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Holly Lisle's Create A Plot Clinic

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Struggling to put together a compelling, coherent plot? Have a stack of stalled 30-page novel starts? Have a finished manuscript and the sinking feeling something's wrong?

Pro novelist Holly Lisle walks you through the simple, fun, effective techniques she's used to plot her 30+ published novels (and counting). Learn to plot without fear of error, to enjoy a process that ke
8.5" x 11" coil bound workbook, 166 pages
Published 2007 by OneMoreWord Books
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Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually my second time reading this little book. It's interesting for several reasons. For one, it gives a glimpse into the process of building a plot. You watch as Holly presents tools on how to think up a plot and then you watch her use the tools herself as she starts building a story. So it's like watching a writer at work.

Also, a lot of info found here is completely unique to this book - things I've not seen anywhere else, and I've read A LOT of books on craft. One caveat - if you
Jenn C
As a would-be writer, I'm always on the look-out for new writing reference books. I happened upon Holly Lisle's Create A Plot Clinic while searching Amazon. Her writing style is very friendly (and funny) and easy to understand. Her exercises are something that I am planning to put into practice, as my plotting has come to a standstill. I especially like that she uses examples after explaining the techniques. One of my biggest problems with writing books is that the authors explain, but rarely sh ...more
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
This is a good resource with tips on ways to come up with solid plot points. Each writer will get different things from different books, though, so what works for me might not work for you. This one works for me.
Currently going through all the tools in this book to see if I can end up with a novel with... well, enough meat to be a novel. I kind of wish she’d gone into a bit more detail on structure, and I’m not sure if the notecard approach is best for me - I’m not very organized and am not good at dealing with lots of papers - but I’m going to try it. I’ll update my review once I have my novel outlined and at least partially drafted.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of concrete advice on how to plot out a novel, and I think it's one that I'll be coming back to it a lot. A part of me is put off by the amount of work that some of the techniques involve, but I have very little doubt that they're effective. This is one that I intend to keep around.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: writers
Love all of Holly's classes, and this one was no exception! Great plot-creating techniques that can teach every writer a thing or two. She has many different options presented as well that can be chosen and adapted to each writer's personal writing style, all while keeping them on track!
Joana Stoyanova
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-done
Like all of Holly Lisle's book so far this one was super helpful and full of humor. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I can't wait to test her techniques and see what happens :D
Lisa Annesley
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing, nonfiction
Only a portion of the book was usable information for me.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started on this book not expecting a lot. I knew it had very good reviews, but so had other how-to writing and plotting books I'd read, and those weren't that impressive. Holly Lisle's Create A Plot Clinic surprised me though.

The book shows you not just one, but several ways in which you can plot, fix your plot, edit or revise your plot, and rearrange your plot; before, during or after writing; and it has advise for people who like plotting as well as for those that don't and just wing their
Geoff Elliott
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
This is my first book by Holly Lisle but it won't be my last!

Like Holly, I believe that the muse isn't some strange wispy mythical beast that comes and goes at a whim. I think of it more like a recalcitrant child that pouts in a corner. Whether you trick it into helping or take a more direct approach it can be brought out of its funk and made to help with the techniques in the book. I've used several of them already to help me move things along with my current fiction project.

As with all books
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is 4.5 stars and the only reason I'd consider rounding down is because the price tag felt pretty high. On the other hand, I think I got ten bucks worth of information from the text...although not in the way I'd initially expected.

Despite the title, this is really a brainstorming guide rather than a structure guide. Some of the exercises were ones I'd used before, others didn't hit the mark, but some are going into my notebook of high-quality tips to pull out whenever I get stuck. This time
Gregg Rowe
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-general
Highly recommend this book partnered with "Create A Character" by same author. Thses are the two main books that I highly suggest to improve your writing of plots and getting characters with substance.

By folllowing the guidance of Holly's techniques, you will see your writing improve as well as brainstorm for ideas that you thought were not possible.

Victoria Osborne
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holly Lisles writes the best series of books related to writing. I have read nearly everything that she has written. She outlines a process and gives advice and tips that are out of the ordinary for breaking writers block. Including tips that I have personally used before reading the book. Thank you Holly for all of your help
Lisa M
Although I picked up a few pointers, this short book didn't cover plot development in depth. And Holly's system of using index cards didn't really speak to me. It might be just what you need, however.
Christine J Randall
I found it incredibly helpful to change my panster ways. After reading through the book, I dived into the rescue a manuscript section. I'm now rewriting from a stack of colour-coded scene cards. My novel has a plan.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
A really, really great book with many good ideas to try. The biggest problem I had was that in a couple spots her politics became REALLY obvious. I really don't want a rant about political correctness in a book about writing.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Useful so far!
Anthea Strezze
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review to be added later.
Danyelle Leafty
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf-2012
This is a fabulous writing resource, even though I'm not an outliner. I'll definitely be reading all the other clinics.
Jordan Hawk
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very useful when wrestling the muse, either during story creation or when things go splat and you're on deadline.
Excellent, thorough, very usable book.
Anne Velosa
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2011
Holly shares great tools for developing and revising plots. Looking forward to using some on my next story.
Tom Britz
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some interesting pointers.
Veronica Sicoe
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hands-on approach with more useful tips than one could have wished for.
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Holly Lisle has been writing fiction professionally since 1991, when she sold FIRE IN THE MIST, the novel that won her the Compton Crook Award for best first novel. She has to date published more than thirty novels and several comprehensive writing courses. She has just published WARPAINT, the second stand-alone novel in her Cadence Drake series.

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