good to see how three really good authors made their books successful. This book breaks down what to do and how you should do it. It's great for any writers just getting into fiction writing or who's had trouble plotting.
Reading like a writer, so you can plot fiction like the masters. Definitely worth reading again.
Susan Walker
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A short how to book on writing fiction. This would be a good read for anyone thinking of becoming a writer.
Aug 01, 2015 marked it as shelved-not-read
I ve received the book as part of first reads giveaway.
Will be posting the review once I m done with the book.
Stephen Terrell
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book analyses three distinct novels, and attempt to draw from them tricks to plotting. It certainly succeeds in the analysis, but I'm not sure about the extent a writer can learn about plotting from it.

The three novels are Ian Fleming's Dr. No, Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice and Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust. Admittedly, it would be difficult to find three more different books. I was familiar with the first two, but not the third.

As a LONGTIME fan of Ian Fleming's books, I particularl
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Enjoyed this book. Thoughtful examination of 3 very different novels and methods used for plotting them. Insightful and informative.
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