Plot Your Way to Publication
A simple, step by step method for building a successful storyline.
A compact writing course, my ebook take you from basic story idea to a solid storyline. Designed for the busy lifestyle, it's simple enough to read in one sitting, yet powerful enough to demonstrate the mysteries of the modern story structure.
Finally, after many requests, I condensed complex structure methods into simple one-page charts. With the PLOTTING CHART, you'll be able to organize your novel's structure and see at a glance if the storyline is working to the best dramatic effect.
I explain key scenes - scenes vital to the dynamic structure of your story - and I demonstrate on an example chart where they should be placed for maximum effect.
Now you can learn how to plot a modern novel and bring that story idea to life.
Contrary to myth, a good skeleton does not inhibit a writer's imagination; instead, an accepted structure provides the exciting changes that lead to story satisfaction. Which is what your reader expects. Today's readers are more sophisticated than ever before, and they instinctively know and expect certain things to happen in your story. If these incidents do not occur, the reader is often left dissatisfied and disappointed. Draggy, they may think. Dull. They may have purchased your first novel, but may hesitate to buy your next one.
Don't let that happen!
In my ebook, I explain story structure and demonstrate plot points, although I call them Stepping Stones because, when used correctly, they guide you through the maze of modern story structure. If you're writing the modern novel, you must know what they are and how to use them. And, it's essential you understand where in the story they fall.
As a Bonus,
I've included scenes from two of my novels,
Ten Times Guilty and Beyond the Quiet, on my plotting charts as illustrations to show you where I placed them and why.
Plot Your Way to Publication works with any fiction genre, and it doesn't matter if your novel is 50,000 words or 150,000. Designed for the busy lifestyle, it's simple enough to read in one sitting, yet powerful enough to help you unravel the mysteries of novel writing.
With my ebook, you will learn to plot!
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How and Why I learned to PLOT:
I'm a fiction editor as well as a writer and I wrote Plot Your Way to Publication because the lack of proper story structure is the main problem with most of the manuscripts I see. As a writer, I struggled for years with structure.
While friends and family watched TV or did fun activities, I sat in front of my computer, determined to crank out one more page of my novel, dreams of one day becoming a famous author spurring me on. Instead of vacations to exotic places or even the Motel 6 in the next city, I attended writing classes and conferences. I sweated in the cramped hallway waiting my turn to give a ten-minute pitch to an agent, praying I would be one of the lucky ones to get that magical invitation to submit my manuscript.
And finally, when I received the invitation, I broke down and cried right in front of everyone. I had worked so hard for that moment. I hurried home, carefully sent my manuscript, and waited.
At that time I didn't have a cell phone, so I was afraid to leave the house, afraid to miss the agent's call. I watched the mail truck as it rolled onto my street, although every writer knows that agents call when they're interested in your work. When the mailman dropped off my SASE with my pretty stamp, I was devastated. I knew it was a rejection letter.
I tore it open and there it was - the form rejection. She didn't even say why. I was heartbroken. What was wrong? Why didn't she want it? But agents rarely tell. Sometimes they might not know why the story didn't work - they just know something was wrong.
So I kept writing, almost giving up countless times after more rejections.
But something within me wouldn't allow me to quit. I could learn if someone would just tell me what the problem was. Finally, after more classes, expensive writing software, and a library of how-to books, one agent wrote, "You write well but your structure is off."
I stared at the little note scribbled at the end of yet another form rejections slip and I felt a mixture of emotions: crushing disappointment mixed with perhaps a small spark of hope. Someone, finally, cared enough to point me in the right direction.
After reading those few words over and over, another emotion began to creep up: outrage. Why hadn't I learned structure in at least one of the classes I attended? A couple talked about plotting in an esoteric way, but I wanted something tangible, a step-by-step method I could see and use over and over with every novel I wanted to write. With new determination I began the quest to learn, and finally, I stumbled onto the secret.
When I rewrote my novel, Ten Times Guilty, using the techniques I learned, I received a request for the manuscript from one agent and a contract from a small publisher. What a difference the techniques made in my life.
Now I'm sharing them with you. With the easy-to-understand charts I designed, you'll be able to lay out your story on one page and see at a glance if your proposed storyline works. That alone saved countless hours of dead-end writing.
I can't guarantee you'll sell your novel, but with my book, you WILL learn to plot.
Best Wishes to You and the Novel You Wish to Write!